Hello all, I am new here and thought I would share my observations about this forum in general. I have a great deal of interests ranging from Radio Control to Mountain Biking to Turbo’s and Skylines (and R35’s) to Hunting Small & Big Game, to Compound Bows all the way through to Real Steel bang bangs. Basically if it Twangs or Bang’s or Rev’s, Rides or Drives I’m into it. Over the years I have visited a great number of forums in regards to these interests yet joined very few. The reason, always the same. No matter the forum design and how well the interface, the thought of having to mingle virtually with a varying percentage of the members turned me off. In the real world I wouldn’t associate so I felt hypocritical if I did so online. The concern, my concern, always Ego based. The treatment of fellow enthusiasts of the particular hobby / interest can be appalling. Members new & old showing off their new bike to be told it’s crap, telling a noob their stupid for not knowing this or that, why’d you chose that and not this, basically a constant barrage of streaming negativity. The site suffers for it. Interest based forums are designed to bring like minded people together and to create an environment where freedom of expression, positivity, understanding, knowledge, helpfulness etc may flourish unhindered by small people with big mouths. I have spent many, many hours pouring over this forum gathering information for my build and not once, not once have I detected anything that wasn’t generous in nature, Kudos to you all and Kudos to the creators and keepers of this site for encouraging this atmosphere. Thank you to every member, to everyone who contributes, to everyone who takes the time to share their learned techniques and experiences with others and thank you for all for doing so in a respectful, courteous and understanding way. I am sure that anyone who has visited a number of varied forums knows how harsh some can be. This being an Aussie based forum may have something to do with it’s warmth and generosity, I will think about it.
TL;DR Very impressed with the forum and more so it’s members. The anonymity of online discussions grants great freedom to those who feel the need to ridicule. Creating and maintaining a space where this type of person can not get a foothold and therefor moves along will see this site in good footing for many years to come.
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