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I am tired of newbies who post 'URGENT homework', mostly to the wrong forum.
Sometimes I give a link to 'how to ask questions' of R. Stallman, but it is of course not very close to the JR - recommendations.
I tried to find a nettiquette on the site, but I failed.
Isn't there any?
BTW: When searching outside the forum at top level, I wasn't really impressed by the usability.
What is a cattledrive?
What is the difference between grandma and grandpa?
What does 'cow' and 'horse' mean? Very intuitive!
Funny pictures (for children from 8-9) - but what shall they mean?
Some topics on the left appear in the middle - but in different order, and not every topic. So I had to look in two places.
Very annoying.
I would suggest reworking that page.
And I would like to see an brief official nettiquette, where you can link poorly prepared questions to.
I guess such a page would make your fine work here more easy and a little better.
 
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Stefan,
I agree in principle, but what if a person's homework project really is due the next day and it really is urgent!?!? (I'm kidding, really!)
I think it would be a good idea to make the "search" link at least more prominent, seeing as how a large portion of daily questions have been answered a million times already. I'm guilty of this, too. Sometimes it just doesn't occur to me to search before I post. A little reminder would be good for those of us who are slightly netiquette-deficient.
 
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Sooooo, Are you volunteering to draft such a Nettiquette page and suffer the slings and arrows of public disection?
If so, I would certainly think that we could find a place to put it (after we wipe the blood off of it). I suggest keeping is short. VERY short.
Of course you have to get it past the ULTIMATE critic - Paul Wheaton . . . but he really is a pussycat . . . really .
 
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PS: Note how long the "Rules" list is:

Be nice.


Take your guidance from that.
 
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Yeah, what Cindy said..
Also, if you'll notice, the Be Nice rule is upheld fairly well, but sometimes someone breaks that rule. And then us moderators do our job.
Personally, I try and edit subject lines that contain the word urgent and remove that word. I also keep my eye open for "Can you do my homework for me?". I know other moderators do this as well.
There is a right way to ask for help with your homework, and I try and point that out to people as well.
I with you though. I am tired of urgent homework questions as well. But if I didn't have those people to moderate then what the heck am I (not) getting paid for here?
 
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Cindy:
Since I'm not a well english-speaking man, I got troubles interpreting 'we wipe the blood off of it'.
Does that mean to wipe out the salt and pepper from the meal?
Or does it only mean to eliminate some aggressive or unfriendly flavor of my text?
(Guess you read some of my post, though EFH is used to be my censor.)
If there is a real interest in such a text, I would seriously try to create it.
Due to the hint to be brief: How brief is brief?
2 words?
200 words?
2000 words?
Shall I post my suggestion soon?
And yes - I guess it is ok to ask homework questions as well as job-related or just for interest or fun.
It depends on HOW you ask, much more than WHAT.
 
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check out this older thread:
How to Ask Questions the Smart Way
 
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Originally posted by Stefan Wagner:
Since I'm not a well english-speaking man, I got troubles interpreting 'we wipe the blood off of it'.


Originally posted by Cindy Glass:
Sooooo, Are you volunteering to draft such a Nettiquette page and suffer the slings and arrows of public disection?
If so, I would certainly think that we could find a place to put it (after we wipe the blood off of it).


Cindy was jokingly referring to the "blood" that we would find on the web page after the public finished it's critique (referred to by Cindy as slingshots and arrows).
 
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Ok. I read the old thread and thank for the explanation of 'wipe the blood off of it'.
I will reread the eric-page, try to concentrate it and making it more 'be nice', though my instinct says: "make it rude and agressive" - but this is your home and not mine
I hope I can send a concept or first approach in few days.
I don't know how smooth my written english is for native speakers - be happy not to listen to my spoken english - sure it will be good, if someone corrects the text for a better english in a last step.
 
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