turbof1 wrote:....Point is, you don't need to be officially educated in this.
I disagree 1000000000000000000000000000%
This is, by its name, a technical forum. You can't possibly get the equivalent of a university technical degree just reading posts here. There are far too many posts now that start out "I don't know anything about aerodynamics (or suspension or composites), but.......,
Of course that isn't the equivalent, neither was that the point. The point was that even though you don't have the academic background, you can learn enough stuff here to be able to atleast discuss technical matter with the others. For the record this isn't nuclear physics we are talking about. Anyone with a bit of mind can draw airflow patterns and lines in their head to have an idea what is going on.
" It's great to be a fan of the technology, but that doesn't make you qualified to give technical opinions.
So you are basically saying there others that aren't "qualified" shouldn't give their technical opinion. That's very closed minded from you and is exactly the opposite this place tries to do. If it was purely an engineer forum, then this place would be closed and only allowed members would be able to view and participate in topics. Steven choose this to be open from the beginning. You joined in that same format, and that same format would stay. If you don't like that, you are free to leave.
Same for your mystery f1 engineer. If he feels he doesn't want to wade through the discussions, and yes sometimes the rubbish, then that's his choice. What has he contributed to this place? If you say what's true and he only came here to get some ideas, then he's practically taking somebody else their idea and claims at his office it's his. We don't need another leech to be honest.
Please provide poster blocking so that it's easier to get through threads by ignoring those who've demonstrated a thorough lack of technical knowledge or who needlessly repeat whole posts and whole previous picture strings.
I have a better idea: give the same option, but then to block intolerant people who sour up the place
. We have moderators to do that, and moderators only should keep that option. We don't need abuse from member who feel "non qualified" people shouldn't be here.
A person doesn't get his brilliancy from getting a piece of paper he worked for at an university. This place is welcome for those who haven't or are in progress of getting it. Being officially an engineer here means squat, everybody stands equal and everybody needs to prove their value by themselves. Evidence for being qualified here is provided by what you show, not by a title.