As Germ stated in his thread, we seem to have been overcome with forum Nazi's whose sole purpose on this board seems to be trying to tell members where their threads should go, and also to use the search feature. After seeing this over and over again, I have decided to write this guide on proper search/forum direction etiquette.
This thread should go in <this> forum, not here
When to use:
This sort of post is best not used at all, but if you really feel it is necessary, use it only with new members who may not yet know their way around the boards yet. If this post is top be used, however, follow the following guide on how to make it something more than a "postcount++" post.
How to improve:
Comment on the topic at hand. If, for example, the person is looking for comments on a new WA2 skin, and has stated the thread in the General Discussion forum, do not
say only "This should be in WA2 Skins." Instead comment on the skin, then as a postscript suggest that future threads of this nature be posted in the correct forum.
Been done already!/ Use the search feature!/Read the FAQ's!
When to use:
nice skin, i like the c-buttons a lot, but I don't think they really flow with the background. Overall it looks like it has potential, keep up the good work . btw, next time it would help if you posted in the WA2 SkinLove Forums, since it is a skin, and the people there know much more about skins, and will be able to give you much better comments/suggestion.
if the thread is some sort of legitimate question and it has been asked before.
How do I get my file associations back from RealPlayer?
That question has been asked and answered many times before. In this case, it is appropriate to recommend to the user to use the search feature in the future.
Again, that is the only
time to use such a post. Too many times people post this sort of message if people begin a discussion/joke.
Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side!
Most members know that this question has been asked and discussed before, but that was then, this is now. Now there are newer members with new perspectives. There is absolutely no reason to bring back old arguments, especially if the majority of the members in the old thread are banned/left on their own free will. For example2, it may be an old joke, but some people may have not heard it. If you have heard it, that is fine, but is there really a point to showing the old thread? If you are told a joke that you have heard before, do you seek out the person who told you the joke? I hope now. Again, using this sort of post in either of these two examples is merely a semi-clever way of saying "postcount++".
This thread sucks! / This is shit
When to use:
short answer: never. long answer: almost never. This is the third way to merely increase post count. Often this post contains only images. If you feel that the post is not worth reading, then by all means stop reading. Nobody is forcing anyone to read anything. All your postpumping does is clutter up the board. If you really want to help, report the post to a moderator. The only
reason to post a post similar in nature to this is if the thread is clearly flame-bait, and/or you are attempting to calm the thread down. Of course, you should report the thread to a moderator, and let them take care of it.
If we all follow these simple suggestions the Winamp Forum experience will be greatly improved for all members.