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If you haven't got anything nice to say ....

Should we refrain from replying to posts we don't think appropriate?

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There are numerous examples including the Australian one today. Someone thinks a question inappropriate, requires professional advice, is from a freeloader, or whatever, others pile in, and there's a good chance the questioner gets upset and either leaves, or suggests this forum is full of trolls and toxic accountants and the whole thing descends (or ascends whichever way you look at it) into a  maelstom of argument and [***] taking.

Would it be better if we simply ignored these posts? Seems like more time is spent going round in circles on this than discussing our thrilling accounting and tax conundrums. The blatantly stupid ones should remain fair game of course!

That said, the real solution is in the hands of the site owners.

 

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By johnhemming
05th Mar 2021 20:07

What surprises me is not so much that there are freeloaders who think they should be able to get good quality advice for free on a fact specific issue from posting on the internet, but moreso that they are happy to engage in a humdinger (as happened today) on something so relatively trivial.

In the end, however, I think this is part of life as we now know it. There will always be freeloaders and people trying it on. You might as well give them both barrels as they do frankly deserve it.

Perhaps they will learn from this.

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By Tax Dragon
06th Mar 2021 07:37

This post pushes this thread onto a third page (Arthur has obviously touched a forum nerve with his insights). It becomes an effort to follow a thread over two pages - when it gets to more than that it becomes a strain, so I'll probably drop out after this, particularly as the main remaining protagonists (especially me and Mr Awol) have wandered long and far from Arthur's topic and are starting to repeat what they've said on other threads. (Like the boy who cries wolf, we're becoming easy to ignore. Might not be quite the right analogy, but I've just read that story to the littl'un, so it's top of my mind.)

However this comment

johnhemming wrote:

What surprises me is not so much that there are freeloaders who think they should be able to get good quality advice for free on a fact specific issue from posting on the internet, but moreso that they are happy to engage in a humdinger (as happened today) on something so relatively trivial.

In the end, however, I think this is part of life as we now know it. There will always be freeloaders and people trying it on. You might as well give them both barrels as they do frankly deserve it.

Perhaps they will learn from this.

by one of the non-accountant contributors is worthy of further attention, in my view. I'll review it in reverse order, to highlight a couple of points:

johnhemming wrote:

Perhaps they will learn from this.this.

If they=Sift or the representatives of Sift on the mod team, then let's hope you're right. If they=the folk you say are deserving of both barrels, then it's a fantasy. They're not even following "this".

johnhemming wrote:

so relatively trivial.

Perhaps respondents should recognise that too. Might stop them getting drawn in at a personal level (a personal fight is what the OP wants). Easier said than done, of course... the stuff that me and him indoors argue most readily (and, tbh, horribly) about is stuff any third party would say was relatively (in fact, absolutely) trivial. [I'd add that I am fully aware that I may sometimes appear to be overzealous on points of principle when there is negligible cash at stake. That's because I think this forum should be about establishing and exploring principles that are applicable in general (hear that, Arthur?) It's not about advising a particular individual in a particular circumstance. Trying to do that is, in my view, misguided.]

johnhemming wrote:

What surprises me is not so much that there are freeloaders who think they should be able to get good quality advice for free on a fact specific issue from posting on the internet

There are several points rolled into that brilliant intro. It's worthy of unpacking fully but I've already waffled on plenty long enough - and buried this new waffle on page 3, where no-one looks. But folk (us respondents) could learn from dwelling on your words for a minute or two. I think I have and hope others do too.

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By Arthur Putey
06th Mar 2021 10:03

Well done folks, there are now more replies than the average England cricket innings!

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By Red Leader
07th Mar 2021 14:52

Oh great, a cricket thread!

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
07th Mar 2021 16:44

HOW'S THAT?

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