I have read many discussions on PF and it is a great resource. The members are very helpful to answer all types of questions and give their input. Unfortunately when dealing with responses to questions posed by "inexperienced" and overambitious (usually young) members it is easy to be to realistic. Just so we are on the same page I will make up a quick example: -statement "I'm in high school and have been reading Stephen Hawking books lately and think I want to do research in black holes." -response "Reading Stephen Hawking books is not the same as doing actual science, plus only a small fraction of people are fit for performing research in the field of black holes" Now everything in the response may be true. And giving realistic advice is definitely a good thing, I'm not arguing that...I just think it is important to keep kids interested in science. Remember science is also meant to be fun! And when responses are written in such a blunt way, it can inadvertently push young minds away from the field. Perhaps a better response would be: "Although only a fraction of people actually do the type of work you are suggesting, your current interest in the field is a great start. But you will also want to learn basic physics and math first as they are the building blocks you will need before tackling more advanced problems." Notice how this revised response still manages to give realistic advice while remaining positive and not coming off as arrogant. A good article related to this subject titled "What happened to Science Education" from Astronomy Magazine highlights the current state of science education and why kids are pushed away from it. - http://www.astronomy.com/~/media/Files/PDF/Magazine articles/science-education.ashx P.S. - I don't think that in any thread I have read, the person giving advice meant in any way to be rude. This is just some of my advice to keep members active and interested in science. Feel free to give your input as well.