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21. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 9y

Quoting wouterrr

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.....

You won't believe how many of the 4,000 and 9,000 were posted in the off-topic.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 17, 2007, at 10:44 AM by Hien ]

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

Quoting Hien

You won't believe how many of the 4,000 and 9,000 were posted in the off-topic.

Yeah that doesn't count. I can get 10.000 posts by only doing word games....

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

Quoting wouterrr

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.....

This is my 9206th comment... But, keep in mind that most of my replies are located in the Off Topic forum. With that said...

I don't always answer all of the threads that I could respond to - but I also make the time to link existing (similar) threads and do a bit of legwork when needed. Being a moderator may have something to do with it - but it's only a small part of why I perform searches and create the links. Everyone's question(s) are the most important to them at the time - it's their trip. Quite often, that eagernes to find information and start the planning process overshadows performing "one more search". I have repeated myself countless times and will continue to do so because someone wants/needs their questions answered. It may be tedious, but it makes me smile every time a member says thank you.

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

Quoting Hien

You won't believe how many of the 4,000 and 9,000 were posted in the off-topic.

You won't believe how many of that 1735 are just one-liners in OT too.

25. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

I lately come across more and more threads that ask questions, the answer to which is already available in the forums.

This isn't due to the new members. This is due to you now having been on these forums long enough to have seen these questions before. But trust me, the first time you answered most of them, they weren't new either.

Every single active forum in existence has this very question pop up more or less frequently: how to treat topics that have been discussed before. If they're communities with very few new members arriving and very heavy involvement by the regulars, then the "rules of conduct" for the forum usually evolve to telling new members in no uncertain terms to search first.
But travellerspoint isn't that kind of forum. Although us heavy posters might post about half of the posts on the forum, 90% of the forum users on any given day are relatively new. It'd be completely unworkable to demand that they behave in any way. All we can do - and should do, to keep the atmosphere good - is to answer as helpfully as we can. If you've had enough of a certain question, don't answer it. I know I do for some topics. And other times it depends on my mood.
And the good thing is, by doing this, other members who but recently were asking for advice themselves will see that no one has answered the question yet, and will pipe up themselves, and will become more involved, and so the cycle of the board will continue.

Besides this, as others have already said, the personal angle is often very important too. A slightly different way in phrasing a question - or even the personal details of the person asking it - might make me give quite some different advice for what to do and what to see than I gave the previous time.

26. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 9y

Quoting bentivogli

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.

Oh, and on this worry, I can assure you with absolute certainty that this isn't the case.
There's about a dozen threads in the Australia and New Zealand forums where I went all out and suggested very detailed 2-4 week itineraries, complete with links to photos of those places on my website.
Hardly a day goes by that I don't see some of those links being followed in my referer logs (by humans, not bots). And over the last two years, I've had something like half a dozen people PM me specifically to ask for help on subjects that I wrote answers to many months earlier, starting their PM with something like "you seem very knowledgeable on this subject, so could you...?" (Note that I'm not a travel helper, so they're really approaching me because they read those old replies. And if you yourself have never had a similar PM yet, I suspect that it won't be very many months before you will.)

All of the advice that all of us are giving here on these forums is tremendously appreciated by not just the people we give the advice to, but just as much by the silent majority we never hear from. So don't let things get you down and keep up the good work - but also remember that you're beholden to no one, and can choose which answers are worth your time to give. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 17, 2007, at 12:33 PM by Sander ]

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

Quoting Hien

Quoting wouterrr

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.....

You won't believe how many of the 4,000 and 9,000 were posted in the off-topic.

Hey! I haven't played the word games in ages. That's gotta count for something. The rumour and one-liner thread, though. Plus that old thread with the scripts about calling members of the clergy. That was a good one! Wonder where it went...

28. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Neils

Yes, I think U are being short fused.
I think some members do not know where to search, for the information.
Or else, they would prefer to ask somebody who already knows, rather than search. I think these people are sociable, rather than lazy. They want to ask and chat, about their hobby.

Mel

29. Posted by danalasta (Travel Guru 519 posts) 9y

I am inclined to think that newbies want to hear or know the experiences of members..for instance, what they should do to avoid getting ripped when visiting a particular place. It is sometimes frustrating to read members responding with notes on "what this and that travel guides" have to say! And we see a lot of members doing this. Lots of repetitions on this...

dana

30. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 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 was new, so it gave me a chance to add my own 2 cents to topics that were no longer active.

This is something i agree with - right now i dont have a trip on the cards to ask qns about... answering some qns , even though some are repititive , like 'cheap airlines in india' , it gives a chance for a new-be like me to interact with people! ( not so participative on OT)

Also, i guess, lots of thigns change. People might have had new experiences/discoveries in same "old" places. if we never posted new threads, we might not get to know about this.

What would be nice is, if and when people do make that trip they are planning for, they cud just add another post to let people know wht they did eventually ( i need to go and see if iv done this myself!)! its unsatisfactory when people take the effort to give information (be it teeny weeny bits or tons and truck loads), and dont get to know wht the person did in the end!!!! even when i am just following a thread and not actually contributing! Sort of like the missing last pages in a book...:(