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Oswald Boelcke

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A case of mistaken identity🤣🤣🤣
How did this happen?
Why did I get a notice for blaaksheep's post?🤭
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The matrix is playing trixs again...
First (mis)quoted you, then edited (still linked to your profile) 🤷‍♂️
It happened as @Timmmmaaahh! correctly stated. In the first version of the post you've been mentioned and therefore the notification went out to you. Then obviously the member recognised the mistake but only corrected the name but not the account ID. Screenshot from the post edit history:
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The system worked as it was supposed to do.
 

Timmmmaaahh!

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Yeah I see that but -how- did that happen?
You saying the OP deliberately did that or did the matrix fart?
The feature works exactly as intended. Let me explain it in greater detail:
  1. For whatever reason (only @jhford can explain this one) @blackhawk was typed instead of @blaacksheep
  2. Then the post was edited but only the name was changed.
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  3. As the [USER] code was left intact, the system was instructed to keep linking to @blackhawk (as it will prevent itself from putting a [USER] code within a [USER] code.
  4. The post was saved this way, leaving a @blackhawk profile link within a @blaacksheep mention.
So yes, OP most likely did that (by accident). Unless of course there is a deeper issue that caused this mention to appear but only @jhford can elaborate on that (no obligations!) so let's hope that mention is followed :)

Search isn't too bad once you get acquainted to it. Big fan of @lebigmac's suggestion to search the inbox!

Edit: darnit, ninja'd by the great @Orlando Bloom (edited username)! 🥷
 

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Speaking of the 🔍 search function : How can I search for a keyword in my inbox? :unsure:

Thanks! (y)
Currently impossible. I personally browser search for usernames page by page. I would really appreciate a feature like this as well! As a moderator we have a great deal of PMs (ask us anything!) and it's hard to keep track of them at times. Private communication isn't accessible by anyone but the people in the conversation. Making them searchable would require generating an index per member, which I bet would take up lots of extra space. XenForo is add-on based and I did find this AndyB Conversation Search add-on but it's hard to predict what impact this would have on the rest of the system. We're probably one of the largest XenForo implementations in the world so I'm sure they're a bit hesitant to test new things ^_^
My guess is as good as anyone's though as I have no insights in the web management of XDA, which is an entirely different team. We're just cannon fodder, lol.
 

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The feature works exactly as intended. Let me explain it in greater detail:
  1. For whatever reason (only @jhford can explain this one) @blackhawk was typed instead of @blaacksheep
  2. Then the post was edited but only the name was changed.
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  3. As the [USER] code was left intact, the system was instructed to keep linking to @blackhawk (as it will prevent itself from putting a [USER] code within a [USER] code.
  4. The post was saved this way, leaving a @blackhawk profile link within a @blaacksheep mention.
So yes, OP most likely did that (by accident). Unless of course there is a deeper issue that caused this mention to appear but only @jhford can elaborate on that (no obligations!) so let's hope that mention is followed :)

Search isn't too bad once you get acquainted to it. Big fan of @lebigmac's suggestion to search the inbox!

Edit: darnit, ninja'd by the great @Orlando Bloom (edited username)! 🥷
Well... seeing I already misspelled blaaksheep's* name once already in this thread I'm inclined to agree🤣

*Edit, twice; blaacksheep🤣
 
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Since the day I have joined there is this issue which happens on mobile. I think it happens on my desktop as well. When I am logged in every section of the forum acts like I am a guest browsing the forum until I look at a thread. Once I look at a post it shows I'm signed in I can go back to subforums & see I am still signed in. When I go back to the forums index main page it acts again like I am a guest browsing and I cannot create new threads because of this. Only when I look at a post does it realize I am logged in.
 
-Add forums for phones when they are released. (example: I have xperia 10 iv, it has been out 3+ month, and there are many posts asking if/when a forum will be created for it.
-Add forums for less popular phones. I have a stack of phones (admittedly older now, but not when I was searching XDA for them unsuccessfully) that never had forums.
-Make it clear which models/instructions apply/don't apply. Sometimes information is interchangeable between models and other times it specifically is not.
-Provide a "procedure tree" for what people need to know/do to accomplish what they want. Guides are tedious to write and it is difficult to know which makes and models and variants each procedure and each step applies to (or doesn't) The most common information needed is not actually that diverse.
 
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Add forums for phones when they are released.
This already happens for the more popular devices. Sometimes even long before they are released, such as the Nothing Phone (1) recently (forum was up before specs were known). Xperia phones have never had any developer love from Sony by my knowledge so this community hasn't really returned the favour. If there's enough interest the device will be added though. There are 72 Sony sections so that doesn't seem too bad. There is an Sony Xperia 1 IV that hasn't been very busy so perhaps it can be shared for now? We'll happily move all threads to their respective section once it's created. I see one request for the Xperia 10 IV in *** New Device Forum Requests *** so it doesn't appear to be so popular here.
-Make it clear which models/instructions apply/don't apply. Sometimes information is interchangeable between models and other times it specifically is not.
-Provide a "procedure tree" for what people need to know/do to accomplish what they want. Guides are tedious to write and it is difficult to know which makes and models and variants each procedure and each step applies to (or doesn't) The most common information needed is not actually that diverse.
I don't fully understand what you mean by these points. Is it about device models? Apply to what?
A "procedure tree" for creating threads like guides? That would limit the creativity of our members. You decide how our content looks like! :) XDA Forums isn't a provider of information, it's a facilitator of free sharing.
 

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I would like if I understood this XDA a little better. Its like a secret society! That's cool but I need help with adb and how to understand my android and how it works a little better.. Iam pretty knowledgeable but you can never have to much knowledge.. Please help me with the issues at had when I jump on XDA! I have no where else to go.. I have telagram and you meet people there but I need some smart peoples help.. Thank you
 

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That's cool but I need help with adb...
Welcome to XDA. It's like visiting a foreign land and we all speak ADB fluently.
Maybe we should have some sort of "boot camp" for ADB.
It's like we're a restaurant kitchen and we give a (small) groan whenever a new employee comes in and asks how we chop onions.
We're all short order cooks and you could be one too! Slinging images and mods around like there's no tomorrow.
In any case, it's worth sinking your teeth into ADB. Just google it.
 

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…I need help with adb …
 
This already happens for the more popular devices. Sometimes even long before they are released, such as the Nothing Phone (1) recently (forum was up before specs were known). Xperia phones have never had any developer love from Sony by my knowledge so this community hasn't really returned the favour. If there's enough interest the device will be added though. There are 72 Sony sections so that doesn't seem too bad. There is an Sony Xperia 1 IV that hasn't been very busy so perhaps it can be shared for now? We'll happily move all threads to their respective section once it's created. I see one request for the Xperia 10 IV in *** New Device Forum Requests *** so it doesn't appear to be so popular here.

I don't fully understand what you mean by these points. Is it about device models? Apply to what?
A "procedure tree" for creating threads like guides? That would limit the creativity of our members. You decide how our content looks like! :) XDA Forums isn't a provider of information, it's a facilitator of free sharing.
Nevermind, clearly you're either not as interested in suggestions as you claimed or not interested in implementing them.
 

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Nevermind, clearly you're either not as interested in suggestions as you claimed or not interested in implementing them.
Quite the opposite! It's a shame you've interpreted it that way. I very much welcome suggestions and I love thinking with other members of ways we could implement them - even though I have little impact on features. There's some unanswered questions we could zoom in on to further clarify your idea.
 

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There are many interactions requiring android ADB while users start dipping their toes into unlocking, adding TWRP and trying new builds. A category / sub-forum for these google tools use and gotchas might get users here to one place focused on the ADB related concerns. ADB backup and restore have plenty of pitfalls.
 
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    Nevermind, clearly you're either not as interested in suggestions as you claimed or not interested in implementing them.
    Quite the opposite! It's a shame you've interpreted it that way. I very much welcome suggestions and I love thinking with other members of ways we could implement them - even though I have little impact on features. There's some unanswered questions we could zoom in on to further clarify your idea.
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    There are many interactions requiring android ADB while users start dipping their toes into unlocking, adding TWRP and trying new builds. A category / sub-forum for these google tools use and gotchas might get users here to one place focused on the ADB related concerns. ADB backup and restore have plenty of pitfalls.
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    I figured since we turned this forum into a Questions forum with up and down voting for each answer, I'd ask:

    How can we make the XDA forums better?


    No answer is too outlandish...be creative. We're listening!

    Maybe you think we have too many ads, or maybe you think search totally sucks. Perhaps you want more theme options, or you want more ways to learn development. Whatever your idea is, we want to hear it! :)
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    Yes, it's a "Trans" forum. It can compete in the forum olympics as a device because it identifies as a "device" despite not packing any internal or external device characteristics from birth.

    This is in accordance with our more tolerant ways of thinking these days.
    We have moved beyond HTC exclusivity and we are now LGHTC+

    We've also sucked the chocolate off the chocolate coated nuts making us just plain nuts, but crazy as we are, we're not so deluded as to keep XDA Assist as a device
    .... so I've cancelled its device membership.

    Mike
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    A 2-7 day waiting period to post for new members would discourage one thread wonders looking for a quick fix here rather than simple doing a Google search(s).
    Help dissuade spammers as well.
    Those with a sincere interest would suck up the wait...
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    Its up to us active respected members to keep up this vibe.
    I got you completely mate.
    And if any member does not comply wirh our rules, you can help XDA by reporting.
    Cheers.
    How about a trophy for who dimes out the most?

    A sterile site is a dead site. People post because they enjoy it. Friendly and not so friendly banter are part of a thriving forum.
    There's the ignore button which works quite well...
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    "How we can make XDA better??"
    IMHO by starting to ged rid of all users/posters that only "post for the posting" and also all the "off topic posts" within threads. There is a lot of rivalry going around on XDA, which was a friendly and familiar site years ago. At this very moment, just as in real life unfortunately, there is a small bunch of "users/members" who with their behaviour spoils it for all the other "rule abiding" members. How can we solve that? I would be very willing in helping to solve this problem, kindest regards kuzibri
    Its up to us active respected members to keep up this vibe.
    I got you completely mate.
    And if any member does not comply wirh our rules, you can help XDA by reporting.
    Cheers.