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11. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 9y

Uh, Niels, not to be flippant about it, but here's a thought: If you are tired of answering the same posts over and over again, stop answering them. There are 80,000+ members here...perhaps someone else will answer.

The same logic can be applied elsewhere in life: If you are unhappy that the bus doesn't take the route you want it to take, do you reprimand the driver and instruct him that he is wrong?

Let things be. Answer what you want, and don't answer that which annoys you. As has been said, this should be fun.

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

Quoting beerman

Uh, Niels, not to be flippant about it, but here's a thought: If you are tired of answering the same posts over and over again, stop answering them. There are 80,000+ members here...perhaps someone else will answer.

Precisely Beerman. I think this is moaning. Who the hell cares. But that is the beauty of democracy, everyone has an opinion....

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

Quoting stephies7

Hiya I have just joined today and have asked questions about safety and work, sorry ;).

No need to apologize, Steph! Your questions are important to you and now you are aware of the search function also.

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I agree that repetitive threads can be annoying to those who are very active members, but I also have to agree that all of us have the choice of responding or moving to another thread or forum.

The reasons for posting a thread and/or not using the search function are as varied as the individual posters themselves. And, the reasons really don't matter as long as members are willing to respond with useful information - whether it be the info itself or links to previous threads. Kindly pointing out that the search function is located on the left of the page is fine as long as it's not the only comment made at the time. Everyone has their own style and it's not our place to decide if it's wrong or right. We're here to "give and take" information and enjoy each other's company as we do so.

If repetitive questions is the most irritating thing in one's day, then it's either time to step away from the computer or just consider it a good one. ;)

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

Quoting marlis

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

Oops, sorry, I haven't seen it yet, I will look at it immediately...

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

Quoting wouterrr

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....

And that's exactly what I am going to do...;)

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

Quoting Isadora

If repetitive questions is the most irritating thing in one's day

Far from, Isa, far from it :)

Your solution is obviously the easiest, and probably the most practical one, Beerman, but still I fear that in the end no-one will care to provide good answers anymore, as -apparently- nobody cares to read them more than once, anyway. This is what has happened on thorntree, if you ask me, where I found the interaction a lot more useful in the past than I find it nowadays.

17. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 9y

this is my 300th post!

okay to answer the main question.

i dont think the searching on TP is 100% at its best.

sometimes i want to look for quick answers! time is precious! i do a search and get 50 results! clicking in and out of threads can be a nightmare. literally! it may take me an hour to find what i want.

or i can just create a new thread...were someone can reply within a few min - 15 min and give me precise and accurate information.

sometimes what i look for isnt accurate! it can be misguiding!

for very very basic questions then one may question that but not for the more detailed ones.

often someone has 3-4 questions to be answered in a thread not just one too! it can be very time consuming to look for the answers that you want!

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

When I first joined TP way back when, I loved answering questions that had probably been answered a zillion times before. I was new, so it gave me a chance to add my own 2 cents to topics that were no longer active. Now, I anwser if I think I can still help, and I just ignore if it looks like the person wants me to do the footwork for them. It does get frustrating sometimes, though.

On a related note, I visit an advertising forum sometimes that's chock-full of "hey newbie - do it yourself!". The tone is bitter and biting. TP is TP because everyone goes out of their way to help. Can't beat that! ;)

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

Quoting oslaue

or i can just create a new thread...were someone can reply within a few min - 15 min and give me precise and accurate information.

And that is where the forum is for. If we all use the search button then we better close the forum part of this website. Because what's the fun if there is nobody there (except maybe in the off-topic forum).

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

Quoting tway

When I first joined TP way back when, I loved answering questions that had probably been answered a zillion times before. ;)

I think its an achievement if you have answered that much questions that you posted more then 4.000 posts......

What about Isadora. She has placed the most posts on TP, I thought more then 9.000, unbelievable.....

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 17, 2007, at 10:35 AM by wouterrr ]