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Old 08-08-2012, 06:56 AM   #1
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Hello SeqAnswers community! Very glad to have found this forum. I apologize in advance for asking what to some might be obvious questions, but having recently made the switch from bench to desktop, I anticipate having a lot of those! Maybe with your collective insight and expertise that elusive PhD will no longer elude me! Cheers, B
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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Hi. When you ask questions -- and I hope you do -- please make sure that you have done your homework first. I.e., read the previous forum posts. I suspect that we all love new and interesting problems and questions yet dislike people who just post without doing their footwork first.
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Old 08-08-2012, 10:36 AM   #3
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Hi. When you ask questions -- and I hope you do -- please make sure that you have done your homework first. I.e., read the previous forum posts. I suspect that we all love new and interesting problems and questions yet dislike people who just post without doing their footwork first.
I wish there was some way to filter posts based on this advice. There are many posts I don't even respond to just because I'd rather not do someone's searches for them.
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Old 08-08-2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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Yeah, but there is little "expert knowledge" in a web search. I don't mind so much answering questions that I could answer using a web search. I supposedly have years of training and can weigh available information to quickly find salient info.

I mind posts where the poster did not even bother to clearly specify their question -- provide enough information that it is possible to give a good answer.

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Old 08-09-2012, 09:23 AM   #5
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I wish there was some way to filter posts based on this advice. There are many posts I don't even respond to just because I'd rather not do someone's searches for them.
Also in the case of student posts, I think it is very important not to interfere at all with the very valuable learning process that goes along with the searching. That's why I am in favor of those in the forum who want questions with more detail as to the scope of the problem--this helps to determine whether a quick technical pointer is really in order.

And I suggest an abbreviation like "SES" = "someone else's search" as a response/cue for impatient seekers.
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:44 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I will definitely scour the web and program documentation and attempt things on my own before posting!
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