Forums and lists that don't publicly enforce generally accepted rules of net etiquette tend to lose their more knowledgeable members. I, and I include myself in that class, have witnessed such collapses; they're not pretty. An example may be found at DigitalPoint's html/css forums. Except for a very few of us who can't resist the challenge of providing guidance, there are no authoritative voices left.

A common apologia for cross posting is, "I didn't know which forum was best for my problem". My answer is, why not? It is proper netiquette to lurk in a forum for long enough, say, a month if it's busy, to learn forum rules and just where their expertise lies.

The important argument against cross posting lies in not pissing off those who could help you. There are few things in forums more irritating than taking the time to unsnarl someone's markup and css, figure out the fix, and post it only to find you've wasted your time because a duplicate post in another forum has already been answered. Even if your helper never found out about the other forum, you've still wasted his time. If you insist on cross-posting, it is your responsibility to say you've done so, and link to the other threads.

You may disagree with my stand, and that's alright, as long as you accept that you will be publicly chastised for failure to follow the rules. Wink

cheers,

gary

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Although just a casual

Although just a casual visitor here, I wholeheartedly agree with you Gary, especially about the cross-posting bit. However, I do have more of a tendency to look past when a post has been posted in the wrong forum. Particularly with this site, certain questions could be relevant in multiple forums unlike some sites where there is a clear delineation of topics.

The biggest mis-posting I see on this site, is actually markup questions begin posted in the Site Checks forum. I do not understand why that happens so frequently given the clear description of that forum.

I have posted questions on this and other forums when I'm stumped on something. It's been an invaluable help. But, when I do post a question, I generally make sure I've read all relevant information before posting. Particularly stickies entitled 'How to Post', Forum Rules, etc. But sadly, I do not think that is common practice.

downtap wrote: The biggest

downtap wrote:

The biggest mis-posting I see on this site, is actually markup questions begin posted in the Site Checks forum.

I think your interpretation is slightly different from what Gary is talking about. It seems you're talking about posting questions in the wrong forum on this site, whereas Gary is talking about posting questions in forums on multiple sites.

downtap wrote: [snip] I

downtap wrote:

[snip] I wholeheartedly agree with you Gary

Obviously a person of great intellect. Laughing out loud

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… especially about the cross-posting bit. However, I do have more of a tendency to look past when a post has been posted in the wrong forum. Particularly with this site, certain questions could be relevant in multiple forums unlike some sites where there is a clear delineation of topics.

The biggest mis-posting I see on this site, is actually markup questions begin posted in the Site Checks forum. I do not understand why that happens so frequently given the clear description of that forum.

It does give us moderators something to do, though. If it weren't for miss-posting, we'd have little chance to exercise our god-like powers.

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I have posted questions on this and other forums when I'm stumped on something. It's been an invaluable help. But, when I do post a question, I generally make sure I've read all relevant information before posting. Particularly stickies entitled 'How to Post', Forum Rules, etc. But sadly, I do not think that is common practice. [emphasis added]

And, you'd be right. Crying

cheers,

gary

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The biggest mis-posting I see on this site, is actually markup questions begin posted in the Site Checks forum.

That could be I think easily fixed if it were called "Check Finished Sites" or had the word "Completed" or "Finished" in the title somewhere.

*edit ok Hugo, but I still believe month-long lurking is not availble to everyone.

You bad cat you went and

You bad cat you went and hijacked a thread, shame on you Tongue