This is a rant....
Why is it that on many forums such as this, where questions are asked and answered that opinions are expressed that have little to no relevance to the question. I understand that people have their opinions but when someone is seeking advice on something, a lot of times technical advice that really opinion has almost nothing to do with, why do people feel the need to post theirs?
For example, especially on this forum, there are so many questions about which gaming laptop to purchase, and they will list a few that they are considering, and ask for some more analysis on which is the better option. The replies quickly come in yelling about the fact that “gaming laptops aren’t a thing” and that there is no point to them, and that desktops are cheaper and better for gaming. Whether or not gaming laptops are useful is not the question, which one is best for a price point was the question.
I have experienced this time and again, when looking for information on which headphones for a certain price were good. Eventually purchasing after extensive research and posting my results and talking about the sound quality of said headphones only to get assaulted with rhetoric about how ignorant and tone deaf I must be for liking the sound of those headphones. Again I understand that people can have their opinions but when you are vomiting them upon someone and insulting them for something that you don’t like it’s so ignorant and hard to deal with. It also deters from the community aspect of a forum, the point is through collaboration you achieve better knowledge faster than independent research.
Time and again the replies on forums are vicious attacks over minor grammatical errors, or something that differs from the repliers opinions.
Not to sound arrogant but even if I see someone ask about something that differs from my opinion I still try to help. For instance I personally don’t find my gaming experience improved that much by higher frame rates. There are so many people that demand ways to increase their frame rates from 60 to 100, or from 100 to 120, or from 120 to 200 fps, etc, I find that as long as I am at or above 30fps my gaming experience is as good as it will get. This is true with my having a 120Hz TV, a monitor with G-sync, and having played on 144Hz monitors. I still find that 30 is that magic number and I know that humans cannot see much more that 28-32 Hz refresh so why pay that much more for a few more fps? That being said I will still assist someone who complains of being plagued with being stuck at 100 fps and wanting to squeeze more out of a system. I look around for the next better video card, or slightly faster hard drive/CPU/RAM etc.
I understand that moderators can only do so much so fast, and I understand that there is some pleasure to be gleaned from proving someone wrong, but why is it so prevalent?
I know that nothing will come of this, but I am just so fed up with being persecuted for giving vague advice that in some people’s opinions isn’t correct. Personally I try to give a little guidance and push people in the right direction, and possibly accelerate the conversation, I don’t always have all the answers but I try to do what I can with what I do know.
I guess the point behind my writing this is how as a community in this forum can we self-police these sorts of things to help promote more diverse posts and not scare people away with aggression on legitimate questions?