View Poll Results: When somebody posts and often asked question about lenses/cameras what would you do?

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  • Don't bother with the thread. I've seen enough and said enough.

    33 24.26%
  • Help him along. He's probably new or just wants fresh opinions.

    62 45.59%
  • Screw the bugger! He should read up more before asking questions or at least ask in an old thread!

    11 8.09%
  • Screw the fella in Option 3 that screwed the bugger! This is a forum to help right?

    39 28.68%
  • I don't have so much time to do stupid polls like this. (How ironic then! Haha! )

    15 11.03%
  • Others.

    14 10.29%
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Thread: Screw the Newbie/Pointless-Question-Asker

  1. #141
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    Default Re: Screw the Newbie/Pointless-Question-Asker

    i have yet to see a forum post asking how to change settings on his camera, but i've seen those asking about Custom Functions (they can be complex when the manual doesnt elaborate further). think about it, some newbies may be students or just started work or have limited funds. photography books are not cheap, so if someone asks about aperture/shutter speed principles, does it hurt to explain rather than telling him "go buy Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure". yes the internet may provide the answers but if you put yourself in a newbie's shoes, you'll realised that he/she may not know how to use the search engine. the more experienced photographers will know how to search, for eg, "DOF Master" or "Strobist" or more specific terms like "hyperfocal distance" and "crop factor", but think about it, how would someone jumping into photography for the first time know how to phrase his search correctly? you're lurking in the forums to interact isn't it? does it defeat your purpose to answer noob questions? or do we want to spend all our time here just talking about which L lens to get and whether the 5D II is coming? nothing wrong with that of course, but if we can be preoccupied with such things, what harm is there to guide the newbies at the same time?

  2. #142

    Default Re: Screw the Newbie/Pointless-Question-Asker

    Quote Originally Posted by artyboy View Post
    i have yet to see a forum post asking how to change settings on his camera, but i've seen those asking about Custom Functions (they can be complex when the manual doesnt elaborate further). think about it, some newbies may be students or just started work or have limited funds. photography books are not cheap, so if someone asks about aperture/shutter speed principles, does it hurt to explain rather than telling him "go buy Bryan Peterson's Understanding Exposure". yes the internet may provide the answers but if you put yourself in a newbie's shoes, you'll realised that he/she may not know how to use the search engine. the more experienced photographers will know how to search, for eg, "DOF Master" or "Strobist" or more specific terms like "hyperfocal distance" and "crop factor", but think about it, how would someone jumping into photography for the first time know how to phrase his search correctly? you're lurking in the forums to interact isn't it? does it defeat your purpose to answer noob questions? or do we want to spend all our time here just talking about which L lens to get and whether the 5D II is coming? nothing wrong with that of course, but if we can be preoccupied with such things, what harm is there to guide the newbies at the same time?
    therein lies the differentiation.. for the less common concepts, i think every photographer here who is interested in helping out or reading newbie threads. there have to be lines drawn as to which to answer and which to ignore and which to er, poke fun at.

    besides helping out there are many, many other things to talk about too.. like posting of pictures..

  3. #143

    Default Re: Screw the Newbie/Pointless-Question-Asker

    Can someone tell me where all the discussion in this thread has led to? To help or to screw them?

    One observation I have made at work is such that people who consistently take the middle ground never get anywhere far with anything or anybody. I feel the same when we discuss about something. I guess this is why in debate, we always have the Yes people and the No people to make discussions much more interesting.

  4. #144

    Default Re: Screw the Newbie/Pointless-Question-Asker

    well.... all of us were newbies at one point rite?
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  5. #145

    Default Re: Screw the Newbie/Pointless-Question-Asker

    we were all newbie once.

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    Default Re: Screw the Newbie/Pointless-Question-Asker

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayie1786 View Post
    well.... all of us were newbies at one point rite?
    Nobody said its a crime to be a newbie. Issue here is what kind of attitude you adopt as you learn.

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    Default Re: Screw the Newbie/Pointless-Question-Asker

    I am closing this thread.

    1. It is not in the right section certainly nothing tech talk or review or general discussion pertaining to general photography talk, except more kopitaim talk.

    2. This forum is open to all regardless of race, gender, newbies or oldies.

    3. The thread title runs foul of Clubsnap Term of Use #1 ie .Be Nice and Civilised
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=63954

    4. The rule #2 also cater to tell newbies to
    "2. New Posters (newbies) - Use the Search Engine to find out if whatever information you are seeking has been posted before posting a question. "

    As such this poll and thread will be closed.
    Last edited by chngpe01; 4th June 2008 at 07:55 PM.

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