Which part, the re-asking of common questions or the being told to search?
People who ask without bothering to search (excepting the minority of those that aren’t aware they can) are being lazy. Instead of using a little effort to find answers that have already been written, and commented upon, and added to, and discussed, they would rather try to get someone else to repeat that effort, and wait for a reply instead of looking for themselves.
The search feature can be clunky, and is not always guaranteed to find you what you’re looking for. But this does not mean one should not use it. If your purpose is to “have a chat,” no searching is needed. But if you’re looking for actual useful information, it’s probably already been written. Rather than repeat the same or similar information in dozens of threads, wouldn’t it be more useful to find one master thread that covers all aspects of the topics with writings by the most experienced people in the community?
Musketman came in with a response to unijesse’s quote while I was writing mine.
The search function is useless some of the time. If you never get anything useful out of it you may not be using it right. There are always plenty of new topics to discuss, or new angles on old subjects. Besides, do you think people are suddenly going to all start using the search?
But I have noticed a gradual increase in “juvenile” threads. These are ones that are somewhere around a junior high level of sensibility. I don’t even get involved in those. Also, as the forums get more popular, as well as easier to use, the audience gets more casual.
Back before we had this easy Web-based forum, we actually were a much more productive group. We thought up ideas for things and then did them. People seemed to be more involved in their local unicycling organizations, including groups putting together conventions, coming up with rules, levels, written information, etc.
Not that I’m saying I would rather go back. I just miss having a group of people who were seriously committed to growing and building the sport, not just asking casual questions or letting us know they haven’t received their new unicycles yet.