MMAFogg. I lurked on these forums for months before actually posting, and was (and still am) amazed by the amount of belittling that goes on when new members ask certain questions. Our hobby isn't exactly mainstream, and you'd think that we would rejoice every time a new member entered here seeking advice from people who had more knowledge than they did. Instead, they are more often met with a litany of "use the search function" posts. While this is a valid point, it is too often delivered with a less than ideal amount of tact. If you take the time to post "use the search function", I don't see how taking the extra 45 seconds to actually answer the question, then add "by the way, there is a great tool you can use" can be such a bother...
As for the original post, I think G. rosea is a great spider. Sure, it's common, cheap, and seems to make up 90% of PetCo's inventory... It's also the species that is most likely to bring new blood into our hobby. I would think that everyone on this board would agree that new members entering the hobby is a great thing, but reading the posts here sometimes makes me wonder. In any case, on the day I get tired of reading threads about G. rosea, I can always use the "filter" option, and just not open the thread to begin with.
I'm one of the new idiots I'm sure. Yet in the definition of a forum:
A meeting or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.
My questions is if everything that ever needs to be said has already done so, then why are we all posting here anyway?
If I'm in the wrong place I'd gladly welcome someone lead me to a site I can enjoy conversing about these amazing creatures I have recently learned to enjoy.
I hope you read to the bottom and hear me also say...
I am very thankful to all the responses I have gotten from a lot of smart trusted members. Stupid questions or not, they have all been helpful answers and Thrixopelma sp. "Nancy" thanks you as well.
( my unidentifiable T )
She is in a happy home because of you all!
Hehe, this thread is great.
- What spider should I get next?
- Why isn't my rose hair eating?
- Is my spider dead or molting?
- How do I keep spiderlings?
- Should I use a heat pad?
- How often do I mist?
- <insert any other repeat 'how-to' or 'what is wrong?' topic here>
In other words...threads that, in my opinion, fit the topic of this thread.
So yeah, my two cents.
There are some threads, handling, taming, hybrids, vertebrate feeding and common G. rosea stuff for example, that have been beaten to death soooo many times on here, that pretty much everything can be answered by using the search function.
For the more controversial ones (hybrids, taming etc) the best bet really is the search function, to avoid starting yet another 10 page war that ends up getting locked.
The same goes for the basic questions like "how do I take care of a G. rosea?" there is a great sticky and TONS of info to be found with the search function.
I'm not saying don't start new threads, because yes, that is what this forum is for, what I'm saying is search first. If it's something that comes up over and over again, chances are we don't need another thread on it, and your answers can be found there.
If you don't find your answers or have something new or different to say, go for it. The tarantula chat subforum is for chatting about our spiders etc, it just gets a little redundant to see 10 G. rosea threads all going at once on the first page.
It's not about NOT starting new threads, it's about using the incredible resources here and adding and contributing to the forum in a positive way. Not cluttering it up with the same old threads over and over.
Just my .02
"What spider should I get next?" threads drive me insane.
A couple of my favorites:
Passive-aggressive..."What spider should I get next?"
Napolean complex..."What is the biggest?.?.?/ Who has the biggest?.?.?"
People join a forum to "be part of it" I can understand the redundancy of most questions. It is there way of feeling that personal touch that is somehow aquired on the internet. If the noob did not post the question I think the attention or connection the person is looking for would not be there. For all the experience that some have they tend to overlook the fact that they too were a noob at one point in time! In retail you get the same 20 questions from beginners alot. The good retailer has patience with this and answers them. I can understand Pavlor not seeing the TKG he is in Finland!
Yes! And one of the important points that people miss is that when joining an online forum, one often joins to learn the very basics of a hobby one has just started. And many people start the hobby with a Rosea.Thats one thing that ive thought about numerous times when people say a thread is redundant due to the question being asked before. Honeslty, pretty much every question regarding t husbandry seems to have been asked multiples times, if everyone, newbies and the more experienced alike were to all use the search function and never douple post a question, these boards would be dead and really fairly pointless.
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Yes, I may. I've kept tarantulas for years succesfully without having ever heard of the TKG so I believe it's possible to enjoy the hobby *and* not have heard of the book *lol*
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Oh Crysta... =) Please first take a look at when my last comment was made before I rejoined the place. Also, I don't believe I ever said that I "look at the boards researching" ... If I remember rightly, when my Avic died, I didn't come back to the forum. I have had tarantulas since, but didn't feel the need to come to the forum for some reason. I just acquired a M. Balfouri and because there's not much info on this species *that I could find*, I decided to come and sniff around the forum again. No big deal =)
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