patrick835 wrote in post #7309009
THERE IS ALREADY A THREAD ABOUT THIS!!!!!!!! JESUS!!!!!! i appreciate your attitude but i see new threads everyday. why can't people just search before posting? it's the basic skill when communicate on online forums.
In response to your question, "...why can't people just search before posting?" and your 'candid' assessment of my online 'skills'.
You're likely having a H/S day judging by the angst indicated in your caps, the number of exclamation points and the summoning of a religious deity for assistance. I'm hoping you didn't ruin your keyboard pounding out the characters.
In a broader sense, you're right. I'm not the brightest knife in the elevator. .... 'er something like that. I haven't posted to POTN very frequently. I lurk and learn mostly. I do searches when I'm interested in some technical aspect of photography or if I'm shopping for lenses. But I have started threads and posted responses to others' threads on many forums over the years. My usual response to mr-obvious-man-noobs is to point them in the right direction when I have the time.
This thread is a bit different though.
What would have prompted anyone to search for 'resellers.com' on POTN without first knowing the name of that website? And, even after discovering it from an online search engine, why would I have done a search for a website on POTN? I did look at the lists of sticky's - perhaps I missed it there but I don't think so. Most forums don't maintain lists of websites unless they're tied into advertising somehow. Maybe I should've known better.
But, taken a little further, your line of reasoning would have EVERYONE searching topics before posting ANYTHING. 'Not reasonable. If you had an exciting revelation during your efforts to perfect a certain photographic technique, (and a special photograph to show off), would it occur to you to do a search on the forum before passing along your excitement and information? Maybe you would. Most folks who post to these forums wouldn't.
Forum threads are, by nature, repetitive in any given forum. Besides bringing people with common interests together, the online forum captures the essence of a hobby or profession and categorizes it into sub-topics so contributions can be channeled and more easily accessed. People visit these places not knowing what's here and, often, not knowing how to articulate questions about what they're looking for or even interested in. The future of these places lies in the hands and minds of curious newbe's who come here to find answers and then contribute what they find valuable. That should be encouraged.
When I found 'resellers', my first thought was to tell the world about it because it was a valuable analytical tool for people (forum members) to scrutinize faceless sellers and to keep them from getting screwed online. I had no idea that this website would have been posted anywhere on POTN until the first response to my thread. Now I know it's common knowledge around here. And now, perhaps, a whole new generation of new forum members and lurkers, (who wouldn't know enough to search for it), are also aware of 'resellers'.
Forums are mostly about education. They are one of the most wonderful things about cyberspace and internet. And as child-like as the best of us really are, we do embrace repetition to reinforce what we might already know. While I feel a little like Mr. Obvious Man right now, I owe no apologies for this thread.
"i appreciate your attitude " Thanks, Patrick. Have a good one. No harm done.