Posted: 17/11/2016 at 12:46
It's pretty straightforward Hortico - if someone is asking what to do or how to do it, it's because they don't have knowledge or skills in that particular area, no matter how many letters they have after their name. They might be an expert in potatoes but useless at roses. If you give them advice and they don't understand what you mean I'm sure they'll ask
A lot of people don't really want to give a list of their qualifications - they may suffer from a lapse of memory and then someone might say, 'My goodness, you ought to know that - you have qualifications in XY & Z!'
Just imagine if I joined a quiz team and got the name of a painting wrong ... team members might say 'Dove, you should have known that - you've got degrees in Fine Art!' but any one of us can have a lapse of memory or mis-remember something.
Or on the other hand, suppose JokerJed had a ream of horticultural qualifications after his name and answered a query about dahlias; someone else might have had a different experience with dahlias - they might feel intimidated by the ream of horticultural letters after Jed's name and wouldn't offer a different point of view - and yet their piece of information might be just what the OP needed.
We all answer queries from our experience and knowledge acquired over the years whether those years are many or few - it doesn't really matter where it comes from
Last edited: 17 November 2016 12:47:17