I recently started using reddit. I am increasingly dissatisfied with what other platforms have to offer. But every platform has its own downfalls.
A lot of what happens on reddit are questions. I suppose it’s a good way to get unqualified opinions, mind, this doesn’t stop me from adding my own advice to the fray.
But my real issue with questions are those that seem to be asking permission. “Can I mix cake batter in a blender?” Honey, you can do whatever you want.
I don’t understand why people need permission to experiment. Is it a matter of fear of the unknown? Be brave. If it doesn’t look like it will cause major damage, try it.
The worst cop out I’ve seen on reddit is the poll: “Which car should I buy?” Mind you this is different than one who might ask, “Which of these cars has better 4×4?” Where one might get user opinions and experience stories.
If you do your research and really think about what you want, you don’t need the opinion of others to make a decision. (Wo)man up and figure it out. You are the one who knows and understands your own needs. Are you really going to make a decision based on a poll of strangers?
I tend to not ask for permission to try new things. Advice, definitely, but I’m willing to try and fail if I have a notion of something that might work. Being willing to fail is being willing to learn, and I have both failed and learned a lot.
Learning in this way is what makes life an adventure, and full of discovery. It’s invigorating. Who doesn’t want that?