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Master Plumber
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This should no longer be a DIY advise forum. tell you why, 90% of posters hit the site once ask a stupid question then all the fine professionals on this forum start posting useful advice, but to who? we have a thread 10 pages long of discussions among our self's the would be DIY er never replies or gives thanks probably never revisits the sight. not all but most, this is a great sight with lots of great advise, i have learned a thing or two here. This has been a DYI forum editorial. :whistling2::help:
 

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Pretty much every forum is that way, from my experience.

There are too many people who join a forum and post a question when they should really just perform a google search.
 

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Searching would be too difficult. Especially considering that we get 2 "How do I move my shower drain over?" threads on the front page at once.

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I for one have learned massive amounts reading this forum. Someone does a google search and ends up reading our discussions, hopefully they figure out what needs to be fixed and move on. We never even know we helped someone. One thing that drives me nuts is when your are reading a solution and the discussion ends with not knowing for sure what fixed the problem. Please, if something works, post back and let us know.
 

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The satisfaction when someone says 'thank you so much--it worked' makes up for the schleps---

Still it would be nice if people would come back more often with the results of our help---
 

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Is always a asked question. I just replied yesterday in another forum.
Was about using keywords and search engines to find your answer, not asking silly questions on a forum when you can find the answer at your finger tips.

Sometimes I just cant find correct keywords to get a productive search.
I just posted a question in electrical, I feel like I should be able to find the answer myself, but my keywords are failing me.
Then again, if we all just used google for our answers, would be no need to have discussion forums.

The benefit of these forums is awesome. Short time I have been here, have read and learned a lot, and even if I did find answer in google to my question. I have learned not to believe everything you read on the internets.
Now, I can search and get good ideas, then ask about them here and get better ideas from people I have learned to trust.
This does not mean I trust everyones opinion here, but I have a really good idea.

Search engines and forums, they are good tools to use combined ... maybe it would be a good idea to have a sticky to mark your problem solved when done.
When searching forums for your problem, if I see a post marked solved, is the first one I want to read.
 

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The search engine here doesn't work well----Many times, I'll google for an answer and get sent right back here-----
 

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I've noticed the same thing since joining. I run a large forum myself and it's the opposite, with a well established user base, so it really seemed weird at first how this forum has so many drive-by posters. It is what it is though, some people just want an answer to their question as quick as possible, others want to stick around and contribute like me or have ongoing projects so they stick around longer.

For somewhat better searching, use this in Google "site:diychatroom.com" and it will use Google to search here with possibly better results than the built-in vbulletin search.
 

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It doesn't seem strange to me at all that the bulk of vistitors here are drive bys. Ordinary homeowners come here by chance, find the answer to their problem and move on. Unfortunately, they don't realize (and how could they?) that they have stumbled upon an amazing free resource held together by competent pro's who so generously give their time and share their knowledge.


Then there is people like me. I don't have a lot to contribute but I am learning a huge amount and gaining confidence to complete jobs on my own. Plus, as a Realtor, I take the added knowledge with me when I tour homes.


As an extra bonus, you get to know some of the regulars and make some on-line friends. If you are really lucky you can call some people real friends.
 

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Then there is people like me. I don't have a lot to contribute but I am learning a huge amount and gaining confidence to complete jobs on my own. Plus, as a Realtor, I take the added knowledge with me when I tour homes.
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Yes you do.......It's called 'comedic relief'.......
 

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creeper said:
It doesn't seem strange to me at all that the bulk of vistitors here are drive bys. Ordinary homeowners come here by chance, find the answer to their problem and move on. Unfortunately, they don't realize (and how could they?) that they have stumbled upon an amazing free resource held together by competent pro's who so generously give their time and share their knowledge.

Then there is people like me. I don't have a lot to contribute but I am learning a huge amount and gaining confidence to complete jobs on my own. Plus, as a Realtor, I take the added knowledge with me when I tour homes.

As an extra bonus, you get to know some of the regulars and make some on-line friends. If you are really lucky you can call some people real friends.
I agree, many pros charge for there time and then you only get one opinion. With this you get multiple opinions for free plus a large range of experience and knowledge. And from all over the US and Canada.
 

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I have to admit, somethings I have done the wrong way for over 20 years. Now I read how something is done the right way. Some people just fight and can not work together. But on this forum it is like I have an extension of my thinking times 20. Thanks so much for your time and honest opinion.
 

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The satisfaction when someone says 'thank you so much--it worked' makes up for the schleps---

Still it would be nice if people would come back more often with the results of our help---
Then you have some who come back mad as the dickens blasting, because they didn't follow instructions, and somehow it is our fault they didn't follow instructions as they should. Sorry, I haven't had enough coffee this morning.:)
 

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I always chuckle when I see a new member finish up their thread with "OK, thanks, I'll post back in a few days with pictures/results".

..uh huh...sure ya will!
 
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