Originally Posted by Citivas
There are 1080 posts on this topic. Most people who didn't read it along the way, which a first poster would not have, would not have the time to read through all that. What's the big deal with asking someone to bottom line it for them? If asked politely it's not a dick move. Worst case no one complies and no harm done. If you don't feel like answering, why not just ignore the post?
Thanks for asking.
1) because it's lazy and seeks to put the work on everyone else, rather than the poster asking the question. That's not fair to everyone else... especially when the information may be RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. Not 'having the time' (as you indicate) to read the information already posted about the product is HIS problem, not EVERYONE ELSE's... yet by posting, he's burdening EVERYONE ELSE to solve HIS time problem.
2) because a first-poster should follow generally accepted etiquette by "looking around before posting."
3) because posts like his make 1081 posts in this topic, and those who act as enablers by answering questions that have already been asked and answered make 1082, 1083, 10-zillion posts in this topic. What happens when another newbie asks the exact same question at post 1090? Do we add 1091, 1092, etc., to answer them when the info was just a few posts up? How over-bloated does the thread get when 50 people have asked the exact same question?
Sadly, it is not possible to "ignore" the content of a post, as you suggest, until you've read it... which means you can't really ignore it any more. What you're really suggesting is that I invest my energy into reading a post, process the contents, see that it offends the sensibilities I mention in 1-3 above, and then don't say anything about it... thus passively reinforcing that the "ask before bothering to read" mentality is OK, thus cluttering up the world with still more asked-and-answered questions.
What you're suggesting is that I (or anyone else) should, rather than read the information already presented to me in various easy-to-access forms, ask "How do I turn on my TV?," "What does the MENU button do?," "Does anyone have any setting suggestions?," "Are my shoes tied?" ... and so on. I am confident that the first 2 can be found in the owner's manual (which is available online in case someone doesn't have a paper copy handy), the 3rd takes a quick skim in this 1080-post thread to see several suggested settings, and the fourth is probably best suited for simpletons and/or the mega-wealthy who have plenty of servants to handle the menial stuff. Why burden everyone having to dig through repeat questions (and burden the AVS servers by sending out hundreds of subscription emails)?
As for "dick move," I've never indicated it was (and that is the FIRST time you will have ever seen me use that word on any forum on the planet... I'm quoting you). My post was intended to remind the poster (and any other potential poster who might 'have the time' to read it) that there IS etiquette in the world, and that taking a moment to educate yourself BEFORE putting that burden on everyone else is still appropriate in the Idiocracy age.