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Ed Carrington
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Please advise if it is okay to post a question in JavaRanch and post the same question in Java Sun Forum, Tek-Tips, and DevShield? I understand to not post the same question in the same Forum and would never do that.

My argument is if one forum doesnt answer it maybe another will or you might get more details in one forum compared to another. And you will get a different audience in one forum compared to another. Please advise your point of view on this?
[ March 10, 2008: Message edited by: Ed Carrington ]
Gregg Bolinger
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Some folks don't like it when people do this. Some people don't care. There's really nothing anyone can do about it one way or another. JavaRanch doesn't have any official policy regarding this. In fact, we only have 1.5 policies. Be Nice and use a real name.


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Gregg Bolinger
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I'll add that, at least for JavaRanch, if you get a response on a different forum then it would be nice to post the response in your JavaRanch thread. Also, please don't post links to the other sites.
Ed Carrington
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Thanks, so you are saying its okay with certain limitations?

In one Database Forum they accused me of Spam because I asked the same question in multiple other forums. Some forums answer more quickly and have more detail answers with less attitude. JavaRanch is one of the better ones. And I see other people post here (JavaRanch) and in other Java forums the same question.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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While you weren't asking about this, note that we do not allow posting the same question within multiple forums at JavaRanch. (This reply is more for other people who read this thread and think we are endorsing cross-posting within JavaRanch.)

I agree with Gregg that we don't have a rule on this. Personally, I think it depends on the question. If it is a hard question or one that requires specialized knowledge, the cross posting doesn't bother me - especially if the person promptly posts the answer in all the other forums once it is obtained somewhere. If it is an easy/common question, I don't like the cross posting so much as the question is more likely to get answers in all places which wastes people's time. I also prefer it if the person starts in one forum for these questions and only moves on to others if no answer occurs. If JavaRanch is a good source, why not start here?


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Paul Clapham
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Originally posted by Ed Carrington:
In one Database Forum they accused me of Spam because I asked the same question in multiple other forums.
Well, as Gregg said, some folks don't like that. And in that case they told you they don't like that. People on other forums often express their dislike in a different way than we do here.

You can read our policy here, CarefullyChooseOneForum. Now, that just applies to JavaRanch forums, but if you look at it a certain way you can see how people could apply the same principle to other forums too. So it might be a good idea to ease up on the cross-posting, if you're going to take offense when people tell you they don't like it.
Ben Souther
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The easiest way to understand why some people don't like it is to picture yourself spending some time and energy answering someone's question.
Maybe you're fairly certain you know the answer but want to check a spec to make sure you don't give a wrong answer. Maybe before giving the answer you want to test it so you create a small program try the code that you are about to paste to the forum.

Picture doing all of this and then discovering that the original poster already got the same answer to this question on another forum, or on a different site altogether.

Try to imagine how much effort you would be willing to spend helping that person out with their next question.


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Gregg Bolinger
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Originally posted by Ben Souther:
The easiest way to understand why some people don't like it is to picture yourself spending some time and energy answering someone's question.
Maybe you're fairly certain you know the answer but want to check a spec to make sure you don't give a wrong answer. Maybe before giving the answer you want to test it so you create a small program try the code that you are about to paste to the forum.

Picture doing all of this and then discovering that the original poster already got the same answer to this question on another forum, or on a different site altogether.

Try to imagine how much effort you would be willing to spend helping that person out with their next question.


Which is why I suggested notifying other forums when a solution is obtained. This doesn't totally solve the scnerio Ben stated but helps.
paul wheaton
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Permit me to make it clear:

I am comfortable with a post being here and on other sites.

I've done it myself several times.


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Jim Yingst
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[Gregg]: I'll add that, at least for JavaRanch, if you get a response on a different forum then it would be nice to post the response in your JavaRanch thread. Also, please don't post links to the other sites.

So they should tell us they got an answer elsewhere, but not tell us where? I disagree, please do post a link to the discussion on the other site if it answers the question. Or even if you just got a partial answer. E.g. "I asked this question the other day at [link to other site] but didn't get a complete answer, so now I'm asking here to see if anyone can help." That sort of background info can be useful, and I don't see any problem with it. Unless a poster starts posting a lot of links, primarily to promote the other site - then the post should go to Blatant Advertising. But I think JavaRanch can survive people posting occasional links to other sites, especially if they contain helpful information.


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