Ever feel like we are going nowhere here?


Havent we hashed the same topics out dozens of times already? I know I am just as guilty as anyone else but still cant help but wonder why do we regurgitate topics over and over? Its like we are trying to figure out something that cant be figured out, or atleast we keep debating topics that there is no clear concenious on. I suppose it keeps us talking and entertained somewhat like a hamster on a wheel or like watching Bill Murray in Groundhog day. Question like "Do power cables sound different", "Will a DAC help?", "How, who or what got you into this hobby", or "Is it the journey or the destination?. Dont you ever feel like just saying hit the damn search button?, we just argued about this a week ago!
There is so much great info here and worthwhile topics to explore that I guess I just get tired of seeing the wasted space and lack of self education with a simple use of the search feature. I know folks are new and have what they feel are completley original thoughts and questions so you have to be welcoming and help out but geeesh.
OK I am bored and a bit down, Liz in hospital and I am not myself so be kind.......afterall I dont think this has been asked before :)
chadnliz
I'm sorry to hear about Liz. I hope everything works out great.
I think many of the veterans here need to have a little more patience...or maybe just don't reply to some posts if it somehow frustrates or upsets you.
We ask questions because we truly don't know, don't have the time or resources to find out or truly value the expertise here. Try to take that as a compliment.
Add to that the lack of choice in gear at local shops to actually do demos, and you can see how hard it is to make a choice, fix a problem, etc.
Many, including myself, come here seeking info, an opinion, expertise with a problem. So we do searches and get sometimes over 100 hits. It's very time consuming to scrounge thru all the hits just to find out, in many cases, it was just a word match, with out info that actually pertains to what we seek. How much simpler it is to ask someone who's been there, and can fire off a very well informed answer.
My work day is 12 hours long, and when you factor in workouts, and a social life, well, there's not much time left to surf, even for a very worthy cause like this place.
As I said, take all of this as a compliment. Some of you guys/gals are quite sharp when it comes to this hobby. Thanks for being there for those of us who aren't, or don't have the resources.
I don't know what your griping about. Audiogon has this cool feature where you don't have to actually read everything... YOU CAN SKIP OVER IT. Nothing irks me more when someone writes "search the archives stupo." That's just going out your way to be rude.

As mentioned above, things change, new people see the thread, newbies discover the site and the last I checked, no two threads have ever been the same. Everytime I read a thread about audiophile grade breaker boxes or how to integrate a sub, I always learn something new. Why do you want to discourage this?

And besides, if we always have new and interesting threads, AudioFeil would have no one to roast. And then I would be bored, and that would be a shame.
It's the nature of the beast. Old-timers bemoan the same subjects while the newbies ask questions that've been asked many, many times. I find it interesting to go back (30+ yrs!!) to the old Absolute Sound mags and find the SAME questions/debates (blind-testing, reviewing gear that's too expensive, etc.)being discussed.

Although Igottatellya, Audiogon oughtta open a FAQ about the Oppo gear;)
Is Audiogon any different in this regard than other fields of inquiry? -- lots of repetition, a good bit of relatively minor insight and innovation, and the occasional striking insight and innovation.

If this is a fair description of what goes on here, it is also a fair description of what goes on in every academic field I am familiar with. And to judge, for example, by automotive design, it is true of much in industry too.

IMHO, people should definitely be encouraged to search, and politely directed to relevant threads, but people should also save themselves from what they regard as tedium by reading selectively, just as they would do in other areas.

Good luck with your stuff at home, Chadnliz.

John