[REVIEW] 24hoursupport.helpdesk

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Red Mike, Aug 7, 2003.

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    Red Mike Guest

    Newsgroup: 24hoursupport.helpdesk
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    FAQ-Location: See article body
    Reviewer: Red Mike ()
    Review-Date: August 6, 2003

    This is probably the most non-specific help group anywhere on Usenet.
    Just about anything related to computers is considered appropriate.

    Some may wonder why the traditional advice to post a question to the
    single "best" group for it hasn't killed 24hoursupport.helpdesk. As
    examples, the group has questions about news some may consider best
    posted to news.newusers.questions, and questions about Microsoft
    products for which there are hundreds (thousands?) of groups in
    comp.*, local/regional hierarchies, and on the Microsoft server. But
    despite these supposed disadvantages, the group is successful,
    averaging in excess of 4,000 posts a month, most on topic if on topic
    is defined as "related to computers and/or electronic devices".

    There are several reasons for this success. One is the group name.
    By starting with "24" it gets sorted as the first group most people
    see on their newsreader. Its obviously a help group, and so general
    that people are encouraged to post.

    More important is the core of regular posters, people who for no
    reason other than self-satisfaction, answer questions. Those who ask
    questions, in typical Usenet fashion, are usually "here and gone".
    But its the regular posters, generally knowledgable types, who make
    this group work. Hopefully, a few of those who ask questions will, as
    they become more knowledgable, return the favor by helping others.

    Lack of an official FAQ is sometimes debated by regulars, but with
    such a wide range of appropriate topics, the practicality of a FAQ
    must be questioned. Several FAQs exist, some claiming to be official,
    some proudly claiming there is no such thing as an official FAQ for
    the group.

    In the end, its irrelevant. Advantageous placement in most people's
    newsgroup list gets traffic for the group. A large number of
    knowledgable posters who answer questions keep the questions coming.


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    Red Mike, Aug 7, 2003
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    trout Guest


    There's been a horrible mistake. This is a support group for
    commuter problems.
    trout, Aug 7, 2003
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    Miggsee Guest

    Boy, do we have commuter problems in my neck of the woods! Gees, I have to
    travel North today...and I sure hope I miss the rush hour traffic coming
    Miggsee, Aug 7, 2003
  4. <snip>

    I killfile anyone who reviews 24hoursupport.helpdesk.
    Brenadier Jehosephat, Aug 7, 2003
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    gangle Guest

    Don't give up your day job.

    in message
    gangle, Aug 7, 2003
  6. Surely astride your 'hawg', Mme. Miggsee, you can just zoom up the
    central divide?


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    Monsignor Larville Jones MD, Aug 10, 2003
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    Bllh147 Guest

    Bllh147, Aug 10, 2003
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    Paul - xxx Guest

    Phineas P. Hornswaggle tried to scribble ...
    Heheheh .. I don't 'get' alt.24hshd .. I 'do' get 24hshd though .. ;)
    Paul - xxx, Aug 10, 2003
  9. Heh! I musta been asleep at the wheel there. I seem to be adding the
    alt. to everything these days.

    Phineas P. Hornswaggle, Aug 10, 2003
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    PuppyKatt Guest

    Not to mention the occasional blue tracter and mustard jar!
    PuppyKatt, Aug 15, 2003
  11. It's yellow, you nit.
    Gary G. Taylor, Aug 15, 2003
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    Brian H¹© Guest

    X-No-Archive: Yes
    Gary G. Taylor said:
    The red one isn't.
    Brian H¹©, Aug 15, 2003
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    Liz Guest

    In the marshmallow forest
    Everything was white and whirling
    You can run from all the memory
    But never get that far
    For in the end they'll find you
    For this is who you are
    A shiny blue tractor.
    Liz, Aug 16, 2003
  14. YHBT ;?(
    Phineas P. Hornswaggle, Aug 16, 2003
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    Patrick Guest

    The 'blue tractor' is blue, only when you're looking at it.
    In all other circumstances it's yellow (or pink or green or.. )
    Patrick, Aug 16, 2003
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    Liz Guest

    By PK? :) Actually, I set OE to get 100 headers at a time,
    when I take a long break, I'll likely miss the in-between posts.
    That's probably why I seem to drop in out of nowhere.
    Liz, Aug 16, 2003
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    Liz Guest

    Or stop sniffing spray paints.
    Liz, Aug 16, 2003
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    PuppyKatt Guest

    lol How are you, Liz?

    : "Gary G. Taylor" wrote:
    : > PuppyKatt wrote:
    : >
    : > > Not to mention the occasional blue tracter and mustard jar!
    : >
    : > It's yellow, you nit.
    : In the marshmallow forest
    : Everything was white and whirling
    : You can run from all the memory
    : But never get that far
    : For in the end they'll find you
    : For this is who you are
    : A shiny blue tractor.
    PuppyKatt, Aug 23, 2003
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    Liz Guest

    Did you get my email? I sent it soon after I got yours
    and that was weeks ago.
    Liz, Aug 24, 2003
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    Liz Guest

    All play, no work on final day.
    Liz, Aug 25, 2003
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