Originally Posted by Impala1ss
The information provided by Batpig and JDSmoothie is amazing. They provide detailed responses to all posts regardless of how many times they have answered the same questions usually posted by those who do not want to search the foum. I have never seen the answers to the following questions:
My questions to these gentlemen is how do you do it? It must take you hours each night to respond to posts from newbies to the audio receiver world, as well as audiophiles. Do you have families, do you work for a living? Don't you ever get mad at some posters?
I seriously would like to know how you do this every day of the week?
p.s. Your dedication and expertise are very much appreciated by this poster. Thank you both very much.
Thanks for the kind words
Can't speak for JD, but yes I do have a day job, a wife, a small child (18 month old daughter). The addition of the baby has definitely diminished my overall participation level... 2-3 years ago I was even more active. JD at this point seems to be much more active on this forum than me. There are a lot of things I want to do with my website but I just don't have the time and inclination during my off hours because family time is more important.
Ironically, the fact that I have a job is actually the reason I am as active as I am! Like many, I am stuck at a desk working on a computer most of the day, and thus the bulk of my internet surfing is done while at work. I always have a browser open in the background with things like email, facebook, AVS, etc. open in different tabs. So I frequently will take breaks and refresh my subscriptions page, and if there are new posts I can read through them and respond when needed. Honestly, it doesn't take *that* long to bang out some responses to basic questions. When I'm not at work, I'm often checking on iPhone or iPad, so I will usually only respond if I can provide an answer quickly enough to make typing on that little virtual keyboard palatable, and then respond to more involved questions later at a time when I have access to a real keyboard (typically the next morning at work).
So, following on that, my most active times are during "business hours", and I rarely check in during the evenings and especially weekends, when I am typically hanging out with the wife and kid.
As to how I do it... I honestly enjoy it. I'm the type that becomes obsessed with my hobbies, so I spend a lot of my internet time on forums related to that. With HT, it's AVS. And I'm sort of naturally a teacher at heart, so I like explaining things to people and trying to frame it in ways that they can understand.
As to the final question... no, I don't really get mad at any posters. At least not sincere ones who are looking for help. There's no shame in not knowing something; modern A/V is a complicated subject area, and lack of knowledge isn't synonymous with stupidity or lack of effort. Lord knows there are subject areas where if I tried to wade in, I would be asking a bunch of silly basic questions as well. The only time I get annoyed is when somebody gets rude (e.g. when people bump their post after 45 minutes and act indignant about the fact that they haven't received an immediate response) or in the face of willful ignorance.