Teaching people to think before the post is something that can't always be taught... I for one tend to think that self moderation ie:
Doktor No wrote:Self moderation/modulation is the key here. If you don't like a certain someones posts then DON'T READ EM! See its easy.
Like our new trainmaster says, "We are all men here." And I add, "act like it."
And actually I really don't see much of a problem here at all anyway. I look at it like this...we get newbies that know next to nothing about railroads...can be annoying but how else do they learn? Tolerance is needed for so called DUMB QUESTIONS. So be it. Be tolerant and also remember you and me don't know everything anyway. I learn every day and come here to get info that even the guys at work have heard nothing about (nor do some/most care).
So it goes.
Book em Dano.
Agreed. My thing is treat people on the forum as you would if you see them in person. If John Doe came up to you in person as asked a question at a meeting, would you answer or ignore?
should be more adhered to. I however also am a fan of the sarcasm that Y@, and Mangnum are fans of which is all fine and good as long as it follows the self moderation rule. I myself would have liked to read the MP25 thread before it got cleaned up because yes I did feel hot under the collar when I got an email on it a few day ago and a phone call on the steps that the site moderation here had taken to resolve the issues. Now, I personally would rather have some moderation with definite consequences for actions than a free for all where the largest zealot wins. Moderation will make mistakes, but only because like the rest of us they are human.
At the end of the day had I taken on the flame war on that thread what would that have accomplished? Would people think better because I "stood my ground" or would I just look like
. Now I didn't say anything, but that in the least doesn't mean I don't want to or have a ton to say about the matter. I just know that opening my trap and trying to "correct" those that I see in the wrong won't do me any good. As Abraham Lincoln said "Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."
Ergo I exercised my ability to censor myself. I'm sure that not everyone will chose to see this issue the same way that I do that's fine. We are all our own person and responsible to ourselves for our own actions. I am also sure that when I was a young phoamer, I said some pretty dumb stuff on message boards and the like so I can't throw the first stone to condemn a new phoamer for trying to learn. I applaud them for asking the questions and trying to figure it out. That shows initiative and drive something that will help carry them in their adult life. If we sit here and denounce that kind of ambition are we then not partly responsible for the failures of the individual later in life? (Yes I know this goes back to the individuals responsibility vs the group and there are many theories on that.)
As Red Green Says:
Keep your stick on the ice.
"Killing foam since 1983!"
You know what ya gotta do G? Bust a move!
Gun rights and labor rights, everyone wins.