The Quality Of The Advice On TSR

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Schezerade
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What would you guys say the quality of the advice on TSR (in threads where people ask for it?) is like.

I've noticed that it really seems to vary. I posted a thread in Chat last night and got some excellent advice, but though I don't really post in Relationships at least half of the comments I have read when lurking seem like complete nonsense. It seems like a lot of teenagers/young people use Relationships threads to take out their personal issues while spouting stuff that is barely relevant to the OP.

On the other hand, in the career/"applying to university" forums, the advice is top notch - possibly because those threads have less posters and only people who are seriously interested in something and know their stuff tend to comment there. There seem to be a lot of older, more knowledgeable people who just stick to these subforums as well.

What do you think?
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You have to realise that there are a lot of clueless teenagers who think they can give informed advice about adult stuff like socialising, dating, drinking, relationships. They can't.

There are a handful of us who are a bit older and have been there, done that, and actually know what we're talking about. However probably 3/4s of the posts are bull****.
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(Original post by cole-slaw)
You have to realise that there are a lot of clueless teenagers who think they can give informed advice about adult stuff like socialising, dating, drinking, relationships. They can't.

There are a handful of us who are a bit older and have been there, done that, and actually know what we're talking about. However probably 3/4s of the posts are bull****.
I have to agree with you there as a twentysomething (I've seen some of your posts and they're pretty good though the younger sorts often seem to disagree a lot! :lol:). I've seen some teenagers give out good advice on those topics here, of course, but a lot of the people on here haven't even started at university yet, are still living with their parents and yet dish out advice as though they've seen and done it all.

It's the Relationships forum that especially concerns me. A lot of the people asking for advice seem to be vulnerable in a sense, troubled and young themselves, but it also seems to be one of the forums that attracts the largest amount of teens who are willing to state a lot of BS and clearly often have their own personal agendas. I'm not sure if there's anything TSR themselves can do about this but it seems quite problematic.
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If you're on a student forum you should bloody expect student advice.
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If you're on a student forum you should bloody expect student advice. get a guidance counsiller if u srs.
Calm down. Knee-jerk reaction, much? :rolleyes:
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I think certain forums attract better or worse advice. The Mental Health subforum is treated a fair bit more seriously than Relationships (although you do get the odd troll/incompetent person as well of course), and I've generally received excellent advice in Healthcare and Nursing.

I agree that there are way too many people who think they're an expert when they're clearly not, but as long as you have enough sense to pick out the bull**** I don't think they do too much damage.
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It's only natural it varies - anybody can sign up and so anybody can give advice. :dontknow: The main demographic on here will be students themselves, so in the university forums as you highlight, advice is often on experiences that everybody shares. Advice tneds to be more on point there because it tends to be (but is not limited to being) more obejctive. Whereas somewhere like the H&R forums aren't shared by everyone, often require some situated/background knowledge and are just generally subjective. Once again, anybody can give advice and sometimes this advice may be misinformed but occasionally a gem of a reply will come about.

That's the nature of the forums though. Not accusing you of this OP, but when you sign up to a forum - especially one as large as this and with such a young audience - you really have to expect to not take every piece of advice as gospel. :yy:
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The advice given out by TSRers will vary in quality proportionately to the level of experience the average TSRer has on any given subject matter.

ie; Asking questions about student related matters will yield great advice.
Asking questions about the difficulties raising teenagers with drug problems will yield less good advice as fewer TSRers have experience in this.

TSR has quite a defined demographic (aside from the old old bugger here such as myself) and as such has limited scope as an advice website. This is of course to be expected.
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