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WX7G
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« on: October 14, 2009, 07:40:19 AM »

Have you noticed that posted questions often don't receive an answer that fits? The 'answer' can be very long and anecdotal, include archane information and still not address the question.

Read the question
Write your answer
See if your answer answers the question
If not, fix your answer
Post it
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2009, 04:36:35 PM »

The weather here today was cloudy with intermittent rainfall.

This was the first rain of the 2009 season, and it felt great.

Hope that answered your question okay.
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K7KBN
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2009, 04:53:13 PM »

We've had spaghetti at our house three times this month.
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« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2009, 05:47:17 PM »

According to Wiktionary, an "answer" is a response , and it may , or may *not* contain a "solution". After reading a LOT of both , here and elsewhere on the web , I find that out of 10 answers , typically ;

1 doesn't understand , and asks the OP to clarify the question or provide more information.

2 offer off-the cuff responses that aren't entirely accurate.

3 post info that's incomplete , but useful .

2 respond by pointing out some of the faults from the previous 6 answers . In extreme cases, they call one of the respondents a "no-code Extra" or a "CBer" , which evidently are about the same thing.

1 (insert one of 4 or 5 callsigns , you know who they are ) responds with the definitive answer , directly on point , illustrated with anecdotes from the several times he's encountered the same situation.

1  slow-typer who hunts the info he THINKS he remembers to be sure before posting , puts up a pretty fair answer , a day late and a bit short of what Steve or Tom or Alan or Steve posted while he was hunting and pecking.

All told, there's a system , and if yer BS filter is fair , it works out.

Russ , W5RB

PS this whole corner of the country has been soaking for the last coupla weeks. Thankfully , it waited 'til after the semi-annual bike rally.
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« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2009, 06:59:11 PM »

I agree that all too often the subject, if not completely high-jacked, is taken in a different direction.

To be honest, though, very frequently the questions don't contain enough information to reasonably diagnose the problem.  This, of course, requires some discussion.

I have also noticed, though, there is a tendency for some to say "You shouldn't be using that brand or doing it that way in the first place.  You should..." and we're off and running, leaving the poor guy with his problem.

We need to do a better job keeping on track.

Phil C. Sr.
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K5END
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« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2009, 08:32:41 PM »

The 2009 World Series will be the 105th.

The Series starts on October 28, 2009, which is the latest start in World Series history.

Will the Yankees do it this year?
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N5LRZ
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« Reply #6 on: October 15, 2009, 01:32:44 PM »

Re KBN...

What kind of sauce...

Regular red
Meat sauce
Regular with meatball
OR my favorite with chicken sauce--regular red with chicken wings cooked in the sauce in place of the meatballs.
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« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2009, 08:19:29 PM »

Where's Aunt Jemima and Florence Henderson when you need them?

Phil C. Sr.
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K5END
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« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2009, 09:04:59 PM »

Ask Uncle Ben?
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WW5AA
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2009, 08:17:08 AM »

Was there a question? Huh!

73 de Lindy
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WX7G
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2009, 08:41:19 AM »

Thanks for the excellent responses! It made my morning. 73.
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N2EY
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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2009, 11:36:47 AM »

The problem is that often the question isn't clear, or doesn't include important information.

For example, someone asks "I just got my General, what's the best HF rig for me?" Simple question, right?

Except there's no mention of budget limitations, modes/bands, whether new/used/kit, antennas available, kind of operation, etc. Or what criteria makes a rig "best".

73 de Jim, N2EY
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AA4PB
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2009, 12:53:36 PM »

or "My radio worked fine yesterday but today I can't make any contacts. Anybody know what my problem is?". No details about the station setup, the bands used, what things have been checked - nothing to even give you a clue as how to proceed with a reasonable answer.
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W0GLB
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« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2009, 02:28:57 PM »

Aunt Jemima and Florence Henderson...notice you NEVER see those two together?  I think something underhanded is going on there...
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W0GLB
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« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2009, 02:29:00 PM »

Aunt Jemima and Florence Henderson...notice you NEVER see those two together?  I think something underhanded is going on there...
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