Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KI7HSB, May 20, 2020.
One of my favorites is; The OP asks "should I 'A' or 'B'?" and first response is 'C'.
Search engines are not always helpful.
About half the time, I get 27 pages of unrelated websites based on just one word of the entry, even if I try to put a phrase into quotes. A lot of the responses may be sponsored content, or the "Al Gore Rhythm" of the search may have been massaged to gain a higher position in the results for a particular company's advantage by a social media consultancy firm or in-house specialists.
I know in many types of forums, new members may ask questions that have been answered in detail in the past, before they joined. I have seen "old timers" who may have become tired of re-writing the answer, or with providing a link to the previous discussion, chime in to insist that newcomers must use a site search before asking any question. This is not welcoming. It is better to stand by silently without responding, and let someone else step in.
All the knowledge that each of us holds was once totally new to us at some point in time. A question that we clearly know the answer to is not a "stupid" one if the person asking it has not yet been exposed to that information.
My definition of a stupid question is only one that was previously asked and correctly answered, and asked again a second, third, or fourth time by the same person, hoping for a different answer because the answer received was not to their liking.
Not really. When people do not want to play with you, perhaps shitting in the sandbox is the problem, not that they ned to harden up. Ever noticed how newbies post and never stick around in this forum section? We are the problem. Not them.
Who is this we you refer to? That mouse in that other guys pocket?
I was being polite.
A while back a new guy was trying to program his new VHF UHF radio to a certain repeater was asking on this forum if anyone could help him. . He seemed to be confused about the offset and especially the use of tones. Several people on here including myself tried to explained how to program a radio for a repeater. No matter how it was explained he seemed to have absolutely no technical ability. I finally noticed that the particular repeater he was trying to program was in my area. I looked up his call sign and saw that he lived about 20 miles from where I live. I told him that we lived close to each other and if he wanted to come over i would help/teach him how to program his radio.
He ignored my post and continued to ask questions already answered. Another poster reminded him I had offered to help him face to face. I never heard from him. A week os later he was back here asking about how to program his radio for another repeater.
Some people just don’t get it.
Questions have a better answer rate on reddit and other forums. QRZ is a good place to piss and moan though
Wait, what was the question again?
Bingo... You get it....
That's really the point I was making. The internet may have a great deal of good information out there, but sadly, the search engines prioritize things in ways that are not helpful at all.
They do crazy things like...
Prioritizing links to paying sponsors to increase click counts.
Assuming that the most popular answer must be the right answer.
Catering to the lowest common denominator.
Using one size fits all data analytics to tailor your search results.
Spy on you without your knowledge through your device microphone.
Censoring content that the board of executives don't agree with.
Propagating fake news.
There are many others....
In short, it's becoming as much of a barren wasteland as network television. Sometimes its a real challenge to find good information among the garbage, disinformation, salesmen, con men, ideologues, uneducated bloggers, wannabe pundits, webpage owners with napoleon complex... It's quite reasonable that someone may spend hours scouring the internet and still not find the answer to their question... ESPECIALLY where hard science is the subject.
Knowing this, I tend to be very patient with people for asking even the most basic of questions and am disappointed in those that take advantage of the moment to puff up their egos by telling some noob, in short, to do his own homework.
A couple weeks ago, I was trying to find some information on a particular type of antenna. After 2 hours of searching the internet, I learned that apparently, it has something to do with a common problem in the front suspension of Subarus that makes them pull to the left...