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Is it worse to be ignored, or to keep being told what you don't want to hear?

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        08-27-2013, 10:34 PM
      #11
    Trained
    I think if responses to questions relating to horses were limited to opinions relating to same, then it would probably be somewhat disappointing to anyone to have their question ignored - assuming they sincerely wanted input.

    If it were something as outlandish as "is it okay to breed my mini....", I would first question the sincerity of the question and second, think (on the outside chance the poster is serious), someone needs to plea for the poor creature's safety. While I might think the poster in this case shouldn't be allowed to own any animal, much less a mini, I don't think saying as much would qualify as "opinion" concerning the horse in question.
         
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        08-27-2013, 10:43 PM
      #12
    Banned
    I always liked this quote:


    “If you're going to say what you want to say, you're going to hear what you don't want to hear.”
    ― Roberto Bolaño, The Insufferable Gaucho
         
        08-27-2013, 11:00 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    You can't accuse everyone who views a thread and fails to respond of "ignoring". I read tons of threads and questions but unless I am pretty darn sure of the answer or actually possess an opinion on the subject, I don't respond. What am I going to say? I dunno...
         
        08-27-2013, 11:17 PM
      #14
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Delfina    
    You can't accuse everyone who views a thread and fails to respond of "ignoring". I read tons of threads and questions but unless I am pretty darn sure of the answer or actually possess an opinion on the subject, I don't respond. What am I going to say? I dunno...
    Not an accusation, but if you are a genuine poster, especially a new one it is horrible when the viewed count of your post is reaching triple figures, but only one person has answered.
         
        08-27-2013, 11:26 PM
      #15
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    Originally Posted by Golden Horse    
    Not an accusation, but if you are a genuine poster, especially a new one it is horrible when the viewed count of your post is reaching triple figures, but only one person has answered.
    Yup it is disheartening to a new poster, it happened to me a couple of times. But I have a thick skin, which probably to my detriment here stops me from posting a response to a new poster for fear of offending with an honest answer and an easy solution.

    After a while though, you can really tell a genuine serious question or concern over someone just trying to pull your tail.
         
        08-27-2013, 11:36 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    For me, when I read a thread, if someone has already posted the advice I was going to give, I will not post unless I have additional information to add. No one likes hearing the same responses over and over again. On the other side of the spectrum, if I am not sure how to help the OP or truly do not know the answer to their question, I will again, not post. I will post if I have a new idea to add or if I feel the OP doesn't understand someone's explanation. Sometimes things need to be rephrased to give a clearer understanding. I will also admit to being guilty of not responding to a question that has been asked a bunch of times and a question that is so outlandish (i.e. Breeding a mini to a 16hh horse) that I can't bring myself to respond to. Maybe that makes me a bad forum member, but I feel certain questions can be answered by just looking back at older threads.
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        08-28-2013, 12:43 AM
      #17
    Trained
    I think it is good that a "new to horses" sub-forum was created, or maybe it has always been there and I just recently noticed it. It should cut down on ignored questions, imo. I tend to feel unreasonably basic questions will be answered by many others - why bother? To me a lot of nutritional questions are unreasonably basic b/c I can't imagine getting a horse w/o a modicum of basic understanding in that area.

    What I find interesting about responses and "sub quarrels" responses is the validation sometimes offered to support a given "opinion". Sometimes that makes absolute perfect sense, but not always. For example, how long someone has owned horses or how many they have trained isn't always relevant, nor does it invalidate someone else's preference.
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