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Old 09-30-2013, 11:54 AM   #21
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Google "correct oil site:e46fanatics.com" if you don't want to use the website search engine.
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Old 09-30-2013, 11:56 AM   #22
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Because almost all stuff people post have already been answered. I hardly post a new thread unless it's a unique issue that I've exhausted all my searching. Everything else I find from googling.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:01 PM   #23
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I agree on some topics that a new post is a good idea even if it's not an original question. For some others, like anything having to do with which oil or coolant to use, it's not only such a frequent topic but such a debated one that posting a new one is a sure sign that you just showed up and posted without bothering with even the simplest search.

Even with stupidly common topics, we should get in the habit of doing more than simply answering with "Search noob!". I don't have an example off the top of my head, but there have been a few things I searched for and all I got was 4 pages of results containing nothing but "it's been discussed, search for it!" or similar. This forum is here to help people find answers to their questions. If you can answer a question - even if it's been asked a million times - do it! If you don't want to help people with their questions maybe you should just stick to the off topic sections. Leave the attitude behind and just help people out. Sure, if they clearly aren't trying very hard to search you can tell them so, but still help. If nothing else your response will help the next noob that shows up and does search.

On a related topic, if you post a question, get no answers, and then find the answer yourself, update your post with the answer! The only thing more frustrating than finding no answers to a question you have is finding a post where somebody had the exact same problem and then they updated with nothing more than "fixed it!".
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:32 PM   #24
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Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime.
This should read "Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can sit on a boat getting drunk all day."
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:45 PM   #25
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The problem I have is every time I search for something, I find a prevalence of threads where the second post is one of the usual suspects (you know who you are) telling the OP to search. Since searching is so easy, just post a link to a useful thread mmkay, everyone wins.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:46 PM   #26
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If the thread creator hadn't made an unnecessary thread in the first place, your searches wouldn't be so cluttered. The root cause of that problem is the creation of threads.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:50 PM   #27
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Re: Whats so wrong with starting a new post?

Yeah, but eliminating redundant threads entirely is a pipe dream. So let's at least make sure we leave relevant information when we reply to them. Once we've done that, then we can make sure he/she is aware that they're a non-searching tool. :p

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Old 09-30-2013, 01:59 PM   #28
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Yeah, but eliminating redundant threads entirely is a pipe dream. So let's at least make sure we leave relevant information when we reply to them. Once we've done that, then we can make sure he/she is aware that they're a non-searching tool. :p

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Old 09-30-2013, 02:02 PM   #29
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I wouldn't worry about it...... it can get a little cliquey in here, based on my experience. I'm fine with it..... I figure this is a forum for discussing automotive problems, whether they've been covered or not...... some people think it is better suited for their girlfriend problems. I'm sure if they Googled those problems before they posted, there's somewhere on the web where that's been covered before too.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:32 PM   #30
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The problem I have is every time I search for something, I find a prevalence of threads where the second post is one of the usual suspects (you know who you are) telling the OP to search. Since searching is so easy, just post a link to a useful thread mmkay, everyone wins.
I agree, it comes across (at least to me) as a snobbish, know-it-all that just says something like "look it up".
I am a mod on another car forum and most of our members will politely link someone to the right thread.
The problem with so many auto website forums are (and I have received PM's from some new users) they are afraid to post because they will get bombarded with members giving them a hard time!
Some of the members told the OP that it wastes space, etc. but look at the replies on this one from members trying to be funny that offers nothing the OP brought up!
I'm not saying someone shouldn't try to look up something before posting but haven't we all been in a situation where everything we are trying to find is close but not exactly what was asked?
I'm just saying lighten up a little and not call ANY question a person asks a STUPID QUESTION!
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:56 PM   #31
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The only posts this happens to are posts asking what oil or coolant to use or ridiculously common problems like FCABs or RTABs.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:03 PM   #32
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even if you can't find it here there are many other forums that give information.. I have found that out of all the posts I've started working on I can google it and have my answer with less time then it takes someone to get around to answering you. As an added bonus you can learn a lot of other topics in passing.

in pertaining to an answer being burried if a thread, you can phrase search.
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Old 09-30-2013, 03:36 PM   #33
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Look, I appreciate everyones input, but, let me make one thing clear, I didn't mean to start a new post on oil.

This is what I thought.......................

1. Im going to give my car an oil change.
2. I searched the postings and red the wiki on Oils.
3. I found the correct Oil and did a search on it.
4. I found it at Walmat for $24!
5. I thought "this can't be it?" Its too cheap for Synthetic.
6. Oh I know, let me post a pic on the Forum to get confirmation.
7. All hell breaks loose!

Guys, I dont know what to say, Sorry? Maybe like one post stated I could have posted this on an existing thread, but I didn't know that was a rule. And when you post something on an existing thread feedback is slow sometimes. Thanks to WDE46 my question was answered withi a minute. And for the record I did instant message him and appoligized, even though he called me a donkeys butt.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:12 PM   #34
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You just unknowingly stepped on a land mine with an oil post lol. Hang around for a while, you'll see just how often those come up.
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Old 09-30-2013, 04:16 PM   #35
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Whats so wrong with starting a new post?

I somewhat understand your confusion but still you could've gotten all the info you need by researching M1 0W40 in relation to the E46.

No hell broke loose, you just received a little slap on the wrist from some of us and most of it was just a general statement of disapproval. Nothing personal.

I only called you a jackass because you said no one helped, even though I already had. I won't hold anything against you if you don't hold anything against me. I'm harsh sometimes so don't let me get under your skin too far.


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Old 09-30-2013, 04:16 PM   #36
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Whats so wrong with starting a new post?

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You just unknowingly stepped on a land mine with an oil post lol. Hang around for a while, you'll see just how often those come up.
Yeah that too. Complete land mine.


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Old 09-30-2013, 07:27 PM   #37
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hoodluum got the right oil for his car at a great price.

WDE46 is ready for some

Hell, I'm about to do the same. So enough about oil/starting threads already.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:35 PM   #38
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Look, I appreciate everyones input, but, let me make one thing clear, I didn't mean to start a new post on oil.

This is what I thought.......................

1. Im going to give my car an oil change.
2. I searched the postings and red the wiki on Oils.
3. I found the correct Oil and did a search on it.
4. I found it at Walmat for $24!
5. I thought "this can't be it?" Its too cheap for Synthetic.
6. Oh I know, let me post a pic on the Forum to get confirmation.
7. All hell breaks loose!

Guys, I dont know what to say, Sorry? Maybe like one post stated I could have posted this on an existing thread, but I didn't know that was a rule. And when you post something on an existing thread feedback is slow sometimes. Thanks to WDE46 my question was answered withi a minute. And for the record I did instant message him and appoligized, even though he called me a donkeys butt.
I'd believe that except you go ahead and do the same thing asking about Blackstone.

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Old 09-30-2013, 08:10 PM   #39
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Ok, Iím guilty of this and admit I have opened new posts asking questions that have been asked before, but only after I have searched and read threads looking for the answer to which I have not found. Searches by the way are not that simple. Answers can be embedded in several pages of a post, multiply those pages by the number of posts and that adds up to a lot of reading and time. And then for what? To realize you're still left with unanswered questions? So, why do some readers get all riled up when similar topics are repeated?
It's just childish posturing. Ignore it. Ask your question. Many will be glad you did.

You'll find that on message boards, truth is often a function of time.

What was true 3 years ago may not be now. Message board veterans fear that.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:19 PM   #40
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Whats so wrong with starting a new post?

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Be a member for more than a few months or even a few years and you'll understand. You also posted this in the incorrect section. Belongs under site feedback/questions
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