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In the meantime, any suggestions on simple games or things we could do without getting extremely annoyed with each other/turning everyone's statements but ours into negative ones/overall turning the atmosphere of the thread into an extremely hostile and negative one? (note: not pointing fingers at anyone. I know not everyone does this...)
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I know I'm not the first one to notice the intense hostility that takes place rather often on these forums.
There's no intense hostility that takes place on these forums.
aybe if we took out a thread (like this one) to help beginners (like myself) patiently and politely...
All the threads are this way. The problem isn't people not getting patient and polite advice, the problem is people not getting the advice they want to hear.
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When you see the same questions being asked over and over and over, for example, you start to get a little tight around the corners.
Maybe it's an age issue. When I was a *kid* I was taught how to use the library, how to use encyclopedias, and how to look for information. When I join a group, the first thing I do is look for the FAQs and rules so I know what the groundrules and basics are.
It stuns me that our most "computer literate" generation doesn't know how to do that one simple thing. (This is to say nothing of failing to do a run through the archive via the "search" function!)
The number of people asking "Dictionary questions" (e.g., "What does 'neko' mean?" or "How do you say 'errand' in Japanese?") is mindboggling. That's why there *are* dictionaries. If people indicate that they looked through dictionaries and couldn't find exactly what they mean, I cut them slack. But this forum is NOT a public dictionary.
I could never understand wanting to know a meaning of a word, and rather than looking it up and finding it right away, asking on a forum and waiting hours or days for someone to answer. It makes no sense.
And then we have the soft insult of the 1337speaking folks. If you don't respect me enough to take the few momements to present your questions and commentary to me in proper, grammatical, and punctuated English, why should I take the time to respond? You show you don't care about me -- so why should my response be any different?
No, it's not hostility. It's frustration.
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And reading the last few posts, I now know who reads the Daily Mail at home
Please note that:
1. English is not my first language.
2. I am not Japanese. I am prone to making mistakes so please point them out if you see any.
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