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6 constructive things we can do to make this forum better

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Clipper707, Feb 13, 2015.

  1. Clipper707

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    Clean forums get better, and messy forums get worse. There’s so much good information in this forum and we have an awesome community with active participants.

    We all gain by ensuring it’s accessible and searchable. These are a few suggestions based on other forums I’ve seen. Please feel free to disagree, agree, improve, comment, or ignore.


    1 - Search before posting - Someone may have had the same idea, question or news article before. Let’s try and avoid duplicate postings. Let's try and avoid duplicate postings.

    2 - Post in the appropriate forum - For example, the story about the White House lawn drone does not belong to the “DJI Phantom (The Original)” forum as much as it belongs to the General Discussion or News forums.

    3 - Use a proper title. Don't Clickbait - Please don’t make readers have to click open your thread to see what it’s about. “You Gotta See This” doesn’t tell me anything and isn’t a searchable title. Even worse, sometimes I click and see nothing in the initial post except a link, presumably to a drone video but could be South American gay penguin porn for all I know. Again, please tell us what we’re clicking on before we click.

    4 - Punctuate - sometimes its difficult were not all native speakers i get that i have no idea what someones trying to say all the sentences run together its frustrating it happens try please because it helps everyone just a little bit of effort you know what i mean

    5 -Stay on topic. Don’t hijack threads. - If an OP is asking a question about a specific propguard quick-release, maybe it’s not the right thread to debate the evils/virtues of propguards in general.

    6 - Consider having a profile and signature. - You may have reasons for not wanting to share that information and we should respect that, but it's nice to know where folks are from and what they're flying.

    Any other ideas?
     
  2. dirkclod

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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    That's a very good start ! ;)
     
  3. PhantomFanatic

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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    You might want to add punctuation to #4. :)

    Great points, though.
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    So you got something against penguins? Its 2015 man, penguins have rights too.

    Love the suggestions. I would like to add that a little civility never hurt anyone. A lot of people come here to learn and even the simplest questions had to be learned by everyone here at one point when they started out. I for one had no idea where to even find the DJI manual before I joined this site. Some people arent computer experts or do not have much experience at all when it comes to internet forums or the internet in general. Comments like "wouldnt it be great if there were a place on the internet that explained all of this? Maybe they could call it a manual" arent necessary.Time is valuable and If someones question is beneath you then dont waste it by making a snarky comment. No need to turn this into a Phantom measuring contest to see whose is bigger.

    I will say for the most part we have a great community and I for one have learned a lot.
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    I see what you did there.
     
  6. dirkclod

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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    Now just how long did that take ya :lol:
    It took me till you just posted that :oops:
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    Regarding search: The search function built in to this forum doesn't really work that well. It seems to want to omit the critical words you specify.
    I've had much better results searching this forum by using google with the additional keyword: site:phantompilots.com

    While there is a wealth of info in this forum, it can indeed be difficult to track down. What we need is a proper wiki.
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    Great post Clipper. :D

    # 1
    I think this is the best way to search:
    https://cse.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=014775389315664725445:ejku2ysgyhi


    # 5
    As far as hijacking threads and goofing off goes, I find "OFF TOPIC" a great place for that type of behavior.
    The laughs are numerous and one might even learn something.


    I see it took a whole 16 minutes for the civility suggestion to get torn apart. What a shame. I think it should be #7.
    Edit June 24, 2015... I see that post I thought was a "shame" has been deleted. Sometimes good things do happen. :)
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    7. Add your location.
    And if you don't add it in your profile, at least advise it when it's relevant to the topic or your comment.
    Many topics are started with the assumption that readers are in the same country, or that we know where you are.
    Some replies also make the wrong assumption about where the poster is.
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    I almost exclusively use the google custom search feature for all the forums I visit.

    Hijacking threads is really not a good idea anywhere on the forum some off topic threads lend to it.
    Being civil and playing nice is required everywhere on the forum. But you guys already knew that. ;)
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    Good points, CityZen. A wiki would be so useful and would also eliminate a lot of unnecessary posts.

    Searchable titles that represent their topics are key. Not to call anyone out, but here's an example:
    viewtopic.php?f=4&t=34056

    This thread illustrates a lot of my points. Neither the title nor the post itself tell me anything. I have to read 7 posts until there's a clue to what the thread is about.
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    +1 to Narrator
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    Great post good info

    I think it's important to keep in mind is this forum lives in cyberspace and brings all of us together from all over the world
    Our cultures may be different
    Our accents might be different
    Our vocabulary levels might be different
    Our computer literacy might be different
    Some of us have never left the city we were born in
    Some of us have lived in many cities and countries
    Some of us like to read manuals some don't

    These things and more effect how we communicate with one another
    And keeping these differences in mind might help keep
    All of the negativity, insecurity, and testosterone ladened piss matches
    To a minimum as there are so many smart enthusiastic people here
    Who love helping others and sharing very helpful info
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    One thing I would like to see at a minimum. ..is useless posts. Like if someone asked a question and the response is..I CAN'T HELP BUT SOMEONE MAY BE ABLE TO. Why is it necessary to say that? I do see a lot of that. Also, a lot of incorrect info is given here. Stop it.
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    I don't know why people answer that way... But someone else might have a theory ;)
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    I expelled some Pepsi through my nose when I read this! :lol:
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    A good and interesting thread with a sprinkle of good humour as well.
    I have often thought a jargon buster list would be handy.
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    One more to add. When asking a technical question, specify on what product version the question is on.

    I love the post "software upgrade" failed but on what? Configuration beforehand? Could have been a Husban for all people know.

    Or even the forever open ended prop guards question; as the person might have a Phantom while everybody believes they have a V2 or V2+ (minor difference of 1" she said....)
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    Why would that matter, they are useless on all models. :lol:
     
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    Re: 6 constructive things we can do to make this forum bette

    Why do so many use them then?