Originally Posted by smaceslin
Nip it in the bud, so to speak, Really "egregious" -- love it!
Indeed. I just I guess I don't want anywhere to become Yahoo! Answers, you know? When I was younger (a LOT younger) I answered questions for people on Yahoo! Answers and I guess it just got sickening that those (I can say "morons" about 'the stereotypical Yahoo! Answers user', right?) refused to do any research of their own or bothered to even search for their answer within Yahoo! Answers itself!
I dunno, that just stuck with me, and whenever someone well, you get it. I used to be far more evil about it. Particularly on Yahoo! Answers itself.
Originally Posted by Escher
Why bother to have forums, moderators, and dialogue, if everybody can just RTFM? Right?
No! No. Not in the slightest.
What you've said is not the point I'm making or the website I'm trying to "create". I have no intention of that nor any real power to do it.
What I'd like to see stop is questions that don't require human assistance to answer. Let's call them 'automated' questions.
Think of the forum as the Library of Congress. Big open area in the middle where people can discuss, books all around with the text of past talks and arguments for reference in the discussion, that sort of thing.
For the sake of the analogy, imagine there's a little librarian that takes care of writing down everything everyone says and deciding what of that
goes into the books. Or just imagine it's done at an automated plant and we have Siri on all the tables with the librarian running quality control.
Now imagine the librarian dies and is replaced by a chronic hoarder.
The library, which had been so well maintained, now starts to catalog all of the "CH3AP D14Z3P4M!" comments that a fair few say when they enter the library, making it difficult to find the information you want when sifting through it all. Not to mention the lack of organization on the shelves now that a hoarder's in charge.Secondary to that, the people who came in and asked the librarian for the hours the library was open would no longer get a stern look and a point to the glass doors through which they walked where the reverse image of the hours of operation can be easily read, they'd get published on the shelves of the library.
And when someone else asked without searching the annals (either because they found it too daunting to search or because they're too lazy to do so), they'd also get published. And again.
I just kinda don't like that idea is all.
I think the only thing to which I can equate this is Wikipedia, where they're great about that sort of thing. Every reference to an identical image is just that, a reference. There aren't multiple images stored of the Flag of West Florida; all pages that want to show the flag reference the same image in the same place.
Now, we're always going to have a level of 'automated' questions that need answered, even here, because vBulletin's search sucks eggs. I mean, you can find a thread here
faster and more accurately on Google
than by using the in-forum search. I just think they should be