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Pretty new here, have a basic question about Paleohacks that I don't see in the FAQ

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 13, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Is there some type of unwritten etiquette as to the number of questions that a user asks in proportion to the number of answers he or she provides?

I've seen some comments that seem to suggest that asking more than answering is frowned upon/looked down on, etc.

I would think that there are going to be a variety of levels of knowledge and experience here, so I would imagine that there will be some people who would mainly ask questions, as they are either newer to the paleo lifestyle, or not confident in providing answers (for various reasons). Conversely, there will be those who provide answers with only rarely asking questions (and of course there are many shades of grey in between).

Please give me your thoughts on this. Thanks!!

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Yeah. Posting multiple questions with a rep of 1 makes me think "Is this a troll?"

98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

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on September 14, 2012
at 05:38 AM

I don't agree that you need to read a book. I haven't. There are tons of great free resources and google.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:45 AM

I like that..."you can give by asking"

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

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on September 14, 2012
at 04:16 AM

I save my irritation for questions coming from people who have obviously read *zero* books about this stuff. You don't have to have read them *all,* but one would be nice just for a base of working knowledge, before asking questions about *why* whole grains aren't good for us or if they should be scared of eating red meat. I understand the budget concerns, but you know what? Library books are FREE. So are about a zillion websites where someone could at least learn the *basics.*

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

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on September 14, 2012
at 12:12 AM

THIS. ALL. DAY.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 13, 2012
at 11:53 PM

What can I say, I'm deep. :D

98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

(1632)

on September 13, 2012
at 11:48 PM

"Do what you can, but make sure you are trying" I like that.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on September 13, 2012
at 10:48 PM

I personally think that comments suggesting asking more questions than answering is pretty snarky. We were all new to this once and most likely had many questions. I found answers to many of my own questions (and more that I hadn't even thought of) just by reading older threads. I certainly wouldn't look down on someone who asks more than answers. I would suggest, though, that it is a good idea to research what has been asked here already before posting your own question.

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98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

on September 13, 2012
at 10:47 PM

There are many different types of questions. Generally nothing should be looked down upon, but you can't help that always.

What's usually looked down upon, well at least by me is when new people join and don't have a constructive question. Basically they ask something on the basis of "evaluate my diet", "will eating an extra piece of x kill me".

People should take the time to read through previous questions. Almost every topic is covered. Also if the occasional person comes along with a pointless question, the community will still help after all it's PALEOHACKS :)

P.S Don't ever hesitate to question spam.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on September 14, 2012
at 04:16 AM

I save my irritation for questions coming from people who have obviously read *zero* books about this stuff. You don't have to have read them *all,* but one would be nice just for a base of working knowledge, before asking questions about *why* whole grains aren't good for us or if they should be scared of eating red meat. I understand the budget concerns, but you know what? Library books are FREE. So are about a zillion websites where someone could at least learn the *basics.*

98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

(1632)

on September 14, 2012
at 05:38 AM

I don't agree that you need to read a book. I haven't. There are tons of great free resources and google.

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61844af1187e745e09bb394cbd28cf23

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on September 14, 2012
at 12:10 AM

There are times when a newbie comes on and starts posting question after question after question, many related, without ever bothering to read the FAQs and/or use the search feature. I've called people on that, as have others.

I've also called people on their BS when they are trying really hard to justify something that is clearly NOT within the Paleo framework, even after admitting they know it isn't even remotely considered Paleo. (Today's example: making Kool-aid with corn syrup to use glucose instead of consuming fructose. WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?)

Yes, I get snarky and sarcastic. It's frustrating to see the same thing over and over again, especially when some of them can be answered with a quick Google search!

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on September 14, 2012
at 12:12 AM

THIS. ALL. DAY.

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

(20436)

on September 14, 2012
at 05:31 PM

Yeah. Posting multiple questions with a rep of 1 makes me think "Is this a troll?"

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61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on September 13, 2012
at 10:52 PM

That's a pretty good question, Megan, and I suspect one of my recent comments may have (in part) led to it. That's cool. :) And the answers to this question may vary a lot, so here's my two cents.

To me, a good bit of it depends on what kind of questions they ask. Questions that are general and may help a lot of people, just appeal to a lot of people, or are very unique - go crazy! Ask away! We can all learn from questions like that. In that way, asking questions is helpful to others, sometimes even more than an answer. Examples I can think of are questions like "best SHORT, VISUALLY EASY website/infographic for introducing someone to Paleo?" because that is something that could help a lot of people. "The average person (19-64) takes 3-7 prescription medications daily??? what do you think?" or "Who/what informed your eating habits prior to paleo?" Those questions appeal to a lot of people and can open up a cool discussion. Really, well, odd but non-person-specific questions like "Supplements to Facilitate Foreskin Restoration (Circumcision Reversal, Kind of)" are just unique enough to entertain and bring up something that maybe a lot of people hadn't considered before.

On the other hand, there are, for lack of a better term at the moment, "selfish" questions. That isn't to say that it is a bad thing to ask them, as I certainly have ("hack my daddy?") but I don't think it should be the bulk of a person's PH activity. Questions that are very specific to a person and wouldn't apply to others ("here's my blood test results, hack them" or "i have blah disease, so-and-so disorder, and I really like bananas, why is my pee green?") kind of questions have a place, but are not helpful to the PH community as a whole. There's also the "But I can't live without my [insert junk food here] why can't I have it?" kind of questions, which are not productive but have also probably been asked and gone over several times and are basic to Paleo/Primal eating ideologies.

So, in short, I think that PH is a place where you should give as much as you take. You can give by answering, but you can also give by asking - if you are asking the right kind of questions.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on September 14, 2012
at 04:45 AM

I like that..."you can give by asking"

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 13, 2012
at 11:29 PM

Lots of questions out there are personal opinion and chit-chat so it would be nice if the person took part and shared some, as they are able.

As they learn and have more experience they will share more.

I started out at 400+ lbs, relatively healthy for an obese man, and desperate to lose weight.

I learned a lot, spent a lot of time in the gym and reading. I went to certs...

I'm now 150+lbs lighter, looking to go back to college for a degree in physical therapy where I hope to take lots of elective anthropology and am in a position to share a lot more.

Do what you can, but make sure you are trying.

Fwiw

98266ae0c87836d4bb714b6d31cacbf9

(1632)

on September 13, 2012
at 11:48 PM

"Do what you can, but make sure you are trying" I like that.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on September 13, 2012
at 11:53 PM

What can I say, I'm deep. :D

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