- Dear all, One list which I am a member of is quite strict on questions. Very often the enquirer is directed to study the archives of the list for same andMessage 1 of 7 , Nov 2, 2006View SourceDear all,
One list which I am a member of is quite strict on questions. Very often the enquirer is directed to study the archives of the list for same and similar topics first before addressing the group. This is always being told in a very determined manner.
Maybe there should be some simple and short rules for the newcomers so they would know how to formulate their problem in order to be most effective.
I would definitely suggest that. The first thing they have to learn is to think and enquire systematically. This can be explained once and then everyone could benefit from it. ( I know there are myriads of guidelines out there, but they are mostly long and complicated. We could use a shorter and simpler version; by knowing what resources can the group provide this should not be difficult)
I agree with Karen; this was not one of my best mails. ( I think it was me ?:-)
going to bed again:-(
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Sent: Thursday, November 02, 2006 7:56 AM
Subject: [S-R] Re: Asking questions
I just wanted to add to this thread about "asking questions."
I have read messages posted by new people to the groups I belong to
followed by a "short" reply made by a member of the group. One
example, I remember someone writing that they were looking for their
g-grandparents (no names, no country, no dates) and could anyone
help? I think the moderator or a group member should have told the
person that the group would be happy to help with their search but
here is a better way in which to format your request... Instead, it
was "how do you expect us to help with a post like that."
So I definitely agree it is how you post a question, but it is also
important how you post the response.
Please don't get upset with people that try to help and give
misguided information. I am very, very new to genealogy. I have
received a tremendous amount of help from many people in this group
and others. Some people over and over again.
I can't usually repay these favors because these experts are way
beyond my knowledge in the area of genealogy but I do try to help new
people that come to the list. I have ancestry.com at the moment so I
will do lookups and post them, etc. I want to give back. I may have
given bad information in the past but I think people accept it in the
sense that it was given.
Now about stupid questions. I don't think this only pertains to
kids. I am an electrician by trade and was told that very thing when
I was an apprentice. Now that I have apprentices that is what I tell
them. If they don't know and are afraid to ask questions because
they may get ridiculed, they can make a mistake and end up dead. I
can actually laugh about the stupid things I thought and did when I
started. I was afraid to ask the question, especially because I was
a woman and I thought all the men knew this stuff because it was
passed down in those male genes. lol
Regarding your reputation, I am sure that you noted the number of
positive responses you received from members of the group. I put
more weight on answers you, Bill T., etc. post but I would never
disregard anyone. Sometimes a less knowledgeable people can put a
new spin on the subject and I can appreciate the thought and time
If I insulted anyone, I apologize. The inflection of our voices can
not be conveyed over an email so they can often be misconstrued. I
think everyone on this list is well-intentioned and hopefully
everyone has said their peace.
I am Slovak by marriage only. I started looking for my family
because I was going on a trip to Ireland and I began searching for
his too. Just warning you in advance, I will probably be asking some
more stupid questions :-)
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "Vladimir Bohinc" <konekta@...>
> Interesting, interesting...
> No question is a stupid question?
> This is true for a child but not for an adult. Just think a little;
with a question you can insult a person, you can make a fool of
yourself etc. etc.
> It is very important how you place your question and in what
context. And, there are questions, which you should never ask too.
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- Hi! I lost my login and password to access all the goodies on our group site. Does anyone know who can help me? Thank you for your time and consideration.Message 2 of 7 , Nov 2, 2006View SourceHi!
I lost my login and password to access all the goodies on our group site. Does anyone know who can help me?
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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- Kathi, Create a new ID and log in. Also get a notebook to keep near the computer where you can enter the different ID s and statistics you submit to each ofMessage 3 of 7 , Nov 2, 2006View SourceKathi,
Create a new ID and log in. Also get a notebook to keep near the
computer where you can enter the different ID's and statistics you
submit to each of the places you must sign into. I vary my
statistics a bit at each place, keeping it close to reality to keep
their demographic analysis of users honest, and I go about my
--- In SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com, "K_Higgison" <khiggison@...>
>group site. Does anyone know who can help me?
> I lost my login and password to access all the goodies on our
> Thank you for your time and consideration.
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