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openSUSE forums tips

Posted by jpluimers on 2020/07/17

A few tips from posting to the openSUSE forums, learned from banging my head to the wall too often.

  • They are at https://forums.opensuse.org/forum.php
  • The forum software can be very slow at times taking ~tens of seconds for loading a post:
    • loading multiple posts or pages of posts you are interested in multiple tabs speeds up your reading a lot
  • Answers on the post often are along the form “has been answered before” without pointing to the actual link, even if the post is marked with a read icon, for instance in [WayBack] No option to “keep me logged in on this device” with Novell/openSUSE login?
  • Your email is not your username, so do not use it during logon: [WayBack] Lousy log in
  • The search function in the forum is horrible.
  • The forum software is proprietary (vBulletin – Wikipedia) and has a
  • When writing/replying to posts:
    1. Edit your answer off-line, because
      • you will automatically be logged off even if the forum indicates you are still logged on (there is no count down of the activity timer), see
      • when you re-logon, your carefully edited text has been lost from the cache
    2. Never use formatting, either auto-introduced, or introduced while pasting, avoid BB-code
      1. Reasoning
      2. Though the forum supports BB code, NNTP news readers do not, and the added formatting gives quite a mess
      3. Use the text (“Source mode”) version of the editor, by first clicking the left most button: “Source”

        • After this, the third and fourth button get greyed out:
      4. Remove formatting button is the second from the left (in both text and WYSIWIG mode): “Remove format”
      5. If you are in WYSIWIG mode, then always paste using the third button from the left that strips formatting: “Paste as plain text”
      6. NEVER EVER paste with formatting with the fourth button from the left: “Paste from Word”

–jeroen

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