Today I read a thread that kind of startled me. I am very new to WordPress forums. The question coined in the thread was a question I too have been wondering about. So, when I found the thread on Google I was kind of excited.
I expected to find a good answer. The first answer given was very short and didn't clarify anything. Then there was another comment that asked for a sticky on the matter. I know what a sticky note is and thought that sounded great. Still, I scrolled down hoping to pick up additional tidbits of information that would tell me what I wanted to know.
But all other comments were just chit chat and off topic. There was some expounding on how people ought to do a forum search before asking questions. There was a theory or two about how WordPress could improve things - how to let people know they should be researching the topic first.
It would have been nice of those people to simply offer additional, clarifying information to answer the original question. Instead, they expounded upon their own off topic ideas.
Please imagine for a moment that you are trying to find information on the fly. You locate a topic that looks promising, but you are so let down because the thread doesn't tell you much.
Now imagine you don't speak English very well. How frustrating would it be to dig through and decipher a string of useless information, only to discover you were being chided for not doing a topic search in the forums. I found the thread through Google and had no idea I should search forums first.
So, please. When you answer questions use courtesy. Answer the question as if the poster were your boss and give them the facts they need to know or don't comment at all. And don't get bend out of shape if the question has already been covered 1000 times in the forums. Like I said, I came to the thread through Google and had very little experience with these forums. Maybe at one time I asked a question. I don't remember for sure now. But that shouldn't matter. People ought to be treated with courtesy regardless.