Could someone kindly advise me. I seem to have done something forbidden, but hard to understand what?
Yesterday I started what I hoped might be an open ended discussion thread; as far as I could see it was in the correct subforum (doesn't really matter which) and looked back a few hours later to see what people had responded … as you do.
There was only one 2 word reply, an abrupt "dupe lock" and the thread had indeed been locked, presumably by an administrator.
Initially I wondered if "dupelock" might be some form of netspeak for a duplication of topic, but there are countless of those here that seem to survive moderation? I tried a search using the implied subject(s) of the thread but it revealed no similar topic (admittedly I might have done this initially, and I searched on title, content search gets some serious numbers here)!
OK, no findable "same topic" already that i might read and join. So I tried a simple search on the terms "dupe lock". Seems no one has ever used these words together before.
So Is dupe some form of pejorative term, perhaps à la Homer Simpson? my topic didn't seem particularly stupid (compared with eg "I've just fried my pi" which I've seen perhaps 20 times now), and I'd actually had a small "adult" F2F discussion with my computer manager that afternoon. My language was intended as practical and inquiring, and I'd tried really hard to avoid any prejudice.
I've "done forums" since 1996 or so and seen (others) threads locked off, but there has always been a brief explaination, and link to either the prior thread or FAQ item.
Any advice considered. If there is anything in the FAQ or elsewhere that i should read, do please point me at it
… Puzzled of Wirral (UK)