What's interesting to me is how "proactive" horse people seem to want to be on line. "If I see something (fill in the blank), I feel obligated to speak up." ...
In writing, this approach fails every time. That's why I never...ever... offer unsolicited advice online...never.
I so disagree with you there. Of course, there can be misunderstandings, 'prickly' ways of saying things, online as in person. Due to lack of detail, tone of voice, bodylanguage, etc, etc, it is definitely more difficult to convey meanings accurately just from the written word. It is more open to assumptions & interpretations than speaking face to face. IMO most 'arguments' come about on this forum from misunderstandings.
But when it's worded respectfully, when people understand & admit that there can be misunderstandings, assumptions which may be wrong... what's the real difference between online or otherwise?? If you take advice any way you can, but you ignore any (unasked for) opinions from the net, then I think you're shutting off a valuable 'channel' of info. I have personally learned a lot from different opinions on the net, learned to recognise stuff that may have completely gone unseen, if it weren't pointed out by someone here.
So... 'unsolicited' advice, be it in person or online can be incredibly valuable, and if you don't recognise you have a problem or what it is, you're never going to 'solicit' advice on it, are you?
getting a bunch of unsolicited advice is kind of irritating. Getting rude and unprofessional advice from total strangers who don't know anything about the situation except what I have told them?...really gets to me.
Of course, there are the odd intentionally rude people, there are those who just can't seem to help themselves... but I believe the vast majority of people that want to comment genuinely want to help, and that attitude strikes me as a little... uncharitable. Of course, each to his own & you're entitled to it though. I can't help wondering though, why are you participating on a horse forum with that attitude though??