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1. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Is it just me being short-fused, or do TP members get increasingly lazy?

I lately come across more and more threads that ask questions, the answer to which is already available in the forums. Most of these come from first-time posters, who apparently are unaware of TP's nifty search functionality, or unwilling/-able to use it.

I really enjoy helping other people out, but having to copy-paste search results, or listing the possibilities to get from BsAs to Rio for the 20th time, get a bit tedious... Just letting off some steam :)

Niels

2. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 9y

I think the Search Function is not readily apparent and that's why a lot of new members post their question in the forum. I hardly ever use the search function and had to look a bit to find it. There's no mentioning of search anywhere, just the search bar.
Maybe if there was a big 'Search' label there, maybe with a note to Members saying 'A lot of questions are being asked. Have a look here to see if you're answer is here'?

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Yes, can agree for some part.

On the other hand after a while almost every question has been asked, so nobody needs to ask any questions any more. I asked questions about countries like Suriname, Belize and Russia...nobody even reacted. All people go to the same countries, visiting the same thing, asking the same questions. I am getting frustrated for example about those job questions, especially in Australia. It's a TRAVEL forum, work is something different.

So after a while we don't need the forum anymore, every question has been asked. I think that can't be the case hopefully.

4. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

Hi Utrecht,
I agree with you in most things you said,but you have missed something!
I gave you some little info about Surinam yesterday!
ok,Bonaire is 5 hours behind Holland;)
If I hear more about Surinam I let you know.
sunny greetings from Bonaire
Marlis

5. Posted by anglosurma (Respected Member 106 posts) 9y

Okay okay i see your point on this forum ,

but can i say, in my opinion people preffer to have there own questions answered , just as reasurrance rather than one that was posted six months or a year ago.

and although this is a travel site i think work subject is a very important subject on this forum as some travellers primarily travel to work with the locals and get a real taste of where they are.

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

This too is a topic that has come up before though

the fact of the matter is that tp has been around a long time and some newer members may well be slack at background checking but it is up to those of us that have been around longer to gently push them in the right direction and be tolerant of those that may be new to the whole thing!

7. Posted by stephies7 (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hiya I have just joined today and have asked questions about safety and work, sorry ;). I had been googling all morning trying to find info before I posted my questions. I appreciate that people must ask similar things, but I just wanted some advice specific to my queries. I have read round (lonely planet etc) and am aware that s.america is as safe as europe and you need to use common sense etc but just wanted some first hand experiences of people similar to ourselves i.e. a group of girls, just for a bit of reassurance.

Also work is going to be part of my travels and was just hoping to maybe hear off others who have worked in healthcare in sydney whilst travelling. Because internet searches about this are vague. And because I am new to this site i was unaware of the search strategy.

Hope this helps explain why people may ask the same questions, steph x

8. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 9y

Hi,
if you look to work in a foreign country the best would be to contact the consulat/embassy of the country you will work to make sure if you are aloud to work there as a foreigner.
of course you may try to work illegal and take the risk to get kicked out before you have seen much of the country.
best is in my opinion:work,safe money and then travel.
working in a foreign country is mostly lousy paid and boring like the work home.
(different country,same shit)
Marlis

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

I really don't care about that. You don't have to answer a thread that already exists, especially not if you are frustrated about it, Bentivogli!!! You are here for fun not to be frustrated. So get a smoke or a glass of good cold beer....

10. Posted by bentivogli (Travel Guru 2398 posts) 9y

Quoting stephies7

I just wanted some advice specific to my queries

Sure, if you have a question that has 'kinda been answered' before, but that answer doesn't solve your particular problem, go right ahead and ask, that's what TP is there for. As a lot of vague questions are posted, there's an equal amount of vague/broad replies around. (Still, I personally much appreciate it if members make reference to their having run a search which didn't yield the result they were looking for, rather than just posting their question, but that's me).

What I find slightly annoying to see, though, is that concrete questions which have been answered quite definitively in the (recent) past keep popping up over and over again. But, as Pardus mentions, it may help to just make the search bar more prominent.