Why do you consider that a bad thing? If I help someone in a PM it helps only one person. If I help someone in a public forum thread it could help thousands of other people who have the same question in the years to come. I'd think you'd understand this. Do you really have time to help all 50000 members of your forum individually?
I don't consider it a bad thing! You're right, you make a good point, people so doing does only help that person, but writing 'Do no contact me in PM' or 'I do not answer PM's' serves several purposes, a few might be...
It says, 'get lost if you think I am going to answer your question'
It also says, 'Look at me, I am important, have loads of karma, know loads of electronics stuff and as such I get loads of people PM'ing me.'
It also says, 'I am unnaproachable, so don't'
Quite simply there's no need to put this in signatures, just don't answer PM's or turn off PM's from non admins/mods. That way those with that mesasge in their sigs don't risk coming across the wrong way.
Perception is reality!
Do you really have time to help all 50000 members of your forum individually?
Don't be silly... of course I didn't. But then, you knew that, you were just being sarcastic. :D
I could care less.
Well as a senior member of the forum, and as a considerate human being, you should. Sadly, that comment shows disregard for others.
I think it's quite amusing because you actually called me "cocky", "sarcastic", and "arrogant" in another thread for no reason. That was probably the rudest interaction I've had with anyone on this forum.
A tad harsh, but fair enough. Yes I did, and as soon as I realised my mistake, I openly and publicly apologised, admitting I totally misread your comments, entirely misunderstanding the context of your reply. It appears you seem to hold a grudge which is a shame, sorry about this.
My replies here are nothing personal to you or to anyone here, merely observations on what I have seen and experienced as a recent new member, with no 'karma'!
The tone of some replies has been quite surprising to say the least.
... to what you're preaching here.
Oh, I am not preaching... simply offering some feedback on what I have seen and an opinion on how I (and possibly many others) see things.
I can't imagine how you'd deal with some of the panicked students we have roll through here at the end of each semester trying to get help with their final projects they put off until a couple days before they're due.
Really, there's no need to trouble yourself in trying to imagine how you think I'd deal with this situation, honest there isn't ;D If I had the prerequisite knowledge, subject matter expertise and high enough 'karma', and if I were to answer, I am sure I'd do just fine.