I've lurked here since Dec 2010, give or take. Actual date can be checked.
I've had TONS of questions that I never bothered to type out.
I've done TONS of reading on this forum before putting fingers to keyboard because I've been a member of other forums and KNOW that somewhere contained within, the answer has been answered in every fashion known to human kind. Very rarely have I seen a "fresh" question asked.
I can understand the frustration of the mainstays of the group for answering questions that if the OP spent their time typing in the search box their question they would have had an answer much sooner. Or at a very minimum, showing that an initiative was taken and they TRIED to gain an answer.
But when I was a newbie, and reading through and still seeing the "harshness" (if you will) of the veterans, it's no wonder that people want to get off this forum. If the vets were to reread some of their past comments, say from greater than 1 year old, they might still agree with the content of the post, but probably not the tone of it.
BUT, some of the moderators would be better to answer THIS question, how many new subscribers does DPS get on a monthly basis?
The reason I pose this question is because while the veterans of this forum have been asked and have answered the same questions over and over again, for SOME it is the very first time they came across the question and they just don't know.
A little tolerance, a http://lmgtfy.com/, and a smidgen of humor would go along way.
Before I sign off on this, I'm going to paraphrase Joe Dimaggio and Derek Jeter: "I run out every ground ball and hustle because there is someone here seeing me play for the very first time".
Good day Ladies and Gents. Thanks for indulging me.