Originally Posted by Administrator
I receive a "how do I post a question?" email from time to time. I was wondering just how often members begin participating here without prior experience using forums and are confused. If it's often, I think it may be worthwhile to write up a guide about how to use the Horse Forum for complete beginners.
Please take a moment to answer the poll. If you think a "Getting Started" guide would be useful, please let me know what you had the most difficult with when you first started and think we should include.
Most reasonable people will read ANY forum to get a bit of a handle on at least where to start.
The biggest fault I find with people in general is they don't listen or read.
Part of what I do in my work life is to talk to people on the phone. I don't know how many times I will say something then ask a question only to get a "duh". I find this carries over to their reading skills or lack thereof.
I see here where a question asking about their horses health or training problem is put in the Using Horse Forum section..ummmmm maybe if you actually read the section title you might understand that using the forum has NOTHING to do with your horse's health or training problem?
I personally believe that all this can be traced to people just not taking the time to actually listen or read what is in front of them and seems to be a problem that is world wide and unrelated to any specific age group ( some of the worst are not youngsters).
So my point is that a guide is probably a nice idea but if they can't or won't take to time to read it, how much good would it do?