Hi all. Those of you who have been with Orchid a few years know the
feeling of seeing topics repeated by newer members who apparently
didn’t do any archive searching before posting a question. But
generous Orchidians will still help with their wisdom. I know it’s
often not easy to find what you’re looking for in the archives, but
still this practice occasionally bugged me a little bit.
BUT, a recent repeat thread really opened my eyes. This thread
brought up something that has been mentioned before, but which I
forgot to remember the first time. When I read it, I was so glad
someone had brought it up again, because I had wanted to try this
particular advice. The amount of great info in the digest can
sometimes approach overload, and it can be hard to process and
remember it all.
So I came to the realization that it can often be a good thing to
bring up a topic again that might have been answered by some diligent
archive searching. Why?
- People forget, and repetition is often necessary to learn new
- New members and different posters bring new insight
- Things and people change and evolve
I suppose that if everyone burrowed deep into the archives before
posting a question, the digest would be shorter, but now I’m thinking
that it would not be better.