Okay well first let me give you all a bit of background. The original Wanna Ask The Old Farts A Question thread began in early 2004 I believe. The idea came from a user by the name of DJ Nuts. DJ basically took note of the situation back then, lots of newbies asking the same questions and often not getting much help, so the threads littered the forums. Also that there were an abundance of knowledable Old Farts willing to help but just not organized. DJ took advantage of the fact that it's the natural urge of the new comer to want to seek out older more experienced folk. So DJ came up with this thread and encouraged old farts to join in and help out. Thereby creating a tool designed to not only cut down on forum clutter but also to help get the new comers good sound basic advice for beginners. I came along not long after it started. I stayed steadily involved there daily for several months. During that time DJ's personal life created a situation that forced her attention elsewhere and we arranged for me to take over in her absense. So when OG went down and I came here I started it up in the OG forum both to continue to serve it's purpose and also as a sign to OG membership that life goes on.
So I reach out also to any of you IC Old Farts that can spare to check in here and provide help every day or every few days or whatever you are comfortable with. Membership rules are fairly simple to qualify as an Old Fart you need to be 45 or Older and/or have 10 plus years of growing experience. Now note, the 10+ years part is the most important. Old Fart is more a tongue in cheek kind of thing really, although I am over 45 :smile:
There is no particular format per se, questions get answered according to the answerers comfort level. The only thing I ask is that if all you have to say is read the growFAQ's or such then let the question pass. The old farts thread being geared towards newer members has to remain tolerant to the fact that the people asking help are new and don't know where information is most of the time. Now I do encourage old farts to answer all questions if they choose even if it's been answered by another Old Fart. For most things there is more then one approach so just being an old fart doesn't make that person's way, the "only" way. Also people are human and sometimes forget things or they miss an aspect of a question, so definately if something got left out or overlooked then that should be added. Even if it's saying the same thing I encourage multiple answers. It makes the new user feel more confident about the info and it makes them feel more welcome to the site.
Now as for users using this thread the rules are fairly simple, the Old Farts are here to help, not hold your hand from germination to harvest by telling you step by step what to do. It is expected of you to have some grasp of what you are getting into. As the thread gets going it's also encouraged for new users to read a few pages as often times an answer to many popular questions can be found in a few pages. I do realize however that the thread has gotten quite large so there is no expectation on anyone to read the whole thread. Although you're welcome to do so if that's your choice, there's close to 6 years worth of information contained here and as such pretty much most things have been covered to some degree. Also it's worth mentioning that as Old Farts if anything our brain power has gotten less. So we do not have the ability to read minds. So when asking a question related to a specific grow or problem we need to know as much info about the grow and/or problem as you can provide. Lights, strain, growing style, grow room specs, etc. Also pics are very helpful and encouraged.
Okay well that's it for now I guess, so that makes one Old Fart for sure here ready and willing to help. It will probably be slow at first so until then I'll be over here in the corner whittling a piece of wood or some other such Old Fart antics.