Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile

Welcome to John Bridge / Tile Your World, the friendliest DIY Forum on the Internet


Advertiser Directory
JohnBridge.com Home
Buy John Bridge's Books

Go Back   Ceramic Tile Advice Forums - John Bridge Ceramic Tile > Tile & Stone Forums > The Mud Box

Sponsors


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Unread 11-30-2008, 10:38 AM   #1
284
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Denver
Posts: 499
Private PMs?

Anyone else get them, from posters with zero posts, PMing you about how to do their tile job in their home?
284 is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Unread 11-30-2008, 10:45 AM   #2
ckl111
Home Builder
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Toronto , CAN
Posts: 1,228
Very rarely but unless it is location specific, like someone asking about a local supplier, I encourage them to start a new thread. The idea of the forums is to share ideas so we don't have to repeat things so many times. I'm sure there are a lot of people completing projects just by searching the forums and never posting a single question. That could never happen if everybody PMed everything.
__________________
Colin
ckl111 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-30-2008, 10:48 AM   #3
Shaughnn
Trowel Monkey
 
Shaughnn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Kent, Washin'ton
Posts: 11,467
Gary,
Yes, we all get them. Some people are self-conscious, some distrust public posting in general, some imagine a more personal experience through private email, and some just don't understand how these forums work. If anyone get such a request for private assistance you've got a few options available to you. You can answer the questions to the best of your ability, you can respectfully ask the questioner to re-post their question to the forums so that others can benefit from your answers, you can choose to ignore the questioner entirely or you can suggest that the write to one of the moderators (who will then take one of the three preceding actions. Please do not be rude or dismissive though. We are trying to be helpful here and we don't want someone's mistake in etiquette to reflect poorly on the forum as a whole.
Thank you,
Shaughnn
Shaughnn is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-30-2008, 10:48 AM   #4
davem
Systems Engineer and Moderator, JB Forums
 
davem's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Dexter, MI
Posts: 14,567
Send a message via AIM to davem Send a message via Yahoo to davem
Thanks Colin, that's a great reply to requests like that.
davem is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-30-2008, 10:59 AM   #5
ceramictec
Tampa Florida Tile Contractor
 
ceramictec's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Tampa, Florida
Posts: 26,509
I do get a lot of them and it is usually someone asking me to clarify something I or another posted on a thread they read. or about doing a Job for them in my area of Florida which I dont mind.

I dont mind helping them out, and also encourage them to start a new thread. I agree with Shaughnn, I helped a guy by PM that was a member since 2006 and never posted. some just lurk but they all need to be treated equally.

and there is also this:

Please - Post your How-To questions on the Forum rather than in private messages so that others can benefit from the question and answer dialog. Thanks!
__________________
Brian

Tampa Florida Tile Installation
^^Check out our Blog^^
ceramictec is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-30-2008, 11:07 AM   #6
cx
Moderator emeritus
 
cx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Boerne, Texas
Posts: 95,710
I generally copy and paste that sentence Brian just posted above, pointing out to the PMer that he/she must have missed it right above the PM dialog box (even though it's in big, bold, black print in a big, bold, bright yellow box) and that we do encourage folks to post their questions on the public forums.

If I started trying to answer each question privately I'd spend my entire life on the website. Instead of just most of it.
__________________
CX

Y'ALL NEW VISITORS READ THIS HERE!
cx is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-30-2008, 12:20 PM   #7
ddmoit
Veteran DIYer -- Schluterville Graduate
 
ddmoit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: SE Tennessee
Posts: 8,884
I get some now and again. I always reply. Unless there is a clear reason for using a PM instead of a forum post, I suggest making a post for the purpose of sharing the advice and learning.
__________________
Dan - a DIYer in SE Tennessee
ddmoit is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-30-2008, 03:10 PM   #8
Davestone
Florida Tile & Stone Man
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Naples Fl.
Posts: 22,690
Yep, wait till you start gettin a couple long distance phone calls a day.... instead of jobs.
__________________
Dave



http://Davestonestile.com
Davestone is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-30-2008, 03:18 PM   #9
HS345
Tile Contractor
 
HS345's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Sherrodsville, Ohio
Posts: 6,605
I get 'em occasionally, I encourage them to start a thread in the advice forum, I am never rude, or dismissive. I'm only rude and dismissive inna Mud Box with fellow forum members.

If it is an easily answered question, I will usually answer it, and, encourage them to start their own thread, and point 'em inna right direction via links and such.
__________________
The name's Greg
HS345 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-30-2008, 03:41 PM   #10
Shaughnn
Trowel Monkey
 
Shaughnn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Kent, Washin'ton
Posts: 11,467
Dave,
I think I've had less than fifty phone calls from forum members. I think you make your number too easy to track down.
Shaughnn
Shaughnn is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 11-30-2008, 10:42 PM   #11
kate42
Just a friend
 
kate42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 3,601


Since I'm just a Mud Boxer, I have no problems with PMs.

For me a PM is just another tool to communicate with other forum members just to say hello.

__________________
Kathleen

"If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world."
~Chinese Proverb
kate42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-02-2009, 12:26 PM   #12
MudGuy
Pass the Mud
 
MudGuy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 467
Why is this a sticky?
__________________
Jonathan
MudGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-09-2009, 08:58 PM   #13
LadyGodiva
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 3,320
How come I don't get those?
LadyGodiva is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 01-11-2009, 08:36 PM   #14
kate42
Just a friend
 
kate42's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Colorado
Posts: 3,601
I'll send you one.

Your mailbox is full.
__________________
Kathleen

"If there is light in the soul,
There will be beauty in the person.
If there is beauty in the person,
There will be harmony in the house.
If there is harmony in the house,
There will be order in the nation.
If there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world."
~Chinese Proverb
kate42 is offline   Reply With Quote
Unread 02-16-2009, 01:10 AM   #15
jjwq8
Veteran Member -- Kuwait
 
jjwq8's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Q8; bigger than Rhode Island, hotter than Death Valley, drier than an Arbusto oil well.
Posts: 4,155
Surely all PMS is private or is my google chrome failing to translate correctly?
__________________
Jeremy

I get angry to take a break from being pissed off
jjwq8 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Stonetooling.com   Tile-Assn.com   National Gypsum Permabase


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:38 AM.


Sponsors

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright 2018 John Bridge & Associates, LLC