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Posters here who don't do their homework

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It amazes me how often I see new topics begun by posters who clearly haven't done any homework on a travel destination and seemingly expect everyone else on this site to do it for them. Examples often look something like this:

"We're a [fill in the blank regarding number of people, age group, and the like] and will be traveling to [fill in destination, often a place very well covered on the forums here with a million things to see and do] in a few months. What are the must sees? Where are the great places to eat, preferably ones only the locals know about? Where can we stay that's centrally located and only costs [some ridiculously small amount of money] per night?"

And it's not just newbies who are guilty here. A look at posting profiles of some folks who do this shows that it's a chronic issue with them.

So what to do?

I guess ignoring them is one approach. One thing I often do instead is ask them if they did a board search here, inform them that this city is very well covered on this forum, and to please come back with a sample itinerary and re-post.

I'm also wondering if the Fodor's website moderators might consider expanding the FAQ entry about this. Currently, it says:

1. A quick search might yield answers

Fodor's member Anonymous recommends that you use the forums' search function to find topics relevant to your trip research; you wouldn't want to miss out on past discussions about the destination that you are interested in.

Perhaps the last part after the semicolon could read

"the forum and Fodor's website in general have an excellent backlog of information that will likely answer several questions people have. You'll often get best results from our community if you provide specifics when you seek advice, such as your likes and dislikes as well as a sample itinerary."

Sure, things change in the travel world. Restaurants, attractions, and hotels do close or undergo modifications for better or worse. But that's a different issue.

Thoughts welcome.

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