To search or NOT to search.....

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#1
I hate the smarter than thou twots :) who seem to be on every forum on the interwebs: "Use the search", "Been done before" blah, blah, blah.......

I'll say this once and once only (because I will forget wot I wrote most probably):

Once a forum becomes a few years old almost every subject imaginable has been posted at least once before, preventing re-posts stifles new members from actively joining in.

If you can not re-post - forums quickly become stale or become just a "I can post something sillier than you forum".

Question; When should the search function be used, or when should an old post be allowed to start as normal :?:

Question: If a new member joins are they supposed to search through thousands of threads or conduct an exhaustive search just to make sure older members are not offended by a re-post :?:

Edited by me coz Smudge67 is a smarter than thou Twot :)
 
#3
Hasn't this been done before? :D

And those same folks that say use the search function are probably the same ones that are quick to throw a tantrum when you do do that and go on about resurrecting ancient threads
 
#4
I've noticed that as well, actually. Even if the originator throws in her/his apologies if it's been done before and adds that a search produced no results, some prat invariably rocks up and uses either the: "Been done before" or "Use the search function" line.

Maybe some folks have too much time on their hands. :D :D :D

MsG
 
#5
Presupposes that the search function actually works. I usually challenge these old sweats to give me the search terms that will lead to the post or topic. They probably know roughly where it is and have had a wee scroll to find it before pulling the rabbit out of the hat and are incapable of backing up their arrogant statement. Either that or just tell them to shuttit.
 
#7
This is a very good point!

The search function on this sit is one of the worst I have experienced on forums
 
#9
Doesn't really matter if its been done before, if you're getting plenty of views and posts on your thread then I don't see what the issue is.
Otherwise we'd all be searching every thing we looked at to avoid commenting on anything thats been discussed before.
I can barely remember what I did this morning, let alone something I read six months ago.
 
#10
long_tall_frenchie said:
Was the SLR better than the A2?
Biffing the SLR is NOT allowed on this site, in future use the search function a-hole 8O
 
#12
jarrod248 said:
SLR? My advice is Nikon bloody cracking cameras.
It doesn't get any tougher than this:

Jarrod248 in uniform - - - -

 
#13
I'm guilty of pointing out the fact that 'It's been done before', so no doubt it's one of my posts from yesterday which prompted this thread. As well as pointing out that a similar thread has already been created, I also provided a link to the original threads so that the OP could glean all the information he originally asked for. More often than not, the original thread consists of many pages of well argued posts, so why add to them by starting a new thread?

I'm guilty of starting a thread or two myself, the topics of which had already been covered. As soon as someone pointed it out to me, I continued to add any relevant points I may have had onto the original thread.

PS. Stop bloody crying. It's the internet. ;)
 
#14
skintboymike said:
I'm guilty of pointing out the fact that 'It's been done before', so no doubt it's one of my posts from yesterday which prompted this thread. As well as pointing out that a similar thread has already been created, I also provided a link to the original threads so that the OP could glean all the information he originally asked for. More often than not, the original thread consists of many pages of well argued posts, so why add to them by starting a new thread?

I'm guilty of starting a thread or two myself, the topics of which had already been covered. As soon as someone pointed it out to me, I continued to add any relevant points I may have had onto the original thread.
Hence the question when is it ok and when is it not :?
 
#15
Spank-it said:
skintboymike said:
I'm guilty of pointing out the fact that 'It's been done before', so no doubt it's one of my posts from yesterday which prompted this thread. As well as pointing out that a similar thread has already been created, I also provided a link to the original threads so that the OP could glean all the information he originally asked for. More often than not, the original thread consists of many pages of well argued posts, so why add to them by starting a new thread?

I'm guilty of starting a thread or two myself, the topics of which had already been covered. As soon as someone pointed it out to me, I continued to add any relevant points I may have had onto the original thread.
Hence the question when is it ok and when is it not :?
Two or more posts on the same subject in a week (when the item is current) is too much.
 
#16
These days I try to use the search function before I start a thread (after having many a telling off myself). Something like 'Adverts', which is a worthwhile talking point, HAS been done before. To death, actually. Considering every topic in the universe has allegedly been covered in conversation here on ARRSE already, is it too much to expect newer users to assume a thread already exists and simply look it up first?

1. Run a quick search of the word 'Advert'
2. Find the thread (probably top of the list)
3. Add your contribution.

All of a sudden the thread finds itself in the '50 Most Recent Topics' section on the home page, where all the newer users will see it and add their thoughts. Or maybe they won't, because the ad they hate the most is already listed.

Admittedly it's not always clear cut, and sometimes a topic will get covered more than once but from a slightly different perspective. Sometimes a thread will start afresh somewhere else, purely because the first thread is being immaturely crayoned over. More often than not though, the OP will ask a bone question which has been asked (and answered) many times.

Whatever the reason, I can't see why people are crying just because someone told them their crappy thread was already being adequately covered elsewhere. Must be a hormones thing. ;)
 
#18
I've done searches before but due to some threads having odd titles not actually saying what the subject is about i've ended up posting something that's already up. :(
 
#19
kes1 said:
I've done searches before but due to some threads having odd titles not actually saying what the subject is about i've ended up posting something that's already up. :(
Click the 'Search' button, look underneath 'More Search Options' for the 'Forum search by username, or by keywords in a specific forum / category (within approx. the last 12 months)' link. This takes you through to an advanced search function. It's not perfect, admittedly, but it does work if you take the time to have a play with it.
 
#20
Lets change the subject, does anybody think Political Correctness has really gone to far ?. My daughters Nativity play was put off, because it may offend other faiths in their school. Has any body else had this kind of crap. I know i'm well of a tangent here, but its enoying the hell out of me.
 

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