Originally Posted by absolutangel04
People are not so easily split up into categories. One may know worlds about African cichlids, but be a total beginner at breeding killifish. Who is to say what issue is advanced or not? Separating things out like that can create confusion leave more room for questions to slip through the cracks and never be answered.
I am just going to add that I certainly understand frustrations with people not doing any research and instead seeking instant gratification, but there are tons of circumstances and situations that drive people to ask the questions they ask. Be careful when talking to new people and give them a bit of benefit of the doubt. You certainly can ignore questions as well and leave them for people who don't mind answering. I often have to leave threads for people with more patience than me.
I see your point but what I was saying, more to the point, was that as an " advanced" hobbyist, they would have a bit more understanding of the basics to not have to ask "Is this ich?" or "How do I handle this situation?" with the caviat being that as an advanced hobbyist, they would be able to post on both sections. However, if you are an advanced hobbyist in say, breeding Killifish and a newbie in say, African cichlids, I would think that you would want to check out and participate in the newbie section of Africans. I don't see the problem. Does that make sense?
I personally would qualify as an advanced hobbyist in about 75% -80% of today's hobby but there have been new fish that have been discovered or created since I was in the biz that I would have no problem going to the newbie section to get the info on them or how to care for them.
As I said, the filtering would be a issue and I don't deny it. I just used the way AA determins "newbie, finatic, Addict" as an example. I'm a fish guy, not a computer guy.
Personally, I would like to see everybody who signs on have
to fill out a profile form and state their experience level. ( I have to do that on some of my business forums that I belong to.) While it might be an easy thing to fake, the questions asked by a newbie vs an advanced hobbyist are pretty easy to differentiate.
Once again, I am not here on this site not to help. It's the whole reason I got interested in this site in the first place. It just can be a bit frustrating to look at soooo many threads on the same topic, repeated over and over and over again. Scrolling past them sometimes is a job unto itself.
Once again, this was just a suggestion regarding the OP's frustration.