I dont think its people cannot decide what to do with their team, they just want advice to see what majority thinks on the matter and if their thinking is logic at all, half the time if i really feel strongly on a matter ill go with what i thought to begin with, but that doesnt mean a person has no clue how to help out...
certain situations come into play as well, just because someone needs help on whether to trade d mason now, or keep him doesnt mean he cant help someone who is trying to find the best WR sleeper of the week, ive asked questions like do i keep chris chambers or trade him, i knew in my mind i wanted to trade and still did, but i asked and most said keep him, he has been sucking ever since i traded him, but that doesnt mean i dont know enough to help someone else out with their team because i wanted to see what people though in my situation....
Whenever I have created a thread about a certain move or trade for my team, I'm not expecting anyone to tell me what to do. I always give the pertinent information involved, my thoughts, and what my intended decision is so far.
I just look for some input because I have gotten some advice sometimes that for some reason never occurred to me. Outside consultation sometimes is good for you.
It's one thing when a person just lists their roster and wants to know what to do or who to start. But most people seem to just be looking for confirmation. I'd say most people have an idea of what to do before they post here. Just because someone asks for some help doesn't mean that they have nothing to offer though.
I believe people post on here not to have other people make decisions for them but to get opinions. Really, when I post a question, the final decision always comes down to what I think. Sure, if it's a really tough one and tons of people tell me I should do the same thing then it's obviously going to influence me. But, it's not like the cafe members are running my team for me.
Infidel wrote:Don't get it. If you don't know what to do with your team, why should I care what you think about mine?
I know, maybe just another opinion, but I really don't care. I can make my own decisions and if you can't I really don't care what you have to say.
That's why I think it's important for people to take the time to include some sort of explanation with their answer. If I'm asking who should start, Kennison or Bryant, it's not helpful to me for someone to just say "Kennison" and leave it at that. Sometimes I'll read the reasoning behind it and find an angle that maybe I didn't consider. Or if I'm on the fence but leaning toward Bryant and then 10 people respond with strong arguments for Kennison, it might shift me to the other side.
Every situation is different, so even if someone is struggling with their own trade offer or waiver wire decision, that doesn't mean they won't have a strong opinion or useful information about a completely different scenario.
Most people know what they want to do, but it's those borderline "should I or shouldn't I" decisions that sometimes lead to the need for other opinions. That's what the Cafe is here for, right? It's a forum for sharing ideas and opinions. There's nothing to "get," that's just what it is.
I don't use the advice boards all that much, but when I do use them, I usually come away disappointed. The problem is that I can make my own start/sit, and draft/trade decisions for myself, unless there's some kind of twist to it - like a league-specific rule or something. And when I ask the question (of course explaining the special rules and the issues at hand) I get 10 one-word responses that tell me nothing except that the people who responded didn't pay attention to the special rules.
At that point, I just PM some of the people whose opinions I respect.
All of that being said, it's obvious that a lot of people like to use the advice forums, and I am in no way advocating that we change them.