Stupid, horrible, newbie questions and requests for advice!

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Gee whiz, people!

What is it with all of these newer people asking so many questions?

I was surprised when I visited the Warrior Forum this morning, and saw so many posts with questions being asked.

Oh, and just so you don't get the wrong idea, the terms "stupid", "horrible" and "newbie" were used by the new people that were asking the questions.

I am not ranting, far from it.

The reason I posted this was to point out just how much of a goldmine we have here at the WF.

Believe it or not, it can be really difficult for new Warriors to ask a question. This place can be intimidating, so I give them credit for asking. BUT, the fact that they asked shows how much they wanted an answer.

And THAT'S why it's a potential goldmine.

To put it more simply.

If you have been struggling for an idea, then make a quick scan of the WF for questions that self-defined "newbies" are asking.

Chances are you will know plenty about it, and could whip out a short report pretty quickly.

Also, I wanted to give a big THANKS to all of the new people who have been asking questions. I'm sure it won't be long before they are the ones answering questions from new people.

All the best,
Michael
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  • Profile picture of the author Jake Dennert
    Yeah, I noticed that myself Michael.

    I think it's great to ask questions, but I don't know why everyone has to refer to themselves as STUPID when they do it.

    Just ask the question, ya know?

    Of course on the other side of that you've got people that think they're stupid for asking something so simple --- most aren't like that, but it still happens.

    This place is awesome because so many people with experience take the time to help the new guys out -- because after all, at one point every one of us was brand new - and didn't know a darn thing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

    The reason I posted this was to point out just how much of a goldmine we have here at the WF.

    Believe it or not, it can be really difficult for new Warriors to ask a question. This place can be intimidating, so I give them credit for asking. BUT, the fact that they asked shows how much they wanted an answer.

    And THAT'S why it's a potential goldmine.
    Exactly!

    This is how my latest report (the one in my sig - no optin!) came to life.

    I have seen the same question repeated several times... I knew the answer - so I put together a short guide.

    And if you wonder if it was worth to give it away without forcing them to subscribe to a list... the answer is YES!

    I gave this away without optin but I offered other similar tutorials if they become subscribers. Not requiuring, just as an option... Seemingly they liked the free one because 94% of those that downloaded it ended up subscribing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Maddi
      Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

      Gee whiz, people!

      What is it with all of these newer people asking so many questions?

      I was surprised when I visited the Warrior Forum this morning, and saw so many posts with questions being asked.

      Oh, and just so you don't get the wrong idea, the terms "stupid", "horrible" and "newbie" were used by the new people that were asking the questions.

      I am not ranting, far from it.

      The reason I posted this was to point out just how much of a goldmine we have here at the WF.

      Believe it or not, it can be really difficult for new Warriors to ask a question. This place can be intimidating, so I give them credit for asking. BUT, the fact that they asked shows how much they wanted an answer.

      And THAT'S why it's a potential goldmine.

      To put it more simply.

      If you have been struggling for an idea, then make a quick scan of the WF for questions that self-defined "newbies" are asking.

      Chances are you will know plenty about it, and could whip out a short report pretty quickly.

      Also, I wanted to give a big THANKS to all of the new people who have been asking questions. I'm sure it won't be long before they are the ones answering questions from new people.

      All the best,
      Michael
      Agreed. But I think they should work on their questions. Phrase them right be as detailed as possible and for Billie Jean's sake search the forum first before posting another thread about a question that has been answered a gazillion times.

      I know I have asked so many questions on the WF and always got answers. WF rocks man

      Originally Posted by Istvan Horvath View Post

      Exactly!

      This is how my latest report (the one in my sig - no optin!) came to life.

      I have seen the same question repeated several times... I knew the answer - so I put together a short guide.

      And if you wonder if it was worth to give it away without forcing them to subscribe to a list... the answer is YES!

      I gave this away without optin but I offered other similar tutorials if they become subscribers. Not requiuring, just as an option... Seemingly they liked the free one because 94% of those that downloaded it ended up subscribing.
      I actually opted in to your list and also purchased the guide. It is an absolute gold mine and I find myself referring that to newbies and going back to it every time I encounter a techy problem.

      Ironically it didn't have the one question I was desperate solve but apart from that it has so much info that we as marketers need from time to time its gonna save me a lot of hours of frustration.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun Lee
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    • Profile picture of the author aduttonater
      They are probably asking stupid questions and wording it the way they do because they are trying to get traffic clicking on their forums and drawing more attention to them. If they would simply just join a conversation for education, and not focus on marketing and sales, they would notice just how much of a gold mine is here on WF.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
        Originally Posted by aduttonater View Post

        They are probably asking stupid questions and wording it the way they do because they are trying to get traffic clicking on their forums and drawing more attention to them. If they would simply just join a conversation for education, and not focus on marketing and sales, they would notice just how much of a gold mine is here on WF.
        Boy oh boy! I can be cynical, at times, but that thought never crossed my mind.

        It's not impossible, but I think that is the exception, not the rule.

        I think they say it's a "stupid" out of the fear that others will call it a stupid question.

        For the most part, you can tell when someone is asking because they don't know - which is most of the time.

        All the best,
        Michael
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        • Profile picture of the author Rupps
          I am sure it's a combination of both

          Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

          Boy oh boy! I can be cynical, at times, but that thought never crossed my mind.

          It's not impossible, but I think that is the exception, not the rule.

          I think they say it's a "stupid" out of the fear that others will call it a stupid question.

          For the most part, you can tell when someone is asking because they don't know - which is most of the time.

          All the best,
          Michael
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        • Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post

          Boy oh boy! I can be cynical, at times, but that thought never crossed my mind.

          It's not impossible, but I think that is the exception, not the rule.

          I think they say it's a "stupid" out of the fear that others will call it a stupid question.

          For the most part, you can tell when someone is asking because they don't know - which is most of the time.

          All the best,
          Michael
          You know, I think both of you may be right. I am fairly new to this forum, but I have learned a bit from my IMer husband. Yet, I do want to say that here at WF I have learned even more, so this place is full of valuable information. The problem with all the information in here is that a lot of newbies do not know or understand how to put it to use. It is like someone else said here, if they would just use this place to read, learn, comment, and participate they will not be wasting time asking the "stupid" questions. Because eventually, they WILL learn the answers.

          On another note, some newbies simply do not read the rules and just ask stupid questions, that often enough are an excuse to leave a link.
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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            Michael, I love reading your threads.

            Folks...I have a dirty confession to make.

            All you new folks who come here and ask all these questions???

            YOU are my inspiration for my articles, products and just about everything
            that I do.

            After over 7 years of wracking my brains cranking out content, I have gotten
            to the point where, quite honestly, I am fried.

            Sometimes I just don't know what to write about.

            And then I come here and see a question that somebody asks and the
            lights come on like it was Christmas.

            For those of you in the MMO niche, creating "how to" products, this place
            is like a think tank.

            If you can't get ideas for content JUST from the countless questions
            asked here, you are in the wrong line of work.

            Even an old burnt out warhorse like myself can get some great product
            ideas from this place.
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        • Profile picture of the author Kris Turner
          Originally Posted by Michael Oksa View Post


          I think they say it's a "stupid" out of the fear that others will call it a stupid question.
          I'm sure you're right. Just a defence mechanism when someone's sure they're gonna get insulted.

          A few years ago, I think I used to do the same thing. The crazy thing is, now that I know a thousand times more, I feel much more confident in just asking a question and admitting I don't know something.
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          • Profile picture of the author Steven Wagenheim
            Originally Posted by Alex Taylor View Post

            I'm sure you're right. Just a defence mechanism when someone's sure they're gonna get insulted.

            A few years ago, I think I used to do the same thing. The crazy thing is, now that I know a thousand times more, I feel much more confident in just asking a question and admitting I don't know something.
            Alex, even I ask questions...especially when it comes to technology.

            Everybody here who knows me knows that I am a technological idiot. If it
            has code attached to it or any working parts (scripts, WordPress plugins,
            software) I break out in a cold sweat trying to figure it out.

            I try to research things as much as I can, but sometimes I just have no
            choice but to come here and beg for help.

            And I don't feel stupid doing it because I know that there is nobody on
            this planet who knows everything.

            Even though there are quite a few people who think that they do.
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      • Profile picture of the author grayambition
        Originally Posted by aduttonater View Post

        They are probably asking stupid questions and wording it the way they do because they are trying to get traffic clicking on their forums and drawing more attention to them. If they would simply just join a conversation for education, and not focus on marketing and sales, they would notice just how much of a gold mine is here on WF.
        There may be some of that going on, but I'll bet the majority of people who ask "stupid" questions aren't even aware of the value of the forum in terms of traffic, backlinks, etc. I know I wasn't until I got it hammered into my skull as a result of posts attacking people for posting to raise their post counts. It took me a while to get a clue.

        Also, this forum can be a really scary place. Senior/Advanced Warriors may not realize it, or remember back that far (or maybe you've always been the self-confident sort who can wade into the fray without a second thought). But for most "normal" newbies, we come in here, browse a bit, notice the generally high level of expertise, notice the sharp, cynical bent to many of the comments, and think "I'm not sure I want to mess with this crowd."

        To ascribe nefarious motives to everyone (or most) who behave in a particular way (as is currently going on in a thread about refunding, with some painting anyone who asks for a refund as a loser) just betrays your own cynicism and narrow focus. NOT saying that's the case with most here, or even many, but the cynicism and put-downs appear often enough to frighten all but the most intrepid newbies.

        Granted, there's ample reason for a lot of the cynicism, but sometimes a rose is just a rose.

        I absolutely adore this forum, but I lurked for a good year and a half or so, afraid to look stupid. Now I'm comfortable enough to ask "stupid" questions because I've realized that even the experts don't know everything in every area. But I'm sure a few of my initial posts started out something like, "I know this is a stupid question, but..."
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  • Profile picture of the author Alex Mensah
    Hi micheal, excellent idea of gathering an idea of WSO. If implemented well a warrior can definately make a lot of money out of this. The key is to genuinely want to help people. And to all the newbies reading this...

    "there's no such thing as a stupid question"
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    • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
      Originally Posted by Zeze View Post

      "there's no such thing as a stupid question"
      Hmmm. Actually, I think there is.

      The first thing they teach you regarding interviews in a (Hungarian) journalist school when you are a greenhorn apprentice is this:

      If you ask a stupid question you will get stupid answers...
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  • Profile picture of the author KenThompson
    Hate to say 'me too,' but me too! What I mean is, just this morning I got
    an idea for something based on some common question themes I've seen
    here.

    But I like being in a position to help others when I can. It's a good feeling.
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  • Profile picture of the author NetWorth
    Ahh a little self deprivation never hurt
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  • Profile picture of the author BethHewitt
    There is no such things as a stupid question...we can't be expected to know everything, I wouldnt be able to fit inside my pretty little head.

    But I agree this place is a gold mine for inspiration and I have only been here a few days lol.

    Beth :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author tbunch
    I think this place is a gold mine because using the forum search can find you almost any type of marketing information that you can think of to search for.

    If more would use that function alone they would gain a huge amount of knowledge - especially since threads drop off of the first page so fast
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