Either that was a bad example or I don't think it was a 'dumb' question. Given the time it would have taken you to compose your three letter response (particularly given you believe this is obvious to you) it was hardly consuming a great deal of moderation time!Ross wrote:You misunderstand, the bad "questions" are usually not actually questions at all rather than "dumb" questions. I have moderated a lot of them - something i'd rather not be doing!mudz wrote:Hmm.. Can't say about those but Guess what? sometimes the dumbest questions get you the best answers.Ross wrote:I disagree, I have seen plenty of bad "questions" - most of them are not actually questions..
Example of an actual bad question: http://www.xcore.com/questions/2685/can ... nnect-link
Tags are also an important feature, for example this question won't be easily searchable due to poor tags (i.e. just the question repeated: http://www.xcore.com/questions/2684/lau ... -not-found)
Not really a useful reusable resource...
I know that the answer was available elsewhere, in documentation, but as it is the response of many people is to 'ask first, read later'. That might be annoying, particularly for the 'old school' RTFM moderator, but it's just a fact of life. Given the relatively low traffic volume of this forum I don't think you can afford to turn anybody away for the fear or feeling 'dumb'. If you want to develop a community then you need to be accepting of new users... Those are the future of the community.
Finally, I don't think that the sort of user who asks such a question will give a second thought to the fact their 'Activity Points' will be negatively impacted... After all, that would require that they'd read the forums and understood how these worked.