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  1. #16
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    Jona your correct abou the bump thing:)

    i am doing it so the webmasterdont get mad for double posting
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    Good advice

    Thank you for the advice. This is a useful thread.

    I am sure my question has been asked many time, however only posted my question after performing multiple searches.

    Thank you all in advance.

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    is Dave Clerk aka Charles? because i was thinkinh the other day i havnt seen him on for ages, he used to be really good with javascript
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    Originally posted by 96turnerri
    is Dave Clerk aka Charles?
    lol, no. Dave Clark left, and he is not Charles.
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    ok lol, now i feel stupid
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    Khalid, great advice, and it was not long ago that I was a newbie here (some people might think my level of knowledge still makes me a newbie... I think I agree).

    However, 2 things.

    First, the search facility limiting the words to four characters or more sometimes makes it unworkable. For example, if I'm a newbie, and I'm trying to search for something on XML, I can't. No-one's going to write "extensible markup language" (even if they knew what XML was or how to spell it) in their post, so searching on it isn't going to help. They're going to write XML, but we can't search on that, because it only has 3 characters. It's the same with css, xsl et al.

    Does someone control that setting and if so, I would suggest reducing the minimum to 3.

    Second, and I am talking from personal experience... sometimes people just need help. They don't exactly know what help they need, they're just frustrated, probably tired, and really looking for a helping hand. I understand what everyone here has said about the "why doesn't this work?" type headings and I agree, but sometimes a lack of knowledge or experience means they don't actually know what question they should be asking.

    By the way... to everyone who helps... THANKS! This site has taught me more about javascript, xml, html xhtml and all of the other things I am trying to absorb than any of the tutorial sites ever could. You guys rock!

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    Chestertb, concerning your first problem, I'd suggest using the asterisk wildcard to search for 3-letter words: xml* or *xml for example. As for your second problem, I agree with you, sometimes people do not know what the real question should be, but the guidelines are to prevent common "help me" posts. (Correct me if I'm wrong, Khalid. )

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    Talking

    Thanks Jona.

    Great tip with the "*". Much appreciate that, and am somewhat disappointed in myself for not working that out... though there's a little part of me that says it again demonstrates the whole "don't know until you know" thing.

    As for the thrust of the thread, as I said, I totally agree, and useless "help me" headlines don't assist other users when they're trying to find previous posts that might help solve a problem. But in raising the issue, I just wanted to provide voice for the needs of the few (newbies).

    Cheers.
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    Originally posted by AdamBrill
    lol, no. Dave Clark left, and he is not Charles.
    Dave Clark left! What have you lot been doing to him while I was away??

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    I was away when he left too...

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    Originally posted by IxxI
    Dave Clark left! What have you lot been doing to him while I was away??
    You must not be on here much if you just noticed he's gone... He left a LONG time ago, and I'm not going to go into the details.

    Also, this thread is about "Message posting Guidelines," and it would be best to keep it on-topic.
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    I'm sorry - I was away for quite a while...
    And think of the irony - a thread on "message posting guidelines" and I've been posting stuff off-topic
    It won't happen again...
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    An interesting (but rather long) ESR article on how to ask smart questions can be found here: http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html

    Perhaps it should be required reading for all new members?

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    just for reference...

    just in case anyone still reads these,
    THERE IS NO WAY TO DISABLE THE VIEW SOURCE CODE. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE .
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    Sticky?

    Hi-
    I just wanted to know how to make one of those "Sticky" posts that I always see here. Is it only moderators that can do it, or anyone?

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