keeping powder dry in /r/vandwellers

Most of the questions posted to /r/vandwellers/ are dumbass, repetitive questions.  In deciding which ones to answer I try to assess why the dumbass question was asked:

  • Is the poster curious but misinformed/underinformed?  A good investment in time.

  • is the poster cognitively impaired?   this is not fixable but sometimes simplifying concepts and adding a link to more info can help. 

  • Is the poster young?  Could be worth the time.  A word at a the right time can help guide young folk.   Often they are too eaten up with fantasy to listen.

  • is the poster lazy?  Not fixable, abort.   Useless eaters.

  • is the poster foolish? Drop a link to information but don’t expect them to read or make use of it. Fly, be free!

  • is the poster a blowhard, crank, or mentally unstable?  No point in wasting time on any of these.

  • Is the poster a troll?  Abort, report.

  • Is the poster a substance abuser?  Same presentation as foolishness, but typically not improvable.

  • does the poster want chat/conversation rather than actual answers? Ignore.

  • is the poster a tirekicker/dreamer who will likely never spend a night in a van? Drop canned info in case they do decide to take action.

I saw a particularly asisine question today, and then noted my Reddit Enhancement Suite tag for them was “troll druggie Focus dweller”.  The Focus dweller part reminds me they have different needs because they live in a car not a van.  The troll druggie part reminds me not to expend any effort on them. I’ve tried in the past and it was a waste of time.   The poster is unable to form good questions or process good advice because of their pharmaceutical situation.