Originally Posted by TomatoSoup
Originally Posted by The_Ghost
Thats too bad a select few of you feel the way you do because ultimatley its going to be the demise of this forum....
But I guess it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks....
So, let me understand... you think that it's perfectly OK for folks too lazy to try to help themselves, to simply whine and ask for help - expecting everyone else to drop trou' and expend their own energy and time to answer questions. When that person can't even be bothered to try
to search to see if their question has already been answered (often MANY times).
Hmm. Then so be it.
It's a different matter if they've at least tried and failed, or have a reason why they can't search (need an urgent answer and on a smartphone, or something). But if you're lazy and then get bent out of shape for being called on it? Adios.
It's not a case of dogs and tricks, it's a case of respect for people that you want help from. We don't work for GM... this is not our job. You want help, be prepared to do some due diligence first..
I guess, for me, I look at the questions from new folks as a call for help, and a challenge--a puzzle to solve.
When solving these puzzles, I know I've read exactly the right threads, and the challenge is finding them... Once found, I use my editing/formatting skills to produce a really nice custom tailored list of links directly to the pertinent posts within the threads.
It can be very difficult--even when I know
what I'm looking for, and how it was discussed, and often by whom! Yet, I still struggle to find that thread I remember that had the awesome step-by-step photos.
Stepping back a bit, as others have been saying, this forum is essentially a social gathering place. It lives by how friendly the atmosphere is.
I've learned a bit about groups, and the most important lesson for me was that every group will have a broad range of experience, skill, talent, social courage, determination, and resilience. Some folks might need encouragement while others are strong willed enough to withstand a rough initiation.
I have also learned that the best way to gain respect is to give that respect to others. So, what might seem like disrespect and laziness may be that the person is so new that they don't even know where to start.
Erring on the side of giving the newbie respect and not taking offense at the perceived insult to the all knowing elders seems the better choice. I would even go so far as to say, that you might consider the question itself a sign of respect--the questioner is saying, "I respect your knowledge enough to ask you, because if I didn't respect your knowledge, I would never have asked in the first place."
So, what is this forum? It's a conversation. And while the questions may have been largely answered, it's much nicer when the librarian helps you find the answers with a smile.