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    09-29-2012, 04:22 PM
Are we becoming lazy?

I suspect like many of you, I receive several emails a day, asking if I can help the writer find a horse, or the answer to some problem they are having and do not know the answer to, etc. I always answer emails, to the best of my ability. I try to point them in the right direction. Sometimes, this just involves suggesting they google the problem. Most usually, there is tons of information on the net these days, if only people would bother to do their own research.

I've seen questions asked so many times on forums such as this. Many try to help, and often the OP never even responds with a 'thank you'. Others discount that which has been put forth to help but insist on going their own way.

Years ago and before the internet, we who had questions, bought a book or many. We did our own research. This often meant writing tons of letters to individuals whom we thought might help us. If we didn't know if our mare was pregnant, we called our vet. We didn't ask thousands of strangers on the net.

It seems that so many are just lazy these days. They think asking on the net provides a quick fix and if they don't like the answers, they suddenly become very argumentative, to the point of being cantankerous and not taking to heart, those who have brought up helpful ideas. I sometimes wonder why people ask for help on forums, at all.

Am I the only one who thinks this is so?

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    09-29-2012, 05:10 PM
Green Broke
Oh, I don't know....I'm both a book lover and a letter writer, and usually sit down to the computer for a little while in early evenings. I stumbled on this forum last year, and usually just comment in hopes of being helpful or encouraging. I've seen some "cantankerousness" at times also, but choose to move on, or offer additional encouragement to the one on the receiving end of the "darts". Overall, I've benefitted from many suggestions I've read that others have asked about, and if things are kept in the "friendly" tone as is daily requested when logging on, I think it's great! Everything in moderation for me - it's just another tool in a well-rounded lifestyle :)
    09-29-2012, 05:35 PM
Doing your own research is easier than ever in the days of Google but still, people can't even be bothered doing that and instead ask on the forum. I think there are plenty of legitimate questions to ask on a forum that aren't indicative of laziness and indeed, make good use of a forum as a resource. There are many more where I simply think, Google it, read a book, a paper, but I usually just ignore the thread. I ignore a lot of threads.
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    09-29-2012, 05:41 PM
Green Broke
I think the answer is "yes" on all counts lollol

There are:


I get it/dumber than a pile rocks;

Tell me the straight skinny/only wants their ears tickled.

Do you have links I can read?/never mind links, you read them and tell me.

Whichever category a person fits into with their horse is most likely how they live their life in general.

I stay out of threads that I either don't have anything to offer or that might get me so P.O.'d the cat lying in front of the monitor could end up wearing the keybaord. I can't afford another vet bill this year
    09-29-2012, 05:49 PM
Before the Internet, I didn't know many people who would go looking up something in an encyclopedia either. They would ask somebody their question instead. Most people hate learning; that's just the way it is.

This is the site you direct people to when they ask a stupid question: Let me google that for you
    09-29-2012, 05:50 PM
I love that site, ponyboy.
    09-29-2012, 05:52 PM
Green Broke
I adore encylopedia's, and still own a set! :)
    09-29-2012, 05:56 PM
Green Broke
I still own lots of horse books and research things on places like The Horse, etc. I love picking my vet's brain whenever he comes out.

I never go to a forum to get a 100% final answer. But what I do like to use the forum for is to discuss things with other horse people and get their opinions and bounce ideas off them. Because things are rarely black and white.

And I use the forum to relax and take a break from my day.
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    09-29-2012, 07:25 PM
Forums are here for people to communicate about similier interest. Whether it be horses or something else. I find it perfectly acceptable to ask questions. Have you ever googled something and found 50 answers? I have. A lot of times you get articles and suggestions, bit no experience. That's what the forums are for. To call people lazy for using this resource as it is supposed to be used seems silly to me.
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    09-29-2012, 07:34 PM
Things like, 'I need to find a British author' are just outright sloth. It takes all of 3 seconds to Google, yet the poster would rather make multiple threads and whine about nobody wanting to help them instead of doing their own research.

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