Lots of great points made here!! I too answer what I can, and welcome where I can. Sometimes I type a big long reply and then get timed out. it happened again today. I just don't have time then to start all over. I have to leave and come back later. These things happen.
Lets hope more people also find the chat room and come in and ask their questions directly. Sadly it takes a few posts, I think 15 before the room lets you in. It keeps the spammers away but also those who are brand new and need the help the most.
A HUGE EFFORT has been made to revive our chat room. Lately there have been 5-6 in there at a time. DON'T BE SHY!!
We all have to remember that we all started as a "newbie" everyone of us. Even if it was just a "newbie" to the site rather than a "newbie" to fish keeping. The LFSs will forever continue to advise badly, they all have the same focus... to make money! They will sell you almost anything inappropriate. And when you are panic stricken over the impending death of your fish you want help. Not to go searching thru endless posts. Agreed...a better way to find articles will help. I can't find them sometimes either. It's a work in progress.
Just keep talking to each other!! We are all here for the same thing!