I know what you mean. A few are very immature, rude, insensitive, and hypercritical. Phil needs to take his belt off and do some spanking :wink:Rich Gibson said:I just returned from "that" forum. It's so nice to be here at the cafe. Why Phil lets people behave so boorishly I can't understand. Y'know going back to your old neighborhood sometimes reminds you why you left.
I'm not sure if he coined the term, but humorist Ken Rockwell has defined it rather well on this page:sommer said:... I've spent hours and hours on dpreview reading and absorbing, but I will never, and I mean NEVER, post there. It's a snakepit, where the most common response to a new person is 'try the search function, idiot.' I rarely even read there anymore, because I'm sick to death of the 'my lens is bigger than your lens' and the 'my flash is better than your flash' stuff. Whoever coined the term measurebator knows that group reaaaal well.
I suspect the same thing that happened to the Dell newsgroup on Usenet. It used to be a forum populated with many "geeks" and knowledgeable amateurs. When Dell cast a broader net for business and dropped their prices, many people flocked to the newsgroup for help. Unfortunately, there were many knuckleheads among the group, as there are on other groups that have grown rapidly. There must be some algorithm or statistical formula for calculating the percentage of rude people are in the general population, which can then be adapted to internet forums. With careful observation and your handy formula, you can monitor a newsgroup and know exactly when to bail :lol:Clivegriff said:My first experience of any photographic fora was the Nikon Talk Forum (NTF) on Dpreview at the time I bought my CP950.
It was a friendly, happy place (like the Cafe is now) populated by some top people like Uncle Frank, Sandi and Jarrell Conley.
I wonder what happened to them...