Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 11

Thread: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Beans
    3
    Distro
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    I am struggling with how to make optimum use of these forums. What I have seen up to date is a fair bit of information on forum 'netiquette' and some very specific questions such as I have hardware/software X and am trying to use it with ubuntu Y but something is wrong so how can I fix it.

    I guess that I was expecting more structure in the forum. So that if I had questions about hardware/software X, I would follow some tree structure to get to what I am looking for. I have typed in a few searches only to be faced with 100s of hits, many of which are only peripherally useful. I am also unclear as to what happens to a thread which reaches a resolution. Is there some mechanism for solutions to be 'moved' to a definitive thread. Although not part of the forum per se, I saw an entry referencing the Hardware Compatibility list at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupport/; however, was unable to navigate to there from the ubunto home site.

    I guess my questions is really as to whether or not there is some documentation on how to use the ubuntu forums to find information (i.e. best practices) or is this something that you gain through experience?

    TIA

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Beans
    23,167
    Distro
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    Hi and welcome, you may look at the Guide to Forum features
    Moved to Forum Feedback & Help

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    /Home
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    My first resource is Google. Usually it points me to a specific thread here. Try that.
    AMD Phenom 9500 Quad 2.2 GHz Asus M3N78-VM 4GB DDR2 32" HDTV montior
    Multi-boot Win7, Ubuntu 9.10, Kubuntu 9.10

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    *eating something*
    Beans
    704
    Distro
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    +1 for google search.

    I've found the forum search tool to be sub-par, although I have heard that this is to be fixed in later versions of vBulletin.

    For now, I use a google query consisting of the following: <search terms> site:ubuntuforums.org

    Works much better then UF search.
    |>[HowTo] Bump The BUMP Thread<||>Stats<||>19k<||>23k<||>26k<||>34k<||>37k<||>38k<||>39k<||>40k<|

    Quote Originally Posted by lukjad007
    Backups are usually a good thing unless it's a sewer.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    West Hills CA
    Beans
    8,050
    Distro
    Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

    Re: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    Wouldn't that be a trip:

    Use Microsoft Bing to simplify Ubuntu Forum searches.
    -------------------------------------
    Oooh Shiny: PopularPages

    Unumquodque potest reparantur. Patientia sit virtus.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    *eating something*
    Beans
    704
    Distro
    Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala

    Re: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by tgalati4 View Post
    Wouldn't that be a trip:

    Use Microsoft Bing to simplify Ubuntu Forum searches.
    Google == Microsoft Bing
    |>[HowTo] Bump The BUMP Thread<||>Stats<||>19k<||>23k<||>26k<||>34k<||>37k<||>38k<||>39k<||>40k<|

    Quote Originally Posted by lukjad007
    Backups are usually a good thing unless it's a sewer.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Ottawa, Canada
    Beans
    3
    Distro
    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    Thank you to everyone for the very useful hints, even the ones that were very tongue in cheek because they brought a smile to my face. Special thanks to 'overdrank' for the 'Guide to forum features'. The cookie crumbs above the page, twigged me to the fact that I overlooked that 'The Ubuntu Forum Community' is actually a hyperlink ... duh! This gives me lots more stuff to check out.

    Thanks again and take care
    Last edited by wwahl11; July 7th, 2009 at 07:06 PM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    North Carolina, USA
    Beans
    97
    Distro
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    I set my forum search preference (in advanced search) to be titles only. That retrieves many fewer forum entries, but they are usually more specific to my question because the titles have the same keywords as I would use.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Cape Town, South Africa
    Beans
    Hidden!
    Distro
    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    Re: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    Quote Originally Posted by jenkinbr View Post
    Google == Microsoft Bing
    No comment....

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Binghamton, NY
    Beans
    1,850
    Distro
    Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

    Re: ubuntu forums usage is a mystery

    I gave up on Google, and now use googlubuntu as my search engine, it only gives results concerning ubuntu and it's dirivitives.
    Never wade in water you're afraid to swim in unless it's the Linux pond, cause there's always a life ring in the forums

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •