Stupid Question

Submitted: Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:46
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Hi all,

Just wanted to say I read this forum on a regular basis and I am surprised at the amount of people who say "this maybe a stupid question but...."

As long as there is a legitimate reason for a request to others to share their knowledge there is no such thing as a stupid question.

There said what I wanted to say for ages!!! I hope I have not offended anyone in say this, as that is not my intention.

Cheers
Caroline
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Reply By: equinox - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:57

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 08:57
"The only stupid question, is one that is not asked"

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Reply By: Willem - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 09:04

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 09:04
Caroline

It depends.........what the thought processes are.

Some feel that they need to be reassured on a particular issue and then state that their question may be stupid.

Then.....some might perceive a question by a poster as stupid.

And although any question asked, should not be confirmed as stupid, there are certainly some less intelligent questions asked here from time to time.....lol

In the past some vocal replies to questions have been voiced here on the forum but as we have become accustomed to the operation of this particular forum and the management thereof, the whole attitude has toned down and has become more subdued and we have become more tolerant of other peoples needs.


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Reply By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:11

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:11
As Forrest Gump would tell you , "stupid is as stupid does".
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Reply By: Member - DAZA (QLD) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:32

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:32
Hi All

Then again you might ask a Sensible Question and get a Stupid Answer.

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Daza
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Follow Up By: Axel [ the real one ] - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 11:39

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 11:39
With apologies to Forrest Gump " Life [a question] is like a box of chocolate's ,never know what you'll get " .....
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Reply By: Bob of KAOS - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:43

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 10:43
What a stupid thread :-)
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 11:43

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 11:43
One of many recently .....

It appears that by omitting 'OT' from the subject line it has outsmarted the moderators!
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 13:14

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 13:14
Caroline's first sentence why most people ask this question cause they fear responses like this one above!!!!!

some people are scared to post a question as a result............there are no stupid questions.........if you go ahead and do something and stuff it up without asking for direction.......????
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Reply By: Cruiser .- Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 13:45

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 13:45
Caroline,

As stated in replies below, there is no such thing as a stupid question, but the big danger on this and many other forums is the stupid replies that some people delight in giving

Its a fact that all forums have their share of people who have no other agenda in their life than upsetting people who ask a genuine question and have an expectation to receive genuine replies.

All you can do is ask and then filter out all the crap replies and trust that the owners and moderators of this site can will do the same, which they do quite well.

Cheers,

Cruiser

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Reply By: Chris & Sue (Briz Vegas) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 15:32

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 15:32
Hi Caroline, (and others)

If you don't know the answer to a question (and you're not trying to wind someone up or 'trolling'), then how can any question be classified as stupid?

There are, however,a lot of less than satisfactory answers.

They can fall into a number of categories.:-
* Geez, EVERYBODY knows that (implying the asker is a moron)
* This was asked last week; do a search!
* Why don't you Google for the answer?
* Answers that are slanted or biased opinions, not answers
* etc

People; one presumes the person is asking because they don't know the answer. Jumping down their throat causes a less than desirable outcome in most cases. My dear Granny used to come up with the "If you can't say anything nice...". I say, Cut them some slack!

I know that a lot of people (and I'd presume that a number of forumites fall into this category) are not computer gurus and are not comfortable hitting search engines (be it Google or here on EO) and getting anything approaching a relevant response, hence they're asking on a forum where they ARE comfortable.

We were all beginners at one stage.

OK, I'm off the soap box now! :-))

Cheers,
Chris
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Follow Up By: Member - Mark G Gulmarrad - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 16:00

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 16:00
Chris

very well said mate.............if all we needed to do for an answer is ti "google it" then why even have this site?

good reply chris,well done.cheers.
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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 16:23

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 16:23
Personally Chris .... I am all in favour of the " * This was asked last week; do a search! " comment ..... As long as a bit of info is provided with it.

If a bit of work and research is not done by the asker of a question then the info will not be retained for future use.

In most cases they will likely be back asking the same thing in 6mnths if the info has been handed over on a platter.

The lack of searching is also what clogs up good internet sites with excessive posts on the same topics and makes searching so difficult ...... in addition to lousy search engines.
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Reply By: disco driver - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 16:50

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 16:50
Caroline,
Don't worry, there is no such thing as a stupid question.

Unfortunately there are some on this forum and other forums as well who delight in giving stupid and/or rude answers.

Asking a question shows a desire for further knowledge while a stupid or rude answer often indicates that the replier has little or no relevant information to pass on, or is too miserable to offer anything constructive.

Don't worry about them, just ignore them.
Most replies are intended to help answer your question.

Cheers

Disco.
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Reply By: ajd - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:02

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:02
Still a stupid thread!
No good deed goes unpunished!

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Reply By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:14

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:14
This post has had more views than any other on the page. It has wasted over 500 people's time today.
Willie.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:28

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:28
It got a lot more response than the Thread I tried the other day about posting photos of Old 4 x 4 areas that are no more - that got no replies.
Deduction - People perfer stupid questions :-) Cheers Tony
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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Sydney. - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:36

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:36
Well Tony, I read your post and thought it was interesting. I think most people are like me, in that their old photos have not been digitised ( digitized ?).
Willie.
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Follow Up By: Member - Tony B (Malanda FNQ) - Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:43

Thursday, Mar 05, 2009 at 17:43
Willie. Thats the good thing about technology, those were old snapshots as well. Most people buy a printer that is also a scanner. You scan them and save them to your computer, presto now a digital photo - great is it not?

No matter I am looking through the photos and the next will be of the Townsville Area. Cheers Tony
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