Yup. Why don’t they…? I honestly think its because some people do not know how to search the Internet… Or at least not how to search with any real intent… If its not there at the top of the first Google page…
Funnily enough a few years back with a few work colleagues in a London wine bar one of them said he’d just bought a new Hi-Fi, Dynaudio speakers and a NAD CD and amp, I obviously engaged in conversation but the rest started with I’ve got Sony (can’t be beaten) and have you heard Sonos?! The conversation broadened and when asked I stated my system (I’m always reluctant to do this) and eyes glazed over. Someone then asked the cost and I batted it away (2nd hand etc) but the next day the other guy brought in the Audio T catalogue and another chap had a look and said what Hi-Fi is yours Lindsay so I had to say Naim and he asked which model, 15 minutes later he was down the corridor with someone else with said book saying “look at the price of this, it’s what Lindsay’s got, how can he justify that, bet it’s no better than my……”.
From then on I only engage on the subject with proven other like you guys on here.
In nearly all my roles when I was working and before the internet I used to get calls from dealers or charities asking me questions where the answers were readily available in the manuals or systems they had.
I regarded answering their questions/queries as good customer services, but occassionally when I asked why they were calling they would say it was easier and quicker for them to ring me.
So I’m not sure it’s a forum thing, more of a thing in life generally.
I think people generally just want to have a chat or bounce ideas around, or see how a conversation develops. How many times have you started a conversation when you already know your answer just to test your ideas or see what others think, or even because you know it might be slightly controversial, you know, lights blue touch paper - walk away.
My mate down the pub scenario has always heavily relied upon the time of day and the day of the week.
A quick chat at 2.25pm on a wet Wednesday is going to be somewhat different to a quick chat at 9.15pm on a Friday.
The great Stan Bowles was said to have blown a £1m on gambling, booze and women and we’re talking 70/80s here. When asked about it he said “well at least I didn’t waste it” which so many thought funny. 90 minutes of that guy at QPR on a Saturday afternoon could you make you feel good for a week such was his sublime skill. He’s now living back in Manchester life ruined by Alzheimer’s, his daughter caring for him 24/7. If only he could have been kept away from the pub and bookies.