I love PaleoHacks and answering or helping to answer questions is fun. But sometimes, I can't believe the questions. Do you ever want to just say, "Who cares?"
Look, people are where they are. What's obvious to one person may not be obvious to another. Really. We're all struggling in one way or another. And what someone is asking may not be their real question. They may just be reaching out for a human being that will help them frame the question. (I see that here ALL the time.) What's the harm in being kind (or at the very least not being mean)? You may be the one person who gave them a break that day or week. One thing you tend to forget is that this goes against the grain in SO many ways. (Yes, that was a pun!).
HEY GUYS I ATE 2 STICKS OF BUTTER, AND THEN A POT ROAST.. WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME, AM I DYING? IS BUTTER REALLY PALEO? DO YOU THINK IT'S FROM A NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY? SHOULD I JUST EAT LOW-FAT NOW?
sometimes I wonder how the hell people figured out how to use Paleohacks, but not google... or the search bar in the upper corner.
As a new paleohacks user (and as someone who's slightly worried that maybe I'm the cause for at least some of the irritation because, on retrospect, some of my questions have been pretty dumb), I'd like to say that the paleohacks search isn't all that helpful and finding the archives isn't exactly intuitive. I've been on forums where there was a really useful "read this shit before you ask a question" page that answered the most common questions or linked to outside resources (and/or that linked to previously asked questions with very good answers), which might be useful here. Of course, such a page is no guarantee that anyone will read it before asking said stupid/repetitive/trolling questions, but instead of everyone posting a million responses that have been posted before, everyone can just bomb them with links to the FAQ page. The FAQ here is good, but it's more about protocol and tone and scope rather than questions that are frequently asked on the forum, per se.
Of course, Google is usually pretty helpful, and I agree that people should research more before embarrassing themselves with dumb questions. (I'm referring to myself, here.)
That having been said, as someone who's new to paleo and in a pretty rural area, sometimes it's just nice to get feedback from other paleo people. It's kind of like having mentor-cavepeople to show me where the clubs and dinosaurs and stuff are.
i've thought about this so many times... sometimes im just like chill out people who the f cares how many grams of fructose are in an apple... it's an apple not a snickers bar.......
The questions that include, "Is 'x-food' paleo?" drive me up the wall. Asking that kind of question typically means you know the answer but don't like it. You know what's not paleo? Sitting here asking about it while you drink your bullet-proof coffee in front of a laptop on a couch in a climate controlled house/apartment :)