BMS Doug wrote: Expanding your reply to include a quote of the relevant info in the thread and something like "you may find this helpful" would be much more informative and helpful.
No harm in posting a link to an old thread saying "This looks the same." or "Take a look at this, is it the same?" if it needs that qualification. Some raw links posted in threads are blindingly obvious that the newbie should have found them without any help. We can all use Google in just the same way that we know the phpBB3 (search.php) search engine is worse than useless. It shouldn't be that hard for newbies to also discover that. There is a good argument for replacing the forum search box with one that farms searches out to Google with a "site:raspberrypi.org" predicate.
We all know how the newbies work. Pi doesn't appear to work for whatever they're doing. Arrive here. Post a new topic. Sit back and wait to be spoon fed the answer. That requires no effort other than registering and replying to the registration email and writing three lines that simply don't describe the problem. Hey, the folks on the forum can bloody work out what the hell the newbie is talking about. (Don't get me started on folks who demand answers and are extremely rude when that doesn't happen.)
We all know how we'd like it to work. Pi doesn't appear to work for whatever they're doing. Search Google. Search the forum. Read the sticky threads. Find the answer. Run away happy. With just a 1% case where it's something nobody has seen before or something that's weird or something that's a real shiny new bug that warrants a new thread.
Posting straight links (or, worse, links obfuscated by bit.ly) to bloody "Let me Google that for you (lmgtfy.com)" is just flaming rude.