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Old 01-27-2012, 06:57 AM
richpetrone richpetrone is offline
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Posting on the forum and How to Ask for Help

Too many posters know what they want to say, but forget that the people reading the post need very detailed information. Using cryptic abbreviations and bad punctuation and/or spelling doesn't help. Proof reading a post before it is posted is essential in order to get good responses. For example, a person states in a post, "I have had numerous FTF's..." Does that mean Failure to Fire, or Failure to Feed?

When a person needs help and makes a post, it is best to include:

1) the caliber and model of weapon
2) whether the gun is used or new
3) the type of ammo used, whether factory ammo (list the brand) or reloads. The type of bullet profile, whether FMJ or JHP or LRN helps.
4) pictures showing the problem

Often times, a person needing help can find the answers by looking on the Forum "toolbar" under "Search." There are numerous repetitive posts on extractor problems, ejector problems, etc. that can enlighten a person with a gun problem, without making a post that has been answered many, many, times.

If a person does not know much about the 1911 platform, something as simple as a gun set up for combat loads can be a problem if the shooter tries reduced power reloads.....the reduced loads may not allow the slide to cycle properly. The shooter makes a post and never mentions the gun was working fine until he fired reloaded ammunition.

I know there are a lot of gunsmiths and shooters on this forum that are always willing to share their knowledge to help a fellow shooter. It is best to submit a post with more detail than less, and as a courtesy, always follow up with your post to thank those that may have helped to correct any issues. I have often seen posts describing a problem, many people offer their help by posting suggestions, and the original poster (OP) is never heard from again....makes us wonder what was the result!

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Old 01-27-2012, 07:23 AM
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Great post Rich,this is a very common issue and this should be a sticky for the new members to realize the more info that's given results in more precise answers.
Old 01-27-2012, 07:26 AM
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Here, here. + 1
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Old 01-27-2012, 07:59 AM
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Excellent post, Rich. It's now a stickie.

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:15 PM
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Mr. Petrone,

Great post, you hit all the important points, I'd just like to add the importance of spelling, and punctuation. "Lets eat gramma vs let's eat, gramma. Punctuation saves lives.


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Old 05-30-2016, 05:50 AM
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Hi Rich,

Can you add to your list a meaningful thread title, please?

Cryptic titles like those below won't draw the right attention; and mistakenly assume that everyone reads every thread, just to figure out what the title might actually mean:

"Please help"
"Have you seen this"

A few well chosen words can help a lot. For instance:

"Barrel flaw question: User damage or manufacturing defect?"
"Modern, but authentic GI copy: Another company vies for a slice of the 1911 market"
"Why can't people be bothered to figure out a meaningful thread title before posting?"
You can't reason people out of a position they didn't reason their way into...
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Getting good help here does not need to be a laborious
process of piecemeal info one question at a time.

Give this forum lots of info:
Manufacturer/Caliber/Brand/Model of the gun.
Origin of magazines.
Type of ammo.
Explicit description of the problem.
History of the problems to include ANY modifications.
Good clear pics.
Cheap-Fast-Good...pick any two!
Old 10-04-2016, 05:32 PM
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This is a closed thread (read only). If you want to add a post, please PM me and we can discuss the matter. This thread should stay narrowly focused and not have a lot of stray comments.

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Old 10-05-2016, 08:03 AM
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Search engine optimization

Another piece of advice is to learn how to use search engines better. We live in the Information Age and work on a platform that is over 100 years old. Everything has been covered. Learning how to use search engines more efficiently will unlock so much more information than you ever thought possible.

Most Internet forums have a built in search function but in many cases, they bring up many irrelevant topics that you have to sift through before you you get what you are looking for. Using Google to search through specific sites can help eliminate many of the irrelevant topics, because let's face it, Google just works better.

Enter your search topic in Google and add or whatever website you are searching through. For example, let's Google search 1911 barrel timing on through Google. Click the link to see an example.

Much more manageable results are produced.
Old 05-10-2013, 11:50 AM
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To add to an already excellent post...

This is NOT twitter or Facebook, post complete sentences that convey rational thought. Use punctuation, paragraph's and for the love of lime jello, use spell check.
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