<actus, I understand where you are coming from. I am the administrator of one of the largest weight loss forums on the internet. I see it everyday where new posters join and often feel "attacked" by older members of the forum. Often, new members are also new to forums in general, so they are unaware of the idea of using the search function. So, they frequently get "chastised" by older members for not using it. Or, sometimes, you are just in a hurry, and want a quick answer to your question. The other problem is, older members tend to feel like they have seen every post a million times and they are tired of seeing it and answering the same question over and over again. And, often older members feel they are being helpful by suggesting the search, or that they have already answered this question, but in doing so, without their even realizing it, their annoyance with the OP really does shine through in their response. This frequently results in new members feeling unwelcome, Usually I remind the older members of my forum that they were once new, and to try and remember how that felt. If they find a question annoying, or feel it has been answered a million times before, they are not required to respond to a post, they are more than welcome to just pass it by, let other members who are willing to help and are not annoyed by the question answer it while they move on to other threads. And, you know what, I am okay with new posters coming and asking the same questions other posters have asked before. There may be a slight twist that makes their question slightly different than the way it was asked before. And, it keeps the forums active. If everyone quit asking questions because they fear it has been asked before or may offend someone, then our forum would simply become a knowledge base instead of an interactive forum that continues to grow and help people.