Administrator & Alpha Bitch of the Wild Bunch
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Michigan, USA
I think all message boards wish more people would utilize the search function, and when it comes to multiple threads and what to do with them it's a darned if you do, darned if you don't type situation as to which is more annoying; repetitive threads or Lazarus threads that come back from the dead after 3 years?
I do think for finding a breeder type topics that new threads are better and more helpful. Partly because this is more likely to be a "unique snowflake" situation than is the "help, my puppy is biting me, is he getting aggressive?!" type threads. For the later, the answer is going to be the same as it was the previous dozen times the question was asked this year. For finding a breeder, getting to know more about the person's unique experience, situation, lifestyle and goals, and figuring out how much they know and don't know so that we can educate if need be on things like the differences in bloodlines, can have a significant impact on the responses. The other problem that I see with older threads is that sometimes things change. There has been more than one occasion on the board where someone sung the praises of a particular breeder, often vehemently defending the breeder if the breeder was questioned, based on their experience with their 10 week old puppy. Then a few years later, health or temperament problems develop, all of a sudden the breeder doesn't answer emails or phone calls, and the buyer may have different feelings altogether. Someone reading the recommendation in an older thread may be led astray by having what is now outdated information.
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