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I wonder?

To be honest, in most cases I wouldn't have a clue whether the respondent was a keen amateur, specialist or an academic.  I'm definitely a member of the first category and some of my posts haven't always been met with universal approval.  My reaction?  Everybody is entitled to their opinion.  If I can express mine why shouldn't they be allowed to do the same?  The reverse must also be true though, although that isn't always the case.

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,160

    My reaction? not a lot really.

    Sometimes I think the person is an idiot, (but I don't tell them that image ) sometimes I think he/she has made a good point. That's the joy of forums isn't it? Everyone states their own view. 

    Anyone who is consistently rude, or dismissive of other people's views, gets the ignore button. image

  • PalaisglidePalaisglide Posts: 3,414

    I once sat in a small group taking a VM exam on Diesel Engines, I had just come off the VM's course some of the men were old hands, a couple Soldiers who had left the army when the war finished then come back in, The question, "How do you calibrate a diesel pump to get level injection" I wrote it as Taught although some of the answers were totally different yet achieved the correct answer. As an engineer I learned the same problem can have many answers which will do the job required. It is the same with gardening, we all have experience and have all made our own mistakes learned from it and come to a conclusion, we put that on here in answer to questions asked, you will get differing answers always. Ask a dozen people how they make scones and you will get a dozen fifferent replies but the scones will still taste good.

    If some one disagrees with my answer I look it up in the shelf of gardening books I have and usually find there is more than one answer, OK no point in arguing I let it go image

    Frank.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,544

    If you ask 7 gardening experts a question, you will probably get 8 different answers.

    Did they tear it out with talons of steel
    And give you a shot, so that you wouldn't feel?
    And washed it away as if it wasn't real?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,519

    As you say Frank ... there is often more than one answer ... this is especially true when climate and other growing conditions vary so much across the UK ...what works for me in this garden didn't necessarily work in another ...  if an "academic scientist" finds that other people's experiences differ from the accepted theory it would be interesting to discover why that is ... all information is grist to the scientific mill.  

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  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,119

    I agree with Frank - so many answers. I am also aware that academics often work in very particular circumstances and their answers may not meet the needs of a busy family with children and pets and a hundred and one demands on the garden AND time. This also applies to people with disabilities, or to those working away from home all week, or to people with multiple responsibilities and so on. Then there is one's budget.....  Most of us do the best we can and compromise. If I have learned anything about gardening, it is that enjoying it is the most important part.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,544

    Probably no need for you to bring it up then?

    Did they tear it out with talons of steel
    And give you a shot, so that you wouldn't feel?
    And washed it away as if it wasn't real?
  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 8,544

    But it won't stop you giving that advice to others.

    Did they tear it out with talons of steel
    And give you a shot, so that you wouldn't feel?
    And washed it away as if it wasn't real?
  • PosyPosy Isle of Wight.Posts: 2,119

    Oh no! Please let's not quarrel. It was all going so harmoniously.

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 16,561

    And here we go again, you will all fall for MA’s posts. He wants to stir up, and that’s what’s done. Well done to Mr Allen again. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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