stifz wrote:If this is a forum ' irish planning matters' then each and every user should be allowed to ask a valid question and post a thread without the heavies who have naff all else to do but spend there day posting critisim to unaware new users or is there a 'click' for the selected few?
I imagine most of us have many better things to do than to repeat ourselves ad nauseam for the benefit of new users who haven't familiarised themselves with the site. If I had unlimited time to answer specific queries then I'd probably try. Or I might set myself up as a planning consultant and charge you the going rate. Then at least I'd be gaining something tangible from the exchange instead of just abuse. But I have a full time job towards which my planning energies are directed.
If you read my comments on the other thread that hutton started about one-off posters you'll see that I said that I took some time to give detailed answers to questions in the hopes of obviating repeated requests for similar/identical information. I bother to do it because I do believe that the planning system can be difficult to navigate for the layman (hell, it can even be difficult for the seasoned pro at times) and if I have the info then I'm happy to pass it on. (I say 'if'- nobody knows everything.) But the perceived difficulties of the system seem to have become an excuse for people not to bother even trying to find their own answers. A good few times now I have simply posted links to local authority planning websites that have goof FAQ pages where most basic things are covered.
Bear in mind this is a discussion forum, not an advice column. If we can help, well and good, but please don't see it as your right to be given an answer and please don't get shirty if nobody knows the answer either.
As for a 'click' (clique?)- this is the internet. We don't do social. For all anyone else knows, I'm a 60 year old housewife with a drink problem and a crush on Eamon Holmes. I share many views with some posters, I'm fully at odds with other ones, but to think that there's ganging up going on is patently absurd.
Re burge-eye's comments: What Paul said. I'm a planner (and architectural historian) who comes here to listen, to learn, to share what I know and sometimes to enlighten. Most RIAI medal winners wouldn't post here- it'd show up just how little they know about the real world.
Anyway, stick around if you can. I'm serious. You just arrived at a bad time, I think. All newcomers are welcome, especially if they're willing to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in. Despite what burge-eye says, we're mostly commoners. Opinionated commoners, but commoners nevertheless.