After two upbeat blog posts about the power of the forums yesterday and Tuesday and the amazing Twitter response to the Paperchase debacle last weekend I am changing tack somewhat!
Viewers of a nervous disposition might want to hide behind the sofa ;-)
Back in another lifetime I was a teacher, moving between a number of schools on temporary contracts. Time after time, at the end of a particular topic a colleague would say something like "Oh, didn't you use the *super-deluxe-resource-that-we-forgot-to-tell-you-about*?"
No I didn't.
Because I didn't know it existed.
Why didn't you ask where it was?
Because I didn't know the school had one.
Why didn't you ask if the school had one?
Because I didn't know there was such a thing.
This is why I, and many others, continue to offer unsolicited advice on the forums. Not because we're the folksy forum police, not because we want to be supernanny, but because we want to help even when (and maybe especially when) people don't know the questions.
Why throw out the baby with the bathwater?
I'm not expecting any comments today, but please don't push people away who are trying to help Folksy grow into a more productive marketplace.