You guys are looking for people who can contribute, huh?
I work with a professional orchestra. My work ranges from, say, writing an arrangement for that aria for this formation FOR TODAYS REHEARSAL IN A COUPLE HOURS (!!!!!!!!!!!) to carrying heavy stuff around. So I'm no expert, but I know a lot about a lot about professional music making and am a not-yet-professional musician myself.
I'd love to stick around and share my knowledge a bit everyday but there are two conditions for that:
BE A BIT MORE WELCOMING. Look here Which set of books could I read to become an advanced conductor? so apparently my first question wasn't great. I hope it's just my impression but two of the commenters seemed very aggressive in their posts. Made me just want to leave this website and never come back.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND. As I said here Are Shopping List Questions On-Topic? it seems there's no way to say anything in this community. So get the rules straight. I don't want to waste my time asking and answering to be told I'm doing it completely wrong as a result. In fact I'm not posting a single word outside meta until someone makes things extremely clear.
If this sounds like a rant it's because it is. I came here looking for a nice exchange of information and was instead criticized for not guessing your unclear rules. I like reading different opinions on the Internet but I have plenty of extremely talented musicians to ask for help. The way I see it it's your loss if I never come back here again.
Want to know how to keep experts around? I'll give you a hint: this post tells you how not to.
(And before someone asks why I didn't ask my musician friends for books on conducting.. I did. Most of them aren't English speakers. I came here looking for English-language books.)
I'd like to point out a flaw in the question itself:
What's the proper fingering for such and such? or indeed most questions that have short right answers are, at the most, intermediate student questions (not expert).
From having worked as a translator in classes by, for example, a world top musician who learned the trade from a legend, it was very obvious that a technical question ("How do I do this?") doesn't last very long ("Like this.") in a truly expert environment.
Expert questions in music are, by nature, subjective. Which is why I was criticizing the FAQ in another thread about it's insistence on:
You should only ask practical, answerable questions based on actual problems that you face. Chatty, open-ended questions diminish the usefulness of our site..
In my experience even simple technical questions which could be answered with a short right answer will result in more benefit to the student when answered in a chatty open-ended way that often ends with "so either way is fine, it's up to you".