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    Default Cross posting question

    I'm still really new to forums and their different rules.

    I know that cross posting is frowned upon and in some cases will get absolutely no responses from anyone in a forum. (For those who don't know, cross posting is posting the same question in other forums.)

    If one has posted a question and that question hasn't generated any responses, when is it OK to re-post that question in another forum? a few days, a week, a month, never??

    Just wondering because I've posted a question about netbeans in the netbeans forum thinking that I would get a response from netbeans contributors. I see that this forum also has a netbeans sections. Since I have had all positive responses in this forum, I would like to post my question here; but I don't want to "break" the cross posting rules.

    So again, when is it OK to repost a question that didn't get answered??

    Thanks to all for any responses! :)
    Chris

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    This page from the FAQ of another forum says it rather well:
    Be Forthright When Cross Posting To Other Sites at JavaRanch

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    Thank you both! That makes sense. I will give my other post a few more days; and if I don't get any responses, I will try to reword my question and post it here. With, of course, the link to the other post! :)

    Thanks again!
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    You can tell by my post count I'm new as well so could tashimoto put a link here to his post so someone could go straight to it from here or would that be frowned upon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mackfrank View Post
    You can tell by my post count I'm new as well so could tashimoto put a link here to his post so someone could go straight to it from here or would that be frowned upon.
    mackfrank, link to what? In fact, what the are you talking about in most of your posts to this forum, and why are you making nonsense posts? Are we to expect spam posts from you soon? I hope not.
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    Default cross posting

    Quote Originally Posted by tashimoto View Post
    I'm still really new to forums and their different rules.

    I know that cross posting is frowned upon and in some cases will get absolutely no responses from anyone in a forum.... Just wondering because I've posted a question about netbeans in the netbeans forum thinking that I would get a response from netbeans contributors.
    No i'm not spaming I was just wondering if he could link to the forum he had the question in ... sorry if my repleys make no since but I'm new and learning.

    still look forward to learning from the forum

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    As as said before in this thread it's a good idea to post links in both forums so everybody knows what's going on.

    However it's probably not such a good idea to post saying "I asked a question on Some Random Forum but no-one answered. If you want to take a look follow this link...". It's not so much that it's against a rule but, rather, it's just not effective. People are very disinclined to go following links to get at a question.

    Better to repost the question. (and give the wording some thought in case that was why there were no responses). With links.

    The same goes for files posted on file sharing sites with screenshots, zip archives and the rest. Most people won't follow such links (and some of us behind proxy servers can't). But most people will recognise and respond favourably to the effort that goes into a well thought out post.

    What is most likely to attract an answer is a clear description of the problem along the lines suggested by the smart questions faq.
    Last edited by pbrockway2; 12-28-2010 at 07:09 PM.

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