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Are you a "Help Vampire?" [Everyone please read]


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Now I have had a a wonderful article pointed out to me about "Help Vampires." Quickly, Help Vampires are those individuals who join forums, then suck the life out of them by asking the same old tired questions, asking not to learn to do something - but to have it simply handed to them, or those who ask the impossible questions like "How do you make a Forum?" (M$N Groups are infested beyong help I think)


The following is a excerpt from the article describing what a Help Vamire is:


- Does he ask the same, tired questions others ask (at a rate of once or more per minute)?

- Does he clearly lack the ability or inclination to ask the almighty Google?

- Does he refuse to take the time to ask coherent, specific questions?

- Does he think helping him must be the high point of your day?

- Does he get offensive, as if you need to prove to him why he should use certain technologies?

- Is he obviously just waiting for some poor, well-intentioned person to do all his thinking for him?

- Can you tell he really isn't interested in having his question answered, so much as getting someone else to do his work?


Now we at Killersites are lucky and get rather few Help Vampires here, but that may change.


So I would ask all of you to please read this. This way we can identify Help Vampires and support their return to real forum users. Or so that you can identify yourself as a Help Vampire and Seek help joining the rest of us.


So enjoy (I quite enjoyed reading this) and lets all make this a Vampire free zone.


The Help Vampire: A Spotter's Guide

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