well im just wondering, not trying to be rude, its like its a trend all of the sudden
To be fair, I had the same problem a few weeks ago. It must be a typical newbie mistake. In my case, before I hit the panic button, I worked with the interface until I figured out what I did wrong and how to restore the tooltabs. If there are a set of questions that newbies ask repeatedly, maybe it would be worth it for the forum staff to pin a thread to the top of the Gimp Help forum titled something like "Before you Post, Read This First!"
Just a suggestion.