There's a new format of starting threads. A prologue format that's been bugging me for a while now and it's become downright irritating. I understand it, but it still bugs me.
People start their threads by apologizing for its existance. I hate that (well, that's too strong,) but I really don't like this practice of starting a thread with...
"I looked and I didn't see this posted anywhere..." or the even worse, "I hope this hasn't been posted yet..."
I do think we need the courtesy to check the first page of the board, maybe even the second to see if something similar already exists, but if you've got something to say say it. Don't apologize for saying it if you're going to say it anyway.
It's like being in a workshop where you're being asked to give up your time and expertise to criticize someone else's work and they begin with...
"Well, I only just wrote it and it's not very good"
Well, if you only just wrote it and you don't think it's good why are you wasting my time. Be confident. Be original. Don't timidly beg for permission expecting to be rejected. Just say it.
The worst thing about this prologue apology is that they often come with the better more thoughtful posts. I don't know if anyone feels this way and I realize that some think that that little clause will shield them from banning, scrutiny or NNTing, but I just think if you've got something to say or a new angle on a discussion that you honestly think deserves its own forum, then look and take the leap.