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It's so frustrating when you look through a games forum to find an answer to your rules question and the subject lines say things like:
A few rules questions
Questions after first play
How do I...?
Help!


... And so forth.

If you identify the topic of the question in the subject line, it will make BGG an even more useful tool. E.g.
Do enemy units cut lines of support?
Is withdrawal played before or after attack?
Do you add VP during or after the turn?



There, I've done my sermon for the day.

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Seriously, it should say so whenever someone posts a new post in the Rules sections:

"PLEASE SUMMARIZE YOUR QUESTION IN THE SUBJECT LINE! This makes it easier to find your question for those who can reply, and for others who have the same question."
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Agree agree agree! I've been checking out games and rules a lot recently and generic subjects makes getting answers to my questions a lot slower.
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Undertook a mission of cleaning up the rules forum, at one point he was looking for volunteers. I don't know if this is ongoing.
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Ah, Liam was a bit faster, but here's a link to that project: Campaign to make the rules folders more useful
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And in http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/9690955#9690955 from July 2012 Sphere says he's "just as dedicated to this as I was on day one" so I'd definitely consider it ongoing.
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Other than the obvious, let us know how we can help. When I read this subject line, I had to say yes yes a thousand times yes.
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This page is criminally underused. If more FAQ's were created using this then they could be linked on the proper pages.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/wiki/page/List_of_game_FAQs
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I agree with the OP. With that being said, I suggest using google if you have ever have a rules question. Just type in your rules question, the name of the game and the word bgg. You can use the domain functionality for that last bit but I can never remember how.

As an example "enemy units lines of support no retreat bgg" and you will probably find exactly what you are looking for and the name of the thread won't matter.
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I insta-thumbed this thread about an hour ago. I then came in to it now just to report that I did so.
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If you have one or two or maybe three questions, sure. If you have any more than that, though, I see no fault in naming the thread "A couple of questions after first play" or similarily. Because then people will still know exactly what to expect: Basic questions that would most likely occur after the first play.
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Moe45673 wrote:
I insta-thumbed this thread about an hour ago. I then came in to it now just to report that I did so.

Okay, keep us posted.
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Rockhopper01 wrote:
Yeah, its hard to surf the Internet for answers.
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ed95005 wrote:
Moe45673 wrote:
I insta-thumbed this thread about an hour ago. I then came in to it now just to report that I did so.

Okay, keep us posted.


I read this thread, and the comments. Now I am reporting that I did in fact read this thread and the comments.
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Cizak wrote:
If you have one or two or maybe three questions, sure. If you have any more than that, though, I see no fault in naming the thread "A couple of questions after first play" or similarily. Because then people will still know exactly what to expect: Basic questions that would most likely occur after the first play.


I still say you should title your thread with the question. Even if you have 10 questions you should title it:

"When do I draw cards, what's the hand limit, and 8 more questions"

Like when you are citing to numerous authors. You only write the first couple of names and then et al to the rest. At least a few questions will be in the subject line.
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MyParadox wrote:
Cizak wrote:
If you have one or two or maybe three questions, sure. If you have any more than that, though, I see no fault in naming the thread "A couple of questions after first play" or similarily. Because then people will still know exactly what to expect: Basic questions that would most likely occur after the first play.


I still say you should title your thread with the question. Even if you have 10 questions you should title it:

"When do I draw cards, what's the hand limit, and 8 more questions"

Like when you are citing to numerous authors. You only write the first couple of names and then et al to the rest. At least a few questions will be in the subject line.


Wouldn't it be better to create several threads at that point? Otherwise your 8 other questions get buried. I don't want to have to guess whether the answer to my question might be in a thread based on such a non-specific title, and then potentially trawl through that thread full of questions which aren't the question I was asking.

I wouldn't mind a title like "I don't understand how auctions work in this game" with several auction-related question in it though.
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I regularly send a PM to a poster who has used a generic subject line, and ask them to change the subject line to something more specific. I include a link to Spheres thread in these messages. Most people change their subject line after this.


jasoncarlough wrote:
I agree with the OP. With that being said, I suggest using google if you have ever have a rules question. Just type in your rules question, the name of the game and the word bgg. You can use the domain functionality for that last bit but I can never remember how.

As an example "enemy units lines of support no retreat bgg" and you will probably find exactly what you are looking for and the name of the thread won't matter.

Is there a reason you do not use the BGG forum search function? That is what I usually do.
 
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