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post #481 of 503
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Originally Posted by LizardKing1 View Post

 

Completely agree. I participate in another smaller forum and it's much better to have a single recommendations thread. If someone else creates a new thread they get answered, but they are aso directed to the main thread. It just simplifies things: would you rather have a wallet for every coin you own or gather them all in a single wallet?

 

More like - would you rather have your coins all combined in one jar, or have each type of coin separated? You know, like any cash register or bank would have.

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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

 

To me, it feels like there is a lot of reduplication happening. There are already recommendation threads. With so many new threads, it gets cluttered. You also often get other new forum users answering instead of ones who have more experience. I think it would be cool to have a forum subsection for recommendation questions where new people can ask to their hearts content. 

There's going to be a lot more duplicate questions if everyone posted theirs in one thread IMO. It's a lot harder to search in a thread that doesn't have posts neatly titled with keywords and such.

 

If there was only one recommendations thread...

-Question 1

-Question 2

-Answer to Q1

-Question 3

-Answer to Q2

-Answer  to Q3

-Question 4

-Answer to Q1

-Answer to Q4

-Answer to Q2

etc... It's a mess IMO.

 

With threads you've got all the questions and answers neatly organized...

-Question 1

--Answer to Q1

--Answer to Q1

-Question 2

--Answer to Q2

--Answer to Q2

-Question 3

--Answer to Q3

-Question 4

--Answer to Q4

 

With this method, someone can type a question in the search bar, and if it comes up with any of these threads they can click on it and have a nice summary of all answers.

 

With the recommendation thread method, if somebody happens to search and find a post neatly titled with their summarized question rather than just jumping into details like most do, they need to read all the posts after it to determine which ones are answers to it. Which could possibly be skimming through multiple pages of unrelated stuff. And when do they stop? What if a very useful answer was given 10 pages later? 

 

A subforum might be a good idea. But I would personally go a more innovative route if people think these threads are a problem... Have a recommendation flag for each thread stored in the database. And have a couple of settings for each user allowing them to display only recommendations, all threads, or no recommendations. This allows for us to still have separate amp, DAC , headphone forums rather than either one clustered recommendation forum that pertains to all of them, or doubling the amount of equipment forums(a recommendations sub-forum for each). Probably more work than the head-fi admins want to do though, as I doubt they want to alter the database tables.


Edited by chewy4 - 3/20/13 at 1:15pm
post #482 of 503

I get what you're saying, but while it becomes more organized inside the thread, it causes confusion in the sub-forum. The parallel questions and answers you mentioned (Q2, A3, etc) aren't ideal and I see that in the in-ear recommendations thread, but since we have the quote option to avoid confusion as to whom the answer is directed it becomes a lesser evil.

A good way to deal with duplicates, whichever method a forum uses, is to have a sticky (or first post in the "what should I buy" thread) naming the usual recommendations for a genre and price genre, with links to reviews. We have this in the other audio sub-forum I go to and it works well.

post #483 of 503
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

They don't get the message for a few hours after they join (intentionally), so you'll still see quite a few newbie threads for now.

I just got a strange PM from a new member. He said his "PM's are limited because he is new and would I please email him directly" and then he left his email. At any rate, my red flags went up so I didn't respond. He has now left me another email begging me to email him... What the heck is going on? New members can't PM? Why would somebody want me to email them directly? Is this legit or is someone trying to scam me somehow? 

post #484 of 503
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

I just got a strange PM from a new member. He said his "PM's are limited because he is new and would I please email him directly" and then he left his email. At any rate, my red flags went up so I didn't respond. He has now left me another email begging me to email him... What the heck is going on? New members can't PM? Why would somebody want me to email them directly? Is this legit or is someone trying to scam me somehow? 

 

New members only get 2 pms a day. 

post #485 of 503
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Originally Posted by imackler View Post

 

New members only get 2 pms a day. 

So why not just PM the question?  He wasted two of his PM's asking me to email him directly... By now I probably could have answered whatever questions he had... I just don't feel comfortable giving someone my personal email address that I don't know. For all I know it's just a SPAMMER. 

post #486 of 503
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

So why not just PM the question?  He wasted two of his PM's asking me to email him directly... By now I probably could have answered whatever questions he had... I just don't feel comfortable giving someone my personal email address that I don't know. For all I know it's just a SPAMMER. 

Not necessarily a spammer, but sometimes if it's something too good to be missed in the F/S section or help wanted they want from something insightful you posted to email them back due to the PM limitations here. I get it all the time so it's natural.

 

On the other hand, I'm starting to get annoyed with certain new posters that have registered within the last year or so posting 2 word non sense/ off topic post to get there post count up. Another thing to add I'm started to get annoyed of forum cry-babies who can't take a re-butted joke from there sarcasm resulting in me being banned from viewing a certain thread. Massive sigh I feel like Kim Jong ill resides on these boards.

post #487 of 503

If its regarding a sale, that's a tactic people who have been banned will use (a banned member just tried that with me before Amos alerted me it was a previously banned member.)  Of course intentions are not always nefarious, but I'd still be careful.

 

Its also helpful to have a spam email to communicate from with people you're not sure about.  

post #488 of 503
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Originally Posted by chewy4 View Post

I really don't see what's wrong with people making threads asking for recommendations.

 

Having one thread for that becomes too much of a clustered mess IMO. Much harder to search through and follow, not to mention there's going to be a larger amount of people that will be looking at thread titles than there are that look at each post in the recommendations thread.

 

I agree that I don't think that these threads with titles like "Ask all questions about X here, don't start new thread" are very useful.

 

If threads like that start to exist, then wouldn't it be better to make a sub-forum for that topic?

 

An obvious one that occurs to me is that maybe there should be a sub-forum for vinyl record players.

 

I don't know if it is possible to make sub-forums within the current forums, but maybe that would be the way to deal with this.

post #489 of 503
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

Massive sigh I feel like Kim Jong ill resides on these boards.

 

Kim Jong-il is dead now. However Kim Jong-un might be a forum participant. I've yet to see any pics of his wearing headphones however :)

post #490 of 503
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Originally Posted by p a t r i c k View Post

I agree that I don't think that these threads with titles like "Ask all questions about X here, don't start new thread" are very useful.

If threads like that start to exist, then wouldn't it be better to make a sub-forum for that topic?

An obvious one that occurs to me is that maybe there should be a sub-forum for vinyl record players.

I don't know if it is possible to make sub-forums within the current forums, but maybe that would be the way to deal with this.
The problem with a sub-forum is that only people looking for answers would come to the forum. The people WITH the answers wouldn't necessarily go there...and then pretty soon everyone's signs up with girl names with sexy girl avatars to try to GET answers and then before you know it, we're all cross-dressers with a 4chan habit.

It's a slippery slope, people.
post #491 of 503
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Originally Posted by disastermouse View Post


The problem with a sub-forum is that only people looking for answers would come to the forum. The people WITH the answers wouldn't necessarily go there...and then pretty soon everyone's signs up with girl names with sexy girl avatars to try to GET answers and then before you know it, we're all cross-dressers with a 4chan habit.

It's a slippery slope, people.

Agreed. A newbies only forum would become a Ghost Town in no time.  Plus they'd be getting all their info from the same three self proclaimed Gurus who would hang out in there. tongue.gif

post #492 of 503
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

So why not just PM the question?  He wasted two of his PM's asking me to email him directly... By now I probably could have answered whatever questions he had... I just don't feel comfortable giving someone my personal email address that I don't know. For all I know it's just a SPAMMER. 

sounds like someone fishing for an email. A legit questions would be asked in the pm... Just because they can only SEND 2pms does not or mean they can only receive 2...

And, at the risk of sounding like a creeper, maybe some of it has to do with your profile pic... Just sayin'
Edited by GloryUprising - 3/20/13 at 10:24pm
post #493 of 503
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Originally Posted by GloryUprising View Post


sounds like someone fishing for an email. A legit questions would be asked in the pm... Just because they can only SEND 2pms does not or mean they can only receive 2...

And, at the risk of sounding like a creeper, maybe some of it has to do with your profile pic... Just sayin'

I wish I was that cute. That's one of my kids who took that picture wearing my HE500s. The caption said "These are MINE now! MWHAHAHAHAHA!!!". biggrin.gif

 

ETA: Oh my God... It just dawned on me what you were saying... Do you think some dude thinks I'm a ten year old girl and he's trying to chat me up? EWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!! confused_face_2.gif  I'm definitely changing it... tongue.gif


Edited by bareyb - 3/20/13 at 10:34pm
post #494 of 503
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Originally Posted by p a t r i c k View Post

 

Kim Jong-il is dead now. However Kim Jong-un might be a forum participant. I've yet to see any pics of his wearing headphones however :)

I see what you did there lol.

 

 

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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

I wish I was that cute. That's one of my kids who took that picture wearing my HE500s. The caption said "These are MINE now! MWHAHAHAHAHA!!!". biggrin.gif

 

ETA: Oh my God... It just dawned on me what you were saying... Do you think some dude thinks I'm a ten year old girl and he's trying to chat me up? EWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!! confused_face_2.gif  I'm definitely changing it... tongue.gif

 

Take caution with anything on the internet. 

post #495 of 503

I doubt that Head-Fi is the first place creepers would go to talk to kids, or that most people think anything of the sort when they see that avatar. Most are probably thinking "lucky brat got HE-400's!!!!"

 

But I guess you never know on the internet.

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