I just received a pm from a member that has been here since '02 and has neary 500 posts. He was asking me if he could pm me questions about climbing. He's worried to ask the questions here because he's a landscaper that wants to learn how to climb, and he thinks he'll get flamed for asking beginner questions.
Sure, more people should use the search function initially for a specific question, but that doesn't mean they should be fearful to just ask.
It's a shame we have some people here that get bent outta shape when someone asks a question, or talks about something they are doing that is wrong. Maybe they don't realize it is wrong, and that's why they are asking. It's our job then to set em straight, without flaming them. If they post a thread in the wrong forum, let the mods deal with it. Maybe send the poster a pm telling them nicely, instead of making an ass-chewing post for all to view.
Perhaps that explains all the lurkers. They are scared to actually register and make a post because they see what happens to others.
Hey, I'm a nice guy, and I always will be. Don't ever be afraid to ask MB a question! And you shouldn't ever have to worry about asking ANYBODY a sincere question.
Responding to this individual's questions via pm short-changes all the members here who may benefit from the question/answer.
So PLEASE! Let's not scare off any new blood, eh?