I had no idea that a friendly request to help your fellow forum users follow your thread by simply copying and pasting would devolve into a debating match, but...
j_c_hallgren wrote:1) Brand new to this board (less than 12 hrs ago) so NOT familiar with features/capabilities...
That's why I was telling you about the features - because you are new and might not be aware of them.
j_c_hallgren wrote:BUT the info in this chat applies to some other products/features also (Nero/NTI) so a 2nd thread seems valid.
There is nothing you posted in this thread that isn't a follow-up to an issue already raised in your first thread, including the Nero/NTI issue. You yourself admit that this new thread is a "follow-up" in the very first sentence of this thread. So, no, a second thread isn't valid. It is simply gratuitous and confusing.
j_c_hallgren wrote:2) Sometimes it's better to have separate threads so a NEW user might stumble across one that matches their needs...(External .vs. Dgt/Rsh)...if I had to find the only one, I might miss it...they can then look for related posts by same author...or use keywords found in that post to refine looking...that's what I did (as best I could) before I posted original...given that Search doesn't seem to be working...
No. There are already way too many people who won't even bother looking through the forums for themselves in the first place. Forcing users to first find the questions that match their problems and then find the answers in separate and apparently unrelated threads isn't helpful. Particularly given a search function that, as you note, isn't working well. You may enjoy playing digital detective, but most users just want answers. And frankly, the titles you gave your threads (Just WHAT did I buy as my first CD-RW drive? And CD-R's?
and My "Chat" with Digital Research...may help others.
) are too vague to be of any use to someone searching the forums anyway.
So based on my experience with 3 other boards, I would suggest that I leave it as two threads..Ok?
Well thank you for gracing us with your vast experience, and sorry to have troubled you with such a minor request. Not so brand new to these boards that you won't tell us how to run things here, huh? And I can only imagine how wonderfully coherent and helpful those boards of yours must be, if the norm is to post questions in one thread and answers in a separate thread, with not even a hint of a link between them.
Never mind. I will do it myself, and then I will darken your doorstep no more.