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Is there a place for people that are new to this hobby such as myself? I want to ask the most basic of questions but I'm not sure where the most appropriate place to do this is?

Thanks for your feedback!

(originally posted this in the wrong forum somehow... go figure :) oops)
 

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Just post a thread on here in one of the forums! Someone will answer your questions and also just look around the site. You will MOST likely find your answers here. Oh and Welcome to TPT. :)
 

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Is there a place for people that are new to this hobby such as myself? I want to ask the most basic of questions but I'm not sure where the most appropriate place to do this is?
Thanks for your feedback!
(originally posted this in the wrong forum somehow... go figure :) oops)
By asking you're already doing better than some.
Your job since you're here is to learn is to read the collected wisdom, separate fact from friction in the argumentative threads, and when you feel comfortable - start answering questions from people with less experience than your self. Accurately of course.
Don't worry too much about the last item. Someone will jump all over you if you're wrong. :icon_mrgr

The best tip I can offer is to learn to use the Search feature.
Since there have been over a million posts, most questions are asked and answered many times. Occasionally the correct answer evolves over time or someone asks a specific question in such a fashion that the answer requires amending. To me, that's a wonderful thing.

The next tip I'll offer is to say something is your opinion unless you're prepared to cite the source of something controversial.

In my opinion, essentially everyone who posts has been wrong about something, and been corrected. I know I have been wrong or my experience varied wildly from somebody else s. Other then the chagrin at being shown up as wrong, I've been happy to accept the help/criticism/correction. I came here, and stay here, to learn from people with more, other, or different experiences than I have. Or could have.
 

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By asking you're already doing better than some.
Your job since you're here is to learn is to read the collected wisdom, separate fact from friction in the argumentative threads, and when you feel comfortable - start answering questions from people with less experience than your self. Accurately of course.
Don't worry too much about the last item. Someone will jump all over you if you're wrong. :icon_mrgr

The best tip I can offer is to learn to use the Search feature.
Since there have been over a million posts, most questions are asked and answered many times. Occasionally the correct answer evolves over time or someone asks a specific question in such a fashion that the answer requires amending. To me, that's a wonderful thing.

The next tip I'll offer is to say something is your opinion unless you're prepared to cite the source of something controversial.

In my opinion, essentially everyone who posts has been wrong about something, and been corrected. I know I have been wrong or my experience varied wildly from somebody else s. Other then the chagrin at being shown up as wrong, I've been happy to accept the help/criticism/correction. I came here, and stay here, to learn from people with more, other, or different experiences than I have. Or could have.
Well said.
 

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By asking you're already doing better than some.
Your job since you're here is to learn is to read the collected wisdom, separate fact from friction in the argumentative threads, and when you feel comfortable - start answering questions from people with less experience than your self. Accurately of course.
Don't worry too much about the last item. Someone will jump all over you if you're wrong. :icon_mrgr

The best tip I can offer is to learn to use the Search feature.
Since there have been over a million posts, most questions are asked and answered many times. Occasionally the correct answer evolves over time or someone asks a specific question in such a fashion that the answer requires amending. To me, that's a wonderful thing.

The next tip I'll offer is to say something is your opinion unless you're prepared to cite the source of something controversial.

In my opinion, essentially everyone who posts has been wrong about something, and been corrected. I know I have been wrong or my experience varied wildly from somebody else s. Other then the chagrin at being shown up as wrong, I've been happy to accept the help/criticism/correction. I came here, and stay here, to learn from people with more, other, or different experiences than I have. Or could have.
I agree, well said. I'm a pretty long user of a forum for my reef tank so I have a little experience with forums. Their value really is significant in the hobby. I think it is very underrated. Thanks for your feedback and I'm already discovering all (or at least a couple) of the variables that come into play in order to have a successful tank!

Thanks for your help and I'm sure I'll need more of it in the future!
 

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+1 on the search feature. Whatever your question is, it has been asked. Many times.

However, people have new experiences all the time, and collective wisdom evolves. So *after* you use the search feature, if there's any confusion, please feel free to ask. No harm in a good discussion, even one that's just a repeat from last week/month/year.

Besides, turnover is pretty high here. Check out some threads from a couple years back and chances are you won't recognize a single name. Sure, there are a few long-term addicts, but for the most part people come and go, and the knowledge doesn't always get directly passed on, so old discussions can be rehashed with new people.

I really enjoy finding posts from current "gurus" back when they were young and unlearned in the art of the planted tank, and consequently sounded like ...well, noobs. Fortunately, I've never been wrong. Ever.
 
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