I'm with Bkeller on this. I myself am one of those who do not often reply to the "already answered numerous times" questions. There are several reasons. The obvious one is that I frankly can get a little tired answering the same things over and over again. It happens quite frequently. Everyone here is helping in the forums because of personal interest, and not as a job, so we do what we can, we prioritize our time available, and this is a typical thing for me to skip.
The other reason is, that when we scatter the information in several threads talking about the same topics, then it becomes much more tricky to find the information we need. Think of it this way: If you search for "fidgeting", would you rather find 50 threads with a little info here and there, scattered all over the place, or ONE thread with all the valuable info right there. This is why it pays off to search before posting. All your answers are most likely asked before.
I actually set up a topic on this once. I'm not sure how much response I got.
When it comes to rude responses, I try not to do it. I am not purposefully rude, but I sometimes push people or provoke to get a reaching, because I see that they need it. If someone (I have no idea if OP did this or not) posts how they are not losing weight, but doing everything, yet I see that the main dish says Burger King for a week straight, then I'll tell it to the person and I will not gift wrap and cushion anything. I feel that the person is best served by us stating the obvious so they can see where the issue is. If we don't do this, then the person might not actually understand what we're saying.
Whether you use the forums or not, is of course entirely up to you. I will, however, say that this is the best weight loss forum around, and that I couldn't have reached my final goal had it not been for this forum. These guys have saved my life. Literally.
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
"Eating enough, moving more, not eating stupid s**t = losing weight."
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.
I started my weight loss journey on October 4th, 2010 - and this is what I have accomplished so far: