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Old 2010-03-30, 18:48   #6
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Also, your browser must accept cookies in order for you to login. (The login page ought to have that information added. But it's a fairly common requirement at every, or almost every, web site at which users can log in.)

As for my supposedly not having explicitly said eskrqim must be logged in: Note the second paragraph of post #2:

"Login at http://mersenne.org/"

Not just "go to the login page at ..." with no instruction as to what to do when one arrived there, but the simple directive "Login at http://mersenne.org/".

I did specifically direct esqrkim to log in.

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esqrkim,

I was not being sarcastic when I wrote post #2. (Perhaps that's why the supposed "sarcasm" didn't come across well!)

I was upset that you seemingly disregarded my previous advice (you made no mention of attempting to access the CPU/Computers page in your post #1), but also I was simply trying to be more explicit in order not to omit necessary instructions for your navigation.

I asked you all those questions in post #2 so I could determine where you got lost! (You hadn't posted any account of what steps you had tried and what you hadn't, in post #1.)

I didn't make any unnecessary comments; every one I made was necessary for some part of (a) directing you to the proper place, and/or (b) determining what you had tried and what you hadn't tried, so I could provide better help. (Maybe you didn't see the reason for some of them, but I did have a reason for every one.) I did provide useful information.

If your post #1 had included the information that's in paragraph 3 of post #3, about what you had already tried, I wouldn't have needed to ask so many questions or make as many comments as I did in post #2. I would have had a much more specific idea of what had gone wrong, so I wouldn't have had to write a lot of stuff that you possibly might not have done.

I don't criticize you for having started a new thread; there are good reasons both for and against continuing what you perceived as "steal the thread from the originator".

Examples:

If you had made your post in that other thread, where we'd both previously posted, I wouldn't have wondered so much whether you'd overlooked or ignored my previous advice. Referencing our previous posts in that thread would've been simpler. It would've been more obvious that your new post was intended to be a continuation of what we'd been discussing there.

OTOH, starting a new thread in order to continue a discussion you considered off-topic in the old thread was, indeed, courteous to the originator of the old thread. It would also have been courteous to have included, in this thread's original post, a link back to the other thread for easy reference.

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