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Re: I live in Swiss & don't know how to use the search on EF

I agree with you on all of this. People shouldn't ask for the sake of asking when it's obvious through searching here. I am very grateful for the information I've gained though English Forums.

Some things are hard to figure out here at first. I find my situation in some question with the only answer being "did you try the search function?". It shuts the conversation down.


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If one can't even take the time to correctly state the name and adjective relating to our country (with the word Switzerland being a very prominent part of the forum title for crying out loud, which is in the top left corner of every single bloomin' page you enter on this forum, right next to the picture of the faces, under "english forum", then I don't see anything wrong with simply reposting, for the umpteenth time, my thread on http://www.englishforum.ch/daily-lif...itzerland.html



Way more than those who come here and expect to be spoon-fed. Too many of those around - thankfully there are others as well, who actually do their research and don't get all pissy when asked if they have looked before asking. Proven just yesterday - see for yourself: move from US to zurich with 3 kids

As for answering questions for the umpteenth time - after a certain number of practically identical questions, it does get tiring and I do take the liberty to simply post links to the many posts I've written on e.g. health insurance in Switzerland. People should also be able to read posts and adapt them to their specific situation without us, strangers who don't know their situation as well as they do and never will, taking everything apart for them.

I can understand it when forum vets and legends get annoyed at times - see the many threads on this issue for further information.


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Dang 3Wishes, moving drewboog's thread (now mere post) to an existing thread after I wrote out this long response? If I had known a merge was coming up, I would've saved my speech and taken care of other things instead.
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Re: The Treatment of New Posters

Before reading this I had no idea that reputation was different from thanks and groan. I just assumed that more thanks = more green and more groan = more red.

I think I'll start a thread asking how the system works
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Old 13.04.2016, 01:47
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Re: The Treatment of New Posters

You're from an English speaking country and don't know the difference between Switzerland and Swiss?

And somehow you landed a job here in Swiss?
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Before reading this I had no idea that reputation was different from thanks and groan. I just assumed that more thanks = more green and more groan = more red.

I think I'll start a thread asking how the system works
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Basically groans and blobbies are like alternate uses of pepper spray and electric cattle prods to keep newbies in check
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Re: I live in Swiss & don't know how to use the search on EF

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Some things are hard to figure out here at first. I find my situation in some question with the only answer being "did you try the search function?". It shuts the conversation down.
The shutdown is actually intended for lazy posters asking questions that can easily be answered by searching.

The only thread started by you, drewboog, I can see is the car insurance question. Nobody told you to use search there, or anything similar.

Are you using multiple IDs?
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Re: The Treatment of New Posters

To be totally honest,there are a bunch of bored so called "veterans" on this forum that just cannot resist commenting on every topic, even though they have no idea about the topic that they are commenting on.
Sometimes less is more.If you don't know what you are talking about,just say nothing.

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Old 13.04.2016, 18:11
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Re: I live in Swiss & don't know how to use the search on EF

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I agree with you on all of this. People shouldn't ask for the sake of asking when it's obvious through searching here. I am very grateful for the information I've gained though English Forums.

Some things are hard to figure out here at first. I find my situation in some question with the only answer being "did you try the search function?". It shuts the conversation down.
Conversation?


What conversation?
Are you sure you are not referring to an incident where the information you needed was easily available to you, yet you were:

a) Too lazy to search
b) Born yesterday and can't use a forum and expect people to educate you here
c) In search of spoon feeding
d) All of the above.

To me, it seems convenient to rewrite the past, claim you were only trying to make a conversation and put blame on what you did not like.

It's a forum where you got valuable information from people who wasted their time providing it to you. So be grateful that it was for free and that the only cost was some sarcastic comment. In fact, if someone told you to search, it was even not sarcastic but helpful, again someone experienced who knew the answer was there and directed you to it.

What you expect?
Funnily enough, we are seeing a lot people full of gratitude of having received the most valuable, helpful information which probably saved them a few thousands chf or some nervous break down. Yet, these one always disappear without any reward beside some complains when one thing is not to their liking.

In fact the only one benefiting from that situation is the owner of the site, with all the ads, the trackers (GoogleAdsService, Google Analytics, ScoreCardResearch, Skimlinks, Taboola) and the new users getting free information.

The rest are just a bunch of fools, some being helpful, some being just arrogant and knowledgeable picking on others and some being just wasting time.
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Old 13.04.2016, 18:32
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To be totally honest,there are a bunch of bored so called "veterans" on this forum that just cannot resist commenting on every topic, even though they have no idea about the topic that they are commenting on.
Sometimes less is more.If you don't know what you are talking about,just say nothing.
But if people only comment on topics that they know about then this forum would be practically dead
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To be totally honest,there are a bunch of bored so called "veterans" on this forum that just cannot resist commenting on every topic, even though they have no idea about the topic that they are commenting on.
Sometimes less is more.If you don't know what you are talking about,just say nothing.
To be totally honest, there are a bunch of motivated so called "specialists (or professionals)" who cannot resist commenting on every topic, even with complete knowledge of the topic you need commenting on.
Sometimes more is better than less. If you want to know what are they talking about, just pay them ($ $ $ $ $ $).
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Old 13.04.2016, 18:53
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Old 13.04.2016, 19:01
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To be totally honest,there are a bunch of bored so called "veterans" on this forum that just cannot resist commenting on every topic, even though they have no idea about the topic that they are commenting on.
Actually, I only comment on topics that I know, and thank or groan the rest!

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Actually, I only comment on topics that I know, and thank or groan the rest!
Randomly or do you have a method?
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Old 13.04.2016, 19:12
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But if people only comment on topics that they know about then this forum would be practically dead
Well,to be honest it does go thought waves of being "practically dead".
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Old 13.04.2016, 19:23
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Re: I live in Swiss & don't know how to use the search on EF

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Okay, I live in Switzerland and I search for everything myself. The Google search feature is very nice on English Forums. I think I'm getting pretty good at it, too.

My complaint is if somebody calls it Swiss in a random comment then someone else has a cow about it. Yeah they're wrong, but in my country (the US) most people hardly know the difference between Switzerland and Sweden. We're mostly English-only speakers! If someone's first language isn't English and they mess it up and call it Swiss, it's close enough to what it's called in the local languages here and you understand that. No need to beat them up about it.

Second complaint.. If anyone posts anything and doesn't preface it with "I searched this on English Forums and couldn't find what I needed" then someone always writes "Have you met the search function?". There is no substance by replying with this. You can say what you know about the topic, or else saying nothing is best. What are you contributing?
You live here - why on earth are you not able to recognise the difference between moving to Switzerland or Sweden?
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Old 13.04.2016, 19:26
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You live here - why on earth are you not able to recognise the difference between moving to Switzerland or Sweden?
I think they do. They were giving an example of how "Swiss" is more accurate than some other folks could get.

TBH, "Swiss" as a noun doesn't bother me that much; no more than "very less" or "do the needful". It's just a flavour of English.
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Old 13.04.2016, 19:39
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I think they do. They were giving an example of how "Swiss" is more accurate than some other folks could get.

TBH, "Swiss" as a noun doesn't bother me that much; no more than "very less" or "do the needful". It's just a flavour of English.
Maybe they're just searching using US English rather than real English?
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Old 13.04.2016, 20:13
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Re: The Treatment of New Posters

Americans may confuse Switzerland with Sweden, but they don't refer to Switzerland as Swiss.
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Re: The Treatment of New Posters

I really don't understand why people get so uppity over people saying "Swiss" instead of Switzerland. It's not correct, but it's hardly a big deal and people who go crazy over it just end up looking like twonks. It's nowhere near as bad as confusing Switzerland and Sweden.
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Re: The Treatment of New Posters

Maybe changing the spelling to Suisse might stop the argument!!
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