So Many Idiots On Webmaster Help Forums

| 15 October 2012

Angry with forum users

I appear to be having quite a lot of fights on webmaster forums these days.  I keep getting increasingly frustrated with people who have been hanging around on these forums for years and whenever someone new comes along and asks a simple question, they just get pounced on.

I was on the Google Webmaster Help Forum again today with the intention of helping out some people but I had to leave before I virtually killed someone.  Why when someone asks a legitimate question do the so called “experts” think it’s ok to be rude and belittle their question?

On another forum I lost it last week with someone.

A new member joined asking for advice as to why his website had been kicked out of Google’s search results.  A long-time know-it-all poster had nothing useful to say apart from “it’s probably because your website is in a niche with many other websites and you’re not offering anything new”.

Isn’t that the dumbest answer ever?  Has he never heard of competition?  Can we not have more than one website about a particular subject?  What an idiot.

Suffice to say I gave him a peace of my mind and they didn’t post again for a while!

There’s just no need to snotty, obnoxious behaviour on help forums.   It just drives people away.

OK, rant over.


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  1. Sp says:

    Regarding your forum post on 302s, I can’t find anything on the web that asserts that a 302 redirect doesn’t pass a penalty? Did you discover this through trial an error? How long ago did you implement the 302? I inherited a slapped site and would like to salvage a couple articles from it.

    • Justin says:

      302s are just temporary redirects. They cannot pass a penalty across, they don’t even pass links across. All it does is divert the user.

      We have done this method several times and it works fine.

  2. Sp says:

    Thanks. While most of my pages are clobbered in serps, two page still rank in the top five for competitive keywords. Any thoughts on doing a temporary 301, wait for google to show the new page in serps, then switch to a 302?

  3. Ryan says:

    I’m having the same issue at the moment with idiots on G webmaster forum. Thought I may be able to get a little help and a different opinion on there.

    I was just pounced on by 3 chums that tried to make me look a fool so my question never got a valid response from someone who has looked at any evidence.