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Old 03-21-2013, 02:08 PM   #1
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Pet peeve and my inane ranting.

Why do posters (usually first timers) want to preface their electrical (or plumbing or construction or what-ever) questions with it being an easy question?
If it is so damn easy, why are you wasting your time asking us. You should know the answer!

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Old 03-21-2013, 02:09 PM   #2
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I t hink it's a combination of :

- wishful thinking. "This is easy right? No way this will cost me thousands of dollars... definitely easy...."

- thinking people won't bother answering if it's a "difficult" question.

Both are probably misguided, but I wouldn't take either so personally

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So far as myself, I prefer to read difficult or unusual questions. (Maybe I will learn something?)

I'm quite bored with backstab outlet or 3-way switch questions!

And looking at the amount of views for various questions here, it seems unusual or complicated posts have more views?
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That and "quick question". And that's followed with I ripped out all my wire and there's 10 wires in the fan box, I did not mark anything, where do they go?
Guess were suppost to ansewer those faster?
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And looking at the amount of views for various questions here, it seems unusual or complicated posts have more views?
Like I said, probably misguided, but I still think people think that way. Like when you ask a friend a favor, you always preface it with "real quick" or something.
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It is way of saying we are not idiots we googled this first we can not find an answer. Not nearly as bad as a customer telling you how easy a job will be.
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The questions are always easy...it's the answers they have trouble with ;-)
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....and quick question can be read quickly, as they take only one line to ask. "Quick question: There's no electricty going into my home, nothing works! What happened?"

Of course, the answer to something like that can be much longer!
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My pet peeve is when someone calls a circuit a "line"! I hate that term and think beginner or hack immediately.
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My pet peeve is when someone calls a circuit a "line"! I hate that term and think beginner or hack immediately.
Maybe a special section where only professionals can ask questions?

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My pet peeve is when someone calls a circuit a "line"! I hate that term and think beginner or hack immediately.

Or calling a receptacle an outlet or a plug-in!


To Puttster:

If you don't know enough to at least call things by the correct names, should you really be doing electrical work? (And we've seen some of yours)
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...or a special section for easy questions... :-)
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Or calling a receptacle an outlet or a plug-in!


To Puttster:

If you don't know enough to at least call things by the correct names, should you really be doing electrical work? (And we've seen some of yours)
Yes. This is just snooty professional-looking-down-on-amateur stuff. Every field - construction, technology, automotive - has technical terms and colloquial terms. The pros are always going to know the real words for everything, and the amateurs are always going to know the colloquial terms because they have no reason not to. If I say "outlet," and I know what I mean, and the guy at Home Depot knows what I mean... why does it matter that I don't call it a receptacle?
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Yes. This is just snooty professional-looking-down-on-amateur stuff. Every field - construction, technology, automotive - has technical terms and colloquial terms. The pros are always going to know the real words for everything, and the amateurs are always going to know the colloquial terms because they have no reason not to. If I say "outlet," and I know what I mean, and the guy at Home Depot knows what I mean... why does it matter that I don't call it a receptacle?
It isn't a lack of technical verbiage that upsets me as much as an expectation of not needing professional hired help. Some jobs are just not safe for the average homeowners. Some jobs are not safe for any homeowners. And some homeowners are not safe for any job.

And there is also a large amount of just plain ignorance to the difficulty of the job they are attempting to take on.

Electrical is not drywall. Electrical is not concrete. Electricity can kill you... Quickly. How about every time someone posts a thread or comment about getting shocked or doing something dangerous I'll message you. You'll be sick of me quick.
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Or calling a receptacle an outlet or a plug-in!


To Puttster:

If you don't know enough to at least call things by the correct names, should you really be doing electrical work? (And we've seen some of yours)
But it is an outlet.....or plug-in.....you 'plug in' to the receptacle and it 'outlets' the electricity.....

No different than someone talking about a gun and calling a magazine a 'clip'.

Remember....a majority of new people coming here are 47%'rs with the entitlement "I want it now" attitude who feel that doing some searching is not necessary...

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