Novel idea - research before posting!

Old Jul 23rd, 2004, 09:33 AM
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Novel idea - research before posting!

Perhaps it would be helpful to do a search on this forum on your general topic or destination before posting an open-ended question on this board.

The wealth of informatation from long-time Fodorites is absolutely amazing. I've learned so much from them. A treasure trove is waiting for you...explore!!!
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Old Jul 23rd, 2004, 10:07 AM
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Old Jul 23rd, 2004, 07:24 PM
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Old Jul 23rd, 2004, 08:03 PM
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AMEN!!! There are way (way) too many of the same question being asked over and over again, when a simple search would provide the answer!

Newbies - Look first, ask after!
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Old Jul 23rd, 2004, 08:22 PM
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I agree!! I try to ask questions only after I've done some trip research, both in books and on this board.
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Old Jul 24th, 2004, 08:47 AM
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Old Jul 24th, 2004, 10:07 AM
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Personally, I agree with all of the above. I love the research aspect of my travels, so I purchase several guidebooks, visit different websites-daily, etc.

But, some folks, just aren't as interested in research. That's probably why they logon here and ask away; it's easier for some.

It's good advice though to suggest doing a "fodor's search" first.

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Old Jul 24th, 2004, 12:05 PM
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People should also do research on their vacations even if they're going to a convention. The Hilton Hawaiian Village had large groups of convention stayers at the hotel and it amazed me how many were shocked at Waikiki's prices.
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Old Jul 24th, 2004, 12:40 PM
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Not everyone is internet or travel savvy. Trying to use the search engine on Fodors can be really tricky, although I agree it worked better lately than it has in the past. I've had many instances when it has completely "timed out" on me when attempting searches.
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Old Jul 24th, 2004, 01:12 PM
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But info. from a "human" is often more reliable than from website/book that might be getting $$$ to tout some restaurant or hotel!
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Old Jul 25th, 2004, 08:18 AM
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I agree that the search feature of Fodors can be perplexing at times. However, this is not the only place to do your research. We have libraries, bookstores, etc., etc. It is really nice when the poster has done the research and then comes to this board with specific questions.

Some of the questions are absolutely.......(be nice)....lets say show extreme laziness. You wonder who did their homework in high school and college for them.

By the same token, Fodors is also partially to blame. They should really stress these things as well as specific headers. I know they give it a passing mention, but I mean STRESS IT.

Something else that bugs me is when the poster has a brainless header with no clue as to their question. Usually the first poster to respond suggests to them to repost. Then other posters follow by trying to answer the question. Why? Make the poster repost and learn how to properly use this site.

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Old Jul 25th, 2004, 08:59 AM
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"I agree that the search feature of Fodors can be perplexing at times. However, this is not the only place to do your research. We have libraries, bookstores, etc."

LOL, what about the other 4 billion pages of the internet that aren't part of Fodors? For factual information such as opening times and admissions fees, you can't beat the actual web site!
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Old Jul 25th, 2004, 12:44 PM
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chicgal...good summation...I agree

You can usually tell the "legit" inquiries from the "I'm to lazy to do anything for myself" type. I pass( no response) on the latter. They probably would not heed your advice anyway.
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Old Jul 25th, 2004, 01:15 PM
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