I was just thinking (see my other recent post) about newbies and accidentally chasing folks off and such and that got me to wonder.
Should we consider putter together some sort of basic how to guidelines for newbies?
Not about travel but about how to ask questions in a manor that provides the forum members with enough info to form a correct answer.
As I said elsewhere the right answer to a 40 year old that walks 10 miles a day at home has no kids on the trip and hates museums is not the right answer to and 80 year old art lover traveling with her 20 year old grand daughter who is an art major.
So perhaps some sort of guidelines would help?
In one of my other hobbies (miniature model trains) we have something called “givens and druthers”
Where it asks what interests a hobbiest in a series of questions usually with a sliding scale.
So an example of this in this forum would be something like
How much walking can you do. 1(none) - 10 (I run marathons )
Museums? 1(not if I can possibly avoid it). - 10.(everyday all day)
We could ask perhaps half a dozen questions. Include asking how many nights spent in Europe or how many days not counting the day you land and the day you leave.
The newbies could copy this into the beginning of their question and we ALL would be happier.
Add a few common things such as count nights not days to the guidelines And then we could Stick this guideline to the top and hopefully everyone will have a better experience.
And being as a lot of us are stuck inside being board perhaps now is the time to work this kind of thing out?
Not sure how much help this would have been for me as I just sat back and read the forum for a few months before I started posting here so I had a basic understanding before I started posting. But even then I was not as clear as I could have been.
For instance the fact that I love to drive around and just drive though the countryside and see how people live and that my father was going with me and he does better with car travel was lost in my early posts and as a result I got the usual don’t drive replies. So a way to pass on a few basic likes/dislikes and other general info to the forum would have been useful.
The problem is as a novice to travel and this forum you often don’t know what is import info to pass on when asking someone to give you advice. So hopefully we can find a way to be short and sweet but still get the basic info/questions asked.
Well let me know what you think.