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by The ancient one / June 30, 2008 10:52 AM PDT

Is it best to start a new thread or to ?tag? onto one that asks a similar question but is not quite the same. I guess it is best to start a new one because when I think of it, I don?t think I would like it very much if others got ?into it? on my original thread. Although even that could be interesting. I am new to forums and CNET is about the only one that I use, if for no other reason than it is easy to use.

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I agree...
by John.Wilkinson / June 30, 2008 11:05 AM PDT

There are times when it's easier to jump into the middle of an ongoing thread, but in most cases I agree it's best to start your own so that:
1.) You don't introduce new variables into the equation, which can lead to a different solution. (Ex: HP laptop running XP vs Sony desktop running Vista.)
2.) You don't cause confusion as to which person is providing which details to which occurrence. It can be hard to keep similar threads apart in your mind at times, but having it in the same thread can make it even more difficult.

Instead, I recommend creating a new thread with a full explanation of the details that are unique to your situation along with a reference (including a link) to the other thread you saw, noting which of the solutions you have/have not tried.

Regards,
John

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Thanks John
by The ancient one / June 30, 2008 11:29 AM PDT
In reply to: I agree...

So far that is the way that I have approached it.

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