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Do tech questions belong in blogs?

By Beth Blakely ·


I've noticed a lot of members posting technical problems in blogs. For
example, FEMIOLADIPO has re-installed Windows XP and can no longer open
a private folder. How do you TechRepublic members feel about that?
HUTCHTECH doesn't seem to mind it. He posted a response to RREGMI when
he asked about an Exchange error.


* HUTCHTECH's comment

As we try to figure out how to improve our Technical Q & A, I'd love to
hear your opinions on this. Many members have said that they don't
believe that technical questions belong in the discussion area; that it
should be reserved for discussing more general issues. Does that same
logic apply to blogs? Why? Join this discussion and tell us, do
technical questions belong in blogs?

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Some members believe that technical questions belong in TechRepublic's
Technical Q & A and not in the Discussions, but what about blogs? Join
this discussion and tell us, should technical questions be posted in

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Free food and drinks?

by BFilmFan In reply to Do tech questions belong ...

Look everyone! Beth is promising to cook and give us alcohol!

I'm there!

Hey Morty! Beth's got booze! I got a TR Mug!

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Totally innocent

by Beth Blakely In reply to Free food and drinks?

I am totally innocent of these charges! (BFilm, Smorty is my BOSS now, man. Shhh!) ;-) Now, if someone wants to throw a TR party, I'm there. We'll all use our mugs.

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Hmmmph (again!)

by gadgetgirl In reply to Totally innocent


and this party will be in the US, and I'm in the UK. People will have lotsa party food, and I won't be able to eat it. You lot will all have TR mugs and I don't.

Oh, hang on a mo'. Somebody mentioned alcohol....



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Blogs, Schmogs

by HutchTech In reply to Do tech questions belong ...

Many people are still so new to the whole Blog idea that I don't
think asking questions can be stopped. A blog is still what you
make of it. Some use it as a diary; other's rant about old
girlfriends; some just post pictures for the family. To each his

I have to admit that until the recent changes on the TR Blog
homepage, I was getting a bit tired of the Random blog post
being some variant of "Hey, I started a blog, let's see what
happens." I'll also admit that the first post on my blog was very
similar, but that doesn't make it interesting.

Since no one is forcing you to respond to a particular blogger's
question, you can always ignore it, but I can imagine that having
one central place to rant, rave, write, respond and, sometimes,
inquire, might not be a bad idea.

- HutchTech

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Tech Questions in Blogs...

by Black Panther In reply to Do tech questions belong ...

I don't see a problem but why not ask where more people will notice it ie in Tech Q&A. :)

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