Your the only person I've heard about who said that the search engine is naff. You sure your using it right. Fair enougth the moderators can be a bit blunt when telling new people about the search function, but its only because they have to say it everyday. And the reason they prefer you to use the search than post new posts repeating things, is that all these posts take up space which cost money!
I do have a gripe with you tho, I don't think you should of posted this onto the Forum, in fact I wouldn't be surprised or blame them if they delete it. I personally would of PM or emailed one, all the offending moderator to voice your concerns. This isn't the place to be talking about "attitude".
Anyway other than that I hope you enjoy Mini2, I think you'll find it a great website (as I have) very imformative and full of a good bunch of people (including some or all of the moderators with "attitude" )
Speaking as a Moderator I can usderstand that some of the responses you're refering to might seem a little blunt at times, but they've been taken in the spirit in which they're intended by many 'newbies' before now with no ill-feelings.
Personally when I respond to a similar plea for help I often cite the search function myself as it is easy to miss if you're new to the site - I have to disagree that it's 'full of c**p' though (and can you tone your comments down?..there are kids watching!) When I've used the search function myself it usually returns more information that I have time to digest - I still haven't found time to try the more sophiticated search variables, but I'm sure if I did, it would return what I was looking for.
As for posting links - this is fine if we know that the link we're posting is specific enough for you, but generally speaking, people are looking for a cross-section of responses/ideas so these links would be a hindrance rather than a help..
Feel free to send me a private message if you need any more help, but please remember too that Moderators are here in a voluntary capacity to help out where needed - we're not here to be summoned like servants..I doubt many of us have either the time or the inclination for that!
Actually several forums I post on will immediately lock or delete repeat threads and if you start pushing why - they then say use the search function its already been answered. Alot of newbies come here and expect us to restate everything we have stated in the past year. There are faqs that are in the works that we will start using to help point people in the right direction when they ask a question over and over again. Now i'm not saying this directly about you, but in general with this forum, and many others around the internet.
Well, I tend to agree that in some instances the moderators can be a little short. (I wouldn't describe it as an attitude). But it's hardly suprising. The amount of threads are growing like wildfire. And 99% of the time the question has been asked many times before. It must be very frustrating for all concerned sometimes. I have fallen out with moderators before now, usually because peoples words can be taken in ways other than the way they are meant.
Usually, even if "a" moderator has suggested using the search function, a member with a bit more time usually comes in and helps out with a link or a photo.
My suggestion would be that if "someone" mentions using the search engine, just post again asking if anyone else can help if you can't find what your looking for.
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