I remember some but not all of the popular posts here.
What were your favorites and was a resolution posted.
Do you think too many posts are made without research, that have been beaten
to death before?
Do you feel the OP has an obligation to provide a resolution - good or bad?
Do you feel this a stupid post? What do you feel is important?
Please leave out politics and religion.
*Happy New Year* in case I don't get back here promptly.
HNY Tekkie!! It's one of the best usenet groups. Very useful and
pleasant. Specific replies below with each question....
I have no specific favorite. Even those that stray off topic are fine
as long as they stay somewhat relevant.
No. Repeating the same questions means people are taking part. For
example, if my heater is working fine, I won't be checking threads about
how to fix a heater. Telling someone "google is your friend" or "that
was discussed last month" with no constructive advice will only turn
people off. 1 on 1 discussion with someone familiar with a topic is
many times better than googling.
Always good to know, but not realistic to expect it. A "thanks" is
always appreciated and will keep the forum active.
It's an excellent post! It made me think (watch out!! LOL!) It's
important to respect everyone who posts. As the Desiderata (sp?) says,
"even the dull and ignorant, they too have their story to tell" -- just
ask my wife. LOL!!
Good advice. This group is better than most. It survived the recent
It would be helpful to me if alt.home.repair could recommend a common
usenet binaries group where the posters here can upload sketches and
My internet access is not always good, but email and usenet are fine.
Also, web-based free sites change their formats, links or otherwise can
be cumbersome to use.
I know most ISP's did away with carrying usenet a few years ago, but
some, like earthlink & peoplepc (mine) still have all of them.
Eternal-september has binary access , though file sizes are limited .
Teranews has full free binary access with the only restriction being a
50Mb/day cap . I've hit the cap maybe 5 times in ten or so years . e-s is
totally free , tera has several levels , from totally free to
pay-for-bandwidth plans . I'm using their
free-after-a-$3.95-setup-fee plan .
Tera is my primary server , I keep e-s as a backup for those infrequent
times when tera goes down .
It's not in the TOS and it's not in the Bible specifcally, but he has
some obligation. However lots of problems take weeks, months, or years
to resolve and it's easy to forget or feel that those who replied aren't
there anymore, or have lost interest.
Yea, and some threads seem to get hijacked into another totally
different topic and get so large in replies that I dont want to even
read them anymore. I regularly save threads which I began, or others
that are interesting, but when they turn into junk or people start
flaming others, or turn it into politics, I tend to just delete any
further additions to that thread. This is annoying but no one can
prevent it on an unmoderateed newsgroup. But I guess I'd rather deal
with that sort of stuff, than have to register and then constantly sign
in on web forums everytime I want to read them.
I often thank people in advance when I post a question. I read all
replies to my own questions, (unless they get hijacked), but I dont
always feel the need to reply.
On Sun, 28 Dec 2014 20:11:17 -0600, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Yes. There are about 20 reasons, in addition to those two, not to
wasted one's time on web forums. I made a list once but I see below
that I can't remember most of them this time.
The biggest is that there is so little text on the screen, and one has
to wait, if only a little bit, for the next screen. With Usenet, you
can download all the headers for all threads in one shot, and if a
thread is interesting, download all the bodies, and then you have them
all, at one time.
Also, open tabs contribute to browser crashing. Agent 1.93 otoh almost
never crashes, only if windows does, and never freezes. .
Depends on the question. None of us get paid to solve problems but we
do it to help others. Not every question requires a followup but it
would be nice to know if a problem is resolved and how it was. It can
help the next person.
On Sun, 28 Dec 2014 19:07:22 -0800 (PST), email@example.com wrote:
I've filtered him and his friends out pretty well, but I can't help but
wonder what it is like to be so sick for so long. If he's tried
therapy. If they have drugs for his problem. If he has a family,
including parents, and how he treats them. If he has a job and
co-workers and if they can stand him.
In hopes of improving the newsgroup, below is a illustration of how not
to reply to a question.
In this example, Oral has obviously misread the original question and
has absolutely nothing of value to add. However, Oral does not let that
stop him from reminding us that "reading comprehension" does indeed have
a place outside of the classroom. Oral just ain't got none.
be way out in front. I am interested that changing
flat tires seems to attract a lot of posts. Amazing
how some threads light up the board. And some
just lay there and rot.
Christopher A. Young
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