Rules - Updated Nov 08, 2007

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Rules - Updated Nov 08, 2007

Postby Hammer » Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:29 pm UTC

This forum is for "real discussion of intelligent topic, not code." -Davean
Otherwise, standard fora etiquette applies.

Nov 08, 2007
Edit by Gordon:

We've recently discussed a general rule regarding asking for homework help in this, coding, math, science and well, any other forum.

Asking for homework help is ok, as long as you state that is what you're after and have shown a reasonable attempt at the problem yourself.

If you post things like "I don't understand $question" or "I have $problem" and you have not offered ideas or problem solving of your own (or at least effort towards this) not only will people be less likely to know what direction to offer help in, but you will become blacklisted in the minds of those who moderate such places. Remember your mod team is a fickle bunch and we tend to stick together on things. If you become known for just trying to get forumites to do your homework for you and a mod/whatever moves or deletes your thread you won't have many people care. We are not paid tutors. We are, in most cases, friends and friends like to help each other, but don't abuse it.

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Re: Rules

Postby gmalivuk » Wed Jun 27, 2007 1:19 am UTC

Maybe also add something like "this is not tech support"?
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Re: Rules

Postby iw » Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:52 am UTC

gmalivuk wrote:Maybe also add something like "this is not tech support"?
Maybe changing the title to "Theoretical Computer Science" or something would help? "Math (related to computers)" would certainly do the trick...

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Re: Rules

Postby Hammer » Mon Oct 29, 2007 2:03 pm UTC

To repeat the "this is not tech support" theme: Mentioning a computer does not qualify your post as Computer Science. If you are looking for technical support, post in Help Desk.
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Re: Rules

Postby Yakk » Mon Oct 29, 2007 5:36 pm UTC

As in "My compture looks pretty. What should I buy for lunch?"

Science -- it's what's for lunch.
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Re: Rules

Postby Rysto » Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:18 am UTC

Maybe the name of the forum should be changed to CS? People see "Computer" in the title and seem to assume that this is some miscellaneous computer talk forum.

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Re: Rules

Postby EvanED » Wed Oct 31, 2007 4:25 am UTC

Or take IW's suggestion above, or maybe "Computer Science (NOT help desk)" or something like that.

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Re: Rules - Updated Nov 08, 2007

Postby Xannon » Wed Apr 23, 2008 6:41 am UTC

I think that naming it computer science and indicating that it isn't for help desk issues is a great idea.

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Re: Rules - Updated Nov 08, 2007

Postby davean » Fri Apr 25, 2008 2:24 am UTC

Xannon wrote:I think that naming it computer science and indicating that it isn't for help desk issues is a great idea.


"Formal proofs preferred" ... that doesn't seem helpdesk-y to me ...


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