OG wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:20 pm
This is like the bar at the local gliding club (few flying clubs have bars remaining
). We go there to be in the company of likeminded people, or to have our weekly fix of amber liquid. Sometimes the conversation is good, sometimes its boring and sometimes its heated. But in the end, those with the passion will be back, even if they just lurk on the fringe. And the << moderated - language>> will be wheeled out eventually.
Oscar Goudriaan - or just OG, which is my contest number when I glide
Thanks Oscar, good to know your name, and that's a very interesting post.
I have been giving this whole Avcom thing serious thought. I originally imagined it would be like a big flying club pub - but it simply isn't. You would very quickly get bored in a pub where 90% of the members had bags over their heads and insisted on being called "X". They won't tell you what they are doing in aviation, or where they work, or where they live, or if they have a family, or any interests and hobbies. I am afraid that this is the state of the Avcom pub.
So why do we bother at all? I pretty much only click with people who have names and hobbies etc. I deplore sarcasm, snide remarks, bragging, and rude or disrespectful behaviour. All of which seem to be on the increase.
So I have to admit that my interest in Avcom is confined to hearing from the 10% who are not in hiding. I also like trying to find out why accidents happen, trying to guide newer pilots away from accidents, and getting involved question and answer sessions. I have learned a hell of a lot about all sorts of things. We are lucky to have members who are specialists in a huge variety of aviation fields - many of which I know very little about. I find Avcom is a wonderful source of information - and I am always amazed how almost any question eventually gets a sensible answer.
Perhaps alongs the most valuable contributors are those who spark interesting discussions by asking questions. I just love people who ask questions. They show a healthy willingness to learn, rather than a know-it-all attitude.
At a dinner party, ask why the sky is blue. You will get all sorts of half-baked replies. The most sensible one is "I don't know - let's find out". This is the part of Avcom that I love.