the forum is in meltdown.
yep, the lunatics have taken over the asylum
As some of you may have noticed (but probably not), I haven't posted for a while on the forum (not that I did post a great deal when I did
post - if you see what I mean...). I have, though, been dipping in and following some of the threads.
If I may dare to stick my head above the parapet for a minute, I feel that the forum is not yet in meltdown, but has lost its way somewhat. In my view, this is because it has become quite cliquey and some members behave in a very superior and supercilious way. It may be that these members are, indeed, very knowledgeable about the subject matter and read and research a great deal, but some of us really do not have the time to do this, much as we would like to, owing to other commitments in life. Some of us may have come to the subject(s) later than others. This puts us at a disadvantage in our level of knowledge.
This disadvantage should not be derided, however. I see this forum as a place not only for the exchange of knowledge and information, but also for learning. Some of us may not have any knowledge to exchange as yet and may just wish to learn more about things.
I can understand that it may be frustrating for those who do have a vast knowledge of the subject matter, due to their own endeavours or circumstances, if they come across people who just wish to know and learn things by merely asking and not doing their own research. However, I'm sure those with that knowledge have been helped along the way by others at some point, too.
I think it is sad that some genuine enquirers are treated with 'haughty disdain' when they are just trying to learn. It has put me off posting 'stupid' questions. Maybe it's a lack in me... But I don't think so. Maybe that's why others no longer post... It's a shame.