I was on another forum and a lot of discussion about newbies and the "changing of the guard" of old guys/new guys and the whole "go search" concept.
One thing that always comes up, I want to throw out to you. I for one, and many of the older guys, tend to answer a lot of things with "have you searched". The reason for this is that many times, it's the same group of people answering the same questions.
Going forward, I'd like to propose some changes.
Let's help the newbies. If we can, give them an answer. If you think they need to do a search, you can actually do a search and then post the link to it (refine the search if possible).
Try to point them to actual links.
I think it's a lot of work, but I also think the new forum members (newbies is NOT a derogatory term as we use it) are asking for help, so let's help.
Also, I want the new members to speak up more and jump in. We tend to have the same group posting the most and we really need everyone to help. I sometimes thing the new members will post a better answer because they've in the learning curve or they just resolved the issue themselves.
Besides, everyone gets tired of Me and Tom doing the answers. I try NOT to answer and let everyone else answer first. I only like to jump in when clarification is needed or a point wasn't covered.
What say you forum?
New guys, jump in and ask
Lurkers, jump in and join the forum