So how do we explain the high attrition rate of valuable posters? I came here in '03 vaguely liking trains but with little knowledge, and I learned a great deal from some very clued up people. Were I to try that today, I'f just find myself looking at things like lists of Melbourne stations with picket fences.Yes I too can see what TLD™ is getting at I don't mind a spirited debate or something just as long as it does not get really personal. Some on here all seem to think we can see them or something we cannot and we don't often get the right end of the stick simply because someone has not worded it right. I dont expect perfect 100% grammar all the time but if I have to read a post more than once to even have an inkling as to what someone wants then it becomes drudgery to me. Some posts I have read half a dozen times on here and I still cant make heads or tails out of the post after.
No, I can't back this up. I have no cite. But I know the score. A great many informative posters (and not as abrasive as STB) have left for greener pastures. Where are the Riccardo types these days? The knowledge base is now massively eroded. RP used to be my first port of call if I needed to know something about rail - these days, I come only when I've exhausted other avenues. And I'm usually disappointed.
I take no pleasure in this. I have a great many fond memories of RP, and I don't wish it to fail. But I can't help seeing what I see. This site is a shadow of its glory days. I think that's a damned shame.
But yes those that like to pull a person down because they think they are a superior being or something really want to have a good kick in the goolies administered to them. There are not many but a few on here do like to behave this way. The other thing I actually dislike about Railpage is that you are not allowed to have an honest opinion about something or someone lest it upset them. Tough I say, simply let them grow a pair and go out into the big wide world more where they will possibly get shot down in flames or something worse. I don't mean starting a flame war or something but if two people disagree on something let them fight it out to a point. But some of the posters on here can not use common sense and good old knowledge to do it they would rather attack the person which is not on actually, unless they are proven to be a chronic pest or a bad troll.
As for STB I rather liked his call it as I see attitude, as in most cases he was right, I would not fully agree with some things he said at times, but I would not shoot him in the foot for saying it. What if he chooses not to come back at all, which I have heard is the case. Another one lost. Pretty soon this site will be full of 14 year old experts as slowly the one's with knowledge get cheesed of and depart.
And some moderators on here are just as bad at times too, I will not name them but some things leave you speechless at times when they should have intervened and they did not and at other times they do intervene for no real reason at all. There seems to be no mid ground with the moderators like this.
We all need to know this simple rule "I totally dis-agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it".
Just as long as it is not libellous or defamatory.
I am seriously thinking myself of departing actually, not that it will be any big deal though. The site is rapidly going down the gurgler in my eyes and a lot of peoples eyes as well. Just my two bob's worth for what it is worth.