I've come to realise how often we get asked to solve a problem, it's not always new comers, but generally is.
Often many posts appear asking questions, solutions offered .... everybody happy and grateful.
However there is an irritatingly high number of those pleading for assistance who are given numerous clues of what to do, who then basically *&#! off .... no please, thank you or kiss my &+~*
I don't need my ego stroking, I just feel it's basic good manners.
Probably more than anything I want to know if we were correct or indeed have something new to learn. Too often It seems though it's too much effort to write back and say: -
A) Yup, that did it, thanks guys
Or even .......
B) Strewth you lot are hopeless, thanks for the effort but I've lost interest now.
Sadly we also have a couple of long time members who only ask questions and then shuffle back into the shadows.
I think my favourite one this year was the one that ignored every question put to them and just came back with more questions. Even though they were directed to HERE. Where the answer was detailed. Three times that happened. They then finally replied with "Yay for me I fixed it!" ...... and then descibed basically what was contained in the link.
I'm also amazed that it's always the same half a dozen members that respond, offering help. There are many out there who know so much more and don't contribute at all. I asked a fellow slotty a while back why they hadn't helped out on a particular problem, when I knew he had rebuilt the same kind of machine and knew them back to front. His reason was ... "It's taken me years to learn that, why should I give away my knowledge for nowt?"
My response to that is, if you don't give back to the hobby you contribute to strangling it.
I'd hazard a guess there are less people joining than leaving, and if you look around you at the average age of collectors there's likely to be even more going.
Well that's my moan over, I shall still respond to enquiries and do my best to help as I hope will the usual suspects.
BP ..... now fifty twelve years old and clearly displaying grumpy tendancies.