POLL: On what do you base your advice on the forum

Discussion in 'General Discussions and Advice' started by irie ivan, 19 Sep 2012.

Voter count: 46
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When posting advice (or for that matter any post) what do you base the majority of y

  1. Your own experience

    41 vote(s)
    89.1%
  2. Your own opinion

    9 vote(s)
    19.6%
  3. Own Research

    27 vote(s)
    58.7%
  4. Commonly believed theories amongst forum members

    6 vote(s)
    13.0%
  5. Your thoughts

    9 vote(s)
    19.6%
  6. Scientific evidience / scholarly articles

    16 vote(s)
    34.8%
  7. Hobbysit printed literature

    8 vote(s)
    17.4%
  8. Advice from the big names in the hobby

    11 vote(s)
    23.9%
  9. Something you read on the web which made sense somehow, even though you dont grasp how and why...

    4 vote(s)
    8.7%
  10. Current trends

    3 vote(s)
    6.5%
  11. Advice / opinions you heard from an LFS

    3 vote(s)
    6.5%
  12. The need to post anything for the sake of posting

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  13. Gut feeling

    3 vote(s)
    6.5%
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  1. irie ivan

    irie ivan MASA Contributor

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    Whilst having a conversation with a clever reefer / biologist / chemist / clever person today, we brushed on the topic of forums and this one in particular. Gave me a good idea for a poll.

    When posting advice (or for that matter any post) what do you base the majority of your posts on?

    - Your own experience,
    - Your own opinion,
    - Own Research
    - Commonly believed theories amongst forum members
    - Your thoughts
    - Scientific evidience / scholarly articles
    - Hobbysit printed literature
    - Advice from the big names in the hobby
    - Something you read on the web which made sense somehow, even though you dont grasp how and why...
    - Current trends
    - Advice / opinions you heard from an LFS
    - The need to post anything for the sake of posting


    A few more I will add to the list as I think about it a bit more.

    Of course the intention is to spur a bit of introspective thinking....
     
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  3. 459b

    459b Moderator MASA Contributor

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    Own experience and scientific articles.
    The Internet is a very dangerous place, where rumors get perpetuated and the most viewed/linked sites are regarded as fact.
     
  4. crispin

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    i use a number of aspects to draw advice from, both when i receive it or give it. I tend to use a number of international forums on both sides of the atlantic as i find they keep current and up-to-date to advances in the hobby, but i also use printed material so long as its recent. Anything over two years old i read twice to see its its releveant to 'modern' trends as the hobby moves forward so fast, especially with regards to technology.

    so i post drawing on
    1. Your own experience
    2. Own Research (which includes both Scientific evidence and hobbysit literature)
    3. My own thoughts
    4. Convention gleaned from a variety of forums.
    1146. the need to post anything for the sake of catching Meks:p
     
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  5. carlosdeandrade

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  6. Nemos Janitor

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    Yup mods get the poll up. This is going to be a hot one.
     
  7. richardmatlock

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    Own experience and research.
     
  8. carlosdeandrade

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    Eager to see where it goes.;)
     
  9. pXius

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    I know of many reefers whom just don't post on the forum, afraid having their methods criticized.

    If you understand the basic science and biology of the hobby, you should be able to tell whether the advice received is bogus. And if you're unsure, RESEARCH the advice and try to confirm it on a scientific level.

    The only reason people follow advice blindly is because:
    1. They're impatient.
    2. Desperate to solve a problem with some more inpatients.
     
  10. carlosdeandrade

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    Yeah, that is true.
     
  11. RiaanP

    RiaanP Moderator

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    Own experience and my own common sense.
     
  12. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    poll is up
     
  13. irie ivan

    irie ivan Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    Nice input so far. Tempted to add gut feeling.... @viper357
     
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  14. Nemos Janitor

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    not to influence but. Hobbyist printed literature. does that include all the RHF, Bob Fenner, Julian sprung, etc etc etc articles?
     
  15. irie ivan

    irie ivan Thread Starter MASA Contributor

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    One Hundred percent with you @Nemos Janitor. @viper357 , please change hobbyist printed literature to hobbyist Literature or add Web based articles by seasoned aquarists.
     
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  16. williet

    williet Look at the shiny LEDs!!!

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    Advanced aquarist....an absolute must!
    A lot of reading on other sites eg reefbuilders, reefkeeping.

    Listening to guys who seem to get it right and learn from their mistakes. Own observations and gut feel.

    Most of all I listen to the inhabitants who live in my reef....
     
  17. viper357

    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Make up your mind what you want then let me know. Or I'm going to go on strike, because this baas is working me too hard.
     
  18. Nemos Janitor

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    Deep breath.......relax, unwrap a chocolate log. ;)

    Feeling better. Good, now please fix for us.:thumbup:
     
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  19. butcherman

    butcherman Moderator MASA Contributor

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    just go on strike anyway, it's the south african way :tt2:

    ps just voted :thumbup:
     
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