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Flos Headford
October 24th, 2008, 08:01 PM
If "How do I ask a Question" had been in the FAQ, it would have saved me hours. So, would that be a reasonable suggestion to make?
Phil
PS - sorry if this all seems needlessly circular...

LaRoza
October 25th, 2008, 02:31 AM
What exactly do you mean?

We have this: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=726219

pp.
October 25th, 2008, 08:24 AM
The form's menu bar contains a drop down menu called Forum Help which in turns contains an entry Forum FAQ.

Now, if you want to be tedious, there is no obvious way for the question "How do I ask a question" to be a Frequently Asked Question.

The Guide to the forum's features - useful as it is - can not be reached from the Forum's FAQ. There is no navigation path from the FAQ to the Guide.

I would read the OP as a suggestion the place either the Guide or a link to the Guide into the FAQ thread.

amudman
July 17th, 2009, 11:36 PM
Is there a clear answer on how to ask a question or is it part of a windows update to come? Seems incredibly hidden.

There seems to be an almost intentional effort to make it hard to get help. And if I knew anything about the guts of Ubuntu would I need to ask a question?

For someone: firefox 3.5 started it, i think. Update triangle comes several times a day and usually doesn't show any updates needed.

GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net jaunty Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 4874D3686E80C6B7Failed to fetch cdrom://Ubuntu 8.04.1 _Hardy Heron_ - Release i386 (20080702.1)/dists/hardy/main/binary-i386/Packages Please use apt-cdrom to make this CD-ROM recognized by APT. apt-get update cannot be used to add new CD-ROMs
Failed to fetch cdrom://Ubuntu 8.04.1 _Hardy Heron_ - Release i386 (20080702.1)/dists/hardy/restricted/binary-i386/Packages Please use apt-cdrom to make this CD-ROM recognized by APT. apt-get update cannot be used to add new CD-ROMs
Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead. I'll try google, it usually works, but if someone has an answer, I'd sure appreciate it.

jenkinbr
July 18th, 2009, 12:44 AM
Is there a clear answer on how to ask a question or is it part of a windows update to come? Seems incredibly hidden.

There seems to be an almost intentional effort to make it hard to get help. And if I knew anything about the guts of Ubuntu would I need to ask a question?

For someone: firefox 3.5 started it, i think. Update triangle comes several times a day and usually doesn't show any updates needed.

GPG error: http://ppa.launchpad.net jaunty Release: The following signatures couldn't be verified because the public key is not available: NO_PUBKEY 4874D3686E80C6B7Failed to fetch cdrom://Ubuntu 8.04.1 _Hardy Heron_ - Release i386 (20080702.1)/dists/hardy/main/binary-i386/Packages Please use apt-cdrom to make this CD-ROM recognized by APT. apt-get update cannot be used to add new CD-ROMs
Failed to fetch cdrom://Ubuntu 8.04.1 _Hardy Heron_ - Release i386 (20080702.1)/dists/hardy/restricted/binary-i386/Packages Please use apt-cdrom to make this CD-ROM recognized by APT. apt-get update cannot be used to add new CD-ROMs
Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used instead. I'll try google, it usually works, but if someone has an answer, I'd sure appreciate it.
Try this (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=4527023&postcount=3)

justanotherperson
December 14th, 2009, 01:50 AM
im a newb and...well how should i put this -___-
how do i post a question? i mean come on there should be a POST QUESTION BUTTON or something

overdrank
December 14th, 2009, 02:04 AM
im a newb and...well how should i put this -___-
how do i post a question? i mean come on there should be a POST QUESTION BUTTON or something

Hi and welcome, choose a section like Absolute Beginner Talk (http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=326)
and the new thread button in the left top corner.

lisati
December 14th, 2009, 06:27 AM
im a newb and...well how should i put this -___-
how do i post a question? i mean come on there should be a POST QUESTION BUTTON or something

A friendly "Welcome to the forums".
That you were able to ask your question here in "Forum Feedback and help" shows that you are on the right track for asking questions.

Omar_Gangtux
February 17th, 2010, 06:02 PM
i kno im just replyin here but i dont kno how to post questions HELP!!!

pirateghost
February 17th, 2010, 06:08 PM
i kno im just replyin here but i dont kno how to post questions HELP!!!
read 2 posts above yours and click on the pretty picture. a picture is worth a thousand words.

in a forum, there are posts, called THREADS. when you want to start a new post, or THREAD as it were, you probably click on a button titled, oddly enough, NEW THREAD

Elfy
February 18th, 2010, 12:20 AM
i kno im just replyin here but i dont kno how to post questions HELP!!!

This should help you to do a few things about the forum
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1006656

matyasfalvi
February 18th, 2010, 11:49 PM
Hi All!

I would like to ask if it's OK to contact somebody through a private message. Let's say I want to know a persons opinion about something and because I have read his posts before I believe She/He has the knowledge to answer my question. Therefore I want to contact him directly. But of course I don't know the person and have never contacted him before directly.

So is it OK? Or is it invasion of privacy?

Thanx for any clues!

cariboo
February 19th, 2010, 02:06 AM
The person you pm has the choice of excepting the pm, or ignoring it.

lisati
February 19th, 2010, 04:59 AM
The person you pm has the choice of excepting the pm, or ignoring it.

+1.
I don't mind the occasional PMs from moderators I've had alerting me to stuff that I could do differently.
I've had one or two PMs asking for tech support of some kind - these I'd rather respond to via a regular thread so that someone more knowledgable in that area can jump in and help solve the particular difficulty being addressed.

dmurphy787
August 22nd, 2010, 05:15 AM
Just for your info, I clicked the "pretty picture"as you put it and it does not do anything. I also agree there is no obvious method of posting a new question here and Im still searching. It may be obvious to you but to new people its NOT!

cariboo
August 22nd, 2010, 05:24 AM
Go to the main page, and click on a sub-forum title, at the top of each page, you see a new thread button, click that to create a new thread. See the screenshot.

imaginashawn
September 16th, 2010, 01:13 AM
I agree, it's very frustrating for new people to figure out how to post a question since there's no 'Post' link or button.
Sometimes I will go a few weeks without visiting the Ubuntu forums and forget how it's done. I've often wondered 'why make it so hard to find?'.
Shawn

Iowan
September 16th, 2010, 01:35 AM
Subscribe to this one for that "occasional reference". :)

imaginashawn
March 20th, 2011, 01:45 AM
This is such a common complaint, I don't know why they refuse to fix it. I've been coming here for a couple years but since it's so obscure, I forget how sometimes and get frustrated myself trying to find it. Are the creators so egotistical they can't admit a mistake and change it?

cariboo
March 20th, 2011, 06:48 AM
All the forums I've ever been to work the same way, there is always a New thread button at the top of the first page of each sub-forum.

If you bookmark ubuntuforums.org, you always come in on the Main page, then select which sub-forum you want to create a thread in.

We have well over a million members, and we see very few request on how to start a thread.

racie
March 20th, 2011, 06:54 AM
This is such a common complaint, I don't know why they refuse to fix it. I've been coming here for a couple years but since it's so obscure, I forget how sometimes and get frustrated myself trying to find it. Are the creators so egotistical they can't admit a mistake and change it?

Er... sorry for butting in... but how exactly should this be "fixed?" Nearly every forum has roughly the same design. I don't know any way to make it easier other than a giant button in the middle of the screen.

Vivekanand Chaturvedi
May 3rd, 2011, 03:24 PM
i am also very curious to know this too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

becketma
April 1st, 2012, 03:26 AM
I've spent hours and hours and hours on many days trying to find out "How do I ask a question?"

I finally found the answer--I want to create a thread instead of asking a question. Guess I've lived a thread bear life?

yetiman64
April 1st, 2012, 12:27 PM
I've spent hours and hours and hours on many days trying to find out "How do I ask a question?"

I finally found the answer--I want to create a thread instead of asking a question. Guess I've lived a thread bear life?
Your 4 threads since Sept. 9th 2010 is a little sparse maybe, but not quite "thread bare", I've only managed to post 2 threads both in FF&H since March 2010 ;).

But for getting improved help by improving your posting style, there is an excellent guide by user undecim --here-- (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8920811&postcount=1) (single post, to view complete thread click on the thread title at the top of the browser window). Edit: I have never come across any threads/posts of yours previously, the "your" in "your posting style" above is not a personal reference to you. It is more of an aspect of my posting style :-)