Confusion over responses

+10 votes
I don't know if I'm imagining it, but reading some of the posts in here, I get the impression that, instead of replying to questions, some people have been trying to do so by posting or asking a new question. The obvious example is the series on genealogical societies.
in The Tree House by anonymous G2G6 Pilot (257k points)
retagged by C S

Internet 2016. 

  1. Is it a problem? 
  2. Is it a limitation of G2G that it doesn't support to have more threads  
  3. Do you miss tags on individual threads like twitter?
No, not a problem. Just confusing (to me.

I know nothing about Twitter.

In Twitter you #Twitter and then that is a link ==> you get new way of navigating.

Example of hashtags used today in Twitter by many people in UK



2 Answers

+5 votes
Martin, the "problem" is that there is a very small minority of the WikiTree users that even do anything on G2G and an even smaller number that actually do enough to understand it. The solution is to make more people aware of this forum and allow them to get some experience here and it is my feeling that these additional threads provide a way to gently nudge them in the right direction by giving simple explanations about how things are done. A few kind words encouraging them to move in the direction that they should  will work much better than trying to make a case to change WikiTree into something that matches other non genealogy sites. I do not see this as a big problem but it does show that there are a lot of others out there do not understand how things are normally done here.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
I agree whole heartedly with what you say. I do not understand a lot on wiki. I find it all quite confusing. I guess it maybe my age. 83!
+2 votes
I often take something from a question, or an answer to a question and convert it to a new question rather than muddy up the waters by bringing up something that's not really related to the original question.  But I also sometimes post a comment on a different topic which I think is related but not likely to go very far.  As to answering a question with a question, that depends.  If the OP either doesn't supply enough info or is unclear, I think it's fine to ask for clarification.  Likewise if you wan't to find out what the OP has already tried or checked.  Asking an unrelated question is not good, but what can you do?  As Dale says, give advice or ignore seems to be the best way to go in that case.
by Dave Dardinger G2G6 Pilot (408k points)

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