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Postby Forum Moderators » 23. Aug 2008, 14:54

The end user forums for VirtualBox have two active administrators who are Sun employees and part of the VirtualBox team (Frank Mehnert and Sandervl) and two independent moderators drawn from the VirtualBox user community (Sasquatch and TerryE) who together administer and support this site. The purpose of introducing this topic to enable these administrators to discuss topics relating to the running of the site allowing open scrutiny by its member.

Posts to this topic are limited to this administration team, so we have created a companion topic, Feedback & comment to the Administrators and Moderators, to allow member to add their own comments and requests to the administrators and team
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Postby TerryE » 23. Aug 2008, 15:40

I was thinking of creating a README FIRST announcement in each forum which had links to the Forum Posting Guide, the FAQs, Documentation, etc, plus a list of recommended URLs. I was thinking of allowing general members to recommend specific posts that they found particularly interesting, and subject to some broad validity check we then add these to the recommended links. Do you think that this is a good idea? Should we lock this and move comments to a separate post or just allow users to append their comments?
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Postby Sasquatch » 23. Aug 2008, 16:01

Having a topic with the links like I have in my signature would surely help. That way, I have more space left in my signature. Currently I maxed it out pretty much, as I had to use tinyurl to fit the urls in there. I would add more if there wasn't such small limit of characters one can use, you only see a small portion of the character I have in my signature. This is my whole signature, as it is in my profile, the result is what you see below ;).
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[url=http://tinyurl.com/3p2868]Search[/url] before opening a topic.
[url=http://tinyurl.com/6295qm]Forum FAQ[/url]
[url=http://tinyurl.com/45936p]User Howto and tutorials[/url]
[url=http://tinyurl.com/67a5vv]User Manual[/url]: Read first, ask later.


Let the users comment on the child topic of this one. With one READ ME topic, we too have a better way of giving basic info. Point to one topic which then points to relavant topics and sites. The list is now getting a bit larger and with every 'howto' it grows.
Read the Forum Posting Guide before opening a topic.
VirtualBox FAQ: Check this before asking questions.
Online User Manual: A must read if you want to know what we're talking about.
Howto: Install Linux Guest Additions
Howto: Use Shared Folders on Linux Guest
See the Tutorials and FAQ section at the top of the Forum for more guides.
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Postby TerryE » 23. Aug 2008, 18:19

I am not sure that we're saying very much different. If a new user comes to the forum, where do they start? I can make changes to the forum when we go to phpBB3 to add READMEs or search options to the installation, but there's not much point in making changes to phpBB2 now.

The problem is that when you arrive at the forum, things like the FAQ and the Forum Posting Guide are difficult to find. I feel is the things that people new to the forum see at the top of every viewforum listing was REAME FIRST then people might just read it.

I have a signature block but people just ignore it as I think that they ignore yours too. :-(
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Postby TerryE » 23. Aug 2008, 22:15

I've just pointed someone to the vbox-dev list with a build Q. He suggested that we add this as an FAQ point. What do you think?

http://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?t=8859
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Postby Sasquatch » 24. Aug 2008, 02:01

Why not. If there is even a chance a question can be asked several times, it should be in the FAQ. Also, keep the last question as it is now, about the "not listed question" at the bottom, with two white spaces between it and the last question. That way, we know where the end is and where to add a new question.
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Postby TerryE » 26. Aug 2008, 05:22

I was just about to add a Q: Why can't I ping my guest? because if I see another post with something like "but I can't even ping my guest" I'll scream.

Anyway it did strike me that the FAQ is starting to grow. Maybe we need to think about breaking it down into category sections: Installation, Networking, ... Thoughts?
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Postby Sasquatch » 26. Aug 2008, 14:20

That seems a good idea. Make each subject a different post.
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Postby TerryE » 26. Aug 2008, 14:59

I have split the existing Qs (*) into sections and started to add new Qs (++) that are frequent. Let me know if you like the structure. I've more FAQs to add. If you need to add any just edit this post or create a new list.
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General Functionality

++ Does VB support Intel 64 bit CPUs?
++ I want to access device XXX on my PC.  How do I do it?

Installation

*  How do I install the Guest Additions in Linux Guests?
++ My version of Linux isn't on the supported list how to I install GA?
*  I upgraded from 1.5.x to 1.6.x and now my Windows Guests keeps booting with a BSOD.
++ How can I move my VM to the Windows System Tray?

Mouse, Graphics and Display

++ The Guest window doesn't automatically grab my mouse.  How do I get it to do this?
++ I see two mouse cursors.  How do I get just one?
*  I just installed my Guest, but the screen won't go bigger, how do I do this?
*  I installed my ATi/nVidia/... videocard in the Guest system, but I can't select higher resolutions, what's up?

Networking

++ Why I can't ping my guest?
++ I want to use my guest to provide service XXX.  How can I get it to work?
++ How do I set up a bridged network?
*  My Guest doesn't see my wireless network, why is that?
*  I set up a bridge with my wireless adapter, but it doesn't work. My Guest does not get an IP address or access the internet when I manually set one.
*  I have set up a VM with NAT networking on Windows Host, but it can't access internet while my Host system can.

USB and other peripherals

*  I installed VirtualBox from my distributions repositories and I can't access my USB devices or see an option to enable USB.
*  I connect an USB device, but it isn't grabbed by the VM. What's going on?
++ How do I get my guest to recognise my USB keyboard and display?

Storage and Storage Device Issues

*  How do I access Shared Folders?
*  My VM stops with the error "Disk full", but I have plenty of space left.
++ I am only using X Gb in my VDI but it has already grown to YY.  What can I do about this?
*  How can I resize the partitions inside my VDI?
++ How do I access a partition on my HDD directly?
++ Can I use a VMDK?
++ I want to use 2 DVD drives  How do I do this?
++ How do I change CDs or Floppys
++ I want to rip CDs but this doesn't work.  How do I do this?
++ I want to write to my DVD but this doesn't work.  How do I do this?
++ How do I create my own ISO from a CD or DVD?

Migration and Conversion

*  How do I properly clone a VM?
*  I cloned my VM, how can I use it?
++ How do I access my VM from another user

Find Resources and Getting Help

*  My question is not listed here, what can I do to add it here?
*  How do I raise a problem report?
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Postby Sasquatch » 26. Aug 2008, 16:47

Looks good, I will take a better look at it this evening. I think it's best to create the new posts with the "Forum Moderators" account, for consistency. Each post having it's own general subject (installation, network, etc.).
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Postby TerryE » 26. Aug 2008, 16:53

Yup, it might be best to have a sort intro section like we have on the FPG replacing the current 1st post with links to the individual sections. The advantage of have a post per section is that we can direct users direct to a section using the [url=...&p=9999#9999]Forum FAQ — Networking [/ur] syntax.
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Postby Sasquatch » 26. Aug 2008, 22:02

I changed the FAQ posting. There are now several subjects. I left one out, as it fits a different subject better, it would stand on it's own otherwise.
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Postby Sasquatch » 27. Aug 2008, 12:14

What shall we do about topics like these: Schedule Announced for Conference & Workshops on SOA, Sa? I saw one in the general topic, just now I removed the same from Linux Hosts. As I consider it as spam, we should remove them.
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Online User Manual: A must read if you want to know what we're talking about.
Howto: Install Linux Guest Additions
Howto: Use Shared Folders on Linux Guest
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Postby Sasquatch » 27. Aug 2008, 12:22

There is also something I was wondering. Is it possible to lock a topic while replying? Right now I reply, go back to my message and lock it then. It would be more efficient to lock it while posting a reply.
Read the Forum Posting Guide before opening a topic.
VirtualBox FAQ: Check this before asking questions.
Online User Manual: A must read if you want to know what we're talking about.
Howto: Install Linux Guest Additions
Howto: Use Shared Folders on Linux Guest
See the Tutorials and FAQ section at the top of the Forum for more guides.
Try searching the forums first with Google and add the site filter for this forum.
E.g. install guest additions site:forums.virtualbox.org

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Postby Sasquatch » 28. Aug 2008, 20:34

I wanted to change some things about the Forum Posting Guide, but I haven't taken the time for it yet. I'll be busy the next two days, after that I have to go to school again. I will see if I can do it on a weekend. Perhaps I will do it when we switch to the new phpBB.
Read the Forum Posting Guide before opening a topic.
VirtualBox FAQ: Check this before asking questions.
Online User Manual: A must read if you want to know what we're talking about.
Howto: Install Linux Guest Additions
Howto: Use Shared Folders on Linux Guest
See the Tutorials and FAQ section at the top of the Forum for more guides.
Try searching the forums first with Google and add the site filter for this forum.
E.g. install guest additions site:forums.virtualbox.org

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