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Discussion in 'The Edge of the Forum' started by Vulpes Abnocto, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. Vulpes Abnocto
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    Is it actually that difficult to make titles for threads that aren't incredibly vague? I mean come the fuck on, we've got thousands upon thousands called "quick question" or "does it work" or simply "Help!".
    Does anybody else find this annoying as hell? I'd like to be able to know what sort of issue you're looking for advice on without having to open the thread or hover over it to get the gist of the problem. Is this really asking too much?

    Grr. GRR I SAY! With much teeth-gnashing and desk flipping.
     


  2. BurningDesire

    BurningDesire Nepu Nepu Nepu

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    There should be a questionnaire before you can access the site on sign up

    Are you willing to provide helpful titles

    YES - NO

    if they choose NO they can't sign up.
     
  3. TheVinAnator

    TheVinAnator GBATemp's Greatest Vin

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    NO COFFEI!
    I'm a victim, but that's long gone you get used to it later with having quality and stuff
     
  4. Jao Chu

    Jao Chu GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Are you saying that a thread title "help plz" doesn't tell potential helpers lurking the first page the nature of the problem???

    My god, the day and age we live in without crystal balls! :P
     
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  5. Swiftloke

    Swiftloke Hwaaaa!

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    Oh you mean like this?
    (Even better, let's just not have threads like these at all...)
     
  6. Vulpes Abnocto
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    I thought it best to show an example.
    (and it's funnier that way)
     
  7. Swiftloke

    Swiftloke Hwaaaa!

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    True :P
     
  8. Touko White

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    I hate that.
    Things need to be descriptive in the title so people will actually support.

    Also annoys me whenever something is vague.
     
  9. mashers

    mashers Stubborn ape

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    I find it really annoying too. When I see a thread entitled "help" I always feel compelled to reply simply saying "no".
     
  10. Tomato Hentai

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    actually north korea. please send help
    Even better: vague titles in all caps
    A9LH QUESTION
    REGION CHANGING ISSUE
    ESHOP ERRORCODE HELP
     
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  11. mashers

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    Ok, what's worse: vague titles or misleading clickbait titles?

    Examples:
    "New homebrew hax for 11.0" -> actually asking when there will be one
    "WiiU kernel exploit for 5.5.0" -> actually asking if it is possible
    "Play DS games from 3DS home menu" -> actually asking how to do it (when it's not even possible currently)

    These are improved tenfold by the first post on the thread consisting of less than one complete sentence. For example:

    Title: "New homebrew hax for 11.0"
    Message: "possible?"

    Title: "WiiU kernel exploit for 5.5.0"
    Message: "WHEN"

    Title: "Play DS games from 3DS home menu"
    Message: "how do i"
     
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  12. petethepug

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    Why isint this a rule already?
    It's so tedious to do, ecesipsally for click bate
    :mellow:.
     
  13. mashers

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    I don't know why it isn't, but I also don't think it would make much difference. People who don't know how to write a proper title for their thread probably also don't read forum rules before posting.
     
  14. FAST6191

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    To answer the question of the title then apparently it is. Often if browsing the forums I will help some people out, though as I skip the 3ds section outside of ROM hacking I imagine it is probably worse there. For my threads I quite often spend time thinking about it and how to use the first few words to help convey things with maximum clarity.
    I see it with emails as well where people omit the subject (even though many clients will ask before you press go).

    Shouting I can live with (deaf old coots like me need a bit of help occasionally) and if it is shouting somewhat relevant info then even better. Granted A9LH is a bit obscure for those not in the know, but then again those not in the know would not mind anyway. However if I see that and then see it is posted in a section for a given device I know roughly what the thread will entail.
     
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  15. petethepug

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    Maybe to have easier understanding of the question, or to avoid people not clicking on the thread, and avoiding the question. But other than that there isint a lot to see or talk about on here.

    Atleast we do not have all hacking threads with a title "HELP", asking for a question/concern. If that were the case I would mostly avoid that edge of the forum, due to confusion with topics.
     
  16. mashers

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    That's also really annoying. Though not as annoying as people who don't seem to be able to find the 'new message' button in whatever email client they are using, so just reply to an old email from you when they're emailing you about something COMPLETELY FUCKING UNRELATED to the email they replied to.
     
  17. FAST6191

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    I can kind of live with that, mainly as most people do not seem to want to maintain proper address books and loads of people have emails unrelated to their names and whatever else. Though I do wonder why in some cases people do not press ctrl and A and then delete.

    Sure it marks you down as being unprofessional and lazy but it fails to annoy me when it happens.
     
  18. hobbledehoy899

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    It's because they're upset with their browser.
     
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  19. mashers

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    In Mail for Mac, I can click on any email address in an existing email and then from a popup menu choose to send a new message to that recipient. I don't know if other clients provide the same functionality, but I expect they probably do.

    Anyway, this is OT. Summary: people are annoying :P
     
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  20. saxamo

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    Vulpes Vuollllllppeess..

    Answer, yes it is that difficult.