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    Double Posting

    Is there a formal policy on double posting? In a thread of mine a while ago that some people didn't like, it was suggested it should be removed as it was a double post - it was the same issue (by a different person) as appeared on the medium format pages of (a distinction which I think means it's not 100% a double post as the audience is different, but still...) Yet before and certainly since then, it's common for people to post identical issues here and on the LF forum (and occassionally on, and less often on Newbies especially do this, and I think if there is a policy, it should be in clear, bold letters 'Please do no post the same query here and on other forums, or you risk your post here being deleted'. I don't like seeing the same posts on several forums, maybe others don't mind. But as the issue of double posting as a bad thing has been raised, despite the inconsistent approach taken with it, I would like some clarification.<p

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    Whatever David A. Goldfarb's Avatar
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    Double Posting

    How could such a policy be practically enforced? Though many people here read several of these lists, there is no administrative connection between them. And why should such multiple postings be deleted here if they are posted elsewhere? Perhaps they should be deleted elsewhere if they are posted here. Who would decide? There is no mechanism for such coordination, and there probably shouldn't be.

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    tim atherton's Avatar
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    Double Posting

    cross posting was (far failry arbritary and some technical reasons) a no no on the old original usenet meassage boards.

    It has been carried over by some as part of an "nettiquette" rule - usually favoured by (what we might politely call) the most organised among us.

    (I recall one such person digging up some obsure "internet rules" from MIT from the early days about the maximum number of characters a signature should contain, complaining loudly about peoples overly long sigs [ quotes from Plato, Julia Robets, Sting etc] and shouting that it was the law of the internet...).

    Personally I have no problem with it, and couldn't really care less. I sometimes cross post. I often see cross posting as well and most times the different groups give compeltley different sets of answers - which, of course, is usually the point. Or posted on one list and gets no answers, posted on another and gets plenty.
    You'd be amazed how small the demand is for pictures of trees... - Fred Astaire to Audrey Hepburn blog

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    Double Posting

    Please remember, while I don't like cross-posting (the correct term of course!) I was more concerned with the suggestion my own thread should be removed as it was 'sort of' a cross-post, while cross-posting otherwise seems OK. Hence, I'm asking whether there is a policy or not. I think the answer is, 'if the moderator of the moment doesn't like the topic, the excuse 'cross-posting is strongly discouraged' is wheeled out. If the moderator has no negative feelings on the subject matter, it stays.' But this is not an attack on moderators (whom I couldn't name anyway) but an effort at clarification.

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    Double Posting

    What is the exact definition of a cross-post? If it has anything to do with someone asking a question that has already been asked, then I hope it will never be enforced (and for someone to suggest that within a thread itself is plain rude). While this forum has "permanent" visitors no question will ever be answered the same way. We always learn as we go, what I know today is less what I will have known tomorrow, or so I hope.
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    Double Posting

    A cross-post is a post put on several different forums usually at the same time usually by the same person, with the intention it be spread as far as possible to get as many answers as possible, just in case there are people who don't read forum B, only forums A and C. (a recent post was asked at the same time on at least three different forums).

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    Double Posting

    If someone chooses to post identical or similar threads on this and other sites, that's their choice. I can see this might be an inconvenience to those who participate on both sites. As an advantage, they open their question to a possibly broader audience.

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    Double Posting

    So: a cross post is not an angry pole? :-) Time to make some great prints!
    Peter Collins

    On the intent of the First Amendment: The press was to serve the governed, not the governors --Opinion, Hugo Black, Judge, Supreme Court, 1971 re the "Pentagon Papers."

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    Double Posting

    How inconvenient could it possibly be to simply not read a given thread?

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    Founder QT Luong's Avatar
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    Double Posting

    This must have been a cross-posting within two areas of Here, at (formerly LF forum) there has never been any policy against posting the same question to other sites. Personally, I don't post on the LF forum and I'd prefer it if people did the same, but this is in no way an official policy.

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