Methods of use of forums.

Discussion in 'The Water Cooler' started by RAK, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. RAK

    RAK Extraordinary Member

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    How do users operate when they visit this forum (or any other)
    I have never posed a question, so regard myself as being in a "help" category. To merely select "New Posts", unless you are a very prolific poster, with time on your hands, can reveal a mass of material, a lot of which, if one is honest, the user rends to skip over without opening.
    I, like many, have quite a few forums in my bookmarks. Several of these are being totally swamped by material which, in my particular case, is totally irrelevant.
    In order to "get through the day", I worked out a system which, with practise, is not time consuming and gets the subject matter revealed in a summarised format. I have noticed, however, that there is a trend to post links as help, instead of opening a more friendly and informal dialogue.
    As I see it, posting links indicates that any intelligent computer user, could browse for his answer anyway, and not even bother to use forums.
    First thing I do is click Windows Rumours and news forum entries. I get this material through other news sources, so have no need for it. I then select the "Forum Tools" option and mark the forum as read.
    I do the same with Security Zone and the Water cooler.
    This eliminates about 70% of the "New Posts" and allows me to view the remainder more comfortably.
    The "Open topic" forum, I keep at the moment. It has a tendency to merge its contents with the Water Cooler, but still has interesting chat items.
     
  2. cybercore

    cybercore New Member

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    Good info, I often do the same, thanks. :)
     
  3. RAK

    RAK Extraordinary Member

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    Thanks. It is not unique to this site. Two of (imo) the best sites on the web, have other methods of categorising. The best, on entry, you can select, for example "Windows 7" , this, obviously, takes you to that specific choice, if that is your major interest. Both mentioned, have on average several hundred new posts over a span of 12 hours, so it would be impossible to look through them all.
     

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