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Mar 15, 2014 04:03 PM

FAQ Link

I would like to suggest a FAQ link on each board. Currently you have to do some digging to find the FAQ for Chow. Wouldn't it be better if there was a FAQ button on each page so people could research their questions first, rather than having thread, after thread, after thread of similar or repeated topics. Also cut down on general site or posting questions and inquires?


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  1. Actually, jr, at the bottom of every page is a FAQ link for the site itself. As far as having something like you describe for every board, I think it's hopeless. If people would go to that, then they'd already be searching. Pretty easy. Just type in a keyword or two right in that top corner. IMneverHO, of course.

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    1. re: c oliver

      Ohhhh my bad! I guess the FAQ is something that isn't on the mobile version since I can't see it. Sorry! I would like to see a BIG ONE with flashing lights and arrows that say "Click here before you post"!!

    2. I doubt that people would read the FAQs. Think of CH as a hive. People who are responsible search before posting, but it seems like the ranks of the "queens" who feel entitled to be spoon-fed the answers to their questions are rapidly outnumbering the worker bees.

      TPTBee haven't shown interest in discouraging the redundancy. God forbid that, in answer to a question already addressed in multiple threads, all you post is a link to one of those threads. It gets deleted or you are chided for being unfriendly. And don't suggest that a question about vegan recipes be moved from Home Cooking to Vegetarian&Vegan, because you'll be told it's perfectly appropriate where it is. Why add boards if you don't care if they are used or not?

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      1. re: greygarious

        I see LOTS of people posting links. I'm amazed at how willing they are to do all that work for others. I HAVE been asked not to just post a link to Google. But, yeah, the people who could benefit themselves aren't going to read FAQ either.

        1. re: greygarious

          Hahaha I didn't know it was found to be in poor taste to copy paste links to duplicate topics. I do that frequently if I think a topic has been discussed to death in previous threads. Oops!

          1. re: jrvedivici

            It's better than fine. It's quite helpful. Maybe a mod will weigh in on this. Yoohooooooo :)

            1. re: c oliver

              I've had my hand slapped in the past for posting just a link to an existing thread. Nowadays, I usually offer a bit of a friendly introduction, and generally include a rec of two of my own, even they are already in the thread I'm linking to. Seems to make the mods look more favorably on my post.

            2. re: jrvedivici

              I don't think people mind the links it is the no comments before hand that comes across abrasive and often taken as rude. A few niceties and/or small talk, especially to newbies, goes along way, much like in life.

              Kind of like when you are in a store, at a party, etc and ask a question and someone else barks at you. Or worse when you are an employee and instead of someone saying "excuse me do you know…." they bark at you.

              1. re: foodieX2

                Yes, it's fine to link to previous threads that will help someone with their question, but please go out of your way to come across as friendly as you provide those links. No comment or a brief, not-so-friendly comment can seem really unwelcoming, and there's really not a rule on Chowhound about not starting new threads about subjects that have been covered before, so we don't want anyone to feel bad that they posted a new thread.

            3. re: greygarious

              "...but it seems like the ranks of the "queens" who feel entitled to be spoon-fed the answers to their questions are rapidly outnumbering the worker bees. "

              it also may seem that, recently, the worker bees are not as interested in divulging info, whether posted once before or never before. a simple query to point in the right direction gets all sorts of answers that are not helpful, but sometimes funny, or ignored, and when pressed, the 'queens', as I define them, are the ones that come out and shout to the OP to go use the worthless search function or to go use yelp or read the local paper.
              posting a link to another post or thread in a post *may* help, but since this topic is being repeated on multiple posts and threads, it may actually be a problem.
              more often than not, the helpful person posting a link didn't bother to read the query and only associated one small part of the OP to something that sparked in their head and LINK! and so few may follow with a relevant reply to actually help the OP.

              redundancy is a problem, but a very small one in view of the change in 2006 to 2014 and the search function is worthless.

              i'll post a query for a simple, local place to find chow and I get all worlds of crap. i'll find another, similar thread, and post that link to my own OP.

              maybe that's the answer.