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    Should CodingForum helpers have more blog knowledge?

    It's a bit of a delicate one this, and I realy hope I don't come in for too much critisism - as that's really not what I'm looking for, but it's been quite obvious on more than one occassion that the people who help out here with answers - as appreciated as they are - know very little about the way blogging platforms work. Nearly everytime I post a query regarding my blogs I'm quoted lines from my source code that are the root of my problems. If there were more people with knowledge on the various blogging platforms - particularly blogger - they would know that the owner of the blogs doesn't always have access to the source code that they quote as the problem.
    Havind said all that, maybe my answer lies in the fact that this forum doesn't have a blogging section.

    Really, I'm not trying to provoke arguments here, it's merely an observation.
    Last edited by OurJud; 04-01-2010 at 12:30 AM.

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    Anyone who helps people out on here volunteers that help. You can't choose what skills they have.

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    A very fair comment, Matt, but is there a market here for a blogging section? Google's own help forum is pretty poor to be fair - considering it was set up purley fo the purpose of helping blogger users. I think a forum like this where people know there's a very good chance of their queries at least being addressed - if not always answered - would encourage those who do have blog platform expertise to join up.

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    I think I remember one post of yours related to such an issue. I guess people here don’t usually have these hosted blogs, they host their own full-blown blog software. I could tell you almost everything about Wordpress but have no idea how the hosted Wordpress blogs at wordpress.com work (you know, these where you only get a subdomain like yourname.wordpress.com), what features they and how much control you have.

    People here look at the source code and say what’s wrong. We don’t necessarily know how your site is hosted and what software you use, we just look at the code and see there’s something wrong and fixing it will solve the problem. If there’s some error in a blogger plugin or whatever this is called then there’s not much we can do about it. We can just say what’s wrong and then you’d have to get back to the creator of the erroneous code.

    Even though there are some very talented and savvy people here they can’t do everything.

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    There's not really a need that I can personally see for a separate section. At the end of the day, blog software uses the languages already covered. Merely asking a relevant question in the relevant language section should be enough. The only thing people can't be guaranteed to know, (take your case, for example), is how badly the provider of the service has crippled the functionality. At the end of the day, coders know code. Trying to hack around someone elses system quirks or limitations is a completely different thing.
    Last edited by MattF; 04-01-2010 at 03:35 AM. Reason: Typo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OurJud View Post
    Really, I'm not trying to provoke arguments here, it's merely an observation.
    Feedback is always welcome.

    MattF and VIPStephan both had great responses and basically said what I was going to say.

    As said above the languages and concepts that blogs use are already covered by forums we have, so it is unlikely that a dedicated forum for blogs is going to be added. But don't let that stop you from asking questions, just find the forum that is most appropriate the issue you are having.
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    I think you bring up a great point, OurJud. We should all be willing to break into new stuff, which includes blog bleh.

    I tend to be like water, path of least resistance... if I'm comfortable with a methodology it's hard to try a new one. BUT, I usually have huge breakthroughs when I DO try something new! And posters like you are usually what strikes the match. Numerous examples... Some random comment by NancyJ concerning jQuery led me on a path of discovery and I've not looked back-- I'm ravenous about jQuery now, maybe overly so. And just this last weekend, someone mentioned CodeIgniter so now I'm converting a project I'm working on into CodeIgniter and I'm really excited about its power.

    My point is... keep bugging us to widen our knowledge base

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    We don't employ members here. Feel perfectly welcome to post a question, but members are volunteers and do this out of their hearts and spare time. If in-depth knowledge of a particular CMS is required, most have their own support boards.

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    Well, thank you all for taking this the way it was meant

    I've now taken on board what you've all said and have to say I look on things with a slightly different opinion. I think the point I was trying to make was that an expert on, let's say, blogger, would better understand another blogger's problems and what they have to work with to resolve their issues.

    If I'm honest, I suppose my proposal is a selfish one. There is pretty much no where (as far as I've been able to find) that offers good, reliable help for blogspot users. Google have their own help forum and I suspect most assume this to be the no1 place for help, but as I said, it's fairly poor. Just trying to get a response - any response - is a task. I try to spend as much time as I can there, answering the questions I do know the answers to, working on the principal that you should give if you want to receive, but it's made little difference.

    Anyway thanks again, and Fumigator, I promise to keep 'bugging you'


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