Originally Posted by Wroberson
I think many of people start new threads because they don't want to hijack someone else's thread or be accused of it. Their situation is as unique as the other posts. Somtimes ich occurs at a specific temperature, sometimes it's brought home with the last fish or plant they bought, sometimes it caused by improper nutrition or contaminated water.
I understand the OP's stress too. I desire new information also. Then there's this social networking thing and wanting to be heard.
I'll weigh in here as a noob and forum junkie.
I know on other forums, I've often seen someone get chastised for bumping an old thread, even though that thread contains the topic they are wanting to know about. So, it seems to depend on the forum; post a new thread about a topic that's been covered a lot, or bump a one-year old thread?
Each person's situation is unique and a lot of people ask these questions because they 1) don't know the answer or 2) aren't sure.
I have found this forum to be immensely helpful, but I've posted a few threads that definitely have been posted about before (diatoms, mopani wood, etc.).
Though it may seem annoying, you don't have to respond, or you could politely link a noob to a nice article. Many here have done that for me and I greatly appreciate it. AND I know how to use the search feature.
I just don't always know what to search for.
I mean, this forum is called aquarium ADVICE after all.