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Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Blackbird, Jul 15, 2000.


  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    This is GM's famous "Bass Forum Housecleaning post. I thought it would be nifty to have it here too.

    -BW

    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:

    [​IMG]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.

    [​IMG]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.

    [​IMG] 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.

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

    [​IMG]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.
    [​IMG] "___________ 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.

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

    [​IMG] 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.

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

    [​IMG] (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! [​IMG]

    [​IMG] 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?
    Thanks
    -GM

    There. That should help some.

    Will C. [​IMG]

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


     
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  2. trompin64

    trompin64

    May 30, 2000
    Those are great rules, but, with permission, I'd like to add one: Don't test the swear filter or make it work all day. Good rules B.W., keep it up!
     
  3. brewer9

    brewer9

    Jul 5, 2000
    and make sure you put the seat down when you're done.

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    (WARNING: THIS IS ANOTHER STUPID TIME WASTING POST BY BREWER9. PLEASE DO NOT READ IF YOU ARE TOO SERIOUS!)

     
  4. mr2112

    mr2112

    Mar 31, 2000
    Please, nobody take this as an insult, this is purely an informative post, learn from my mistakes, the 9th [​IMG] from the top reads as follows:

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

    Now, look at the AGE especially, sometimes the younger aged are more naive to sarcasm than the elders. [​IMG] Please...nobody take it the wrong way...it's just life, thank you! [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I was also naive to it all, but now I get it...and I'm updating my profile ,right now!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

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    Hey....Who said Ric's are for kids?.....Bye, --MR











    [This message has been edited by mr2112 (edited July 17, 2000).]
     
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    Bump!

    Will C. [​IMG]

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    I'm not a genius. I'm just a hard working guy.
    -BW


     
  6. mr2112

    mr2112

    Mar 31, 2000
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Big Wheel:
    Bump!

    Will C. [​IMG]

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Will....What does that mean??????

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    "Everybody got mixed feelings...About the function and the form----
    Everybody got to 'elevate', from the norm." ----N.Peart

    ---Later, MR
     
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by mr2112:
    Will....What does that mean??????

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    It just means It was somewhere near the bottom of the page and I "bumped"it up. I got that thing from gmstudio.

    Will C. [​IMG]

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    I'm not a genius. I'm just a hard working guy.
    -BW


     
  8. mr2112

    mr2112

    Mar 31, 2000
    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Big Wheel:
    It just means It was somewhere near the bottom of the page and I "bumped"it up. I got that thing from gmstudio.

    Will C. [​IMG]

    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Right on!!!!


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    "Everybody got mixed feelings...About the function and the form----
    Everybody got to 'elevate', from the norm." ----N.Peart

    ---Later, MR
     
  9. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    "Bump" again!

    Will C. [​IMG]

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    I'm not a genius. I'm just a hard working guy.
    -BW

     
  10. gmstudio99

    gmstudio99

    Mar 11, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    Yo Big Wheel...

    Do you know how we might be able to post this as one of those "read only" threads that appear right under the "moderated by" header? Would save us both some bump time...

    -GM
     
  11. Biski2Dope

    Biski2Dope

    Mar 26, 2000
    Yeah, i wanted to put this in Off Topic's "Read me!" thing too...it sez that moderators can do it...hm...guess we'll have to ask Paul...

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    I sleep past noon but that's okay, i'll be president someday...


     
  12. High Camp

    High Camp Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2013
    Netherlands
    This was Talkbass, fifteen years ago.
    Things haven't changed much....;)
     
  13. cronker

    cronker

    Feb 13, 2007
    Adelaide. SA
    Ha! Didn't even notice that!
    Indeed, not much has changed.
    Can I also add:
    Please don't quote mile long posts with pics when you choose to reply.
     
  14. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Can sometimes be an obnoxious jerkweasel.
    I'll add one - Good spelling, sentence structure and paragraphs help to make your post more readable. On the other side, members come from a wide range of educational backgrounds. Don't be a dick by calling someone out for their spelling or grammar. If you are really concerned about helping them and not just being a pompous asshat, you can send a private message rather than trying to embarrass them. :thumbsup:
     
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  15. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Chicago
    Except there is now a long thread where people complain when they are simply asked or told to follow most of the above guidelines.;)
     
  16. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Can sometimes be an obnoxious jerkweasel.
    +1

    In the olden days I used to work with clients to build websites, which frequently included forums. People that have never established an online community have NO idea how much work it is. As mad as I was when I got my hand slapped by moderators (of course in my case it was not justified, hahahaha), I understand that if you don't like how a forum works, find another one.