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New Rule For Thread Titles

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions & Feedback' started by Peter Shaw, May 16, 2010.

  1. Peter Shaw

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    I think there should be a new rule introduced for the making of new threads, where you have to provide a decent explanation of your thread in your thread title.

    I've seen so many "I Need Help" posts, but they don't actually say what they need help with. If they put "I need help with my paypal", then people would know whether they would be the suitable person to go help them. But with the thread title "I Need Help", a) Its not specific and b) Means people that are willing to help need to open the thread first to see what help is needed.

    I think a new rule should be created, and then a global announcement made too. I think it makes sense to create a rule, so people don't continue to post these threads that don't even hint to what they are about. There are many other examples than the help threads.

    What do you guys think?
     
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    I second the motion, a lot of these "I need help" threads are questions that have already been covered in BHW however the member posting the thread is to lazy to actually use the search bar to find the answer. so yea i think a real explanation as to what a person needs would be a good idea, just to stop posting repetitive topics & issues when its not needed. Good example of a thread not needed.

    I need help please help me or I'm gonna lose all my money tomorrow, then the person ask "How do you install wordpress" WTF is this
     
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  3. lordgrey

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    100% agreed. As with any resource, it is best if self/well documented. Perhaps a welcome mail to new members with a brief outline of etiquette would be a good idea as well?
     
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    yes i also agree with you mate...

    The title should state what is the content is all about not just redirect or something to catch up the attention of others to view their thread.. :)
     
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    i completely support this.it is just to frustrating when the title is something else and the thread has something else.
     
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    Many people don't use the SEARCH, before they ask something and there are so many answers, but I'm completely agree with Peter Shaw. This should be considered to remain for all threads, not only for people asking for help.
     
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    It happens on any forum
     
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    I agree. plus we have a lot of folks that are not too good with english and need to learn to put a ? on the end of a question. Sick of seeing posts like "how to make money on facebook" and turns out it is a question.
     
  10. WizGizmo

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    Yes . . . I especially don't like thread titles like "How To Make Great Money On Facebook", only to find that when you click on it, the OP is actually saying "Does anyone know how to make great money on Facebook?"

    It's very misleading "linkbait".

    Good move, Peter :)

    "Wiz"
     
  11. DallasDowning

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    I agree 100%. I refuse to read the threads that have a title that doesn't explain whats gonna be in the post. Like the classic "I need help".

    I think there's a lot of others out there who do the same thing. Not only would this help people get the information they need it would also help the rest of us by saving us time. Great idea.
     
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    I agree with you 100%. It would be helpful if someone would make new guidelines for the thread-titels.
     
  13. primhuman

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    Wiz you got my suggestions :D Yea sometimes when I wonder2 around the forum I see title [Get] this [GET] that but when I click on it,---> Same as Wiz :)
    Thx.
     
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    Yeah I've brought this up before as well. The threadstarter doesn't have to come up with an award winning title or anything like that, but at least give us a clue as to what the topic is.

    When people are searching for something helpful or interesting, they don't want to have to open every single thread, just to find it isn't related to anything they're looking for.

    I don't think it should be an infraction or anything, but maybe if a mod comes across a really bad title, they could let the threadstarter know and then change the title. The mods already have a lot to do, so no need to be on the prowl for it, but if they come across a really poor title, then they could take care of it.

    @Peter - I hope this thread can help get people thinking a little more when they write a title for their threads from now on.
     
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  15. Peter Shaw

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    Yes, sometimes people miss out a question mark so people get confused.

    How to make money on Facebook <-- You think its a method.

    But really its meant as:

    How to make money on Facebook? <-- Asking how, but forgets the question mark.