Replies: 16 - Last Post: May 5, 2012 1:57 AM Last Post By: ansh_jain_97
May 3, 2012 5:52 AM
May 3, 2012 6:29 AM
May 3, 2012 6:31 AM
2It has in many ways Ansh - as usual good a topic !
My initial posts were like most first time posters here - asking the questions most people ask, not using the search - though I had done my homework and read a guidebook. That was preparing my first trip for 3 weeks to Peru.
Then when I travelled more, and especially during a 6 month trip in South-America, there was lots of stuff I either already knew, or thought I did not need to ask/research. I'd find out when there and ask a local etc. I stopped asking silly questions and started giving lots of advice.
And then a few years back, I moved to Spain and am now giving answers not like someone who is travelling through (who only sees a glimpse of a region/city etc), but as a local. Which probably explains why I can get a bit obnoxious when the "nice and cheap hotel on the ramblas" question pops up again.
May 3, 2012 6:41 AM
3I don't think I ever asked many questions on this branch but usually came on to answer questions.
I know I have become more impatient over time (unlike Aribo) and often ignore stupid questions. And then, occasionally, you get posters who actually react well to comments on their itinerary, and you can see they appreciate what they are told, and these are the people who you feel like helping.
And of course, I feel I "know" some of the regulars on here.
Ansh, if your posting style has changed, it's because you are older and wiser. (No sarcasm to be read here)
May 3, 2012 7:10 AM
4I think i find myself a bit in bjd's reply.
After the first years i have started (unconsciously) ignoring too vague questions and i also feel i am a bit burned out on itinerary questions.
Questions i like replying to in general eather have to be very accurate or practical, or must contain 'something' to trigger me.
Maybe my posting style itself hasn't changed that much, but only the number of replies i post. How many times can one write the same over and over again without getting bored? To me that certainly has resulted in posting less compared to the first years on here.
I definitely agree with Ansh, if your posting style has changed, it's because you are older and wiser.
Think of yourself 2 or 3 years ago and compare the difference.
Oh and, see my number of posts? ;-)
May 3, 2012 7:21 AM
- 3 has a good point - You're young enough Ansh to change and develop, but I'm old enough to have been bad tempered and irritable with everyone for the past 20 years (well that's something for you to look forward to when you're a bit older!!). When I first posted in about 2000 or 2001 I tried to be nice to everybody, but I dropped out for a few years and consider that by the time I returned last year, the quality of posts had deteriorated - too many people wanting us to sort out their tours for them without doing enough homework of their own, not bothering to look for their own information and wanting to be spoon-fed answers. As a result I now post fewer replies - I think it is better to say nothing (sometimes) than appear to be a miserable cantankerous know-all. Incidentally, I would be interested in your view, Ansh, as to whether people get more or less tolerant as they get older (and whether that affects their posts) - I think most westerners lose patience with age, but maybe I am biased!
May 3, 2012 7:31 AM
May 3, 2012 8:12 AM
May 3, 2012 8:21 AM
May 3, 2012 8:22 AM
9I post more on the India branch for a couple reasons. First, there are fewer regulars. I could probably come up with a dozen or so of us that answer questions regularly on the India branch with not a lot of casual contributors that pop in and out occasionally.
On this branch there are far more regulars and many more casual contributors who are very country specific with a lot of in-depth knowledge that I can't match. Even though I've visited and / or lived in almost every country in Western Europe, I can't provide the kind of help that several dozen regulars here provide on a daily basis.
On the India branch I feel like I can be more helpful since I know a lot about traveling throughout much of the country and there are not as many others contribute.
May 3, 2012 8:26 AM
Wow, I have the exact same reason, but for preferring this branch rather than the India branch!
Of course, I have much lesser experience than everyone on this branch but that's the reason for me: get to see others' experiences and expertise.
You're right, there are much lesser regulars on the India branch: a bit boring for me; I prefer something more bustling.
May 4, 2012 7:45 AM
11I think this would be a good place to ask my question.
I have posted that question before but it got zapped because of an argument between me and another guy.
Do you think it is OK for me to be mildly sarcastic for certain types of vague questions, which may bound of being somewhat trollish?
May 4, 2012 9:06 AM
May 4, 2012 9:22 AM
13....sarcastic for certain types of vague questions....
As far as I can observe there is a very big part of the free world me surrounding. India is the biggest democratic country, so Ansh, you can do what you want if it's legal in our systems
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