To all the newbies

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kstaven, Nov 23, 2007.

  1. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    Not meaning to be rude here. But learning to use the search function on this forum is a GOOD thing to do. Everyday there are at least two questions on the hovabators and at least two on incubator temperature. Often I see the same question asked 3 times on the same page by 3 different people. There is a wealth of information here if only one takes the time to "search" it out. "Learning center" and "faq's" answers most of the common questions also.

    People here are friendly and will readily answer questions. But the real depth of this forum is contained in going over posts on the subject of interest. Yes ... It is lots of reading and work but it is time well invested.
  2. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
  3. kstaven

    kstaven Crowing

    Jan 26, 2007
    BC, Washington Border
    I'm not that old YET!!!
  4. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    You registered back in Jan. That makes you an oldtimer [​IMG] around here.
  5. barg

    barg Songster

    Apr 27, 2007
    I think that maybe people post questions, rather then doing a search, because they see a forum as, equal parts information/socialization.

    You can do a search on the web for information but never get any personal feedback from your query.
    Maybe that is why people choose to find their answers on a forum rather then on a static website.

    Just a little food for thought.
  6. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Songster

    Aug 18, 2007
    Southeast Texas
    equal parts information/socialization

    Thats exactly what I think and aint it grand!

  7. hoosierhen

    hoosierhen Songster

    Sep 26, 2007
    Wow, that kinda hurts my feelings. I'm a newbie, and to tell you the truth, I am not very computer savvy. I always navigated from the home page, and the search function isn't there. I have read all of the faqs, learning center info, etc... Having said that, the search feature is terrific!
    When I say I am not computer savvy, I mean I am REALLY DUMB! My kids make fun of me, but I try.
    Thanks kstaven for pointing me to the search function, it will help me find some threads that I was interested in but lost.
    A real leap for me will be to learn how to post pics. I am really proud of the coop I built (by myself, I might add) and my sweet beautiful chickens. Taking care of of my chickens is my favorite pasttime, and therapy. I have learned a lot from the people on this forum. Thanks everyone!!
  8. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude

    I'm sure that kstaven didn't mean to hurt anyone's feelings by this. And I don't mind answering questions out of my own personal experiences, but there is an excellent point here and I've been meaning to mention it.
    We have an excellent search feature, much better than ones on other forums, IMO. I have to remember to use it myself and it really does the job. However, if I dont find the exact slant on what I was looking for after scrolling through the posts it brings up, I do ask the question. And so should you! And, yes, I do have questions on occasion. I don't know everything about chickens, especially in the genetics area.
    If you just look at the blue band at the top of the page, there is a Search button. I have been very impressed with how well this feature works here. On other forums, you can do a search for things you know for sure are there, and they never come up in search. That is practically useless, but not so here. So, try it out if you haven't done so yet. It's great!
  9. johnnyjack

    johnnyjack Songster

    Oct 21, 2007
  10. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Yes, that search function is good, and located at the top of EVERY forum page, in the blue bar just above where it says "logged in as...", Just BELOW the BackYardChickenForum banner acrosss the top, and is the 4th item from the left....

    If you have a newbie or basic question, there isn't much you can't find direction on by doing a search. THEN when you ask your question, you will at least have some background knowledge and be better able to digest whatever answers you get, with less frustration on everyone's part.

    And, of course if you look WAAAYYY At the VERY TIPPY TOP of the screen, above the BYC banner, you'll find a link to the 'learning center'.

    Honestly, seeing the same questions over and over gets tiring for those of us here for Chicken Fun, knowledge and socialization. BUT, having said that, helping other people and learning more ourselves about chickens is one of the reasons we keep coming back to the forum every day....EVERY day....Hours and HOURS each day... LOL!

    Less redundant threads means more time to get to know each other and our chickens, and that's the best part about this forum!!


    Oh, had to add this PS on general forum ettiquette:

    If you have a question, please DO NOT post the same or very similar post in more than one category. Those of us who check the forum daily usually do so through the 'recent posts' link at the bottom of the page - it shows anything new anywhere in the forum over the last 24 hours.

    It's really annoying to see someone post the same exact question in 2 or 3 new threads in different categories in the space of a couple hours. You'll get a MUCH better, more cohesive response if you post just ONE time. If you accidentally post in the wrong category, make an entry on your post and ask the mods to move it, rather than re-posting again.

    AND if you feel your post isn't getting enough or quick attention, reply to your own thread to 'bump' it. That will make it go back up to the top of the recent posting list where folks will see it who might have missed it the first time.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2007

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