From: Winnipeg, MB
...Just one thing Trugrit - jagsdomain's native language is probably not English, so it is probably difficult for him to compose questions/situations with the kind of precision we would like. In this case I try to be patient with some of the confusion inherent in communication.
1. He can post screenshots.
2. Look up his name, it doesn't immediately jump out as that of someone who is not a native English speaker.
Instead we only get very sloppy posts which result in responders guessing and providing not necessarily correct or relevant replies. Which of course can lead to urban myths and straight out misunderstandings amongst all those other newbie players who don't post. Where is your concern for those other players who are misled or confused.
A few days ago in a different thread, the transhipment of restricted units was explained. Then a couple of days later a new thread is opened again complaining of not being able to tranship units, which of course were restricted.
You must have very little to do in life that you can afford to just waste your time repeating the same answer only days apart. How much respect was shown to the first responders who explained about restricted troops. Those responders were treated with contempt as being quite disposable. I spend far too much time researching most of my answers before posting to ensure accuracy and relevance that I put off doing other things to just throw away my time. Look up my posting times and factor in the time differential. I don't see too many North Americans consistently posting at the times which would suit me.
In a separate post in this thread you complain that I provide inadequate answers. Don't hide behind a slur, identify the occasions. I provide detailed answers, usually in a step by step manner to aid in comprehension. Not many forumites, for whom English is not their native language, complain that they can't understand what I post. I can't disclose specific algorithms, nor the details of internal dev discussions; that information was never forthcoming from the devs and my disclosure would be most inappropriate. If you read very carefully what I disclose you would notice that I push as much as I dare the boundary of what is disclosed. The more perceptive forumites pickup on the nuances, most forumites don't.
Ever considered how it comes across to be tolerated only because the devs don't really explain the game mechanics anymore. So why do so many long term forumites regularly provide wrong answers. Where is the thrill of doing so? Is it just to get post numbers up or perhaps in the anonymity of the internet the freedom to not care because there is no reputation to protect. What exactly is the saving grace which justifies these people to be tolerated. This weeks thread on river crossing is a disgrace with the quite erroneous information provided by experienced forumites. How are newbies, already confronted with the learning cliff of AE, to cope with such contradictory information provided by experienced forumites. Who can be trusted to provide accurate information? Someone who just guesses what the question really is and for whom no value is placed on their time? Even now, with the correct basic information on river crossings now posted in that thread, there are important relevant details not found in that thread.
I don't have a duty of care to this forum. If you don't know what that means, ask a lawyer. But if I do respond I take it very seriously that it is incumbent on me to be accurate and precise. It is called being professional to those who do not abuse my time and effort, or indeed the time and effort of others who also provide answers. Being professional is not a one way thoroughfare, it requires reciprocity. Most newbies, most non native English speakers and everyone who PMs me seeking assistance, understand this two way thoroughfare.
My only defence for giving wrong advice on occasion is that my age is scrambling memories to the extent that I sometimes offer things that I thought I knew but had somehow mixed up with other concepts. I want to help new users so I am reluctant to say nothing if no one else is responding to them. But if I say something I can rely on other forumites correcting me, expanding the info I provided, or even agreeing with me sometimes!
As for research, my mind used to be organized and could plow through a lot of data to find nuggets, but now I have trouble concentrating enough to read a paragraph longer than four or five lines - my eyes lose track of where I was reading. So, yes, I have gotten lazy about trying to extract info from crowded data.
When I get a decent sleep and have a refreshed mind, I try.
No matter how bad a situation is, you can always make it worse. - Chris Hadfield : An Astronaut's Guide To Life On Earth