Well, I’m hardly a vet here but since most of my posting is on this forum, I will chime in on this…
First, I wonder if the influx isn’t like the post-New Years influx at most gyms. You have all those annoying New Year’s resolution folks show up and make everyone’s life hell for a while but eventually, they just go away.
As for the minimum post idea, no, just no. I have seen people on here for 3-4 months with 1200+ posts. Think about that. It works out to about 100 posts a day. Which, of course, makes it a useless criteria for worthy postings…
The banning idea would be hard to enforce. We would need a very strict set of rules on what would constitute a need for banning. But with even the strictest set of rules, it will always be up for interpretation. So they you will have one person enforcing it one way, and someone else another.
A separate forum for vets wouldn’t work. First off, being the resident longtime steroid virgin here, I learn everything from the questions I ask to or the posts made by the vets. I like being able to ask questions on their threads as well. I think it helps clarify things for both myself and for others. And I honestly think that some of the most interesting discussions have come from questions asked by the people with no experience. 5.0’s thread about brewing and Cheeta’s thread about women and AAS come to mind. Moving the vets to another forum just divides the knowledge up and I love that all this knowledge if here.
I COMPLETELY understand where some of the vets, or even just the regulars, get tired of threads asking the same questions over and over and over ad nauseam. I have no problem with those either being answered with a link to the stickies or just being ignored.
I looked through some of the other forums and there are quite a few useless threads and obvious trolls there as well. People with 1 post asking everyone whether creatine is a steroid, how to get huge like Bruce Lee or Brad in Fight Club, where they can get a good routine since they looked everywhere, to rate their most muscular pose at 135lbs, and even if having someone lie under the bench with a rope around your chest and pull on it will increase pectoral activation while benching. The point is, I think that we feel that we are alone with this “problem” but it doesn’t seem that way.
So what is the answer? Or is there even a real problem?Well, a wait and see approach might work like it does for all the New Year’s resolution people. I think more articles would be interesting and I think there are a few people on here who could write something quite interesting. I think the rating system could work with the star system that exists and also work on a three strikes type idea.
If someone asks something just stupid, just write “DONE” as your response. Then someone who clicks on the thread and sees several “DONE” posts will basically know they are wasting their time. They can read on if they choose but you’ve been warned. This way, a newbie who asks something not so smart but comes around and shows some thought and intelligence will not feel they are being lumped in with the masses. Or the easiest thing would be just to ignore them. Don’t flame, don’t post, just ignore. Unfed trolls tend to starve quickly.
Well, I think I have written more than anyone here will read but I think most of you know that I appreciate all the patience you have always shown me. I try not to be a pest and try to help out where I can. Sometimes, I post in the hopes that you vets can put your time to better use by helping the people that need your expertise. And you are a pretty swell group compared to the utter shite I have seen on other boards. Hell, even the vets who I have never PM’d have managed to help me out in many ways(although I’ve heard that Rainjack is a douche).
And with that…