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  1. abm5926

    Please Read This

    Hey guys, I'm not trying to call anybody out or be rude but several things have come to my attention and I think it's time to make a post about fishing forum etiquette. I'm not a moderator and don't work for the site in any way, but I feel like a post is needed to teach people about how to be a member of the forum. This is an effort to let members (especially newer ones) know about what and what not to post. 1) DO NOT POST WHERE YOU WERE FISHING - There are lurkers that read these sites just to find spots and do not contribute to the forum in any way. I wouldn't even post general areas such as weedon island or fort desoto. When you post areas such as this, especially exact spots, they will get more pressure which means the fish will be more wary and tougher to catch. However, this is not the main reason, posts like that also attract people who poach and engage in other behavior that is harmful to the habitat - for the fish and every other creature that calls that area home. Also, there are lots of people who spend countless hours looking at google earth and scouting areas to find where the fish are. Then, someone posts about it in a forum and people who haven't put any effort into finding spots knows exactly where to go. If someone is putting effort into finding a spot and is just simply having a hard time, send them a private message or better yet tell them what to look for in a productive area and help them out. 2) DO NOT ASK FOR SPOTS - If you are having trouble finding fish, private message someone who posts a report and ask them what kind of area they were fishing. Put in some effort, google earth is your friend. Or, make a post about having trouble without asking where to fish. Such as "What water depth are you finding fish?" or "what are things to look for when finding a productive area?" Members with experience will do anything in their power to help other members of the site. We don't want to put spots out there for lurkers but we do want to put other contributing members on the fish. 3) DO YOUR BEST TO AVOID IDENTIFYING LANDMARKS IN YOUR PICTURES - Sometimes it's hard or impossible to do so. Just try to make as less obvious as possible. 4) DO NOT POST FISHING REPORTS AND NOT CONTRIBUTE IN ANY OTHER WAY - We all love reading fishing reports but when you post reports and don't comment on anybody else's' it comes off as arrogant. Support everyone else that posts as well. 5) DO NOT ATTACK OTHER MEMBERS ON A PUBLIC FORUM - If you have a problem with something that someone posts send them a private message, do not attack them publicly. They may not know any better and attacking them publicly does not solve anything. I come on the forum to read about fishing, not your personal drama. 6) IF YOU DON'T HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH SOMETHING, DON'T GIVE ADVICE ABOUT IT - I don't think this needs to be explained. If you don't catch fish on artificials, don't give advice to someone else about it. If you don't know anything about fly fishing, don't tell somebody else how to do it. If you've never caught a redfish, don't tell someone else how to. I'm not trying to discourage people from posting, but if I ask a question about something, I want someone with experience to answer it. This is all I can think of for now. It is important for you to understand that this post is not directed towards any individual and is not meant to put any body down. It's intended to teach, so that all of us can continue to learn and benefit from TOF. This forum has taught me a lot about fishing, and I love being a part of it. Members of this forum are more supportive than any other forum I've been on and I appreciate the people that keep this forum going. If you have anything else please add.
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