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Sometimes I feel the same way - but if we outlawed repetitive questions, the forum would be pretty much dead by now. It just comes with the territory.
And yes I do love seafood!
It does, indeed, come with the territory.
In our Best Practices thread we do
encourage folks to do a forum search, see if the topic they're about to post has come up before. But we also understand that not everyone is going to. Or that similar topics may not feel the same to the user. Or that they simply want more current answers -- especially when repetitive topics are from 2009 and were answered by folks they have never heard of.
The staff and admins are fully capable of determining what is spam and farming (like 5 forum posts in 4 minutes, all asking questions with no forethought that have likely been asked before). I am not aware of anyone having been banned or even reprimanded for making a well thought out post that is repetitive.
We understand that things get easily buried. We understand that it's sometimes hard to search. We understand not everyone has time to search in multiple places and ways. We understand that people sometimes just want to make conversation and don't mean to duplicate old content.
We, basically, try to be understanding -- and this is an area we can be.
Forums will always have people posting repeats of the same questions. Long time forum members anywhere are known to groan as one when certain topics come up.
The trick is to be a good, fair forum administrator and be able to figure out when someone is blatantly point farming and not putting anything of value into the discussion or when someone just didn't think or use best practices -- which are not rules nor part of the TOS, just suggestions.
It IS best to search the forum first, use a clear title, and all the other things in that thread. But we're not going to throw buckets of phthalates at the occasional offender.
Anyhow. I kind of babbled off topic here but since it seems to have come up again -- and has been a lot lately -- I wanted to reassure everyone that they're not in trouble for putting up a topic that's similar to another unless they are doing other point farming activities along with the repeated forum posts.
I know this is irksome to a lot of folks. Always has been, on every forum I've ever been on. But the quoted post by Gunsmoke is dead on accurate -- It comes with the territory.