We were all new here once

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by killgar, Nov 17, 2012.

  1. killgar


    Sep 24, 2002
    I don't mean to be preachy, but those of us who have been here awhile know that sometimes newbies don't always receive much in the way of patience and understanding. Sometimes it's easy to jump on those who are new to knives, know less than we do, or simply have different tastes in knives. Sometimes criticism comes a little too easy on internet forums.

    Remember that we were all new to knives once, we didn't know anything. And if we were lucky someone with a generous amount of patience and understanding was willing to take the time to teach us, even if it meant pushing their patience and understanding to the limit.

    How many of us can say that every knife purchase we made was a smart one. How many of us at some point have bought a knife simply because we thought it was "cool", or "tactical", etc. How many of us have bought knives from questionable companies with silly marketing. I doubt that any here are perfect.

    In my humble opinion, this forum should be about more than personal entertainment, it should also be a place to provide guidance to those who are new to this "hobby", even if that means exerting a bit more patience and understanding. After all, how would we want to be treated if we were new here? In the end, we can teach newbies a lot more with patience and understanding than with insults and criticism.

    Of course, if you've been here a while then you better have thick skin, because you're fair game ;).

    Just my thoughts.
  2. prsfx


    Sep 14, 2012
  3. Indianbladenoob


    Feb 8, 2012
    I was reading a recently closed thread that got pretty acrimonious. I'm sure you know which one.
    Notwithstanding trolls, shills and people of that ilk, most of us are here because we think things that cut are cool.
    It's conceptually a short step from "zombie-fighting-mall-ninja-badassery" fantasies. The guidance and indulgence of the more experienced on this forum did help me go from the United Cutlery Combat Commander Boot knife to Kershaws and Beckers and eventually to trying to make my own.

    Having said this, I also think that the noobs need to take the jibes in their stride and have the maturity to extract the good advice from the strong reactions. One will always see strong reactions from people passionate about anything. If you are going to get on board and expect everyone to agree with you, its going to be tough. I think the standard term here is "butthurt".

    I'd like to think we are all civilised enough to
    a) indulge those that want to learn
    b) BE those that WANT to learn.
  4. KrisNZ

    KrisNZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    Well said, being a noob I noticed most people are very helpful and willing to share their knowledge, but a few just seem to just hang around to make unhelpful, mean and sometimes plain insulting comments to questions or queries made buy people who just want to learn and share,.... Kris
  5. A.P.F.


    Mar 3, 2006
    Good post, Killgar! Care, respect and courtesy are always in short supply.
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  6. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    Good post. I'm always slightly confused by people jumping on new posters or complaining about a thread that's been done to death.
  7. Yo Mama

    Yo Mama

    Sep 25, 2011
    So no more initiating the pledges? :)

    I'm almost embarrassed what I looked like fresh into blades.
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  8. Daddyo16


    Jan 12, 2012
    This should be obvious to everyone, but there seem to be some who just can't help beating the stuffing out of new members, as it were. Those are the kind of people I tend to put on ignore, because it's doubtful that they have anything to say that I'm interested in.
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  9. upnorth


    Nov 25, 2006
    Great thread. And it gets tiresome when there is a testosterone pizzing contest with x trying to out macho y. It takes way less energy for me to admit that I am less skilled or knowledgable than another. I actually feel a little intimidated on some forums at times because the expectation is to be macho man extraordinare, and I get caught up in it.
  10. PropThePolecat


    Jan 31, 2009
    Good point.

    Unfortunately, newbies often have to wade through alot of crap, to get to the good posts.
  11. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Stepping on those less knowledgeable than you isn't manly. Sharing your knowledge and experiences is. :)
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  12. johnnytoxin

    johnnytoxin Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2010
  13. jill jackson

    jill jackson

    Sep 5, 2006
    There is/was some members that used to seem to just be here to try to run people off that were new. They seemed to be territorial almost. But, the worst of these seem to have had been dealt with by the mods. It really has improved over the last few years.
  14. Wet Noodle

    Wet Noodle

    Oct 28, 2012
    Glad you guys are mostly pretty nice. After years of scanning this forum I, of course, screwed up on my first post. Completely missed the "what is my knife worth" sticky. Don't know how I missed it.
    Thanks for not spanking me for being a fng.
    Cool forum, glad you folks are here.
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  15. Lycosa


    Aug 24, 2007
    Well said, Jill!
    And welcome all noobs!
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  16. Gollnick

    Gollnick Musical Director

    Mar 22, 1999
    An excellent post Mr. Killgar. Thank you.

    This post should be manditory reading for all members on their 1-year aniversary here and then again, perhaps, every thousand or so posts.
  17. KrisNZ

    KrisNZ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 28, 2012
    Yeah being 'macho man extraordinare' and beating the paste out of someone on an internet forum is like winning a race at the Special Olympics, you may win, but you still have a special need,....Kris
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012
  18. arskrg


    Aug 15, 2011
  19. djjonny


    Jan 11, 2012
    Someone sticky this thread :thumbup:
  20. richard thurman

    richard thurman

    Nov 9, 2005
    aint that the truth. some people just dont know. it is not they are stupid they are just trying to learn.
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