I have been using Travelfish as one method of researching places during my travels for a number of months now. As well, I have enjoyed reading the posts of many users who have contributed many great ideas to others on the forum. But I must say that from time to time, I come across a thread where a user is asking for ideas or an itinerary for some place and then does not give any other info! So this is a bit of a shot at those who can't be bothered to do any of their own research before posting for help!
When you ask for ideas or help, it may be helpful to indicate what you may want to see as part of your visit. I read these posts and think "Damn, this person is LAZY"! There is SOOOO much information available on this site that even the smallest amount of research can go a long way in narrowing down any questions you may have. Do a bit of leg work yourself! There are some people who can probably provide amazing ideas to you if you were a bit more specific in your question. Otherwise, people don't really know what to write and may not be bothered to respond at all.
I'm sure this post will result a slag or two at myself but I really don't care. Maybe it will inspire one or two people to perhaps READ a bit more before posting "Hey, I'm going to Asia! What should I do??"
#1 crimptacular has been a member since 17/2/2009. Posts: 16
how's it going?
no doubt people would get better responses on the forum by doing a bit of research before asking their questions and by including more information on things like how much they plan to spend and what types of things they like to do, etc.
but don't be too hard on new posters either. sometimes they are just being lazy. but often they are so excited about their trip that they just post straight away before doing much else. plus, i think occasionally people just want to chime in and say hello, and asking a question on the message board is the easiest way to do that.
i guess i'd rather see someone ask what seems like a dumb question than have them not ask at all and miss out on getting the feedback that would help make their trip better. the fun part is that if the question seems really silly or lazy, we don't have to respond. :-)
by the way, i'm stopping off in korea on my way to bangkok. what should i do? LMAO. cheers.
While I agree that the occassional person may just be "excited" I think that a majority of them just haven't bothered to look and want other people to do the legwork. I'm a climber and see quite a few posts on climbing forums where people have asked "Hey , I'm going to XYZ location, what should I climb"?? This person won't get very good responses as they've neglected to indicate their level of climbing and preferred type of climbing (sport, bouldering, etc...). A bit of extra info can go a long way.
Btw...we'll be Soeul on our way home in a month so I'll tell EVERYTHING to do afterwards ;-)
#3 crimptacular has been a member since 17/2/2009. Posts: 16
There was a great one a few weeks ago -- along the lines of "I'm going to Asia for two weeks. What should I do?"
No mention of what countries, time of year or interests.
The more info people give in their questions, the better the answers they'll probably get.
#4 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,644
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crimp, while I'm inclined to agree with you, you do realize that the people who should read your post won't, right? ;)
#5 amazon_blonde has been a member since 20/12/2008. Posts: 116