QUESTION: How Do I Ask a Question on GBD?

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So earlier today we had one of “those” moments that startups run into.  A writer for for some reason decided to post a question as a Post rather than go over to the forum and ask where we was “supposed” to.

As I sat drinking my morning coffee scanning through GBD I ran across this, shook my head, and muttered, “dumbass”. So I sat there staring at the post muttering to myself as I tried to figure out how to respond to this type of post.  I want to give writers of GBD a huge amount of free reign, but at the end of the day there have to be rules to keep things from turning into a mess.  So I pondered my response as I scanned the tech news and tried to wake up.

After a half hour I swung back around to the post so that I could come up with a game plan for dealing with it.  Then as I sat staring at it a thought came over came, “That actually might not be a bad idea…”  The problems many of us Geeks run into darn near require a whole blog post to explain.  If the question is asked as a Post it shows up on the Home page then all of the other users can easily see it and respond. And frankly if my writers want to write Questions as Blog Posts who the F’ am I to call them a, “dumbass”?

So then the issue is that if writers just start dumpling in questions as posts it will become hard for readers to easily differentiate between “real” posts and questions.   And in the true spirit of Startup Life the best solution is to simply repurpose a process that has been used successfully before.  So in the spirit of the old Daily Blob shows if you want to write a Question in the form of a Post all I ask is that the Title is formatted as “QUESTION: Should I Use ESXI or Hyper V”.


Eli Etherton

I am Eli "the Computer Guy" and have been in the tech industry for approx. 20 years doing all kinds of odd projects. I started as an electronics tech in the US Army, worked in corporate IT during the IT Boom, was an individual consultant and grew my tech shop to have numerous full time employees and supported small business clients with computer repair/ server maintenance/ web development/ surveillance systems/ telephone systems until the great recession. After that I started creating video training on all the topics I know and now have a YouTube Channel with over 500K subscribers. I am the founder of and my plan is to create a tech "news" site that I would actually find useful if I was still in the server room.

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  1. Vivek Prajapati August 19, 2014 at 10:46 am

    In my opinion, questions are more suited to stay in the forum rather than the posts. Anyways, changing the format is alright for the readers.

    • Eli the Computer Guy August 19, 2014 at 11:23 am

      you… don’t… need…. argh… to apologize! It was a good idea! That is what I was trying to say…

  2. Joe Lunsford August 19, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Ok great, but could you please give me a favor a if you get a chance could you delete that apology post from the site. I couldn’t figure out of to delete post and I don’t want that post to be right there if anyone we to look at my profile.

    • Eli the Computer Guy August 19, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Done. FYI, you guy’s don’t have the ability to delete posts. This is to prevent anything too bad from happening if someone hacks your account.

  3. John Hesketh August 20, 2014 at 5:32 am

    eli we are all at times dumbass. just joined your forum now trying to find my way around never used word press before. I bet you have a tutorial to save us time. your a star thanks .

  4. David J Pfeiffer September 2, 2014 at 7:24 am

    I think GBD would function well as a cross between Yahoo Answers and a “Facebook for Nerds”, allowing questions and posts to be separately organized on the website.

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