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The advent of the internet and various forums - car and non-car related - basically has negated the need for any form of manual for whatever it is you have or are building or what not.

if what you have doesn't work or does something that you did not expect then people scour the internet looking for answers and posting on forums asking for advice when it simply explains everything you need to know about it in the flipping manual!!!

PEOPLE NEED TO READ THE FLIPPING MANUAL!!!!! THAT IS COVER TO COVER AND NOT 'SKIMMING' AS SOME PEOPLE DO!!!!!
 

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I take it you mean owners handbook,( which for some reason often seems to be referred to as a manual?) :confused:) For complex Alfas try Eper or AO for a one to one response from Smaky. :thumbs: I understand your gripe though.:): read the basics first! Must be easier for some just to ask on a forum I expect? :D
 

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Couldn't agree more! However, as an engineer who has written a lot of operating instructions I have to say that a lot of manuals are very badly written - especially by engineers!

In a lot of cases manuals are written "back to front" - they tell the user what various controls or functions do, but they don't tell the user the sequence they need to go through to actually make the thing do what they want it to do.
 

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The advent of the internet and various forums - car and non-car related - basically has negated the need for any form of manual for whatever it is you have or are building or what not.

if what you have doesn't work or does something that you did not expect then people scour the internet looking for answers and posting on forums asking for advice when it simply explains everything you need to know about it in the flipping manual!!!

PEOPLE NEED TO READ THE FLIPPING MANUAL!!!!! THAT IS COVER TO COVER AND NOT 'SKIMMING' AS SOME PEOPLE DO!!!!!
i had a similar incident about three weeks ago. 'Just look in the manual, it'll tell you what oil you'll need'. And the response was 'oh, i thought you could check online for me, or you would maybe pop into a Halfords and ask them what oil it needs'.

'Erm, at the danger of repeating myself, it's in the manual. Go to the index, and look under 'oil''.

'Yeah, but, i thought that if you checked online for me...'

'Bye'

:rolleyes:
 

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Reminds me of a Dilbert cartoon - can't find a link - it goes something like this:-

"Hello IT helpline ...... Ok - yep - I see. OK then- are you in an office with other people - you are , that's good - now you need to stand up - good you are doing that - ok - now raise your hands above your head - good - wave them around - great - now shout loudly - Hello I am too stupid to read the manual.
 

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Reminds me of the old IT support story:

"Word Perfect Technical support; may I help you?"

"Yes, well, I'm having trouble with WordPerfect."

"What sort of trouble?"

"Well, I was just typing along, and all of a sudden the words went away."

"Went away?"

"They disappeared."

"Hmm. So what does your screen look like now?"

"Nothing."


"Nothing?"

"It's blank; it won't accept anything when I type."

"Are you still in WordPerfect, or did you get out?"

"How do I tell?"

"Can you see the C:\ prompt on the screen?"

"What's a sea-prompt?"

"Never mind. Can you move the cursor around on the screen?"

"There isn't any cursor: I told you, it won't accept anything I type."

"Does your monitor have a power indicator?"


"What's a monitor?"

"It's the thing with the screen on it that looks like a TV. Does it have a little light that tells you when it's on?"

"I don't know."

"Well, then look on the back of the monitor and find where the power cord goes into it. Can you see that?"

....."Yes, I think so."

"Great! Follow the cord to the plug, and tell me if it's plugged into the wall."

....."Yes, it is."

"When you were behind the monitor, did you notice that there were two cables plugged into the back of it, not just one?"


"No."

"Well, there are. I need you to look back there again and find the other cable."

....."Okay, here it is."

"Follow it for me, and tell me if it's plugged securely into the back of your computer."

"I can't reach it."

"Uh huh. Well, can you see if it is?"

"No."

"Even if you maybe put your knee on something and lean way over?"

"Oh, it's not because I don't have the right angle-it's because it's dark."


"Dark?"

"Yes-the office light is off, and the only light I have is coming in from the window."

"Well, turn on the office light then."

"I can't."

"No? Why not?"

"Because there's a power outage."

"A power... A power outage? Aha! Okay, we've got it licked now. Do you still have the boxes and manuals and packing stuff your computer came in?"

"Well, yes. I keep them in the closet."


"Good! Go get them and unplug your system and pack it up just like it was when you got it. Then take it back to the store you bought it from."

"Really! Is it that bad?"

"Yes, I'm afraid it is."

"Well, all right then, I suppose. What do I tell them?"

"Tell them you're too stupid to own a computer."
 

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I didn't even get a manual with my new phone. I had to log online and download it. Good job I actually had net.

I read manuals my husband does not.
 
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