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Old 09-09-2012, 03:08 AM   #1
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I Have been a member on this forum for quite some time and would like to express something that I'm sure we have all experienced. This is in no means meant as a deterrent to new comers and novice aquarists. I have become increasingly frustrated over the last few months by constant ich and aiptasia posts that have been popping up and flooding the ID section. I understand people's concern for their aquatic friends but people need to take a little initiative sometimes. When I log on and check the ID or sick fish sections and half the threads on each are "is this ich" or "is this aiptasia" it gets incredibly annoying and repetitive. Sometimes people need to take some personal accountability and do some research. If you know what aiptasia is then do a google search as opposed to taking up space on the forum for yet another aiptasia thread. There are people out there that have things that they need identified but they keep getting pushed further and further down the line with every new "aiptasia?, or I think this is aiptasia" thread clogging up the arteries. If you can spell aiptasia then you know what it is. The same thing goes with the constant ich threads and in the exact same manner. If you think it's aiptasia or ich then show some incentive and do a google search or search on this forum for it cause there is 5 million other people that have posted asking the same question and got the same answer. For a forum that [edit] everyone for being off topic I'm surprised at how lenient it is with some other more concerning issues. I am a member on many other forums and all of them will close a thread with a suggestion to actually get your fingers moving and do a search for the thousands or millions of other threads on there that already deal with the exact same issue. If a person doesn't know is one thing but like I said if you can spell the word or ask about it by some spelling rendition of the name then you know enough about it to save us all time in saying "yes it is and you need to treat it by doing this" well that's my gripe and I'm sure many others so I'll end it here and wish everyone longevity and happy pest eradication.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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The best part is when they ask how to treat ick and u tell them and they tell u oh my lfs sold me this garlic remedy or reef safe med I'm gunna try...uh well why ask on hear then and no matter how many times u tell them it won't work they tell u oh well I'm gunna see what happens I can't afford a 20 qt. Tank but I can spend 25 on snake oils grrrr ...I feel yur frustration
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Old 09-09-2012, 12:05 PM   #3
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I get y people ask I don't trust a lfs that will sell you fish even when they know the person will probly jus kill the fish then come back and buy more cuz its good business
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I think you are 99% wrong. The new aquarium keeper may very well know what there problem is, but just needs a little hand holding from the more experenced hobbiest. There are many of us on this board that don't mind helping out. I do see your point. Is there some kind of a filter to filter out posts with words like aiptasia or ich? If so you should use it.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:18 PM   #5
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Just remember you too were once so excited about something that you didn't want to screw it up. I have been keeping tanks since I was five (45yrs) and I still ask questions. There are no stupid questions just dumb or wrong answers. Knowledge is worthless unless shared.
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:33 PM   #6
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Some people just need reassurance that is all
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Old 09-09-2012, 01:38 PM   #7
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I think you are 99% wrong. The new aquarium keeper may very well know what there problem is, but just needs a little hand holding from the more experenced hobbiest. There are many of us on this board that don't mind helping out. I do see your point. Is there some kind of a filter to filter out posts with words like aiptasia or ich? If so you should use it.
I do not agree. I understand Kd's point, it upsets me when there happen to be 5 threads on a single topic. Just the other day i saw multiple threads on nudi branches, and then someone asks what a nudi branch is on a different thread... If that person had looked right below the thread he/she had just made the definition would have been staring that person right in the face. Maybe before people ask the same question many times, they should look and see if the question was already asked/answered in the past. Just a thought.
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Folks, we can have a debate here but let's leave any vulgarity/attacks out of it please.

There are many, many topics on both the fresh and salt side that have been covered ad-nauseum. It doesn't mean people are going to find them/see them. Many folks that come here don't know how to use the search features on the site.

My advice would be a few things: 1. There is nothing wrong with linking folks to another thread thread that has already covered the subject. 2. While I do not think that every reply ought to be "use google or use the search feature" there are often ways of kindly pointing out the search feature without being a jerk about it. 3. If it really bugs you and you cannot address it tactfully in the thread than just ignore it... there will be many many more people that come here looking to ID ich a/o aiptasia. They are 2 of the most common issues that newbies will be looking for advice on. While there is plenty of info out there on both subjects, people come to a forum to talk with real people in almost real time, not read articles, etc. It is the nature of the beast.
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I Have been a member on this forum for quite some time and would like to express something that I'm sure we have all experienced. This is in no means meant as a deterrent to new comers and novice aquarists. I have become increasingly frustrated over the last few months by constant ich and aiptasia posts that have been popping up and flooding the ID section. I understand people's concern for their aquatic friends but people need to take a little initiative sometimes. When I log on and check the ID or sick fish sections and half the threads on each are "is this ich" or "is this aiptasia" it gets incredibly annoying and repetitive. Sometimes people need to take some personal accountability and do some research. If you know what aiptasia is then do a google search as opposed to taking up space on the forum for yet another aiptasia thread. There are people out there that have things that they need identified but they keep getting pushed further and further down the line with every new "aiptasia?, or I think this is aiptasia" thread clogging up the arteries. If you can spell aiptasia then you know what it is. The same thing goes with the constant ich threads and in the exact same manner. If you think it's aiptasia or ich then show some incentive and do a google search or search on this forum for it cause there is 5 million other people that have posted asking the same question and got the same answer. For a forum that [edit] everyone for being off topic I'm surprised at how lenient it is with some other more concerning issues. I am a member on many other forums and all of them will close a thread with a suggestion to actually get your fingers moving and do a search for the thousands or millions of other threads on there that already deal with the exact same issue. If a person doesn't know is one thing but like I said if you can spell the word or ask about it by some spelling rendition of the name then you know enough about it to save us all time in saying "yes it is and you need to treat it by doing this" well that's my gripe and I'm sure many others so I'll end it here and wish everyone longevity and happy pest eradication.
We can't just expect them to always "do research " or "google it" they come to this site for help and they are still learning their way around the forum. Give them some time to get used to things around the site and just let them figure it out for themselves. I agree about the multiple thread things , it does get a little annoying! But the thing I'm trying to say is that I also get annoyed with people who have been on here for a while who still post 2-3+ after one another, without the edit button. I understand where your coming from but they are still learning their way around the site. Are you allowed to text type on this site. EG: y r those fish swimming at nite , or: dats just wat those fish do m8 . Thats what annoys me.
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I see both sides, so.....

I see both sides to this issue and as a former retail pet shop manager, I know it gets frustrating seeing or hearing the same question over and over. ( I left retail for exactly the reasons expressed on this thread.) I have a suggestion to the moderators or website designer: Divide each forum, within each section(Fw & SW) into headings "Beginners", "Advanced" & "Most asked questions" in both. The advanced hobbyists have the option which to post in but the newbies can only post in the beginner sections for a limited amount of time. Set this up to enable everybody access to the advanced section to learn by the postings of advanced hobbyists but not be able to post into the advanced section until they have "X" number of posts in the beginner's section or something along that line. This way, the advanced hobbyists can choose to go to the "beginner" section to help or stay in the advanced sections for more advanced issues. As mentioned in a previous post, there are enough advanced hobbyists that are more then willing to help the newbies. The others that don't won't to, won't have to deal with this issue. If this is not an acceptable alternative, make a FAQ section and put a pop up window when opening the particular forums stating that prior to creating a new thread, check the FAQ section first.
Obviously, there will need to be some filtering needed to be done by the website designer but I'm sure if they used the similar filter that designates each member as a "Newbie, Finatic, etc., it would be a good start. Even if a newbie slips through the circumvents the filter, their postings will give them away and appropriate actions can be taken by AA.

Just a possible solution to this situation
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