Why didn’t I think of that?

I saw this comment today and had to smile. It is something that I say at least once a week after discussing something with my sweetie, or my dad, or a friend.

It is akin to the hoary old chestnut “You are so close to the problem that you can’t see the forest for the trees.” When you find yourself scratching your head over a problem, it is good to have a place to go to where you can post a question and have a dispassionate opinion provided to you. That’s the beauty of the various glass fora.

But then again, those who refuse to use the search feature to find out if their problem has already been answered tick me off no end, especially those who claim that the search brought up too many threads or (my personal favorite) they didn’t have the time and would rather just post the question than search for the answer.

Research your problem. It’s ok to ask questions if you don’t understand something, but by golly, at least take some time to look around. You might be surprised to find that someone else 6 months ago had the exact same problem and resolved it with a fix suggested by person xyz.

Yes, some topics like ventilation and propane safety are going to bring up a lot of threads and individual posts. You don’t have to read them all, but instead, narrow your search down with additional paramenters. Search for specific words like “B fittings” or “fan getting hot”.

Again, there’s nothing wrong with asking questions, but we all do get a bit tired of answering the exact same question again and again and again and again and again and again and again. Those of you who are parents of small children can certainly relate to this (I hope).


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