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Basses Forum Houscleaning

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gmstudio99, Jul 10, 2000.

  1. gmstudio99


    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Hello all.

    As I checked in this morning and started cleaning some things up in here from the weekend, I realized that there are a few things that we all do that we can avoid major and minor messes in here.

    In no particular order, just as I think of them:

    cool. YOU HAVE THE POWER! You can delete your own posts if you accidentally double post. Many times one of us will double post and then add another "Oops" or "Sorry about the double post" post, creating another useless post. Simply click on the "edit post" icon (the one with the little pencil) and select "Delete This Post". Poof! It's gone! Thankyouveramuch.

    cool. Let's not jump on the new guys too much. I do this too, but many times new posters will come in and innocently ask about something that has recently been debated to death here. Merely refer them to the search function or, better yet, give them the link to the appropriate thread.

    cool. Along those lines, new guys: do a search before posting. Most of the basses and models you're asking about have been discussed here already. There's more than one page to this forum, go through all 9 before you post your topic.

    cool. DON'T TYPE IN ALL CAPS. ENOUGH SAID! smile. (Bruce has an excellent post about this in Off-Topic's "waco" thread.)

    cool. This might be a touchy one, but asking a bunch of guys/girls on the internet which bass is right for YOU is an extreme exercise in futility. I certainly understand asking for recommendations of decent models, etc, but instruments are very personal items, and no one will be able to say for certain which instrument is the best for you. Only you can answer that one. We'll help guide, but you'll have to decide.

    cool. "___________ Sucks!" We all have our own prejudices regarding good and "bad" instruments for whatever reason. But the posts that merely say "Fender/Ibanez/whatever sucks! They're evil" don't really help anyone, and only reflect immaturity on the part of the poster and the site as a whole (to newcomers, especially). If you had a negative experience with a particular model, please give specifics.

    cool. Don't skim posts before responding, don't assume you know what is being asked without reading the actual post and ALL RESPONSES! smile. (Otherwise known as the "gmstudio is a jackass" rule redface. )

    cool. Keep an open mind. I've been proud of the fact that there hasn't been any sort of flame wars here in "Basses" for quite a while, and let's keep it that way. People are all different and all have their own biases and prejudices when it comes to, well, everything. Remember the golden rule.

    cool. Use the profiles feature. See who you're dealing with before responding. Likewise, keep your profiles updated and full of helpful information.

    cool. (Can't believe I almost forgot this one!) Please post to the appropriate forum. This one, while having a rather generic name, is quite specific: discussion about basses in regards to makes, models, specifications, and all other aspects of the physical instrument. There are other categories for pickups, technique, players, which may be more appropriate for your question. Try to avoid multi topic threads, if possible. Split them between the appropriate forums. When in doubt, post it in "Miscellaneous" and let Big Wheel deal with it! ( wink. )

    cool. Use clear, descriptive thread titles. Titles such as "basses" or "HELP ME!" or "Read This" aren't helpful at all, and only go on to annoy those with slower internet connections who open such threads (if they open them at all). Try to be clear: "Fender MIM Jazz Bridge Problem" is much clearer than even "Fender Jazz".

    I'm sure there are a few other things that I'm missing here. Anything else we can do to streamline this forum a bit?



    [This message has been edited by gmstudio99 (edited July 11, 2000).]
  2. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks! In Memoriam

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    If you ever wander over to Bassists or General Instruction, the same goes for me. GM, you are the model of moderator efficiency!

    Chris A. rolleyes.

    "I have all my own teeth!"--Jenn Scott Poulin
  3. Man, I would hate to have to clean up after all these guys. Especially after a weekend! That's too much cleanin'. Beer cans and tab sheets everywhere I bet biggrin. .

  4. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    AAAaaahhhhhhhhh. Thanks, I needed that. Could you go over and cross-post that at the Lakland Forum?
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I think this sort of list/guide should be kept at the top of the forum permanently as a FAQ. I've seen this done in other Internet forums - is it possible in this one?

    I think it's especially relevant to "Basses" as this seems to be the one where newcomers first get involved - presumably, because it is at the top of the list.
  6. gmstudio99


    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Made an addendum this morning, inspired by Big Wheel.

  7. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    It looks like we could do with some more "Housecleaning" as there seems to have been as sudden outbreak of double posting.

    The original post explains how to delete one of your own posts when you post it twice by accident.

    [This message has been edited by Bruce Lindfield (edited July 13, 2000).]
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    There seems to be even more double-posting and even treble posting! But people are complaining about not seeing their replies, so maybe it's a technical thing.

    But even if it's not your fault you can still delete them, to help others who have to wade through and the moderators.
  9. Acacia


    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    Actually, if you really don't know what you want in a bass, then Fender is always a good starting point, because the majority of bass that people will have heard in the past has been done of Fenders and the P and J are the acknowledged "classics" in the field.

    And these are probably the only objective "facts" that you could give someone to help them - anything else is purely personal preference and subjective, when it comes to choosing a bass that suits **you**. 90% of the questions asked in this part of the forum could be replaced by a FAQ that says "try before you buy and get what suits you -if you have no idea go for a Fender"! wink.

  11. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Just bumping it back to the top. I'm copying this and posting on Miscellaneous.

    Will C. cool.

    You can't hold no groove if you ain't got no pocket!

  12. RG


    May 11, 2000
    central Illinois
    Great list. Thanks for the advice, I didnt think about deleting my own posts or mistakes. I'll try to do my part, after all this is my favorite BB .

    the secret of life is enjoying the passage of time
  13. SlapDaddy


    Mar 28, 2000
  14. Everytime I post today, the entire thread disappears.
  15. paul

    paul Staff Member Founder Administrator

    Jul 20, 2000
    Sorry, this is due to a time glitch. The server's clock was bumped a month backward, so your posts were bumped to the bottom of the list, with last month's.

    Hopefully this is all fixed now smile.
  16. gmstudio99


    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Another BTTT, and another reminder to please delete your own double posts.

  17. gmstudio99


    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    "Can you take me higher..."


  18. gmstudio99


    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Goin' on up to the spirit in the sky...

  19. pierce

    pierce freethinker

    May 25, 2000
    San Francisco, Ca
    GM - maybe you could find a way of lumping "hot"(continually warmed over) groups of postings into a "sub-category", or folder of sorts, within the topic
  20. gmstudio99


    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH

    That's not a bad idea, but Talkbass is going to be going through a major overhaul here in a few weeks, so I doubt we'll make any changes in the current set up.

    Stay tuned...heh, get it? Tuned?


    smile. smile.


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