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ANSWERING Fossil ID Requests: Identification Posting For The Uninitiated 2.0 (NEW MEMBERS PLEASE READ)

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frankh8147
12 hours ago, JPinNh said:

As a casual observer of human nature and how people interact with each other i'm betting the odds are that more than one member has looked at a question they knew the answer to and instead of piping up they clicked onward. Its not an accusation or belittling its just how it is anywhere. People are just people.  This withholding does not in any way make the person negative, bad, or selfish it makes them human. See my meaning?

 

 

I guess it happens but it's definitely not frequent here. I love nailing a tough ID and based on the answers I've received on my own tougher ID's, I can say with certainty that this community thinks the same.

 

At least 3-4 times a year, I put up something up on fossilID that ends up being pretty much nothing (I might be going easy on myself saying only 3-4 times a year) and have NEVER heard a negative comment about it. On the flip side of the coin, most of my finds which really ended up being something special started right here in the fossils ID section with ID's from TFF members.

 

Just be ready to learn and apply that knowledge to your next fossil hunting trip and you will do great!

 

-Frank H

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Harry Pristis
6 hours ago, JPinNh said:

As a casual observer of human nature and how people interact with each other i'm betting the odds are that more than one member has looked at a question they knew the answer to and instead of piping up they clicked onward. Its not an accusation or belittling its just how it is anywhere. People are just people.  This withholding does not in any way make the person negative, bad, or selfish it makes them human. See my meaning?

 

 

And this is how you define "selfishly guarding their knowledge."?  It's informative to see how flexible are your observations of human nature.

 

 

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Uncle Siphuncle

There was a time I used to try to greet every new member and answer as many questions as I could.  That was 10 years ago, when the board was small.  Now the board is simply too big to keep up with.  These days I pop in multiple times a day, sometimes for only a minute or 2 at a time, scanning for just is what of highest personal interest, which often results in my attempts to share knowledge, other times to consume it.

 

Sharing of most knowledge, such as IDs, strat column discussion, or prep techniques, doesn't really diminish the value of that knowledge, at least for me.  But it does cost time to convey, time that I don't always have for the Forum, as dividing my time is always an exercise in opportunity cost.  I'm not always in a position to turn a 2 minute drive-by into a 20 minute info dump, particularly when at work.

 

"Where did you find that" lines of questioning have the potential to diminish site value, if answered, so I tend to dodge those discussions in front of an audience of 50K+.  Sometimes I'll answer via PM, sometimes not.  Depends on a number of factors.  That's just basic, responsible site stewardship.

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Ms Michal

I am a gamer chick as well as a prospector. When I played Guild Wars there were always new players asking questions or needing help getting through a particular part of the game. Because they were lazy or didn't know how to find the information they needed. Often times in the forums asking questions already answered many times. Older players often got impatient in their replys. So I totally understand how you all feel about us newbies. I would see someone asking for help for a long time. Even though I'd done that run many times. I would help them. One ungrateful player didn't follow my instructions multiple times. Finally I left him in the middle of the run and went back to town. 

I promise to be grateful for any help. Because I truly am grateful even if my piece of coral or what ever I have is the millionth time you've seen it. I will be so happy. I have a 40 # box half full of paper wrapped items I hope I maybe the one to show you something new. But, if not I will still be so happy to learn about my years worth of work. Thank you all.

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Max-fossils
On 3/6/2019 at 11:29 PM, Ms Michal said:

I am a gamer chick as well as a prospector. When I played Guild Wars there were always new players asking questions or needing help getting through a particular part of the game. Because they were lazy or didn't know how to find the information they needed. Often times in the forums asking questions already answered many times. Older players often got impatient in their replys. So I totally understand how you all feel about us newbies. I would see someone asking for help for a long time. Even though I'd done that run many times. I would help them. One ungrateful player didn't follow my instructions multiple times. Finally I left him in the middle of the run and went back to town. 

I promise to be grateful for any help. Because I truly am grateful even if my piece of coral or what ever I have is the millionth time you've seen it. I will be so happy. I have a 40 # box half full of paper wrapped items I hope I maybe the one to show you something new. But, if not I will still be so happy to learn about my years worth of work. Thank you all.

Thing is, every fossil is different, and every fossil has a potential of being scientifically important, or just unusual or interesting. Although sometimes we've seen quite a couple similar fossils before, as each one is different we never get tired of them. With games, that one scene will pretty much always be very similar, as there's usually one way to solve it. Although they sometimes have their similarities, paleontology and gaming are completely different, as paleontology looks at nature itself, where no two things are exactly the same, while in games the program doesn't change. 

 

Anyways, you shouldn't be afraid of us getting "impatient of the newbies". We always enjoy seeing a new fossil, and will always be more than glad to help you in your quest for knowledge! Getting more people interested in fossils is always fun for us, and simply meeting people with the same passion even more so. It's one of the reasons that this forum exists and still has such an awesome community!

(The only thing where some could potentially become a little impatient is when someone is convinced that their pebble is a "dinosaur embryo", perfectly conserved with claws, skin, eyes and everything, even though several people on the forum repeatedly assure him/her that it's just a rock. They seek out our opinions and thoughts on their piece, but don't wanna hear a word of it because it's not the answer they wanted to hear... Luckily these little tensions, if they even arise, are never very serious and are rapidly dissolved. So nothing to worry about :) )

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