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Bob Stevenson21/05/2020 13:36:17
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This is a brilliant site which I look at sometimes although I'm not a model enthusiast. There's usually something to learn or laugh at and it's peopled by characters similar to myself who are mostly decent, kind and helpful.


The only 'con' of this site is the 'Model Engineering Police', or as I think of them; the sneering detractors. These are people who get their emotional inputs by a snarling abusive venting of their spleens, often hidden in sarcasm and dusted with smugness, by rubbishing the efforts of others. They actually do so at a cost of depleting and reducing the stature of this otherwise great site, and of course, they rarely let others see and judge their own abilities, or lack thereof.


Regular viewers will have seen the topic on making a milling spindle, in which the OP linked to the Youtube video of Steve Jordan, in which he showed his attempt to build such a spindle. Steve Jordan has long been a target here for the sneering detractors so I guessed what was coming, I was not surprised when the snarling started.......


I don't know Steve Jordan personally, have never met or spoken to him,...never exchanged emails with him....never, as yet, made any of his items and don't really expect to.....I look at his videos from time to time to see what he is up to and like some of his ideas and possibilities. As far as I know he is not a user/follower of this site, but he might well be because he is basically doing what many people here do, namely, pushing aside the stresses of life by retiring to his small workshop and making things. He started with a Chinese mini-lathe and now also has a Myford gifted by his brother.


Also like many here he appears to have modest means and struggles with poor mental and physical health. He puts up his videos so that other people also in sheds and basements with a small lathe and drilling machine can watch his, sometimes quaint, methods and see a way for their own efforts.....


And thus, to the sneering detractors themselves;....if you don't have the basic decency and manners to make comments helpful and constructive with a dash of kindness then do the honourable thing and POST YOUR OWN BETTER VIDEO TO SHOW HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE BY SUCH A SUPERIOR ABILITY.....other wise, keep you heads below the parapet and stay quiet!...PLEASE! because you are not helping this site or the people that follow it.

Edited By Bob Stevenson on 21/05/2020 13:38:28

Brian H21/05/2020 13:44:52
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Well said Bob. It's a shame that these people inhabit our world and that they may put off many beginners from becoming involved.

Dave Halford21/05/2020 13:52:31
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At the bottom of each post there's a link titled 'ignore member' all you have to do is use it. and you'll never see a post from them ever again.

Sam Spoons21/05/2020 13:59:30
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+1 I'm a recent new member and will probably be an irregular visitor as I am not a model maker either. I have a Boxford partly just for the hell of it and partly for just fiddling and making small items along the way.

I have had some great, friendly help and advice here in the short time I have been a member and have not yet come across the sort of thing Bob writes about but I know it will exist. 'Sneering detractors' inhabit all forums and TBH I have visited much worse ones than this (usually no more than twice.....) but the premise "if you can't say something nice than don't say anything at all" is a good one to follow. I'm fairly thick skinned but anybody posting should consider those who are, maybe, more fragile, especially in these strange times when even the most robust personality is likely to be feeling some self-doubt.

Harry Wilkes21/05/2020 14:08:43
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Posted by Brian H on 21/05/2020 13:44:52:

Well said Bob. It's a shame that these people inhabit our world and that they may put off many beginners from becoming involved.

I'll second that


Ady121/05/2020 14:11:33
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I never really notice much negative in here, it's very civilised and tolerant in this place

Out on the netty it's a jungle, I ceased all contact with any human in any manner or form on the world of tanks site within 24 hours of joining and starting to play

That was well over a year ago, I still play every day though

omg they're horrible to each other, it's like primary three stuff meets lord of the flies

Little boys are made of frogs and snails and puppy dogs tails

Edited By Ady1 on 21/05/2020 14:19:26

Barrie Lever21/05/2020 14:35:18
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I don't think that negative snide comments have any place on the forum. At times like this we need positive thoughts and good governance.

I believe it is important for the more senior and experienced forum members to set a good example. Very quickly any snide postings would stick out like a sore thumb.

I post a lot over on the model flying forum, there is less of the issues that you talk about over there.



SillyOldDuffer21/05/2020 14:55:24
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This is a tricky one!

Surely we know that the Internet has serious quality problems? A fair percentage of material published on the web is unbalanced. Well-meaning or not, it's littered with mistakes, misunderstandings, naiveties, incompetence, Payola, faulty logic, safety hazards, and fake news. Some youtube videos containing good advice are unwatchable due to poor presentation, whilst others are convincingly slick but plain wrong. It's often hard to tell the difference between beginners blundering along as they learn from whizz-kids who really knows their stuff.

So what should forum members do about flawed information on the web? Personally I think it wrong to pretend all is well. An engineering hobby is about best practice and truth, not covering up because we like people, or admire their enthusiasm. No reason not to be polite though.

In that spirit I try to be clear it's the engineering I criticise, not the individuals! Personally I positively welcome being corrected because I get stuff wrong and misspeak rather more than I like. An important advantage of the forum is peer review. If I stick a carp video on the web, innocents will fall for it. If I post poor stuff here, there are several capable of putting me right and willing to do so. Well done them, because forum quality is all the better for it! Sad my ego is so badly bruised I often cry myself to sleep, but the end justifies the means.

Can't comment on Steve Jordan's work - never watched any of his videos.


Andrew Tinsley21/05/2020 15:07:59
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Yes there are a couple of smug, snide people on the forum, but I long ago used the "ignore member button", so I don't get troubled with them any more.


Sam Spoons21/05/2020 15:15:20
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All valid points Dave, and I agree. 'Quality control' (which nobody is going to be offended by if worded well) is I think a different matter. I suspect the people Bob is concerned about are not concerned with QC.....

Howard Lewis21/05/2020 15:22:35
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My perception of the Forum, when I joined, was that it was a place for social contact, a means of sharing a mutual interest in the various aspects of Engineering, and a place to seek or give help.

None of us know all about everything, so the know-alls, and smart alecs deserve the "Ignore member" button.

Sadly, there are those who merit such treatment. As yet, I have yet to use to it, but sadly one or two have come VERY close.

Otherwise, the Forum is a great place to visit, with so much of interest, even if not of immediate use.

I am not going to rebuild a Harrison or a Colchester, nor make a clock, but reading of how others go about it is of great interest.

My advice? Ignore the self opinionated "experts", and enjoy the freely given information and the banter.

This is almost a global Club for those interested in all aspects.of Engineering. We all have something to offer and something to learn (even if only not to rely on my memory! )


Edited By Howard Lewis on 21/05/2020 15:25:30

Frances IoM21/05/2020 16:45:01
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S.O.D. I've been involved with local history for some years + as an offshoot connection with many into Family History tho that's not my thing - one thing that became apparent as the web became democratised was the ability to neophytes to jump in with both left feet and put incorrect research into places where it became accepted as true by those too quick to accept it as valid - more careful researchers tended to include significant caveats where any 'guesswork' was concerned - trying to correct the posting of these enthusiastic newcomers was always difficult
Robert Atkinson 221/05/2020 17:08:37
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I Have to agree with Dave (SOD) and Frances. We can't just ignore the bad stuff, certainly not the dangerous. No single person knows everthing or is always correct. Like dave I'm happy to be corrected or enter ino a civilised technical discussion. I probably come over as a bit of a health and safety concerned person, but I've no problem with people setting their own acceptable level of safety as long as it does not affect others. I certainly do things in my home workshop that I would never suggest others do, and some I would not even tell anone I'd done
It is a difficult balance but my view is make sure peopel know that you have concerns and then let them decide for them seves.
I know I frequently annoyed a couple of people on a automotive forum because I would add a "don't forget it's illegal" post to any thread advocating LED replacment bulbs for exterior lights (OK for reversing lights odly) or disabling emissions systems. that didn't make it clear. Similar viewpoint, let readers know the techncal issue and decide for themselves. No need to rant or be rude.

Robert G8RPI.

Nick Clarke 321/05/2020 17:16:18
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Posted by Dave Halford on 21/05/2020 13:52:31:

At the bottom of each post there's a link titled 'ignore member' all you have to do is use it. and you'll never see a post from them ever again.

All very well, but I would not do that because no matter how snide and sneering people are because of their 'greater experience' and 'superior knowledge' they may well be more experienced (hard not to be) and finer engineers than me so I can hopefully learn from some of what they are saying, while trying to ignore the manner in which they say it.

I genuinely find such comments distasteful in the extreme, but I hope I always remain keen to pick out the good bits behind them.


Daniel21/05/2020 17:35:11
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A phrase has evolved into common parlance, in our household, of late.

"I saw it on the internet, so it must be true."

Attributed,to any piece of information of doubtful veracity and/or origin.




Pete Rimmer21/05/2020 18:09:51
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I believe that it is your duty to point out bad or dangerous practices, especially on Youtube. Some people believe that content at any cost is the way to go. That's fine for funny cat videos but not so good when the uninitiated watch popular content providers using practices that make sense to them not realising that they are entirely unsuitable.

How you go about it is another matter.

Howard Lewis21/05/2020 18:11:02
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I thought that anything appearing on a computer screen or print out was true?.

Removes tongue from cheek


Brian Baker 121/05/2020 18:19:50
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Greetings, I think Sam Spoons has it right, "if you cann't say any thing nice about someone, donn't say any thing at all".


University of Youtube

Georgineer21/05/2020 18:34:08
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Posted by Ady1 on 21/05/2020 14:11:33:

Little boys are made of frogs and snails and puppy dogs tails

Good, protein-rich stuff that. Far better for you than Sugar and Spice and all things which rot your teeth and promote type 2 diabetes!

George B.

Daniel21/05/2020 18:35:37
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