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New Group: Volunteers Answered

I've been thinking that this group / service has been necessary for some time, so I've finally gone and done it.

If you're willing to be singled out as a helpful individual, then please join Volunteers. You may want to start a thread detailing what in areas you are willing or able to offer help or advice.

If you want help, check out the membership of Volunteers, and either PM the appropriate member directly, or start a thread with Volunteer in the title and as a keyword.

Oh, and my own specialities? Science, use of English and general know-it-allness.


I can help with editing instructables and with layout problems. I like editing. :D

Proof reading too? Sometimes it takes me 5 re-reads to see I have type the the word the twice (&etc) sigh

Yep, proof eading too. I consider all of those things one big editing beast. :D

reminds me of the other day... saw a girl trip and i kind of smiled and her friend was like "look, hes laughing at you" and she was like "STOP LAUGHING AT ME, IVE HAD A BAD DAY. JUST NOBODY TALK TO ME, NOBODY LAUGH AT ME, IVE HAD A BAD DAY!!!" it was funny... i laughed.

Hahaha, well, at least I didn't freak out on anybody like that. I did trip several times though. Sleep deprivation is lovely. :D

Mmm,Proof eating, oh, you said "proof eading" Sorry about that, I ate proof and now it turned into roof Sorry.


8 years ago

(tiny bump)

Um, if I have irritated anyone, please let me know. Sometimes I over-react or may be a little insensitive, so I apologize, and just hope someone can let me know when I am this way so I can change the behavior. Thanks ahead of time...

I must confess that I have no idea what you're talking about. Unless you're just warning us that sometimes you Hulk out and get very angsty. :P

I don't know, maybe I am just a bit paranoid. I feel like I sometimes upset others, especially when I type without a really careful re-read and just "post". I just wanted you all to know that it is safe to tell me if I "DO" irritate anyone...I would rather work on changing it, then defending it.

Yeah, new topics could get messy... Anyway, I'm great for Greasemonkey scripts (:P) I'm very knowledgable about math (Algebra, Trig, Calculus) and a few programming languages (JS/Python/C) I'm also good with computer problems, although I'm running linux, so its hard for me to fix Windows problems...

Well, I may take you up on that when I start working on using my Ubuntu install (I have been chicken up to this point, even though it is on a bootable disk without need of install)

. Go for it. Ubuntu is very easy to install and will work out-of-the-box (it did for me, anyway). The main problem I had was trying to uninstall some of the "extras" that get installed, eg, individual games.
. Run from the LiveCD and see which of the included apps you need/want, then do a custom install and select just those items. The default install puts a lot of crap (like games) on your drive.
. If you will partition your drive before the install (newer installers may handle it for you), you can dual-boot. You can get by with ~4GB, but >= 8GB works much better. Or better yet, use a second drive.
. As far as I can tell, Linux is not yet ready for the masses. Great OS for more advanced users.

I am not yet "advanced" but am trying to learn as quickly as I can (before my eyesight fades ;-) ).

. Maybe advanced is not the right word. How about adventurous? Going by your posts and your try-it-and-see-what-happens attitude, I think you will enjoy playing around with Linux. My hosted servers run RedHat. SciLinux looks like a good setup.
. If I could have figured out how to do RAID1 plus file sharing with Windows in the 3-4 days I played with Ubuntu, I'd probably still be running it on my file server.
. I had some 4-8GB HDDs laying around and installed 5-6 flavors of Linux to try out. As far as I can tell, there's not that much difference from one distro to the other - each has its' pluses and minuses, but nothing I saw gave any of them a definite edge over the other. Ubuntu seems to be slightly "friendlier" than the others. But then I only used each for 3-4 days.

Ok, sounds great. Yeah, I am adventurous....to a point, but when it comes to the computer (which is one of the few things my wife has contributed to our 15 years of marriage), I have to be careful. I don't need to make it inoperable and have her scream at me because she can't get into eBay (actually, that might be endurable, given the money we'd save ;-) ).

just get the live cd. in my opinion, its even pretty straightforward for getting to the internet. applications, internet, firefox... it may even be on the desktop, but i dont believe it is. dual booting with windows is very easy. you may have to resize your windows partition though if it takes up the whole hard drive. one thing to note, it may not work with your computer's hardware. happened to me with fedora not working with my network card, and i had no way to get online to get the drivers. thats why the live cd is so great. if it doesnt work, then you know before installing it.

Yeah, (further up I mentioned: "even though it is on a bootable disk without need of install") is I suppose, what you are referring to as the "live cd" ?

yep, thats what i meant. and sorry about that, i missed that comment.

no problem, I miss more then the random comment sometimes ;-)

. Play around with the LiveCD for a while and see if you like it. Most distributions have a LiveCD. It runs slightly slower from the CD, but was fast enough for me on a 1.8GHz Celeron w/512MB. The LiveCDs only save data files to the HDD, so the chances of screwing something up are minimal.
. If you are paranoid enough and have a spare HDD laying around, take your current drive out of the computer whilst you fiddle about.
> one of the few things my wife has contributed ... <my emphasis>
. I think I understand what you meant, but I don't believe I'd let the wife read that. ;)

Having my wife sign into a "techie" site is about as likely as me giving birth (even though I appear as though I could). She is "eBay all the way" lol

One more thing, suggestions on places/site best to quickly learn Linux from?

The best way -- Use it and have problems :P
You'll have to fix the problems, (which usually entails copy/pasting from ubuntuforums into the terminal)

Although, Ubuntu is very stable right now. When I first started, I had to build the wireless drivers for my card, and I had a few other problems. I knew the terminal well because I used it in windows a lot, actually. Knowing just basic directory stuffs, such as cd, rm, mkdir, etc, will really help.

You can always try The Ubuntu Book, but I haven't read it, so I don't know what its about.

Then again, my friend uses Ubuntu, and he doesn't know anything on using the terminal. (Although I think he's picked up "sudo"/"gksudo") Theres graphical interfaces for everything.

I will have to find some time to fiddle (piddle ?) around with it ;-)

So people post 'help me' topics in Volunteers, and they get answers from experts?


They check the list of volunteers - if one has the right "speciality", PM them directly. If not, start a thread for anybody to jump in.

I think you'd need to keep adding a standard footer saying 'This is the Volunteers group, this is what the group is about', in order to raise & maintain the profile?

I surveyed 42 Forum topics containg the word 'help'. 80% were posted in all, no group featured even twice. This suggests that people don't seek a appropriate group (often).


I've found that if you're not member of the group, you can't post into its forum, and your thread is automaticaly posted into the "all" one. So that means that every person who will want to post into the "volunteer" group will have to join this group too ...

That's more than a lot of people could be bothered to do. However, if the group responded to the original post with e.g. "I've answered your question here (link to post in Volunteers)" you'd make use of the group and raise awareness. L

Maybe part of it is that most people just look at "view all" whenever they check the forums? I know I do. Possibly if the forums were divided more clearly, as on other forums, things would be different. Still, if we have enough, varied members of the Volunteers group, "help" threads will not be needed so much, as members PM Volunteers directly?

. I don't like the idea of using PMs. Isn't the purpose of Ibles and the 'Net to share with as many ppl as possible?

I don't mean it as a private network, it's supposed to be to contribute towards producing 'ibles. I've done it for a few people already - helping with the way they say things, filling in technical details to help improve the 'ibles they were going to produce anyway, or tidying up already-published 'ibles. Whilst they have been in confidence, they weren't permanently secret - they bore fruit in 'bles that (I hope) were better than they might have been.

Ah right, you let people know they can PM you through the group. Should go alongside what I've mentioned previously 'cos no one will use it if they don't know it's there. L

I wonder if we could talk Rachel into putting a direct link on the front page .... ?

We'll Fender just asked me "who do you mean We?". So the same question to you. (Not without establishing the group as something that is already worth linking to first.) L

Usually, I mean "we, the users of this website", but in this context I mean "we, the group of individuals who are willing to be Volunteers".

Thanks, I was being a tad trivial and could have omitted that. Get the thing working, and we might be in with a chance. L

I don't like the idea of PM-ing. Why should this be private? Oh wait, you have a volunteer who is good with the ladies... No seriously, the answers should be shared, surely? If you posted all the useful responses in the group, you'd build a group full of useful stuff, which could be explored for general reference? L

A person would have to know that they were there and who they are. A lot of people seem to toss a forum topic into all and get a response from the same people who would be / are in the group. It's not going to be something that will attract people, the group will have to pull people in.


I'm not sure, though I do not think so. People that are in the Volunteer group should post on this topic, stating what subjects they are strong in, and if they want, can post a topic on it. People who need help come to the group, find the person with the appropriate knowledge pertaining to their question/problem, and they PM the member. I think.

Pretty much what I was thinking (except that I didn't mention the introducing yourself bit), thanks. L Why does Firefox not suggest 'except' when you type 'ecept'?

Fx's spell checker sucks, thats why :P

Yea, I was leaning in that direction... L

At least WordWeb catches it as misspelled ;-)