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PF as their own personal search engine

  1. Mar 19, 2010 #1
    How so many people use PF as their own personal search engine. Find XYZ for me, and do it NOW!

    Seriously, typing www.google.com[/url] takes less effort than [url]www.physicsforums.com[/URL], and then making an entire thread on the most asinine question.

    Correction, do my homework for me, URGENT! DUE TOMORROW!!!

    Reposted in student speak:

    How so many people use PF as their own personal search. find XYZ for me, and do it NOW!!11!

    srsly, typing [PLAIN]www.google.com[/url] takes less effort than [url]www.physicsforums.com[/URL], and making entire thread on the most easiest q's.

    Do homework for me, URGENT! XD

    Let's review, boys and girls:

    (1) - [b]I[/b] is capitalized in a sentence
    (2) - you don't.......need.......to........do this....... every sentence....... just type normally...
    (3) - too and to are different, know this difference
    (4) - your and you're are different, know this difference too (see (3) about usage of too)
    (5) - if you're working on a project, consolidate all your project question in one thread, it will do us all a favor reading them. :smile:
    (6) - show us what results you have come up with so far, but need help with moving forward
    (7) - don't throw around acronyms without explaining what they are.

    The goal of people helping on PF not just to give students advice, but to help them mature as well rounded scientists and engineers. That means striving to produce clear, understandable posts expected of any college student handing in an assignment to a professor. This also translates to email correspondence with your professors, or companies you work for. Develop these skills now, and it will pay off in the long run. Strive to constantly improve yourself in all areas: be it making presentations, giving a talk, writing, or analytic skills.


    Edit: Did [b]I[/b] mention that [b]I[/b] is capitalized in a sentence? [b]I[/b] think [b]I[/b] did, [b]I[/b] just wanted to be sure. (i think we all get the point)...wait a minute...
     
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  3. Mar 19, 2010 #2
    Re: Amazing

    Excellent suggestions. Basically when asking a question, put yourself in a potential poster's shoes who is going to form a reply. Ask yourself would you want to respond to your own question?

    Most forums, including this one have become link relay stations. Somebody asks a question, and then somebody else provides a link and says "here you go, can you read all about it at www.whatever.com" and the thread is dead. This defeats the whole purpose of discussion forums, where as you said it's an opportunity to improve yourself. But on the other hand there are broad questions that you can't fully answer. So I don't know, perhaps putting a cap on giving links, or banning links altogether?
     
  4. Mar 19, 2010 #3

    Astronuc

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    Don't forget the apostrophe ' in the contraction of "do not". :biggrin:
     
  5. Mar 19, 2010 #4

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    When I see a broad sweeping question and the poster obviously hasn't done any reading or research yet on their own, I generally provide a link or search terms for them to use. I'll tell them that if they have specific questions after reading the link, to post them in the thread along with the parts of the link that they are not understanding.

    I think sometimes when students are asked a broad question and told to do some research, they assume that asking a broad question on a discussion forum is a form of "research". It shouldn't be, IMO, at least not for basic schoolwork.
     
  6. Mar 19, 2010 #5
    Re: Amazing

    Haha, edited that!
     
  7. Mar 19, 2010 #6
    Re: Amazing

    I'm sure that's a good thing, but considering how easy it is to find stuff on google and other search engines, providing links to poor chaps not only becomes a chore, but it's an insult to intelligence. I admit I used give alot of links to people before, but it always turned out to be a cold transaction except for those few posters who have shown genuine interest and common sense - it was worth it.
     
  8. Mar 20, 2010 #7

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    this thread.... its.... sigh... i dunno... sometimes i agree with cyrus but... i guess.

    URGENT!!!!
     
  9. Mar 20, 2010 #8

    DaveC426913

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    Just give em a WIYF.

    ("Wiki Is Your Friend")
     
  10. Mar 20, 2010 #9

    Pengwuino

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    Or http://lmgtfy.com/" [Broken]

    ...
     
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  11. Mar 20, 2010 #10

    DaveC426913

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    I prefer this one:
    http://justf*ckinggoogleit.com/" [Broken]

    ( note: * = u )
     
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  12. Mar 20, 2010 #11
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    lol!
     
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  13. Mar 20, 2010 #12

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  14. Mar 23, 2010 #13

    drizzle

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    ....................................... Bahaa:rofl:hahaaaaaaaaahaa

    Sorry but it's quite funny... https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=318795"

    P.S. Don't kill yourself laughing @ my replies! Judging from the date and time of my posts, I haven't had enough 'free time' to sleep, so I was a bit off... But I must say, it's intresting that you care for people to type properly!.................. I know, I don't believe that either! :biggrin: o:)

    As for the meaningless dots, it's totally expressive! Can't you read Pengwuino's post! It's obvious... You should learn how to read between the lines... And dots. :biggrin:
     
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  15. Mar 23, 2010 #14

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    :rofl:

    But...I really --- need ... help NOW! Cyrus ... Plz help --- URGENT!! ...

    :rofl:

    Did they stop teaching letter writing in schools? Forget the way people ask for help here; you should see the way the students address professors in emails now. :rolleyes: They have no understanding of where the boundary lies between informal chit-chat text speak with their friends and formal communication with a professor, or other "business" type situation.
     
  16. Mar 24, 2010 #15

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  17. Mar 24, 2010 #16
    Re: Amazing

    what u talkin bout Willis?
     
  18. Mar 24, 2010 #17

    Pengwuino

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    Instructors need to band together to create a database of emails like that that are so poorly written that... well... they deserve to be in a database.

    I feel like PM'ing Cyrus with an URGENT URGENT PLZ HELP IMPOSSIBLE PROBLEM message.
     
  19. Mar 25, 2010 #18
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    We should have a filter that detected uncapitalized i's and u's in sentences, and prevents people from posting a reply.
     
  20. Mar 25, 2010 #19

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    That woUld be IncredIbly UndesIrable. Can yoU ImagIne how annoyIng typIng a sImple reply woUld become?

    AbsolUtely not!!:grumpy:





    :biggrin:
     
  21. Mar 25, 2010 #20

    Dembadon

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    :rofl:

    This one strikes a personal chord with me. My younger brother often writes like this in his emails. One day I attempted to explain to him what it was like to read something like this out loud; I asked him to go through a given "paragraph" and replace each "......" with (dramatic pause), and then read it aloud. He saw that it created a sort of stumbling-forward-in-painful-anticipation feel in his writing.

    All that to say, yes, it is very painful to read sentences which do not have correct capitalization and punctuation.


    Doesn't that defeat the purpose of using one?
     
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