Answers in "Bonsai Questions"

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Answers in "Bonsai Questions"

Post  JimLewis on Fri May 23, 2014 1:21 pm

I have come down to thinking, after eight years or so on this and other forums, that one knowledgeable and correct response is preferable to a raft of guesses. Same goes for plant identification.

Fiona made that comment in another thread, but I think it bears repeating.  

I'm probably (based on recent results -- especially on plant ID) as guilty as anyone, but I do ask that those who respond to a question asked here be pretty darned certain that they know what they are talking about.

A wrong guess can lead to VERY bad results for anyone following that advice.  

A point to remember:

If you read it "in a book somewhere" or "in X's blog/website", or "online" that does not mean it is correct.

Advice should be based on experience; your experience.

And fudging a response with the caveat "I've never tried it, but . . . " isn't the way to go, either.

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Re: Answers in "Bonsai Questions"

Post  Vance Wood on Fri May 23, 2014 1:55 pm

JimLewis wrote:
I have come down to thinking, after eight years or so on this and other forums, that one knowledgeable and correct response is preferable to a raft of guesses. Same goes for plant identification.

Fiona made that comment in another thread, but I think it bears repeating.  

I'm probably (based on recent results -- especially on plant ID) as guilty as anyone, but I do ask that those who respond to a question asked here be pretty darned certain that they know what they are talking about.

A wrong guess can lead to VERY bad results for anyone following that advice.  

A point to remember:

If you read it "in a book somewhere" or "in X's blog/website", or "online" that does not mean it is correct.

Advice should be based on experience; your experience.

And fudging a response with the caveat "I've never tried it, but . . . " isn't the way to go, either.

I agree, what the Bull drops in your path is something to be avoided. However; when we/you/us get responses like: "I posted a question and received no response!" "I don't think I will post here anymore!" Paul Simon said it best in his song title: The Sound of Silence. That's the trade off and sometimes that is the best you are going to do. You can answer a question accurately without actually having done the specific thing requested. Things like grafting Pine X to Pine Y. If someone has experience grafting Pines odds are his information is going to be accurate even though the Pines involved my not be specific.

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