Good reason to avoid forums
I'm not the greatest of programmers, so on occasion I go to a forum for the odd bit of help. However, that's where things can go a bit pear shaped.
Let's get the good stuff out of the way first
Forums can be good places to interact with similar minded people. A place where you can have a kind of chat about whatever the topic is. For the most part they are okay. Coding forums are a bit of a different animal.
For some time, when I was picking up Perl, I received some really outstanding advice and aid from a now closed forum run by a consultancy. I even spoke at one of their conferences about visual design in relationship to programming. I learned a lot and the last couple years found someone of the same quality on another forum that's part of a huge network. Again some really good ideas and clean, short to the point code that works very well.
Perl is a programming language, where if there is one way to do somethingthere's a hundred. For some that is too much, but once you find your niche and settle in you can take it from there.
Now the crunch
I know I am not alone in this and many have suffered at the hands of these kind of so called experts.
I can explain things pretty well (most of the time) and 95% of the rest of the script was assigned to very specific functions. So I gave the declaration bit without thinking. I was in for a bit of an eye opener. A guy responded, called himself Super whateverthingy.
He said he could not understand and needed code. But I'd given him the code, because for that request there was nothing else. So I gave him the benefit of the doubt. No, he didn't like that. He wanted all the code, all the scripts, all the CSS, all the images, all the HTMLhey wait minute! The alarm bells were ringing and the red flags flying.
The lesson (and how to find a good forum)
I usually do this, but didn't that time (my dumb).
Maybe you need an answer to some kind of programming code and have a bit to work with. Do not join the forum until you have read through a lot of answers to see what the regular contributors are like.
Getting a 'feel' of a forum is key. If you like what you see, then register. If not, just go somewhere else.
Look for a forum that deals specifically with what you have. For WordPress queries, use their forumsnot some quirky other thing, it'll save you a lot of grief.
Don't add new stuff to the thread, stick to the specific query. If you do need something else (as a result), begin a new thread. Afterwards say thank you and be on your way.
If they get stupid (like the guy above did), then lay into 'em hard. You will get (if you ever go back) all kinds of rubbish repsonses, proving that those who answered like that, are total idiots and you did the right thing by trashing them. Following that, go into your profile and rubbish everything you canespecially your name (if possible), email address and password. Then never dirty your fingers with the filthy URL again.
There is one major set of forums that is almost impossible to use (never could find the thread again). They're "a little bit different".... They certainly areit's a total mess. Once was enough for me. I'll just give the guy, who had the only answer that worked, a mention in my package credits.