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post #17 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Knotyoureality View Post
Truthfully, anyone with half a brain (maybe less) is going to quickly realize the titles on the accounts are pretty meaningless, followed shortly thereafter by post counts.

There's folks on here with thousands of posts who I wouldn't trust for advice on how to safely dispose of a dead shrimp, much less give me advice on how to keep my tanks running smoothly or trouble shoot a problem. And relative newbies who've had great ideas and insightful solutions (and humor and humility--something too often lacking in folks who see their being here as a personal mission to fix everyone else's ignorance).

Fill up your albums with great photos and detailed specs, post your tanks for folks to browse, start a tank journal to show off your know-how and jump into discussions with relevant, accurate and insightful knowledge. You'll get recognized in no time as a solid resource.
Well put! Words and titles mean nothing. Lets see some pics
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post #18 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 02:07 PM
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Posts are not indicative of experience.....
I mean, look at my post count v. my join date lol

but you can judge advise by a person's respect on the forums and by the logic behind what they say. I don't find any of this to always be an exact science.

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post #20 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 02:29 PM
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as in don't listen to me!!
my post count is rediculous because i get to browse these forums all day, i know nothing

I have a hard time forming complete thoughts, my advice is usually correct, but not complete
makes it hard to give good advise then
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post #21 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 03:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DaveFish View Post
So do I have to post on here a lot to be displayed as a Guru?
I am an advanced aquarist and aquascaper and would like
to be recognized as such when helping people, I don't want
them to think that some newbie is trying to give them advice
when in fact it is a seasoned vet.

So should I just start posting tons of stuff on the site?

Thanks, Dave.
you haven't proved anything though. and this post is doing nothing to prove yourself either.

If you want to be recognized as the all powerful wizard of oz, prove that you are the all powerful wizard of oz. don't complain about meaningless titles, but give advice. Other folks here may or may not agree with that advice, but it's all open communication and it's for the better for everyone.

Post some tank journals to get started. lots of pictures and descriptions of what you're doing are the best way to prove that you know what you're talking about.

The folks on here who are respected for their knowledge do nothing more than share that knowledge with the rest of us. For you to be respected for your's, you do the same. your title is meaningless.

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How to become a planted tank guru?

Another thing is getting to know our community. I know all our sellers, moderators, daily posters and am happily following along in as many journals as I can.

I never claimed to be an expert, and I never will. (although in real life people call me one because they've only seen treasure chest fish tanks lol.)

Post count is meaningful, guys, lets not discredit that.

The more posts someone has, the higher chance it is I've gotten to know this person on the site. I'll often look at PC as an indicator of at the very minimum activity level.

I'm with Hybrid Herp, I don't have a high daily PC, but I read everything I can here and lots of people have said hey in my journals.

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as others have said, post count does not count. i have what like 1,200 posts i work in a LFS part time and i am nowhere near a guru. i have nearly no kowledge of CO2, i really don't totally understad lighting, i mean i do but if you get start stalking more advanced light stuff, i have a little trouble keeping up.

to be honest i an very wary of a person who claims to be guru. i think a true guru is respected by the community as one, and does no claim to be one. IME those who make the claim are just faking it.

respect here is earned, there is no short cut around it.


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post #24 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 04:29 PM
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It doesnt mater if someone with 2000 posts or someone with 30 posts give me advice. Im not going to blindly take their advice anyway.
to trust what someone on here says, i ask their opinion as well as many other users (and possibly on different forums who have different views) and I trust them even more if they can clearly explain their views, and have past experiences that their willing to share.

plus, follow up questions can really give me a sense if someone knows what their talking about or not
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This is my title. There are many other titles like it, but this one is mine...
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post #26 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 01:12 AM
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I really think post count does not matter. Say a user like to post only in the Lounge section with topics that are not related to planted tank. That user accumulate hundreds or up to a thousand of posts. That does not mean he/she is a guru or an expert in planted tank.

Respect is earned, not given.

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Post count don't mean nothin other than you got a big mouth (big fingers? lol)

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As to my own ridiculously high post count, basically I've got nothing better to do.
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post #29 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 03:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Aquatic Delight View Post

respect here is earned, there is no short cut around it.
Im new here, but i like this statement =)

Still new to the game, but enjoying every minute of it!
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post #30 of 40 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 03:40 AM
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Titles are there for fun. Common feature on alot of boards.
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