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helping others- automatically post OS/version?

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javabird

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It would be easier to help people if their OS/version was posted automatically along with their user name whenever they posted a question. It gets to be a drag to have to keep asking "are you using a Mac or PC, what OS?" every time someone posts a question.

Can the forum be set up to grab this info dynamically and post it along with the username and date of post (See the Apple support discussion forum for an example).

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At Apple discussions the OS information is typed in on the individuals account by the account holder. When you set up your account you have the option to input certain info about yourself & your computer. The same thing people can do here. It is simply a matter of people taking the time and inputting the information in the 'signature' section.

Go to UserCP>Edit Profile>Signature to input this information so whenever you post it is there. You can also input the info on your profile as well. People just don't take the time to add this information.
 

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...also from our Forum Policy -

Provide Machine, OS, & iPod Specifics

In addition to entering a meaningful, descriptive subject (please see the General Guidelines) when starting a new question or technical support topic, please provide specifics in the post itself. Information such as:

- Type and model of computer
- OS version
- Model of iPod
- iPod firmware version
- Any specific error messages or description of what is (or is not) happening

It helps the people who want to help you, but will also greatly increase the likelihood that you will get an accurate answer in a timely manner. In fact, you might have already noticed that many long time iLoungers include the first four items in their profile's signature so that this information is displayed below each of their posts. This lets everyone else always know where they "are coming from" in regards to their own posts.
 

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Yes, I know all that, but --

-newbies often don't understand about adding signatures
-and even if you add the info to your profile, it still doesn't show up automatically in your post.

My suggestion was intended to make it easier to respond to newbies without having to spend a lot of extra time asking for info.

Just an idea for more efficiency...
 
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Yes, I know all that,

Then you also know it can't be done if the person doesn't put the information on their profile when they sign up. They have to tell you what OS they're using. You can click on the profile button on a post to see if they have added this info and most of the time they don't.

You can't do what your asking unless they give the information first. Even if you ask a question and forget to put your OS you have to click on your profile to see that information.
 

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I guess I thought that if people got used to seeing the info (instead of having to search for it in hidden menus) it would help them out. Some things are not so intuitive, especially for newbies that are already confused by having to navigate thru tons of info.

Sorry if you were offended by my suggestion.
 
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