Welcome back to Thorn Tree
Replies: 1,407 - Last Post: Mar 22, 2013 7:37 AM Last Post By: Zabba
Feb 1, 2013 11:47 PM
Feb 1, 2013 11:54 PM
Feb 2, 2013 1:37 AM
Feb 2, 2013 2:18 AM
933Andreas, it's not the quality of the questions that's overly concerning in itself, I agree. But two things: if all the questions are vague, experienced travellers will get bored with them, and won't answer (as Viv shows), and that will bring reputational damage. And, more importantly, if the experienced travellers aren't hanging around, it negatively affects the quality, as well as quantity of responses. There is, for example, a question about teaching in the UK from someone who qualified overseas, and the one response is a link to a easily google-able site. A similar question last year had a whole pile of replies from people who had experience of how the system works, as they'd done it.
Of course, many of those replies were from WT regulars...
Feb 2, 2013 2:21 AM
Feb 2, 2013 2:41 AM
935vivienne, I absolutely agree about the UK forum, whereas the Australian one where I also regularly post doesn't seem to have changed too much.
It's only a matter of time I think before the regulars all give up.
Daily Mail perhaps?
Feb 2, 2013 3:22 AM
Feb 2, 2013 3:44 AM
Feb 2, 2013 5:24 AM
Feb 2, 2013 5:42 AM
939Well look, lets get realistic.
What country is the OP in? That will affect where they are directed to start looking.
What is their budget? That will affect the type of ticket, where they can go and how long they can travel for.
Where do they want to go? Europe, Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Australia, NZ, the north pole.... the choices are endless. Does the OP want to go to off the beaten track locations or major cities? Will they be camping? Backpacking? 5* hotels in every country?
What languages does the OP speak? Have they looked into immunisations? Do they want to cuddle wolves, tigers, lions or orphans on their travels? Do they want to hit every major nightclub in the world? How about lying on a beach, climbing mountains, using public transport, having a private driver, seeing religious artefacts, seeing historical sites or only getting smashed off their face in Thailand at Full Moon parties?
Andreas was quick to get a jab in when I said that I find this sort of question frustrating, but the fact remains that engaging with people on the forum can only come about when there is something to engage with. If people can't be bothered to google the basics about how to buy a plane ticket, then mod help us all.
If the OP hasn't even left their own country before, I hope they'll come back here and add in a few more details about their hopes for their future travels so that we can actually give positive assistance to them for their endeavours. Because otherwise this site is going to crash quicker than a plane which its nose whacked off.
Feb 2, 2013 7:03 AM
Feb 2, 2013 7:45 AM
941The US Branch is pretty much back to normal, with most of the regulars returned, even Willysnout.
And, yes, with the same vague questions. "I'm going to the US next year. What should I see? Can you suggest some good hotels?" And the regulars patiently request the same details, again and again, recognizing that there will always be naive newbies, who need to be shown how to get good answers. Why not help them, instead of having them give up and go elsewhere because "TT is useless"?
Most come back with details when asked and then the thread takes off.
Feb 2, 2013 10:47 AM
Feb 2, 2013 11:48 AM
943thanks Andreas, yes, right, the advanced search shows over a thousand posts. But not for example my thread Erg Chebbi and Erg Chigaga (if I am not blind and missed it only :) ). There shows many posts about ergs, but not this my :) I would be happy if it can be back because it was useful information for them who cannot decide which erg they would visit.
Feb 2, 2013 4:54 PM
944Re: the newbies with irritatingly basic queries. I grit my teeth, try to remember when I was totally untraveled, and suggest they, "Look up all past posts relating to the subject on this branch; then get back to us for more specific questions." ---- and sometimes, sadly, I ignore them.
As for Trip Advisor: too many posters with middle-class, N. American expectations and complaints, i. e. "My $50/night, double occupancy, guest house in Jamaica didn't have a private phone in the room, a large tv and pool." Drives me nuts.
(4 star Hotel)
From US$169.26 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$21.84 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$10.15 per night