what is rss feed and why should I subscribe to it?

what is rss feed and why should I subscribe to it?

oh and how does one choose a tag? I don’t know what any of the suggested tags mean or relate to.

What is an RSS feed?

thanks robleyd - now I know that I do not wish to subscribe to any RSS feed anywhere anytime any how. already there are far too many things “automatic” - if I can’t have 100% control of MY involvement I don’t want any involvement at all.

Using an answer, because space in comments is too limited for my explanation, and too lazy to split in several comments

Tags are keywords which can be monitored by contributors to be notified of questions in their field(s) of competence. I can’t retrieve the page where I once saw the definition of mandatory tags to give its reference. Here’s a summary:

  • writer, calc, impress, draw, base, math tell with which component(s) (=application) you experience problem.

    Note that math is the math formula editor/formatter for Writer. It absolutely does not mean you need mathematics help with a formula in a spredsheet (Calc). In this case, use mathematics, algebra, function or formula (though the latter is ambiguous, may also refer to the Writer formula formatter).

  • common is a shorthand for the 6 previous tags (or at least the first 3 of them)

    IMPORTANT: common in no way means the problem is a frequent, universally experienced one. It says it occurs in several components. It can be a configuration issue, a UI bug, an integration problem with the OS, an installation difficulty, …

  • meta is for questions not directly related to LO usage: roadmap, future orientations, TDF policy, philosophy/concept, AskLO issues, …

The present question obviously should have been tagged meta and asklo (or one of the suggested equivalents).

Apart from the tags above, there is no constraints on tags. Try to attach a meaningful one, preferentially an already existing one so that your question is grouped with related ones and does not end up singled under a singleton tag.

Avoid rewording your question with tags: you create “noise” words (words not containing information like “the”, “a”, “an”, “and”, “or”, “of”, …). You are free to create your own tags, but don’t abuse the feature so that your question reaches the relevant contributors. Consider tags are a kind of “super-summary” of your question: they identify the component (mandatory) and the topic.

Tags can always be changed: click on the retag link. Press Enter when you’re done. Sometimes, this does not get you out of retagging. In this case, press Enter a second time.

To show the community your question has been answered, click the ✓ next to the correct answer, and “upvote” by clicking on the ^ arrow of any helpful answers. These are the mechanisms for communicating the quality of the Q&A on this site. Thanks!

thanks ajlittoz
thanks. I always knew why folks tagged in this definition. and I do not do “tagging” in any other definition. I put warning tags on some of My writings when they are being published on one website or another. but I do not understand what these various specific tags mean and I am certainly not going to ever take the time to try to figure out how to look each one up each time I am going to post something here… and I certainly won’t be able to remember from one day to another week the “definitions” as relates to this website’s use of them. so I will always use “common” since I have to use at least one in order to post anything here.

at least I have figured out that in order to ever get answers to the questions I post here all I have to do is not shut down the page, the browser, the computer for the night. by leaving it open overnight and then coming back and refreshing it I get to see answers!

not sure why directions to that effect aren’t somewhere easy to find

I am certainly not going to ever take the time to try to figure out how to look each one

And you expect we shall take the time to do that for you? Systematic common is a bad idea: there is a small handful of “regulars” here who donate their time to the community despite their personal activity. To avoid being overflowed by the number of questions, we concentrate on selected keywords, e.g. @Lupp is a specialist of calc, I specialise in writer, @Ratslinger knows base internals, etc. A common question is usually related to OS integration and we let others take care of that. This means you may wait for a long time.

I had a look at your profile. You effectively tag common. If you don’t want to follow this site etiquette, you’re free to, but don’t require immediate and quality answer. If you can’t spend the time to tag at least with the component (Writer, Calc or Impress) you’re using, don’t expect quick answers.

You also incur the risk of being black-listed.