I want to go to the bank

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¿Lo siento, no lo sé pero come se dice esto en inglés?

I want to go to the bank.

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updated AGO 1, 2009
posted by Jazmin_la_loca

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I think that's a good idea. Then at least they would know that there ARE rules. And they would have no room to whine if their post gets moved/retitled/deleted, or if they are tersely referred to the Reference section or a previous thread.

updated AGO 1, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco
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I hope you didn't misunderstand me, Heidita. I was in agreement with changing the title, just not with samdie's assertion that some 98% of all threads start off with a title like that. I'm sure it seems like that to you and Eddy, though. It would be good for new members to be directed automatically to the forum rules to cut down on some of this.

In the past, Heidi and I have suggested that the during the enrolement procedure prospective new members are directed to the rules page. They would then have to click an OK box to proceed. We realise that doesn't necessarily mean that they would have read the rules but at least they would have seen them.

updated AGO 1, 2009
posted by Eddy
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If ¡Ayúdame por favor! is wrong, then what is the correct way of typing it?

His point was not that it was typed incorrectly, but that it is not an appropriate title for a thread. I disagree with him, though, that "some 98% of all the threads start off with" something like that. We do see it too often, though. Note that the title of the thread has been changed.

We'll give Eddy a mulligan for just coming off vacation. He did at least make the original title orthographically correct.

Unfortunately there are not too many members who are "au fait", excuse my French, with the term "mulligan".

updated AGO 1, 2009
posted by Eddy
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OK, now that makes more sense to me. Sorry I misunderstood. That did seem strange to me that samdie would make an exaggerated statement like that.

And you are 100% right in your 98% estimation, and in your suggestion about the titles. I have made the suggestion that new members be directed to the Rules when joining. It would take them less than 5 minutes to read, and it might save them some embarrassment from having their first post renamed, moved, and then shot down by other forers, because they didn't understand the rules. I had been a member for some time before I heard someone mention "the Rules," and I thought, "Oh no, I have been posting all this time and didn't even know there were rules. I hope I haven't broken any." Later when I tried to find them to reference/link to them for another forer, it took me forever to locate them in some ancient thread.

I think that at the very least, there should be a button or link stationed in a prominent place on the screen so that people at least know there are rules, and then they have no excuse if they choose to ignore them or violate them.

updated AGO 1, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco
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I hope you didn't misunderstand me, Heidita. I was in agreement with changing the title, just not with samdie's assertion that some 98% of all threads start off with a title like that. I'm sure it seems like that to you and Eddy, though. It would be good for new members to be directed automatically to the forum rules to cut down on some of this.

No. I didn't say that 98% start with titles like that. My claim was that 98% of threads are written to ask for help (understanding/translating) something (so the fact that they want help is almost a given and what the title should suggest is the nature of the problem with which they want help). Occasionally, someone simply wants to share a thought/poem/joke/song but those are very much in the minority.

updated AGO 1, 2009
posted by samdie
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No no quiero estar (misunderstood either). Lo siento.

updated AGO 1, 2009
posted by eric_collins
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I hope you didn't misunderstand me, Heidita. I was in agreement with changing the title, just not with samdie's assertion that some 98% of all threads start off with a title like that. I'm sure it seems like that to you and Eddy, though. It would be good for new members to be directed automatically to the forum rules to cut down on some of this.

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco
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Rocco and Eric, I change all titles like that as they are no use at all for further searches. It is also stated in the rules that the title has to be meaningful.

Please have a look.

Forum rules

I even delete threads by older forers who should know by now that a title like: traducción is not acceptable.

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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If ¡Ayúdame por favor! is wrong, then what is the correct way of typing it?
His point was not that it was typed incorrectly, but that it is not an appropriate title for a thread. I disagree with him, though, that "some 98% of all the threads start off with" something like that. We do see it too often, though. Note that the title of the thread has been changed.

We'll give Eddy a mulligan for just coming off vacation. He did at least make the original title orthographically correct.

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco
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If ¡Ayúdame por favor! is wrong, then what is the correct way of typing it'

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by eric_collins
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I also think your title should read "ayúdame por favor"

it's better still to have a title that reflects/indicates the nature/substance of the problem. .

Of course, Sam, you are right. Eddy was not paying attention, I will have to make place for him in the dunce corner wink

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by 00494d19
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I have changed the category as suggested by hhm. I also think your title should read "ayúdame por favor"
I disagree (and so have you in the past). Although it's better to have a title that is correct Spanish/English than one that is not correct, it's better still to have a title that reflects/indicates the nature/substance of the problem. Some 98% of all the threads start off with a request for some sort of help so "Help me!" or "¡Ayúdame!" does not give much insight into the nature of the question/problem.

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by samdie
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Great for you! Hope you enjoyed it! It is good to have you back, though.

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco
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Hello, Jazmin.

Nathaniel and Eric have answered your question, but you will ususally get more and faster answers to questions like this if you post them in the Vocabulary & Grammar forum. It is designated for questions like this.

I have changed the category as suggested by hhm. I also think your title should read "ayúdame por favor"

Yes, you are correct, Eddy.

surprised EDDY! Welcome back! Where have you been hiding? The place is not the same when you're not around.

Holidays in northern Spain, Noja. Trying to brush up on my knowledge of the basque region. Interesting visit to the town of Gernika and their "museo de la Paz".

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by Eddy
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Hello, Jazmin.

Nathaniel and Eric have answered your question, but you will ususally get more and faster answers to questions like this if you post them in the Vocabulary & Grammar forum. It is designated for questions like this.

I have changed the category as suggested by hhm. I also think your title should read "ayúdame por favor"

Yes, you are correct, Eddy.

surprised EDDY! Welcome back! Where have you been hiding? The place is not the same when you're not around.

updated JUL 31, 2009
posted by hhmdirocco