The point is students take the advice given to them as fact. If they were to use your suggestion, would it cost them more in the long run? Military students for example have restrictions which may or may not benefit from your advice above. I read these posts in hopes that my situation will soon be resolved If my school closed or if I am able to finish my degree, but I’ve often been given information from other students that found incorrect advice, suggestions, and informations on certain sites only to be let down. I understand you’re trying to help students, but the research must in the end be verified on our own. I learned my lesson after signing up for classes, but many students haven’t and false information spreads without any verification because they heard it from someone that heard it from someone else.
Arguing about students being scammed won’t help anyone if students don’t do the research because it just means their trust has been transferred to yet another person without any knowledge that it’s accurate. It makes your word worth no more than those you’re complaining about.
I understand you’re trying to help, but constant attacks and giving advice without having any awareness of the situation each of us face isn’t the way to do it. Instead, encourage students to look into what is best for them if a class is dropped or how it will affect status, financial penalties, and whatever else could be affected. i’d be refused tuition reimbursement from my job if I waited a week vs dropping a class during the first week of courses.