I've been a member of F1 technical for very nearly 5 years. I am young, I have a firey passion and yes it can lead me off on a rant or two. However I like to think that I can moderate myself (d'you like what I did there?...no?...I've embarrased myself haven't I?
) to the extent that I can "attack the post and not the poster". Even tho tbh I don't like to think I try to ATTACK a post, I prefer to think that more often than not I offer an alternative argument.
I disagree about the lack of technical discussion, in the testing threads we often have discussions about the new aerodynamic parts, whether a team is running light or with KERS. And yes it may be speculative but we simply don't know enough to comment about testing "facts". In the Technical Forums there are technical discussions and in the General Chat forum there is exactly that. It would be wrong to silence people in such a way in the general chat forum.
My only gripe is that in the 5 years I've been here discussions have gone from Firey and Respectful to Fiery and Personal. Also, 5 years ago when Schumi was the marmite character, while there were anti-schumi posts there were far fewer posts that label schumi as a person than there are now posts that attempt to label Hamilton as a person. I've participated in this because, as a fan you do feel compelled to "stand up for" or "counter" claims that you feel are invalid, regardless of whether they stray from the topic. Unfortunatly by doing so you fuel the fire. Now I do realise that point seems counteractive to my own argument (not posting about drivers as people) but I feel the need to post it, as I feel the problem has arisen to to the recent rise in populaity of this site has attracted people who DO post things like that to this site; whereas five years ago they were posting the same thing about schumi, but in other, less savoury forums, not here.
My point is, F1Technical was and in my opinion still should be an F1 forum not a gossip column. I'm not in charge or anything, and I'm not saying I have the right to tell people what to do but in my mind if you want to slate any driver for reasons not regarding F1 there are more than enough "anti-soandso" sites out there full of morons who cannot string together an argument, why not go and join them there if that's what you want to do. It seems to me some people just like to poke others with a stick to get a response. If on the other hand you want to talk F1, then great.
I like this site, I REALLY DO. I feel I can post here, debate, argue and comment without feeling like I should hide my opinion for fear of getting flamed. But recently some newbies have been flamed for something they probably didn't know...nobody needs that sort of elitist attitude. Even days ago, I found out, to my public humiliation, that "j/k" means JOKE. As a newbie there's lots, about forum ettiquete, F1 and all the other stuff we debate, that you may not know. So posting "Why does the Ferrari this year have a different wing to last year?" does not require a reply allong the lines of "Because of the new regulations, you [insert personal degrading label here], where have you been?! Didn't you read about it twelve pages ago?!..." becaue sometimes I've seen it happen, and the poster simply didn't think that MAYBE the original poster was a young kid, younger than I was when I first joined this site (16 if you're interested) who joined because they have JUST gotten interested in F1.
All I ask is come consideration. Loosing your temper with a heated disscussion is fine(as long as it doesn't get nasty), but loosing your temper at a person because unlike you they don't have the engineering knowledge you do, is just unnacceptable in my view.
I used to be able to quote a post and argue against it, then expect a couner argument. NOW when I quote I feel I have to explain that I'm not aiming an attack at the poster for fear of upsetting them, or even geting attacked myself by some jumped up walking ego that cannot bare the thought that somebody disagreed with them. Why does that need to be the case?
I still feel the majority of people here are wonderfully polite, but sometimes you see the term "fanboy" being posted and you just have to roll your eyes
. (It's funny, whenever somebody labels someone a "Fanboy" I always seem to come to the conclusion that it is actually THEY who are the fanboy, as its a typical childish responce from the so-called "fanboy" type.)
Please note I've not quoted, reffered to, or even thought of individuals when posting this (rather long) opinion. I have commented only on a general impression that I, as a fellow user, see. I feel that's only fair and correct.
P.S - My feeling the need to post that disclaimer is an ironic coinscidence about the topic at hand!
Silence is golden when you don't know a good answer.