12-17-2012, 09:52 AM
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Another perspective to consider
I haven't ever been rude to anyone, and I always offer my advice with a caveat that I am no expert.
To be the devils advocate, I will admit it annoys me when someone with no expertise or education jumps in and says something predictable and negative like "your tank is too small; get a bigger tank" or "that fish needs at least X gallons; rehome it because you're being cruel". If someone like Byron says it to me, I will believe it because he has the education and the expertise to back it up, but if someone who has just read it on the internet says it and sponsors it as their own knowledge, especially if they say it rudely or in a condescending way, I do get annoyed. If people wanted a bigger tank, they would get one. Their question is how to let the fish they have work in the tank they have, and telling them to go spend money on a new big tank is avoiding the question.
That being said, I do hear you. It's kind of hard to tell someone their tank is overstocked in a way that is nice enough that they won't tune you out, but when that's the only answer, it's hard to resist telling them. Still, I think people should answer the question that is asked and not in a negative way tell people what they have to do.
EDITED TO ADD: Nobody has ever been rude to me on this board that I remember except someone told me I didn't know anything about lighting, and I thought that wasn't a helpful comment since I was asking a question about lighting, but otherwise, nobody has ever been ugly to me that I remember.
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