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Hi, Jossie - you may know this already, but in case not - the discussions that are at the top of the list when you get the search results are the oldest discussions. If you didn't expand the views to 50 or 500 and read the discussions closer to the bottom of the search results, you might have missed some that would address the issue you've raised (i.e., purchased goodwill, as opposed to self-created, etc.). Just FYI; I'm mentioning it as the discussion you just posted to is quite old, and was probably close to the top of the search results, but even at a glance I can tell that it's not one of the better discussions on goodwill.

This might also be helpful to you: Hints and Tips on How to Search on TaxAlmanac.

Trillium 15:05, 17 August 2010 (CDT)

Duplicate discussions

Things can get really confusing when there are two active discussions about the same topic. Most of your facts were in the original OP, and then the cite to the new bill was in the new discussion you started - but that one didn't have the facts, so people who hadn't read the other discussion would have been speculating or getting things piecemeal.

You end up losing the benefit of having all responses build on each other, a key strength of the community - or, worst case, people ignore both discussions because they can't figure out which one is the current question.

So - I have linked your new discussion back to the first one, to try to keep all responses together, in the old discussion. Also, I added that bill# to the title of your old discussion, since that might catch people's attention. JR1 will stop in at some point today, I hope, and if he sees "Illinois" in the title, he'll be all over this for you! But having the bill number in there might get a few others involved, too.

For future - you can update the discussion title yourself, if you like: You use the "move" command at the top of the page, and it'll show you the old title, and you make the relevant changes for the new title. Just be sure not to remove "Discussion:" at the start of the title, since that's what sorts it into the forums.

Trillium 11:57, 13 October 2010 (CDT)

Better campground discussion

Hi, Jossie - did that other campground discussion fully resolve your question, or were you just trying to say that you wish you'd posted your follow-up questions over there?

I'll be online for another half-hour or so, and if you want to post a different follow-up question (leaving out any parts that the new discussion resolved) go ahead and do it, and once you do I'll try to remove your posts from the Scottycoyote discussion and get it off the tax forum index temporarily. That way you avoid posting duplicate questions, but still get a chance to ask your actual current questions.

And thank you, thank you, for not just posting your same question again, on the other discussion!

Trillium 01:24, 4 January 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Trillium. I did get most of what I was looking for. I reposted to the new link. You can delete the one on the Scottycoyote discussion. THanks.


All set.

By the way, if you ever have a need to respond to anybody else, it's best to do so on their talk page rather than on your own. If they've signed their note with their user name link, click there and follow the links to leave them a message (or click on the "discussion" tab at the top of the screen after you're on their user page, then click the "leave a message" link in the box, or edit the page to leave a note). Then sign your note by typing four tildes. Someone who has left you a note may not notice you've responded if you do it on your own page, but if you respond on their page, they will get an orange flash message to check their talk page for new notes. FYI.


Trillium, I tried that with you but kept getting "permission error". I couldn't find a way to leave you a message. I just tried it again and still kept getting the error message. What am I doing wrong?

Permission error

It's not just you, that's happening a lot lately. I think it's one of the things they're hoping to fix in tomorrow night's scheduled maintenance. The alternative is to get to the Talk Page, but instead of clicking the "leave a message" link in the box, click "edit this page" just like you did to post your note here. Do that same thing on the other person's talk page, and they'll get a notification that they have new messages. It's best if you start off with a title of some kind, to separate your note from the prior person's note, but people do tend to figure out what's new even if you don't do that. (Easiest way to add a title, put two equals signs before and after what you want to appear as your note title, as I did here with "permission error" - click edit this page to actually see the equals signs. Trillium

HC discussion

Hi, Jossie - I wanted to let you know in advance that the discussion you started today on the status of the health care bill might well end up being moved over to the Chat forum. It's the type of topic where idelogical comments get posted, and once things start getting into politics, the discussion is removed from the tax forum and over to Chat, based on a consensus of users who decided that they'd rather keep the tax forum free of political comments.

So far, people have been pretty good at sticking to the specific tax question you asked, and while there are a few hot-button words or phrases in the discussion (things that people may find themselves unable to resist responding to ideologically - which might be as basic and sometimes inadvertent as using a "nickname" for the bill that is seen as coming from one side or the other of the political spectrum), I'm hoping to keep it in the tax forum as long as possible. I may shift it to Chat preventively for periods when I'm not intending to be watching the site very closely, and then move it back to the tax forum once I'm back to paying full attention.

No matter which forum it is in, you will always be able to find it via the "my contributions" link in the upper right corner of your screen; that lists every post you've made, with the most recent on top.

Trillium 04:18, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

Post here deleted in accordance with advertising policies

Hi, Jossie - your post about lockboxes is, unfortunately, leading people to sign up and offer their services, whereas I think you were trying to get some input from other tax/accounting pros.

I've removed the advertising from your discussion and from this page, but if you're interested in seeing it, you can always click the history tab and review prior edits. The site's copyright policies prohibit those kinds of posts.

Also, I believe I'll move your post over to the practice management/business growth page, as more people there might have an interest in commenting, and more info for you.

Trillium 20:29, 21 September 2011 (UTC)

Not to worry

Your post is still out there, and it certainly wasn't clogging up the discussion forums! I've just moved it over to the practice management forum, as I thought more of the people that frequent that forum might have input. Although I'm not sure that worked....

But I did delete the advertising stuff from other people. Yeah, some people will jump on any excuse to post their website, etc. We just delete the bad stuff, and ask them to not do it again, but there are some repeat offenders, unfortunately.

Hope you get some good input eventually. You can get back to your discussion via the "my contributions" link in the upper right corner of your screen.

Trillium 23:11, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

Please don't post political comments on tax forum discussions

Jossie, I saw that you had posted semi-political comments to two separate tax forum discussions today, so I thought that maybe you weren't aware that the tax forum is meant to be free of political asides and comments - based on consensus of the TaxAlmanac posters. The issue isn't always the first comment - for example, both of yours today were just general complaints about regulation and/or Obamacare - but even seemingly innocent comments tend to generate responses that are quite political and lead the discussions off-track.

When that happens, we have to move the discussion out of the tax forum.

It's best if you can just limit those types of comments and asides to the chat forum. It seems there's always some type of political issue being discussed there.


Trillium 18:31, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

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