You have been a forum member for over two years and you've made 154 posts. I don't think you've spent a lot of time answering basic questions...
not a bad idea barry, but please, don't change a thing. this forum really works, well done.
A number of times I have seen Newbee's posting as if they were experts, but when I check, I find they have little practical experience and are perpetuating old folks tales!
Every now and then, usually due to an event, we have w/in one or two days three different Threads about the same exact thing. Sometimes those Threads get combined by a Moderator. That seems to work alright. I don't know if a Program would be able to recognize that situation and handle it as well as a person or persons. Can it? I understand it is a matter of how well the Program is written.
I would hope that a person spending some time reading Posts and getting to know who Posts and whose Posts indicate credibility would know who to listen too and pay attention to.
One can put almost whatever one wants as their Tag Line. Some folks indicate Longitude and Latitude and/or Grow Zone. That tells me where they are, but doesn't tell me much about them.
Indicating an AAS from OSU/ATI, 20 years as an Apiary Inspector,owning bees since 1976, being Commercial for 15 years(I guess), currently running about 500 hives, could seem impressive to some or it could look like bragging.
Compared to a guy I met a cpl of weeks ago in the blueberry barrens of ME I feel like a smallscale beekeeper. He runs 20,000 colonies. I wonder if he knows a lot more about beekeeping than I do or is it something else. Something other than he spends no time on beesource or other social media.
Two years ago I suggested the following:
Another thing which could be interesting, and stir up some debate would be the creation of a FAQ's forum. Members could propose solutions to a variety of beekeeping questions/situations and perhaps polls could be used to serve as a guide to beeks who need to choose a response that they are comfortable with. The benefits are twofold; the current knowledge would be gathered on specific topics, resulting in a great resource and secondly, experienced beekeepers would have more time to respond to additional questions, perhaps one of the "unanswered postings" for example.
I suggested having a number of solutions to a frequently asked question in an effort to avoid alienating one or two highly experienced beekeepers who have a different approach to dealing with an issue.
I think this could be a valuable addition to Beesource and the final FAQ would present any number of solutions, but presented in order of their general acceptance by practicing beekeepers.
What we need is a "Gleanings" of Beesource answers...
Make it a game/competition to collect potential answers. A public poll could decide the order of the answers.
Speaking as a relative newbee, I find it didn't take long to sort out whose posts have credibility.
This is what is so great about ISPY. I don't really pay attention to which forum it is in - I scroll to find something of interest or someone I can help. Me thinks y'all haven't tried it - ISPY???
Sometimes I get to the right question by doing a search on google and looking for beesource answers. Shouldn't have to do that tho.
Just use the Google search on this page: http://www.beesource.com/
I have 15 years and feel the same way.Quote:
Amen to that! I am in my 3rd year. STILL am very much a beginner in many ways
"If a beekeeper tells you he knows everything about beekeeping you can bet he will lie to you again"