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Advice to Newbies

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Dag, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. Dag

    Dag Pro Poster

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    It has probably been raised before but I wonder if members could remember we were all newbies once and probably unfamiliar with getting around a forum especially using search features.
    Inevitably this means that we see almost very week questions raised like ".177 or .22" and this sometimes results in terse replies.
    There is an excellent sticky entitled "New to Shooting? Some frequently asked questions" by Jackroadkill at the top of the ANYTHING AIRGUN RELATED section of this forum, but if you are a newbie you may not see it before you rattle off your, quite possibly, first post ever.
    So what I am suggesting is some means of either referring a newbie to the thread mentioned or a defined Newbie section which I guess would require something being set up by the moderators.
    Failing this could members, or at least one, when replying to a Newbie's first post refer them to it?
    There is so much info available on this excellent forum it just needs a standard Forum Welcome message, or a few seconds of someone's time, to point a newbie in the right direction and make them feel welcome rather than make them feel they are being a nuisance.
    Dag
     
  2. Clubshot

    Clubshot Clubshot

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    As often post - New to Air Gunning Check out local Airgun Club/s

    And See what others are doing and Why

    We had a good Laugh Saturday - a Air Gunner was having issues with Scope - until pointed out that it was upside down

    Spent well over a hour trying to get it Zeroed in

    Most Clubs will allow several visit's before requireing Membership

    I get many Shooters that come to Lea Valley - just to see what's about and what others are using

    Membership is growing - but We still get many come ad hock for the latest equipment in use

    Lucky Members as alway's seem to have the latest Gun's and equipment on the Ranges Most weeks

    BOB/R
     
  3. SteveO

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    Maybe it could be coded into the forum that all new members have to read JRK's introduction post and press a button at the end to confirm they have read it before being allowed to proceed to any other areas of the forum. Much like an EULA when installing a piece of software/game.

    Might cut down a bit on the 'item for sale and then b****r off' 1 post members we have!
     
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    i think the young lads right and the older lads should help them more.we were all new to this at one time
     
  5. reaper6

    reaper6 Banned

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    Personally i do not like the word newbie.....a member is a member when they join this forum....the term newbie imho makes the first time members feel hesitant about asking questions . Let them ask anything they want and if you do not like the post dont comment
     
  6. audiguypaul

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    I have to agree, things havn't changed that much over the years, it would become a boring place if all we ever did was use the search function and read old threads.
     
  7. bhodge

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    I've got to agree with that statement, I've said it a number of times "The only stupid question is the one you DIDN'T ask..!"
     
  8. Barcelona68

    Barcelona68 Banned

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    Newbie is not derogatory. It just means new to something on the internet.


    n00b is the derogatory one...:D


    N00b...
     
  9. Dag

    Dag Pro Poster

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    I do hope themadspread was talking about me; at 68 it's been years since I've been called a young lad!
    Seriously, I think there are some interesting responses to my first post.
    I think anything the forum does to help new members find advice and more importantly the legal issues of airgun shooting, which they may be totally unaware of, can only serve to show we are a responsible group of people and not needing any further regulation than we already have.
    Finally I still consider myself a Newbie after 6 months of shooting and certainly don't think it a derogatory term. If anything I think being able to ask questions while declaring yourself a newbie only helps to make you feel less embarassed.
    Dag
     
  10. Chinnymonster81

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    You laugh at the upside down scope but everytime I re zero I still turn the turrets the wrong way.
     

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