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so in consideration of the type of questions regularly being asked, I wonder if AWEB should introduce a tick box statement, where you have to agree to all before posting your question

In asking your question you accept that:

1)  This forum is strictly for professionals working in the accountancy sector.

2) Asking AWEB is not a subsitute for dealing in person with an adviser directly to deal with a question which may have signficant tax conseqences.

3) Further questions will inevitably be asked as it is unlikely all relevant facts will provided in the initial question.

4) When the response is 'seek an accountants advice', this is generally because the technical level of the question or the competency of the questioner is such that a face to face meeting with an adviser is ALWAYS the best advice.

I am sure there are plenty more statements that could be added....

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By Chris.Mann
20th Jun 2019 13:35

https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/any-answers/do-i-pay-myself-a-salary

I'm assuming that this is a typical enquiry, to which your comments refer?

Frustrating as it is, from my long experience of Aweb, I think you'll be tiddling in the wind, if you expect sensible/reasonable change.

Having said that, I'm completely at one, with you.

Fingers crossed (ever so slightly).

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By justsotax
20th Jun 2019 13:43

But when we get accused of trolling, then at least we can refer them to what they agreed when raising the question...….but I suspect you are correct, for the majority of them this would make no difference...

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By kealy
20th Jun 2019 14:43

Ok, so I did work in practice for 14 years but left 5 years ago, still work in finance but no longer accountancy sector.

No sure if I would call myself a professional of anything except maybe wine drinking.

Do I need to resign or can I still hang out here just so long as I don't ask a question?

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By Tax Dragon
20th Jun 2019 14:47

kealy wrote:

Do I need to resign or can I still hang out here just so long as I don't ask a question?

Uh-oh.... ah, it's OK, I'll treat it as rhetorical! :)

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By kealy
20th Jun 2019 14:58

Whaaaatttt, no questions in replies either?

Oh no, there goes another one!!

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By Tax Dragon
20th Jun 2019 15:13

If you behaved like that on an old thread and you'd be told to start your own. Do it on a current thread and no-one even notices!

We are a funny bunch, in here. Diverse too, as DJKL notes below.

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By DJKL
20th Jun 2019 15:02

I have often thought that some form of basic template form to be completed by those asking questions followed by the written question and summary details in narrative form might reduce the friction, even simple things like confirming what type of entity (Limited Company/ Partnership/ LLP/ Sole Trader) , maybe age, marital status of party, vat status of entity plus a few other core questions that could also be incorporated without making it unwieldy.

So much effort goes into fishing out answers which would be far less of a chore if front end data was more complete.

Of course you still have the question whether the public ought to be able to ask questions, frankly I am not as bothered about this as others on here and tentatively suggest it could be made more palatable to others here if there could be a link button on the question template for voluntary charitable donations from those satisfied with the responses they have received. We could get given feedback from SIFT ,say monthly, informing us what in total had been donated that month, say to a different charity each month. I appreciate this might be straying into MLR issues but it maybe ought , at least, be investigated by our hosts here to see if something like this is possible.

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By Accountant A
20th Jun 2019 21:21

Good ideas - no chance of Sift taking note.

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By JoF
20th Jun 2019 21:45

Agree with the above. Reckon sift should also employ the use of a cattle prod when posters do not say please and thank you, with outright bans for folk who never even acknowledge the pile of helpful responses.(no need in this case obviously!)

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By Tax Dragon
21st Jun 2019 07:30

I'm going to break with the party line and disagree.

Many of the conversations in here are enriched by contributions from some that work outside the world of accountancy. Limiting ourselves to the accountants would leave this place much the poorer.

The changes I would make (you know what's coming) would include removing the ability to edit a post once it had been replied to and introducing an automated response to Anonymous posts that repeats the Sift warning. Currently AA does this manually (and gets undeserved abuse for so doing - from the accountants among us).

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By justsotax
21st Jun 2019 09:58

I suspect the 'you know this place is for accountants' is usually rolled out when the person asking the question can't comprehend that the advice he is getting (go see an accountant) is often the best advice....

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By Tax Dragon
21st Jun 2019 10:51

Perhaps if we all just ignored those questions completely, the OPs could work it out for themselves?

This would, I suspect, lead over time to a reduction in the more daft questions being asked in the first place.

That's up to us, peeps.

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By Tax Dragon
21st Jun 2019 11:06

Tax Dragon wrote:

...removing the ability to edit a post once it had been replied to...

Editing includes deleting.

(See what I didn't do there?)

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By Accountant A
21st Jun 2019 13:23

Tax Dragon wrote:

...removing the ability to edit a post once it had been replied to...

Editing includes deleting.

(See what I didn't do there?)
BORIS JOHNSON FOR PM!

And apparently you can also misquote!!

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By Tax Dragon
21st Jun 2019 13:45

Yeah, but if you couldn't edit replied-to posts, that would expose the misquoter.

(I appreciate that might have been part of your point, but it was such a good point it was worth making twice.)

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By Accountant A
21st Jun 2019 13:25

Richard Hattersley posted on a deleted question this morning "reminding" people not to delete questions which is one of the many irritating habits of freeloaders.

It would be more to the point of the site prevented questions being deleted (without moderator input).

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