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Newbie question forum
Posted by smhardesty on Sunday, July 17, 2016 3:10 PM

I searched just a bit, but didn't find anything on this so thought I'd throw it out there. I'm a "re-newbie" to model building. Did it 50 years ago and I'm just now getting back in. One thing I'm always leary of is posting a question in one of the forums that might tend to irritate the old timers. Those questions are usually ones that have been answered elsewhere a couple times or more. I spent 30 years in the data processing and personal computer industry and was a member of several different forums over the years. I was one of those guys that didn't mind answering sometimes repeated questions for real newbie guys. At times however, I wasn't in the mood to see or deal with any such questions. I always thought that every forum should have a separate area dedicated to newbie questions that had more than likely been answered somewhere else 2 or more times. Give the completely new guys somewhere they can go and feel free to post those "stupid" or "dumb" questions without fear of scorn or reprisal.


I know that, on occasion, I have gone ahead and asked a question without doing an all inclusive, exhaustive search of every place on the 'Net. Sometimes a guy is frustrated over a problem and just not in the mood to spend a couple hours on the 'Net looking for an answer. I think we've all probably been there. If there was someplace completely dedicated to those "dumb" questions, then everybody could post there and the old timers that felt like they might be able to assist could visit when they had some time.

If this has been discussed before, please feel free to chastise me and delete the post. And if there is already a forum like it that I am missing, then REALLY ding me and then kindly point me in the right direction. Embarrassed

Steve

On the bench - 2010 Challenger Showroom Replica

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Posted by jhaught on Monday, July 18, 2016 8:56 AM

I think the vast majority of members here are more than willing to help answer questions -- especially if you have made at least some effort to find an answer already. Yes, there will be people who will critcize you for not spending 15 hours to find a 10-second answer; just ignore them (and report them to Admin here).

It is fair, though, to take a little heat if you state something like "I wasn't in the mood to look, so I thought I'd just ask." No one likes to feel taken advantage of.

Jim Haught

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Posted by smhardesty on Monday, July 18, 2016 7:09 PM

Jim,

Hope you didn't get the idea I had been treated badly on here. Far from it. So far I've been treated with the utmost respect and courtesy. These guys have gone out of their way to answer the few questions I've asked. No, that isn't a problem at all. My suggestion was merely due to the fact that I've always found that a “Newbie Corner”, or “Newbie Question” area seemed to bring out extra questions that maybe wouldn't have been made in one of the regular areas. And it was just a suggestion.

So far between all the info available on the ScaleAutoMag site, searching the forums a bit, and the questions I've asked, I have found pretty much every answer I have had. I decided I would do thorough research into the “right way” to do model car building before I started buying anything. So far I have one kit I'll buy, and several tools I'm going to pick up after reading what's available on the site and in the forum. And I have an ongoing thread discussing paint methods that has been extremely helpful so far.

Thanks for you response. I'm aware of the guys who want questions answered without doing any work on their own. You'll find I'm not one of them. If anything I usually spend more time searching for an existing answer than I should. Kinda like beating a dead horse, if you get my drift. Thanks again for the post.

Steve

On the bench - 2010 Challenger Showroom Replica

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Posted by Bucky on Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:51 PM

Steve,

 You may already know this, but a lot of questions can be answered in the "Tips and Techniques", "Ask Scale Auto", "Feedback, Help, and Testing", and the "Builder's Corner" sections of this forum. Still, there are over 150,000 posts within those few sectins alone! I, for one, do not mind seeing the same question more than once. Sometimes, while the glue or paint is drying, I search these sections for for the oft times elusive answer! Happy hunting!!!  

My memory's not as sharp as it used to be. Also, my memory's not as sharp as it used to be!! MOPAR...by far!!!
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Posted by smhardesty on Friday, July 29, 2016 4:34 PM

Yeah, I've been to all those places already. It's almost like there is too much info. I'm sure I'll scrounge through it time and again searching for answers and tips on “how to”. I'm just like you. It doesn't bother me at all to see a question asked more than once. And on several occasions I've answered the same question twice or more. If a guy needs to know, he needs to know. I'm just used to a lot of computer/tech forums. Heaven forbid some poor fella asks a question that has been answered previously. He ends up getting severely chastised and humiliated. Sadly a lot of tech geeks have no patience at all for such things. I never understood why those guys go to all the trouble of typing out all the criticism. I figure it's a whole lot easier to just close the thread and move on. But that's just me.

Wink

Steve

On the bench - 2010 Challenger Showroom Replica

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Posted by streetrod on Friday, July 29, 2016 10:53 PM

Hi Guys,

I'm with you Steve, why bother to type all the negativity when you could have spent the time just answering the guys question in the first place.

Barry

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Posted by Treehugger Dave on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:33 PM

streetrod

Hi Guys,

I'm with you Steve, why bother to type all the negativity when you could have spent the time just answering the guys question in the first place.

Barry

 

Hey Steve Big Smile.

I'm with Barry.

As far as I know, we only have one or two "Grouchy" people here, so if you ask a question that been asked maybe a "Jillion" times here already, most of us will give you a respectful answer and just be glad your here to share with us, and learn.

Glad your back in the hobby, and chose us to be with WelcomeThumbs Up.

Dave

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Posted by smhardesty on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 2:27 PM

Hey, Dave. Thanks. In the short time I've been on the forum I will say that I've only been treated with the utmost respect and courtesy. If you've never been on any of the computing/tech forums you just can't imagine how much difference there is between that and this forum. I'm not sure what it is about techno geeks that make most of us so danged grouchy and short fused, and allow me to excuse myself from that grouping. I just never understood the reason for typing in all the rude and nasty remarks myself. When I was still in the computer biz I found my time much too priceless to waste ranting and raving. I read the forums for 2 reasons. First to find info I needed to complete some task I was involved with and second to try and help someone that ran into a problem I had already found the solution to.

Yep, this is more than likely the only forum for modeling I'll be a regular on, if not the only one I ever join. Every question I've had so far has been answered to my complete satisfaction and most often by more than one other member. I've found nothing but a treasure trove of info on this forum and on the site in general. I've received my first copy of the printed version and also a back issue I ordered. My, my, my, those things are just chock full of good info. Fact is that I have found the articles that didn't seem to fit my personal needs even had some tidbits of useful stuff for me. And I've also discovered a couple websites of suppliers that I hadn't turned up searching the 'Net by reading through the ads in the back.

I'm getting a little anxious to get moved in the new house so I can get started in the hobby. In the mean time I've been reading as much as I can on here and in the mag so I have a little better understanding of the best way for me to approach building. The good news there is that the contractor has really moved along in the last week and we're getting really close to moving time. I have no doubt that we'll be in well before the end of September, which was our deadline date.

Thanks again to all you guys for your input!!!  Yes

Steve

On the bench - 2010 Challenger Showroom Replica

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