By any measurement, TFP is the largest, most informative pool site on the net. Why is that? It's because of you.
Collectively, we are an incredible resource of pool knowledge that cannot be found anywhere else.
So, do we all sit back with a cool one and bask smugly? No way. We continually look for ways to improve this site. One easy way we can do that is to post our responses with as much forethought and precision that we can muster. Here are some ideas I hope each of you will consider when you post up to help a newbie....
- 1. Answer the primary question. If it is apparent the newbie desperately needs to SLAM his pool, but he asks a question instead about his TA level being askew, we should first answer his TA question. Then as an aside (or a PS) suggest to him that he read up on ABC's of Pool Water chemistry, SLAM or whatever else is appropriate. The point is, don't completely change the direction of the thread.....he will quickly be overwhelmed.
2. Read the newbies post thoroughly. We have seen an increasing frequency of responders asking the newb a question that was already answered in the newb's post. ( I am a significant offender ) That lengthens and diverts the discussion sometimes to the point of sidetracking it.
3. Proof read your response before you post it. Typos, Siri blunders, and misspellings all are indicators of a hurried response and can lead to confusion......again lengthening and diverting the point of the thread.
Our Moderators are pretty darn good examples of the above ideas. There are few typos, few misspellings and the responses are normally towards the point of the newbie's question. We all make mistakes and always will but the precision of their responses is usually pretty darn good......it's a source of pride.
When you respond on TFP, you are, in a sense, representing TFP with your knowledge and your words. Even the small details of your response should reflect that.
PS - I have proofed this twice and am now hiding under my desk praying that none of you will find a typo.