Over the course of the past 15 years, I've doled out technical advice online, using a fun name borne from a hobby at the time when I started doing it. In that time, I've probably racked up close to 100,000 forum postings online. This sharing of knowledge is done simply because I enjoy helping others, and quite often meet great people in the process. Sometimes I can learn something in exchange, too!
If you want my advice on video technology then this is the best site to do so -- here at The Digital FAQ (digitalFAQ.com).
I won't snap at you, and there's no such thing as a "stupid question". While I participate on other user forums online, this is my self-designated "home" forum. If you want my advice, simply make a post in this forum, asking for me in the body of the post (not the title), and I'll see it. I'll reply when I get a few free moments out of my day -- though please do understand that it may take a few days before I get free time! Don't send me help questions through private messages or through emails. While you can ask for my help on other sites, my answers there will generally be shorter, and may often link back to something I've already written on this forum anyway.
If you send me a private message (PM) at this site or another site online, and ask a technical question, I'll almost always post that question here in this forum (in the appropriate category) and answer it. All follow-up replies/questions will need to continue in the new posting thread that was created here on this site. If you're not yet a member of this site, simply register as a Free Member
(or better yet, as a Premium Member
!) and you'll get the help you need/want. I do this public cut/paste in order to share as much as I can in public, so that others may read it and learn from it, too! I don't want to "hide" advice in private messages or emails. As is the spirit of this site, I seek to answer frequently asked questions (FAQ) once, and can then simply link to something I've already written online when asked again.
Which brings us back to the point of this post...
Back in the 1990s, I was lordsmurf. Period. But fast forward 10-15 years, and there's quite a few people now claiming that username on various sites (which is surely their right). Most of them are rather young, based on their photos (the Facebook generation doesn't understand the concept of privacy), and the kinds of sites you see them on.
Though not a "household name" of any kind, it appears my username is given out in the "real world" from time to time! (The offline world, where people use sounds to form words.) These people then search Google looking for "lordsmurf" because they need/want my help, or because they're trying to find articles and posts I've written in the past. That can pose a problem, with so many clones now out there. So let me help you sort it out!
LS vs. the others:
If it has anything to do with video technology, optical media, cartoons, TV shows, photography, action figures, or computer/web/tech-type writing, it's probably me. This includes:
If it's about video games, if the person has poor grammar/spelling, if English seems to be a second language, if he looks young in a photo (or has a photo of himself, period), or is on a dating/sex site, etc, then it's not me
. The "not me" sites include:
Why write this post?
Lately, I've had people approach me online, and then start rambling about various things. I truly had no idea what the hell they were going on about. Some of it was in kiddie speak, some was various foreign languages, and some wanted to strike up conversations about games I'd never even heard of (and honestly don't care to). Next time I get one of those weird private messages, or posts directed at me, I can just point them here. Easy enough.
At the same time, there have been a few people that claimed to have had a "hard time" trying to find me.
So hopefully this fixes both of those problems.