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Old 01-02-2006, 01:46 PM   #1  
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Several of us who answer questions for others here on this forum seem to answer the same questions repeatedly, and that's fine, as many situations differ, but, we repeatedly have to ask for basic information in order to make suggestions. We don't know what you need unless you give us the make and model of your equipment, including your existing antenna equipment if you have any, and YOUR ZIP CODE! Every location has it's own issues with reception, and without providing the correct specific information, your answer can be only of a very general nature, and may often ignore local issues that we may be able to research and diagnose. So PLEASE, when you write in, give us that information. Don't come to an antenna forum and tell us that you can't or won't put up an antenna because of your wife, girlfriend, landlord, HOA, or Siamese cat: you are going to get the same answer each time: "It might work, it might not" If you are serious about getting OTA HDTV, be open to suggestions, and be forthcoming with your information: all we want to do is help!
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Old 01-02-2006, 02:36 PM   #2  
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Somebody make this a BIG RED STICKY with a BOW on TOP!!

I like the edit TB!

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Now a big sticky!!

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Old 01-02-2006, 07:36 PM   #4  
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Old 01-02-2006, 09:34 PM   #5  
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I don't know where to post this so I will try here...

I agree 100% with the concern about posters not providing enough info, but this problem is site-wide, not just the OTA area. I think there should be a new category added at the top of the home page with a very prominent "new posters please read this first before you do anything else" type of heading, and then put a number of the various overview and general HD topic stickies from different categories in there. There are posts throughout the site where the original poster has obviously not tried to search for previous answers, or doesn't provide enough basic information, or hasn't read some of the general threads first, etc. One of the entries should tell folks what they should (must?) put in their profile and signature to get a quick and accurate response (and if mine are missing something necessary please tell me and I will add it!).

I find this site very interesting and informative, but there really is a tremendous amount of repetition that I think could be reduced with some kind of prominent getting-started area at the top.

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Old 01-02-2006, 10:42 PM   #6  
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Works better in your profile than your sig... if in your sig then any search on any of your hardware will turn up all your irrelevant posts...
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Maybe someone could change the title of this thread to something like ""READ THIS BEFORE YOU ASK QUESTIONS!!"
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While I agree with the spirit of this thread and I agree that many members ask questions about all sorts of subjects without giving us the basic information, the idea that repetition is a problem seems to be another matter.

Many forums scold new posters for asking questions that has come up before, requesting they either read the entire forum before asking a question or use the search tool to find as much as possible before asking their question. If everyone were to do that, the activity of this forum would be far less as newbies would just lurk until their question was answered. By them not asking the question will remove a possible new wrinkle to be put forward.

While I do agree that it is a great idea to tutor newbies on the issue of giving us enough information to allow for a knowledgable answer, I don't think the redundant information is necessarily a bad thing.
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I posted this link sometime back in the gossip area - it's quite long but relevant (programming jargon excepted ) and worth reading clear through IMO How To Ask Questions The Smart Way by Eric Steven Raymond

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Old 01-17-2006, 02:05 PM   #10  
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please don't shout ! It's rude and childish ! If you don't want to answer questions from others, go read a book or something, and don't whine about it !
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I tend to agree with post #10. If it aggravates you to this point, maybe it's best that you not log in for a little while, and take a break.
You're starting to sound like a disgruntled postal worker, not someone that posts for pleasure.
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Old 01-17-2006, 02:57 PM   #12  
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Excuse me, Gentlemen, but I posted that for ALL the guys who answer questions, not just myself. There is NO WAY that anyone can answer most of the questions posted here without the information requested. And if I want to shout, that is my own DAMNED BUSINESS! I answer many of the questions here, and I am sick and tired of getting questions like "why does my picture suck?" GROW UP!
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Why does your picture suck? Just messing with ya TB!!! On a lighter note,,I went to get gas for my lawnmower today,,had a 2 gallon can and asked the clerk at the KwiK-Stop for $5 worth of gas. He looked at me,,,,farted,,,and asked for his $5.
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I guess I'm used to it -- so I wouldn't yell and shout.

I work in customer support for a major software company (on a somewhat esoteric and complicated product) and when someone sends a problem to me the typical things are "something doesn't work" and they don't tell you what, or if measurement numbers "don't look right", then we have to resolve the issues further and ask for more info.

So, please don't get upset with folks over a frustration "my wife won't let me put up an antenna so..." or "I don't want to spend the money on cable"... etc.

Just ask further questions and probe. The important thing is to ask the right questions.

If I just spent $1500-4000 on an HDTV and it doesn't work for me, I'd be a little resentful, as well....

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Old 10-23-2006, 05:41 PM   #15  
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Hi Everyone !!!!
Need some help.I'm buying a new HDTV and would like to know which is best for a indoor application.You see I live in a apartment which is on the first floor or ground level and my landlord won't let me put up a outdoor antenna so I'm stuck in using a indoor antenna so could you recommend a good antenna and if I need a amplifier for it and please can I get the model numbers or manufactures of both antennas and amplifiers? My location is Cicero IL.60804 Any suggestion will be greatly appreiated !!!!
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