Over the last few days cruising the photography forums I have noticed a huge increase in the number of “What camera should I buy” posts, and in all honesty I am getting pretty bored of them, and I doubt I am the only one.
Okay, buying a camera is a big investment, and getting it wrong is likely to be a costly mistake. There is a market for second hand and used cameras so you’ll always be able to sell it on and not suffer a total loss, but as soon as a camera has been removed from its packaging the value of it significantly decreases. Because of this it is important to do a bit of research before parting with your hard earned cash but please, check out previous forum “what camera should I buy?” questions and answers before posting one of your own.
At the moment it seems that one every four questions are “What camera should I buy?” and it appears to be annoying quite a few of the regular forum members and contributors. If you want to get on the wrong side of the photography forum members/contributors asking a question that has been asked several times before is the way to go about it.
I have been on a few photography forums for quite a few years now and one thing I have noticed is that when the same generic question gets asked over and over again the responses become sarcastic, rude and totally unhelpful. This does seem a bit rough on the person asking the question, especially when they are new to the online forum, but sine it clearly states in forum etiquette about searching the forum before asking the question I guess the contributors/members are well within their rights to get a little shirty and provide short and terse responses.
Forum members/contributors hate lazy people and throwing up a question without searching for an answer in the first instance reeks of laziness, so don’t do it. So, rather than heading for the photography forums and instantly posting the “What camera should I buy?” question I suggest you search the forum in the first instance. Simply put the question in the search bar (that’s what it is there for), hit ‘go’ and wait for the responses. If, after reading the historical postings you have any other (specific) questions or queries you can post that to the forum, where you will get helpful responses.
If you want to get the most out of the photography forums, get the help/advice and answers you are after without annoying anyone you need to do some leg work yourself. The other thing to remember is that etiquette goes a long way in the forums, and if you want to continue getting useful advice from the members/contributors take the time to show your gratitude and say thanks to each and every one giving a useful response.
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