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What started out as an observation that there were a lot of new people joining the forum somehow turned into "noob-bashing." While apparently some of the members here were blessed with profound knowledge of mechanics and inner workings of Ducatis from birth...I'd like to point out that many of us had to start from scratch, i.e.: we were ALL noobs. All us "non-noobs" reached non-noobiness through different paths. Some from hands on experience starting from childhood, some through a parent/brother/friend that was mechanically inclined, some by learning on the internet.

That being said, I can understand the frustration of seeing the same old questions over, and over, and over again. Questions that a simple search through the archive would reveal the answers. This could be laziness, but, sometimes a less experienced person may not have enough info to know to look. It could also be a reason for someone to engage: a way to start a conversation.

Then there are the cases where there's a problem... forum members will suggest a logical course of action to follow..."do A, then do B, do C..." and the noob goes on to do C then X and dismisses A and B and wonders why it didn't fix the problem. That's harder to take...you've asked for help, you've been given the steps, but you choose to ignore the process and still ask for help. But...that's not just a noob issue, non-noobs can be guilty of that too.

Most frustrating yet is the: "ask for help, get an answer, then, s i l e n c e" scenario. Members invested time and effort in helping, then there's no contact from the original poster as to whether or not the proposed solutions worked let alone a "thank you" for your time. Often enough the problem is unique (or at least rare) and people are spit-balling ideas. I would be nice for everyone to know if one of those suggestions worked. Help expand the communal knowledge.

So, as I'm departing my soapbox, I'll just say that all of us view and use the forum differently, some use it as reference, some as a sounding board, but quite a few of us view it as a community of friends. We were all noobs at one time and, like our parent's taught us, a little "please" and "thank you" goes a long way.
I don't really see a lot of the new profiles as proper noobs. So I don't consider it noob-bashing to comment on some of the odd behaviour that they do.
There seems to be floods of new profiles that, due to the inane questions or ridiculous statements, are obviously not your normal forum members. Most of us are either looking for information/help on our Ducatis or looking to be part of a community that helps others with information/help.
I just don't understand what the end game is... Are they just posting once and then they can start PMing with the "My friend has one - here is his email"? Or are they troll accounts just to start silly discussions while they giggle to themselves?

Still WAY better here than on duc.org. There was at least one new member per day that immediately started PMing once they joined. No other reason to join except to start trying to scam folks.
 
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This is another thread from a one post wonder. Do they even own a motorcycle?
 

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I don't mind anyone asking what might seem to be a daft question, I've sure asked plenty when I've been new to a specialised topic. Seeking to improve your knowledge and understanding is to be applauded. It is the first-post attitude of 'Hi. I've got wheels. Give me this information. Now.'.
You can shoot the entitled little twerps down, but you always get some bleeding-heart saying 'don't be rude to the poor noob' and then offering 'there, there's' and pandering to their inconsiderate, ungrateful demands. Then the noob usually bleats through his tears that he's just a poor, working-class boy striving 36 hours a day to support 3 kids, a fuck-off 4x4 and a Superleggera (it's alright, he had a Ninja 300 before) and how can you be so beastly to him.
You know how they add new words, sayings and phrases to the dictionary every year? - Well, on the list of phrases and sayings that will have no meaning within a short time are 'being respectful', 'rights of passage' and possibly 'growing up'.
 

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If someone whose primary language isn’t English I expect them to have a little trouble explaining the problem they are having and respect that they are trying to communicate as best they can. When their primary language should be English but they refuse to use punctuation or give information about year and model and then whine when asked for clarification, that’s not my problem, it’s theirs. They should have paid attention in school.
 

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Another funny thing lately, newbies resurrecting 10 year old posts and expecting a response.
I’m glad they are using the Search function , and I’m really glad when they learn to check the date.
 
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