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Old 05-27-2015, 06:39 AM   #11
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Is the JOF tone is changing?

I have found that what someone writes and how they do it tells a lot about them . When someone comes across a little snippy or rude I go and read all their post. It tells me if its just a bad day or if that's who they are . Most of the members love helping out and their are no dumb questions . I have learned a lot here and hope to help when I can
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Old 05-27-2015, 06:55 AM   #12
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I don't consider telling someone to search for information to be rude, in and of itself. There are some topics that have been beat to death, and if the person asking had taken 15 seconds to search for his question he would have found hundreds of replies that are immediately pertinent to his query.


Whenever I have a question, I search first. I like that immediate gratification. If you post a new thread, you have to wait for people to read it and slowly start replying.


It is general internet forum courtesy to first search for your question and see if you can find your topic has already been discussed.


Generally though, when I see a question that I know is already discussed at length, I just ignore it. I realize that some people get deeply offended at the suggestion that they search, so I try not to stir the pot and suggest they search. I won't be part of the problem, nor will I be part of the solution.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:01 AM   #13
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I can truly say, this forum has saved my a$$ more than once. But I've seen (read) some of the sarcasm myself or what I THOUGHT is sarcasm. Most of the time, I think people read into the post too much and simply take it the wrong way. It's very hard to decypher the "attitude" someone has towards something without actually hearing it in person. Typed words are such a neutral thing if you think about it. Sometimes it's hard to "read" what the poster is trying to get across. Just take everything with a grain of salt and it'll work out fine.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get back to the psych ward!
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:09 AM   #14
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I, for one, don't see an issue with someone suggesting use of the search function. It isn't hard to do and there's a lot of good info in many of the older threads. That said, use tact and diplomacy with how you respond to people.

Seems like we live in society today where people are constantly offended by something these days. Don't assume that others are being mean or sarcastic because often times, they're not. You may just be reading it that way.
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Old 05-27-2015, 07:11 AM   #15
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Typed words are such a neutral thing
Very true. No inflection as in the spoken word.
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Very true. No inflection as in the spoken word.
What is that supposed to mean???

Just kidding
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:13 AM   #17
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:43 AM   #18
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I have, at times, gotten snippy responses when I've tried to help someone asking about their trailer or TV specs - and blasting me because I didn't do a web search to find out the particulars about their vehicles before I made suggestions. I usually reply back that they should do their homework first, so I can give an informed response, then I provide them links to the specs they need to solve their problem.

I suggest that for experienced members here, they not only provide a friendly, experienced answer, but also suggest the new member do a search - and provide them a link to the thread that addresses the problem. Not all "Newbies" are familiar with how to navigate the large volume of information here. But I must say that the majority of folks here are friendly and are truly helpful.
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One thing I have learned in all my years is that I know what I mean when I say something but I am amazed at how the other person translates it into something else.
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I've seen it a few times here but I actually think there is a lot less of that going on than there was a couple of years ago. There used to be one member in particular who I have not seen post in a long time who used to jump all over people who didn't share his narrow viewpoint on how things should be done. I think the overall membership just doesn't put up with it so the climate here has stayed very friendly and helpful. Far better than some of the stuff that goes on on other forums.
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