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1. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

In my brief experience here I have learned to bite my tongue at times when I feel like saying, "why should I spend five minutes helping you with your travel query when it is clear to me from your question that you haven't even spent five seconds doing your own research?"

I know that things which we might think are easy or take for granted are, for other people, sometimes big challenges, but... well, you probably know what I mean.

I try to be patient (or just ignore the query). I hope not too much sarcasm slips through. And I suppose the day will come when I am the one asking the dumb questions (or maybe I have already).

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

[ Edit: Edited at Nov 3, 2006 3:38 PM by pfeiffer ]

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 9y

I know the feeling. My theory is that people like to just get some input from anyone.. even if it is something they could have worked out. Organising a trip can be stressful if you don't do it often and I figure half the reason they post is to calm the nerves.

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

I agree with both of you - it can be frustrating seeing the same questions over and over, or ones were it's just a blanket thing with no information to work with... But, then I think about it and realize it's probably excitement, nerves, etc. I also think, in the planning stage, people don't think things through and beleive their question is the most important (which it is to them) and they are the first to think if it (which they probably are not).

I have found myself doing their work for them at times - searches on TP for like-type threads - and giving them the links. Saves writing information over again. But, being a Moderator, I also feel it's part of the "job" in making people feel welcome here and getting what they are searching for. (It doesn't mean it doesn't bug me sometimes, but so does snow and no one has stopped that either.) ;)

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

Nuts! I thought you were going to pay me to make your reservations and pack your bags. :(

Alas, I guess not. I know what you all mean though - and really it is the same on all forums across the internet. Now matter how much you stress for the use of "Search" people don't. I gave up trying on mine and just answer the questions.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 9y

Yeah, I know the feeling too. It's frustrating, especially after you know how much work goes into planning a trip - and how much satisfaction comes from having done the footwork. My mini peeve is taking the time to answer a PM and then the person never opens it and you never hear from them again. But they're a minority, and in the end we can choose to answer or not. The other 99% of the interaction on TP is fantastic, so the odds are pretty great.

6. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y

Some people have never done the travelling thing before so have no idea where to start! It's not easy beind a noobie but we all started somewhere...for the people that just don't look, well, I just post up the links and tell them to look for themselves ;) not really I say it nicely

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7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

I don't receive many requests as a Travel Helper, but those I do get, I try to give them as much information as possible, provide links, offer additional help if needed, wish them good travels and ask that they let me know how their trip went once they return home. I've been lucky enough that 99% of the members do get back to me to thank me again and tell a bit of their travel story.

Most of the help requests stem from a member reading one of my posts about vaccinations or malaria prophylaxis. I just answered one today from a member in Singapore who will be doing post-grad work in Florida next summer. They are an avid shell collector and part-time dealer. They read a response I wrote about beachcombing there and were looking for shelling clubs, shell museums, etc. Now that was a help request right up my alley!!!

I feel that there are two types of planners - 1) those who love doing the research then working out every detail themselves, and 2) those who want the "travel" part but not the "research" part. The second group would prefer to have someone else do the work for them, which is fine. The members who are good at or enjoy the planning part are also the ones who tend to be the most helpful (ie: post the most answers in threads). They are also the more-traveled, having been to more places, thus having informative answers.

8. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

There is a group 3, too Isa! The ones that don't plan or research and just go

9. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Actually, this is a bigger pet peeve of mine than the repeated questions and people not conducting searches first... It's those who respond to the inquiry with "Just do a search" and write nothing more. Either take the time to post a link or comment and recommend doing a search or ignore the thread completely. Gggrrrrr... But, I also digress... (And, it's just my pet peeve.) :(

No, I am not speaking about anyone in particular - just a general comment and gggrrr. :)

10. Posted by mim (Travel Guru 1276 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Actually, this is a bigger pet peeve of mine than the repeated questions and people not conducting searches first... It's those who respond to the inquiry with "Just do a search" and write nothing more. Either take the time to post a link or comment and recommend doing a search or ignore the thread completely. Gggrrrrr... But, I also digress... (And, it's just my pet peeve.) :(

No, I am not speaking about anyone in particular - just a general comment and gggrrr. :)

With you on that one, totally unhelpful!