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### Closing the old questions in Hardware ###

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Hello experts,

As you had probably noticed, there is an organized effort to get all the abandoned questions closed (abandoned question is a question that has not comments for 22 or more days). This way we move the really answered questions in the PAQs and delete the nonanswered ones. And of course all the experts that had answered questions get their points - although it is not the Primary function of the cleanup, it is something that is also a plus:).

If you are interested in helping, please read this:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hs7

If you are still interested, please post here with whatever questions you may have for the process. In case you decode it is not for you - please if you see such recommendation in a question that you had participated in, take your time to object if needed or to post your opinion if you are asked for it.

Thanks in advance to anyone that will decide to help.

If you want to help in another area, check the area for such question, post here specifying the area or send me a mail.

AnnieMod
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Hi Annie,
count me in :)

Michael

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Annie its a shame 3 yrs on a degree but not 3 months on EE, I will apply back when I have done my time :)

Nice to know I can participate further, great site i'm loving it.
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Hi Annie !

I´ve been in this site for a few time, but I can help, and want to help, whitin my capabilities of course.

Count me in !

Best Regards !
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Ok, Annie I wasn´t hoping to be accepted at first sight. I´ll keep working harder on the site.

Best Regards

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I give up!  Trouble I made a mistake, which accounts for my lack of experience.  I think he is on a war path now for that for some reason!  
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Yes thats a great deal Annie I did try to explain that I had read the Rules to her and I was not aware of of what I had done at that time.

But i went back and read them like I should have done in the first instance.  I guess that would be a major part of the for administration is to enforce the rules better.  Because most of us probably don't even read them :)  

I have answered many questions as I have been asking questions on here and I shall continue to do so, that way I can become more familiar with how EE works.  It's a great system and apart from my little mishap I am still having fun!  

Thank you for your kind reply and I will ask you again once I have stayed out of trouble for a bit :)
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Yes Annie I understand that,  I really did not think of that concept honestly and I was slightly shall we say under pressure to get things done so I admit my questions were probably leading other members.

Please apologise to her if you can for me as I did not do it on purpose, not with menaingful intent anyway.  I understand the error of my ways and I will have to watch what i ask in the future.  I know it is only her job to enforce the rules and I respect that.  If i was brash with her it was because I did  not like being singled out in public on the EE pages.  But i can live with that in its and chalk it up to experience.

:)

ps Your smiley face has a lot of chins :))))  :)
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by:Callandor
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Hi AnnieMod,

AlbertaBeef had asked me in the past to help out, but I was somewhat busy.  Now that I'm coming up on my one-year anniversary of my first post and the half million mark in Hardware, I thought I should mark the occasion by helping clean up this topic area that I love so much.  I know about QuickPost, but what do the expert cleanup people use to make this process easier?
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I am volunteering - I read the link and the only question I have is how much am I expected to process per period?  Hopefully, I am not prone to stupid recommendations ;-)
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Annie can you please offer some advice I know this is not the place for it :)

I want to advertise my delight whilst using EE and I imagine I can post reference comment to that effect somewhere.  So the question is where can i do that?
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No that does not look like it as that restricts my comments to the channels or so i think.

I just wondered if there was a section where prospective users can click to see customers comments.  Or shall I say customer satisfaction comments :)
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by:Callandor
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Are you going to provide us with something to highlight cleanup comments as "Administrative Comment"?
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AnnieMod
Sorry I haven't responded in awhile.  My home pc is messed up & until I get a new system I'm not going to be able to help out much (mine is so old it ain't worth fixin!).  Right now I'm checking email from work which I don't normally do, hence I haven't responded to any emails in a month - talk about pissed family members.

Anyway when I get things up & going again, I'll check back & hopefully be helpful to you again.  Keep up the hard work, but don't forget to take a relaxing break from time to time.

FriarTuk
TheDeepFatFryer says, "Can you read me now?"  :))

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by:daleoran
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Hi Annie,
May & June 2003 nearly finished (at last says you) :0
Where do ypu want me to go?
I can keep Word on as well as Hardware but do you mind if I drop out of Web Dev?

Michael

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by:Bob Learned
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How about some help here, too?

Bob
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by:daleoran
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Hi Annie,
May,June 2003 finished
July 16th - July 31st nearly finished
August 2003 progressing (should be finished soon)

Any more for me :)

Michael

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by:Bob Learned
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Whew!!! It's about time, but I finally finished with September - December 2003 :):):)

Bob
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by:Bob Learned
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Done :)

Bob
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Done with April - June 2004 :)

Bob
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by:daleoran
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Bob slow down, your making me look bad :)

16 July - 31 August 2003 nearly finished.
Jan - Mar 04 progressing

Michael

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by:Bob Learned
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Michael,

No time to slow down.  I gotta work, work, work, work, work... :)  Setting the bar high gives others incentive to rise to meet the challenge.  There are so many abandoned questions, and so little time.

Bob
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by:daleoran
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Yea I know. I actually do much of my clean up on my lunch break, and then leave fastcat open and sneak back to look at a few more open questions :)

Michael

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by:Bob Learned
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Taking anything 15 July 2003 or older.

Bob
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by:Callandor
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I'm trying to finish my 15-day range, but I keep getting 200 emails a day from the cleanups in this area, desktops and storage.  Is there an expert who has the answer to this?
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1-15 July 2003 is correct.  

The reason I'm getting all those emails is because ericpete, TheLearnedOne and LucF are TOO good at their job - they don't do just a few each day, they shoot in huge chunks, unfortunately all around the same day.  They're making up for years of inactivity, and of course they're doing an excellent job processing it all.  Not really a complaint, but an observation that it's pretty hard to wade through all that email and the new stuff that comes in at the same time.  The upside is that after a few weeks, there will be nothing left to clean.
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by:Bob Learned
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Yessiree bob, it is a good observation.  If you look at this page:  http://www.geocities.com/ameba_vb/qpost/oqvlist.html, you will see that you are not the first one to have this problem.  Annie has been trying very hard to get me to slow down, and I try to not overload experts, but when an expert participates (like you do) in so many questions across different areas, it is difficult to gauge.

Bob "The Learned One"
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by:Bob Learned
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And if you look here:  http://www.geocities.com/ameba_vb/qpost/oqvlist.html, you will see that there are approximately 32 topic areas with 4600 questions older than a year.

Bob
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by:Callandor
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>You are a lucky man - imagine if you had been also  in one of Venabili's areas and one of turn123 ones :)

Err - I forgot to mention, I get email from them, too, though not as much.
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by:daleoran
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I'm number 10 at that list :) What does it mean :)

Michael

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by:Bob Learned
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Done with anything older than 1 Jul 2003.

Bob
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Done and done :)

Bob
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by:Callandor
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AnnieMod,

I'm sorry to say that I won't be able to finish my assignment - I'm leaving Experts-Exchange and wish you and the other workers here the best.  I've enjoyed helping in Hardware and will miss coming alongside the ones who show genuine appreciation for solving their problems. You can check my last question in Community Support for the reason I'm going.
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by:Bob Learned
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Callandor,
Sorry to see another expert bite the dust.  Clearly there may be other issues that have been piling up over time that pushed you over the edge.

Personally, I have a policy never to get involved in flaming, returning flames, and in general I abandon those questions as quickly as I can.  Once I got burned, I quickly learned to stay away from that grief, and I have been happier ever since.

Bob
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by:daleoran
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Hi Annie,
just a quick question
If you look at this question
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Web/Web_Languages/Q_21206560.html

I've given the author instructions on how to allocate points. I haven't  taken part in the thread but thought I would help him/her with this. My question is  - can I post these kinds of instructions as an 'Administrative Comment' or leave them as ordinary 'Comment'

Michael
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by:Bob Learned
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Michael,

I know what the answer is since I learned the hard way.  Only PINGs and recommendations as Administrator--all others as normal.

Bob
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by:daleoran
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No Problem,
Was just browsing through some questions and came across someone who was unsure of how to split points - I like to be as helpful as possible :)
So Bob you must have got a slap on the wrist then :)

Michael
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Yeah, you could call it a slap, right Annie :))  

I got tired of people accepting my comments as answers, and having to ask someone to reopen the question (it happened a lot).  So, I just forgot about a conversation that I had with Annie, and posted Administrative comments, because they can't be accepted (problem solved).  WRONG!!!  Down came the hammer, and straightened out the problem right quick :)  I won't forget anymore :)

Bob
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by:daleoran
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Hi Annie
Update
16th July 2003 - 31 August 2003 - Finished
January 2004 - Finished
February 2004 - Almost Finished
March 2004 - Progressing

Anywhere else you want me to start pinging

Michael

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by:daleoran
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Hi Annie,
TheLearnedOne seems to have started this section - OK to continue with it?

Michael

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by:daleoran
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Hi Annie,
just looking a bit of advice -
I wondering whats the best way to deal with questions (in particular about Hard Drives) that seem to attract a pre-typed list of tools and utilies e.g

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_20912531.html

There's no feedback from the author.

Michael

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by:daleoran
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No Problem. Thanks for that
It's just that I'm finding this more and more. And to be honest it's the same people all the time.

Michael
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by:Bob Learned
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Done with July - August 2004 :)

Bob
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Double checking my work before continuing on with October 2004.

Thanks,
Bob
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Done with October 2004.  There are a few PINGed questions where the asker and the experts have picked back up the thread, and haven't reabandoned them yet.

Bob
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by:Bob Learned
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Taking 2003, first, then June - August 2004, then November 1-15 :)

BTW, why do we have trouble?

Thanks
Bob
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Hi Annie
That's September 2004 nearly done. Anywhere else you want me to go?

Michael

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by:Bob Learned
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Annie,

Since you are going to be off for a while, why don't you give me another range, so I can keep going :)

Bob
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Hi Annie

Sept 2004 - Completed
16- 25 November 2004 - nearly completed

Anywhere else you want me to go?

Michael

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by:daleoran
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I'll go to Office if you need help there. I'll also try and keep on top of Word as well

Michael

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by:Bob Learned
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Where would you like me to go next?

Bob
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Ok, I will concentrate more on the other areas.

Thanks,
Bob
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by:daleoran
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Hi Annie,
you want me to keep the Hardware section up-to-date the way I do with the Word section? Is that what you mean? If so I've no objections :)

Michael

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Thanks Annie,
to tell you the truth I really enjoy doing this. I know I can't always sit down every night or so and cleanup but I always try and make a big effort every so often - like last night - finished by areas in Hardware, started my area in Office and kept Word up-to-date. Glad I now have two areas to look after - that I can call my own :)

Let me know when I can start

Michael

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by:Bob Learned
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I'm done, and I am outta here :)

Bob
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No problem Annie. Looking forward to it :)


Michael

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Hi Annie
just checking - the areas I've to keep clean are
 - Word
 - Office
 - Hardware

Is this correct?

Michael

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by:daleoran
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Sorry Annie, did I pick you up wrong? If Office is ear-marked for someone else that's fine.

Michael

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Hi Annie
long time no hear :)
Just looking some advice
During my cleanup I sometimes come across questions that I think I could add to. If I placed an ordinary comment would this be seen as an infringement of my Cleanup status?

Michael
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by:daleoran
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Hi Annie,
I haven't done this yet but wanted to ask first. So now there's no need to worry you won't have to rip me a new one :)

Talk to you soon

Michael
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Why can't this be done automatically?
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Hi Annie
Ref email - my apologises for that. Is it ok to post an admin post after a ping i.e. I've pinged a question and the author comes back saying that they solved it themselves, can I post an admin comment asking them to post their solution? Or they ask for assistance in closing the question e.g. they don't know how to split the points?

Again Annie I'm really sorry about that post

Michael
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No Problem. I'm handling
Word
Office
Hardware

at the moment it just a trickle to keep them under control but come mid-july I'll be able to hit them hard. Also at that time if there is anywhere you would like me to go (temperarily) let me know - work in a school and the kids have finished for the summer so I'll have some extra time :)

Michael
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by:daleoran
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To be honest I think I have them all under control (unless you think otherwise :)  )
Word only needs a visit every week or so, the other two just a wee bit more :)

I'll get in touch nearer the end of July with a request for more areas. The extra areas will only be until September - hope this ok

Michael
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by:daleoran
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I'll be looking at Office tomorrow. Working my way through Hardware as we type :)

Michael
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Hi Annie,
Anywhere u want to cover for the next 2-4 weeks?

Michael
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Hi Annie,
just wondering if it's ok to ping a question twice?
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21416425.html
I pinged it once which set off the discussion again but now it has gone cold again

Michael
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AnnieMod check out the desktops theard of yours
also Callandor  had no idea that you left EE for awhile and yes you do take it easy when others disagree with you especially when i first joined EE and you and me sorta had a thing against each other but not anymore.
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Uh, yes, in what way am I involved?
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NEVER MIND
i just realized yesterday when reading this theard that Callandor actually stopped here at EE   and still never caught up to you ;)  oh well maybe in the future i will a bit still learning things.
compfixer101
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Hi Annie,
Haven't been that active answering questions this last few months and as such my Premium Services was cancelled. I've noticed now that Fastcat won't work because of this so I'm assuming I'll have to do the cleanup the old fashioned way :)

Michael
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by:daleoran
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Annie, ignore my last post. Just noticed that I've gained 4000 points this month so I qualify again :)

Michael
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Sorry for the delay - great news :)
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