I'm a firm believer in the idea that there are no dumb questions. I especially feel this way when it comes to motorcycles. Motorcycle.com recently published an article titled "10 Dumb Motorcycle Questions" that poked fun a newbie riders.
Now, I get the author was trying to do this in a lighthearted manner and he acknowledges the need to be gentle while making fun of newbies, but I don't think it's productive to tease newbies for asking questions, even if you think they are dumb. Call me a fragile snowflake, but I don't think it's cool to poke fun at ignorance.
Make fun of new riders when they do or say something stupid, not when they ask questions.
I ask what I'm sure some people call dumb questions sometimes on purpose at automotive or motorcycle events or presentations because I know nobody else will.
I'm sure I annoy some people, but I don't care. There have been times when those seemingly dumb questions have led to interesting and engaging answers.
Newbies should be able to do the same without criticism.
When you make fun of people for asking questions, they tend not to ask them. This means instead of seeking out the right information, they're more likely to do something wrong because they don't want to sound dumb for asking.
The one good thing about this article is that the author makes a point of saying that you should always give out good and accurate advice. He makes it clear that if you mislead someone, you could cause them real physical harm.
I hesitated to bring this article up at first because I see what the author was trying to do, but the bottom line is he did a crappy job of it.
If you're a newbie and you have questions, ask them. Always.
If you don't want to go to someone who you think will criticize you, ask your questions in the comment box below. If I can answer, I will. If I don't know, I'll ask around until I can find someone who does. The last thing I'll do is make fun of you.