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Can Someone Explain What All This Stuff Is?

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m k:
You can do it in many different ways.
In your case you are using this place like a part of a search engine.

Keep in mind that others can visit many similar forums regularly, and may have been doing so for years, or more.
For them your action may be seen something like a bot.

Every time you get a forum answer a real, for now, person uses their time.
They have decided to do so, so no problems there.

But if you ask the same question around the net, you're disrespecting that time.
It goes so that many are using their times without knowing that others have already answered.

Max Holdcroft:

--- Quote from: m k on May 28, 2024, 01:00:28 pm ---You can do it in many different ways.
In your case you are using this place like a part of a search engine.

Keep in mind that others can visit many similar forums regularly, and may have been doing so for years, or more.
For them your action may be seen something like a bot.

Every time you get a forum answer a real, for now, person uses their time.
They have decided to do so, so no problems there.

But if you ask the same question around the net, you're disrespecting that time.
It goes so that many are using their times without knowing that others have already answered.

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And yet you have used this all valuable time to write out this message to me when it would have been quicker to just not respond. It's like 5 minutes out of peoples day, it's not going to kill them. And I'm not disrespecting their time because asking the same question in multiple places has gotten me wildly different, conflicting, and most of the time useful answers. So no, I don't think that what I'm doing is bad or unethical. Most people, in most forums, are more than happy to help beginners, it's mostly just this forum that is really cold and unforgiving to new people for some reason. Again, if people didn't want to help others they wouldn't spend their time answering questions on public forums, would they?

m k:
Is helping you a priority?

That's what happens when many are simultaneously answering your question.
Other possibility is that many are simultaneously answering to many different questions.

Step out and see how it looks from there.

E,
this is not personal.

pcprogrammer:

--- Quote from: Max Holdcroft on May 28, 2024, 12:22:54 pm ---
--- Quote from: pcprogrammer on May 27, 2024, 06:18:05 pm ---
--- Quote from: coromonadalix on May 27, 2024, 05:43:56 pm ---even posted here

https://forum.allaboutcircuits.com/members/max-holdcroft.984775/#latest-activity

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What is it "too lazy to do his own proper research" or "I want it quick and I want it now" mentality.

And then bitch about not getting useful answers.

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Dude what the fuck do you mean do my own research. I'm literally just posting questions in forums, it's not that deep. If you don't want to respond then just don't respond. I'm not being lazy by asking people who know more than me about the issues that I'm facing. I'm sorry I didn't learn about the entire field of electronics just for a hobby project. I'm sorry that I don't have time to do in depth research as a fucking 16 year old in high school. My bad for seeking out advice I guess.

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What I mean is that you should learn to think for yourself, and get a grasp on basic principles. Like what comes to mind when faced with the term anchor. What is an anchor used for should spring up. Ah yes it is used to anchor a boat to a river or a sea bed. So what could an anchor mean for a connector, oh maybe it is used to fix it firmly to the PCB.

But to me it seems nowadays that the mentality is "oh just ask the question on a forum" instead of using ones own brain. And that is not what I call research. Research is what we did when young. Go to the library and read books on a subject, study the material at hand. Think about what it all means.

And yes maybe this forum is cold in your eyes, but it for sure is quite serious in most cases. Much higher chance in getting proper useful answers due to a lot of highly experienced members here. But go back and read you own responses to answers given. It seems to be a bit in the trend of "I don't understand this, can you explain it again" on things that are not that hard to grasp. So that is why I say that you are out of your depth with this project and should give it up to save yourself the headaches it might bring. And I'm not alone to think that.

Further more we are not your friends so reserve your "Dude" for them. And being 16 and in high school is no excuse for not doing the work. I never had more time to spend on hobbies then when I was in school. (Apart from now that I'm retired that is.) Enjoy that time while you can.

Retirednerd2020:
I have read through much of this and understand the OP's enthusiasm to just jump in head-first and get to the finish line.  At 16 I was much smarter than I am now, or at least that is what I thought.  I've since learned many answers to things I didn't even know were questions when I started.
I'm afraid that is where you find yourself and you have to reset your expectations if you want to be successful.  About the only starting resource I had back then were some training manuals found at our local dump from "Cleveland Institute of Electronics".  I had few other resources in the small town I am from but I think it was actually an advantage to learning.  The WWW is vast and tends to make everything look simple to do.  Electronics is far from simple.

Here is what I suggest (as have others)

Stop your project and learn basic electronics first.  Start with the basic basics and go from there.  Don't be in such a hurry.  I understand it is not as fun but it is necessary if you have a hope to succeed (at anything!).

Does your school teach basic electronics or have a maker class or similar?  Are there local resources where you can find a mentor to work with you a little?

Work on a couple of simple projects on breadboards maybe.  You will need a cheap DMM to work with and batteries/power supplies.  Start playing with resistors, capacitors, transistors (bipolar, fets) , 555 timer maybe?  Don't bite off microcontrollers or other complex devices right from the start.  Otherwise you might get very discouraged and quit.

Please take the advice you got here.  Most was helpful some was a bit impatient but just the same there were nuggets to harvest even from those that were short with you.

Best of luck.  Maybe study voltage, current, power, ohm's law and basic electronic components (resistors, capacitors, inductors, fuses...), start a thread on some of that if you need help.

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