01-14-2006, 08:15 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North Carolina
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No one here did anything for stephen that the search wouldn't have done for him. Now, think about how many people have read through this thinking there might be something new or useful?
Of course if there is something new to add then people will add it, along with suggestions to search. If there is nothing new to add, then the recommendation to search and suggested search terms would be all that would be added to the post, not regurgitated information that has not changed.
To my knowledge, there have been no recent breakthroughs or changes in how carbon attracts and holds nutrients. If you do a search on this topic, you are likely to find other posts with the same exact information in them as this one. If nothing new can be added, then the reply should be to search with maybe some helpful term hints.
I'm all for disseminating new information. It's the redundant stuff that I'd like to see nipped in the bud. There's so much repetitious stuff archived that it's hard to find out if anything has changed or not, what with all the carbon-copy threads that you have to wade through.
Wouldn't it be nice if you searched for something and found one good, informative thread on it, could get your answers, and not have to worry about reading through the 10 other threads to see if anything had changed. How nice would it be to know that if there were 2 threads on a topic, one had the previous information and the second thread HAD to have updated info and that you wouldn't end up wasting your time with an information overload?
Look at the topics on lighting siestas. Those answers are not changing for people but they still ask rather than take the time to search. So, by saving themselves a little time by not searching, they are adding the burden on all the other thousands of users everyday to look through long lists of repetitive threads, and if those threads have several posts we then think we may need to read them anyway because something new has been discovered, otherwise why would so many people be responding? But that is seldom the case.
It just doesn't make sense is all and it wastes a lot of people's time to save a few lazy people a fraction of time and we indulge them and promote it.
IMO, if someone knows about the search but will not use it, then they are probably not the kind of person that can be very successful in this hobby, which requires patience and dedicated work. I wonder what the difference is between this and someone asking you to come clean their tank for them. Just because this is an easier request to indulge doesn't mean it should be acceptable.
Last edited by random_alias; 01-14-2006 at 08:34 PM..