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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 11:37 am
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Is double posting on here ok? I might have done it in the past. If I did and it was against the rules, I am sorry.

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Based on what I read, it is not against the rules. Couldn't this be made into a rule? We could have users delete the last post and repost the previous information along with the updated information. This could work. The delete post option is on a timer currently.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:14 pm
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Double posting, in general, is against the rules in all forums. The mods and admins of DHW are very laid back and will let things slide like that from time to time, depending on the circumstances it seems. That's just from what I've seen.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:39 pm
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My personal stance is that double posting in general should be avoided. And if one double posts it's best if it's been a while since the last post - As a bump, an update the person really wants others to see, etc. It's not a heinous crime... most people don't care unless you do it over and over to the point of annoyance.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:00 pm
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I'd like to clear this up for fellow users - a "double post" is where someone posts the same text in two separate threads, not where someone makes two separate posts twice in the same thread, one after another. The latter is okay as long as the newest post provides different text.

Double Posts are strongly discouraged in DHWs, even though the rules don't explicitly say so. There's no need to have two separate threads covering the same topic; one thread will do the trick. I've personally gone through the experience of having two separate threads of the same topic here in DHWs, and it's just as tedious and confusing as one could possibly imagine (They refer to Jam Productions releasing the "Blake Stone: Planet Strike" source code).

I locked a thread that was clearly a "double post", and stated my reasons for doing so. However, that thread - for whatever reason - did not move itself to the Thread Archives like it was supposed to; it instead disappeared off the face of the earth (I honestly still don't know where it went). I assume this was because of the problems DHWs had experienced with the "Yahoo!" servers, as we had problems enabling new DHWs members' registrations about the same time. I was going to post a link to the thread, and report it in the "Speak To Us" section. But again - I was totally unable to find the thread that disappeared, and I don't even remember 100% what the thread was. Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:17 pm
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I believe in other forums, a double post is one post, posted after another in the same thread. Don't they have another name for that? Cross-posting... or something... I can't remember. Having two threads started with the same text should be more closely moderated... if I saw something like that, I would remove one thread.

What about necro-posting? This forum dislikes it but I personally don't find it offensive, provided the post has some more content to it than "HAHA I agree". Sometimes it's good to revisit old topics... sometimes we look at our past opinions in the thread and decide whether time has proven us wrong in something. So I have a more lenient view on necro-posting.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 1:38 pm
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Restarting an old thread is fine if you actually add something to the content of a thread. Not just to increase your post count, as some do. That's what is disliked, I think. But I agree that revisiting old topics is sometimes a good thing.
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Cross posting is posting the same post on different threads.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 2:45 pm
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Double-posting and cross-posting are considered the same thing. However, double-posting can occur in the same thread rather than two separate threads.
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