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VraiChevalier
March 8th, 2008, 01:05 AM
I was about to post this question here when I decided to go back and reread the sticky about PMing and IMing the Mods. I completely understand and agree why it is better to post questions in the open forum. I think I found my answer on page 4. Thank you Price Child.

I had followed the link from "steveneddy''s signature or tag line regarding "Don't ask me, just look here" and was practically speechless after reading it! I was so moved I wanted to PM steveneddy and make some witty comment but then I remembered the sticky about PMing or IMing the mods. So I went back and read the sticky again.

I believe all the Moderators here in the Ubuntu forums do a very excellent job of helping Ubuntu users new and experienced. Thank you all very much. If I knew more about Linux and Ubuntu I would help answer more but I am happy to share what little knowledge I have gained thus far.

After reading the "Kopi Luwak" Wikipedia article steveneddy points to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
my only question is: who in heck was the first person to try making a steeped beverage from the excrement of a small furry mammal?! That's just too crazy.:-k

LaRoza
March 8th, 2008, 01:06 AM
After reading the "Kopi Luwak" Wikipedia article steveneddy points to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
my only question is: who in heck was the first person to try making a steeped beverage from the excrement of a small furry mammal?! That's just too crazy.:-k

It is better than killing large mammals after torturing them, and eating pieces of their flesh.

It seems anything too disgusting to sell, is made "high class", snails, fish egss, coffee droppings, etc.

Kingsley
March 8th, 2008, 01:08 AM
Who doesn't like the fresh smell of Kopi Luwak fecies in the morning?

Presto123
March 8th, 2008, 02:40 AM
I was about to post this question here when I decided to go back and reread the sticky about PMing and IMing the Mods. I completely understand and agree why it is better to post questions in the open forum. I think I found my answer on page 4. Thank you Price Child.

I had followed the link from "steveneddy''s signature or tag line regarding "Don't ask me, just look here" and was practically speechless after reading it! I was so moved I wanted to PM steveneddy and make some witty comment but then I remembered the sticky about PMing or IMing the mods. So I went back and read the sticky again.

I believe all the Moderators here in the Ubuntu forums do a very excellent job of helping Ubuntu users new and experienced. Thank you all very much. If I knew more about Linux and Ubuntu I would help answer more but I am happy to share what little knowledge I have gained thus far.

After reading the "Kopi Luwak" Wikipedia article steveneddy points to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kopi_Luwak
my only question is: who in heck was the first person to try making a steeped beverage from the excrement of a small furry mammal?! That's just too crazy.:-k

I was a bit disgusted by it myself as well...but it IS a delicacy. They had a video not long after I saw his sig on ABC about the guy who goes to different countries to try weird stuff and this was shown.

PriceChild
March 8th, 2008, 02:43 AM
You're more than welcome to PM or IM the mods, we post contact information for a reason :)

However we ask that you keep support requests to the public forums.
Not only does this give you the opportunity of more minds looking at your problem, but it also provides a solution to others via the search for people with the same problem. Finally, the mod may just not know the answer, or not have time.

Any other stuff, we're all normally more than wiling to have a natter.

futureproof
March 8th, 2008, 07:17 AM
It is better than killing large mammals after torturing them, and eating pieces of their flesh.

It seems anything too disgusting to sell, is made "high class", snails, fish egss, coffee droppings, etc.



whale meat is fantastic, tastes good.

SZF2001
March 8th, 2008, 07:45 AM
A good time to PM a mod:

"Dear Mod,

Hey you seem to be the only Mod online right now and there's some bot posting porn in all kinds of threads so here's the name [insertbotnamehere] and that should kind of be taken care of, and all..."

Not a good time to PM a mod:

"Dear Mod,

hi every1 im new!!!!!!! *holds up spork* my name is katy but u can
call me t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m!!!!!!!! lol...as u can see im very random!!!!
thats why i came here, 2 meet random ppl like me ^_^... i like 2 watch
invader zim w/ my girlfreind (im bi if u dont like it deal w/it) its our
favorite tv show!!! bcuz its SOOOO random!!!! shes random 2 of course but
i want 2 meet more random ppl =) like they say the more the merrier!!!!
lol...neways i hope 2 make alot of freinds here so give me lots of
commentses!!!!

DOOOOOMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <--- me bein random again ^_^ hehe...toodles!!!!!

love and waffles,

* ~t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m~*"

Just some common sense should do it, I think. That depends from person to person though...

K.Mandla
March 8th, 2008, 08:45 AM
A good time to PM a mod ...
Good examples. :D

However we ask that you keep support requests to the public forums.
Not only does this give you the opportunity of more minds looking at your problem, but it also provides a solution to others via the search for people with the same problem.
I'd agree. I don't mind PMs, but if you're asking a support question you're cutting down the number of knowledgeable people looking at your problem. I think most folks would agree that's not going to improve your chances of fixing something -- in fact, it might make it worse.

ugm6hr
March 8th, 2008, 08:54 AM
I'd agree. I don't mind PMs, but if you're asking a support question you're cutting down the number of knowledgeable people looking at your problem. I think most folks would agree that's not going to improve your chances of fixing something -- in fact, it might make it worse.

Agreed.

In fact, mods are offered our position on the basis of sensible and generally helpful behaviour on the forum, not necessarily because we have vast amounts of knowledge regarding Ubuntu.

Additionally, typos do occur... At least in the open forum, there is a chance someone else will notice before you have done untold damage to your system!

herbster
March 8th, 2008, 09:02 AM
Of course you can, I send them porn links all the time!

FuturePilot
March 8th, 2008, 09:02 AM
Not a good time to PM a mod:

"Dear Mod,

hi every1 im new!!!!!!! *holds up spork* my name is katy but u can
call me t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m!!!!!!!! lol...as u can see im very random!!!!
thats why i came here, 2 meet random ppl like me ^_^... i like 2 watch
invader zim w/ my girlfreind (im bi if u dont like it deal w/it) its our
favorite tv show!!! bcuz its SOOOO random!!!! shes random 2 of course but
i want 2 meet more random ppl =) like they say the more the merrier!!!!
lol...neways i hope 2 make alot of freinds here so give me lots of
commentses!!!!

DOOOOOMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <--- me bein random again ^_^ hehe...toodles!!!!!

love and waffles,

* ~t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m~*"


ROFL. :lolflag:
That gave me a good laugh. :lol:

macogw
March 8th, 2008, 11:14 AM
If it's not a support request, it's fine. I got an IM today from a new member asking if they'd been banned because they couldn't log in. I went to check the infractions for the day, but it turned out they just hadn't confirmed their email address.

gn2
March 8th, 2008, 02:43 PM
whale meat is fantastic, tastes good.

Wouldn't know, never tried.

I do think it's unethical to kill endangered species for food though.

Dr Small
March 8th, 2008, 04:45 PM
I PM mods and haven't got warned yet :)
*Dr Small hightails it!

PriceChild
March 8th, 2008, 09:24 PM
A good time to PM a mod:

"Dear Mod,

Hey you seem to be the only Mod online right now and there's some bot posting porn in all kinds of threads so here's the name [insertbotnamehere] and that should kind of be taken care of, and all..."That's not a good time tbh...

If mods are around, they're constantly checking the list of reported posts and dealing with it.

If you pm a mod, there's always a chance they will disappear and your report to just the single mod is lost.

Use the 'REPORT' button! :)

p_quarles
March 8th, 2008, 09:32 PM
That's not a good time tbh...

If mods are around, they're constantly checking the list of reported posts and dealing with it.

If you pm a mod, there's always a chance they will disappear and your report to just the single mod is lost.

Use the 'REPORT' button! :)
It can be. I did that once (before I was invited to join the staff, obviously). I had already reported the offending post, which was porn, and the post was getting repeatedly bumped. After half an hour went by, I PM'd the one staff member logged in, and he took care of it quickly.

Not every staff member logged in is always actively perusing the forums, but will most likely notice a PM. But yes, please use the "report" button first.

As for the "not a good time" example, I disagree. If spammers would just PM us first, it would make things so much simpler.

aysiu
March 8th, 2008, 11:54 PM
I think the simple rule of thumb is: remember what the P in PM stands for. PM stands for Private Message.

If it is a private matter, send a private message. If it is a public matter, start a public thread about it.

wieman01
March 9th, 2008, 01:26 PM
I don't have an issue with it, I receive PMs regularly although I hate it when people ask support questions by PM. In general PMs make people more "approachable" and it is at their discretion whether they answer or not.