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Old April 23rd, 2007, 02:31 PM
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Sometimes there just doesn't seem to be a right place to ask your cruise question. Maybe it's a general question, or maybe it's about several cruise lines.

This folder was created as a place to ask ANY cruise related question, and hopefully get speedy and informed responses.
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Old April 23rd, 2007, 06:42 PM
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Kuki, a wonderful new board!!!

In addition to general questions, I look forward to Trip's cruise "polls" and other topics that used to get buried in ChitChat. Maybe announcements of CruiseMates group cruises could be moved from ChitChat over here, too.

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I just discovered this!
At first I thought I'd missed it all this time.

Great idea.
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And sometimes people just don't read all the questions first before they asked their own question. I counted no less than 3 of the same question from 3 different people in this neighborhood (concerning either to use a TA or Internet Booking Agency). If one person asks that question we don't need 5 others to ask it, in a different way. Reminds me of people who wait for elevators. All it takes is one person to press the Up or Down button. Having five people press it "will not" make the elevator come any faster. In fact from personal observation I am wondering if pressing the buttons more than once slows it up some.

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OK I'm totally lost on this one!
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You sure about that elevator thing ? ?
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the elevator 'thing'? it is pure skinnerian conditioning. we've learned to peck the bar or we won't be getting a food pellet. no use fighting it.
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And sometimes people just don't read all the questions first before they asked their own question. I counted no less than 3 of the same question from 3 different people in this neighborhood (concerning either to use a TA or Internet Booking Agency). If one person asks that question we don't need 5 others to ask it, in a different way. Reminds me of people who wait for elevators. All it takes is one person to press the Up or Down button. Having five people press it "will not" make the elevator come any faster. In fact from personal observation I am wondering if pressing the buttons more than once slows it up some.

Just having my say.
Froggie, I agree with you. Why do we have so many threads covering the same topic? If someone has the same question, they can either search for the answre or, if needing additional information, ask on the same thread.
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As far as the multiple questions on the same topic : perhaps in many cases it is just a matter of time . The Cruisemates Forums have so much information that often it can take hours to get through it all, especially if one has been gone for awhile or is new to the site.
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As far as the multiple questions on the same topic : perhaps in many cases it is just a matter of time . The Cruisemates Forums have so much information that often it can take hours to get through it all, especially if one has been gone for awhile or is new to the site.
You are absolutely right. While there are many boards and many people do direct questions to those boards it can be very confusing. It's like researching and taking your first cruise.

Old timers may have taken a large number of cruises and things become a bit "boring" to them. Often just asking the question is the best place to start. A lot of people who frequent the boards or have taken a number of cruises may have seen that question many times but for a far larger number of cruisers they have never asked it, seen it answered or experienced it.

You can put up a FAQ and have some robotic answers to questions but they don't fit all the variations on a specific question and you lose a lot of the interaction of a message board and it also squashes a lot of input and interaction from other people.

I take the idea that there are "almost" no stupid cruise questions. (Do the stairs go up and down? May come close.) Some people think a number of questions are because they may have seen them a number of times or they are irrelevant to some readers but they sure are important to the person who is asking them.

So go ahead and ask the question and Welcome Aboard!

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Reminds me of the early days of computers.

Standard reply was RTFM !!!

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Reminds me of the early days of computers.

Standard reply was RTFM !!
Yep: I remember those days and the twelve foot long tables filled with manuals and the first three feet of manuals were the indexes.

Then when you found the right section it didn't explain exactly what you wanted: How would I branch this command? Do I need to terminate this hardware string with a terminal bus or a loop?

Maybe those were the REALLY old days of computers.

Old timers would look at me like I was missing a few needed pieces of gray matter but helped out. I later did the same, in return, for the new guys.

You still have to RFTM but there is nothing like human input.

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Mike,

I was a computer science major back in the very early '80s.

I learned machine code, and assembly language for the Motorolla M6800 chip. The assembly language instructions were in hexadecimal!

I also learned to be proficient in Fortran, Pascal, Basic, Cobol, and JCL (Job Control Language.) Portland State had a donated Honeywell mainframe, and punch-card machines. You would use the punch-card machine to put all of your program's commands onto punch-cards. For example, if you were programming in Pascal, you'd put all the commands onto individual punch-cards, and then add the JCL punch cards at the beginning. Next you'd hand your stack of cards to the computer operator at the Input-Output desk. In a few hours, you could pick up your output.

Ahhh -- those were the days..........

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I'm gonna trump you "old" timers! I wrote my first program in 1965 on a wired board. For non-techies, this was before even vacuum tubes.
Side bar trivia....the reason that a program flaw is called a "bug" is that back in the days of wired boards, moths and other small flying insects would sometimes get in between the boards and short out wires. It started as literally being a bug!
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When I was in computer science in high school (1969), I used the keypunch machines to create the cards to tell the computer what to do. Place them in a reader and send them on their way. Use the "chesse grater" to tell the sorter how to do its job, do the work in a room that was freezing all the time as the a/c was pumped under the floor into the garage sized computers that used reel to reel tapes. Some of the newer ones had discs but they were 12" in diameter and had a "cake cover" or dust shield over them and you used the handle on the shield to add or remove the disc.

My, how things have changed...
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Oh yeah...I had forgotten that A/C! I must admit that I truly hate PC's, even though I use one. The software doesn't want to fit together at times. Oddly, my DH, who is in show biz, has become our home computer guru!
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