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mistermickster

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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teejay wrote:
It didn't seem right asking for help on the very first question Confused


You wouldn't be the first person to do so. Embarassed
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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 10:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am a moderator on a dutch puzzleforum and the most questions for hints are on the first one... Not been puzzling for a long time,not knowing what this puzzlemaker wants..There is great difference in their minds every puzzlemaker has his/her own way of thinking.... thinking way to difficult there are a few things why it is ( I think...) Once you found what they want how their minds work the need for a hint is less..(or they stopped..we dont work with stats so it is difficult to say...)

There is a great difference between us and the UK...we work a lot at the forum...and that is not overhere..We had to find a way between the dutch method and the UK one..

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Stretham

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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mistermickster wrote:
Teejay wrote:
It didn't seem right asking for help on the very first question Confused


You wouldn't be the first person to do so. Embarassed

Indeed. This is part of a wider problem for newcomers to a puzzle site. It takes quite a bit of confidence to be able to admit that you're stuck on something that *should* be simple. For experienced puzzlers, this is hard enough. For newcomers it's extremely difficult because they feel they may be setting themselves up to be laughed at or flamed. Hopefully on Puzzletome we have being going long enough now for people to be able to look around the forums and see that is *not* the case. I suspect the same will be true on this site as well.

Apart from the obvious benefit of receiving guidance, posting in such situations can have additional advantages. It gives other people the opportunity to realise that they are not alone if they are stuck. This can lead to forming teams or just plain good old-fashioned friendship. So my advice is don't be afraid of asking for help.

Stretham

Marx: to do is to be, Satre: to be is to do, Sinatra: Do be do be do
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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A good friend told me that there are never any bad question just bad anwers......

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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

angiejla wrote:
A good friend told me that there are never any bad question just bad anwers......


We always get told at work that there arwe no stupid questions - only those that dont get asked

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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nosher wrote:
angiejla wrote:
A good friend told me that there are never any bad question just bad anwers......


We always get told at work that there arwe no stupid questions - only those that dont get asked


When I used to train people I used to tell them that I didn't class any question as stupid as we all have to learn. When they relaised they had asked me a stupid question then it was a sign they were learning Smile
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swp

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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Marx: to do is to be, Satre: to be is to do, Sinatra: Do be do be do


and here I thought it was Socrates, not Marx, who said it first.

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Stretham

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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swp wrote:
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Marx: to do is to be, Satre: to be is to do, Sinatra: Do be do be do


and here I thought it was Socrates, not Marx, who said it first.

I doubt whether Sinatra was the first to say the last one either. Very Happy

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Teejay

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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay I'll admit it - I was too stupid to look at the forum as well.

I have now checked the forum and sungalong with dnbmathguy and I'm still getting it wrong!

I'll be on hols for a week and will try again after that (and probably start posting on the correct site about it). Thanks for your input.

Tony
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swp

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PostPosted: 23 Mar 2006 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teejay wrote:
Okay I'll admit it - I was too stupid to look at the forum as well.

I have now checked the forum and sungalong with dnbmathguy and I'm still getting it wrong!

I'll be on hols for a week and will try again after that (and probably start posting on the correct site about it). Thanks for your input.

Tony


from length of pencil to you going on holidays. who says there is drift on these threads!

have fun, wherever you go and whatever you do.

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Rosie Ragdoll

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PostPosted: 24 Mar 2006 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

angiejla wrote:
A good friend told me that there are never any bad question just bad anwers......


and here was I thinking that the only answer was 'read the title'

That may not make much sense to most people but just before people realize I'm around here I thought I'd make sure I was the first to say it Laughing

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PostPosted: 25 Mar 2006 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rosie Ragdoll wrote:
angiejla wrote:
A good friend told me that there are never any bad question just bad anwers......


and here was I thinking that the only answer was 'read the title'

That may not make much sense to most people but just before people realize I'm around here I thought I'd make sure I was the first to say it Laughing

Rosie


LOL Rosie! Thumbs Up

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PostPosted: 27 Mar 2006 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol
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Ezlo

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PostPosted: 28 Mar 2006 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

my pencil is getting shorter as I post!

*watches pencil get shorter*

YAY! Very Happy
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PostPosted: 28 Mar 2006 12:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can you really tell the difference at two posts? Confused
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