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Make Equipment forum a “Flame Free Zone”

Discussion in 'Suggestions' started by uncfnp, Apr 21, 2018.

  1. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    All too often it seems that new/newish divers post to Scubaboard with questions about gear and their thread devolves into a pissing match on who’s equipment is better. Not surprisingly the original poster stops participating and sometimes is never seen again.

    Is there any way to make the Equipment Forum a “Flame Free Zone” similar to the New Diver and Basic Forums.

    Lisa

    "flame free zone" where divers of any skill level may ask questions about (equipment choices) without fear of being accosted. Please show respect and courtesy at all times.
     
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  2. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

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    Maybe there should be a cautionary statement instead sent to them when they sign up:

    "If you are new to the board be aware that among some groups of scuba divers asking about equipment is like asking about religion or politics. There are some differing and very strong opinions and contrary to what some will post they are mostly opinions and not facts. So feel free to ask what you want, but bring some popcorn, and take it all for what it is, differing opinions by divers who love to dive."
     
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  3. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This statement applies to a lot more than just equipment. Until recently solo diving, deep air, and IWR (In Water Recompression) elicited even greater hysteria... because some instructor told them so. I'm not sure it is a "flaming" problem so much as a "my way is the best" problem; usually without a practical explanation why.

    I like the concept of your suggestion. It would probably be worthwhile to write a "welcome aboard message" with these additional points in mind:
    • Curt replies are not necessarily a personal affront
    • Include links to the various "how to use the forum" threads
    • Not everyone is a native english speaker or understands slang
    • Not everyone is computer or social media savvy so explaining terms like "no flame zone" and Moderator might be worthwhile
    • There are a lot of forums to make information easier to find so don't post everything in the Basic of New Divers forum!
     
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  4. RayfromTX

    RayfromTX Student Of Gas Mixology Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Lisa
    This is a great idea. @The Chairman , Let's look into this. These equipment questions are often people's first experience on scubaboard.
     
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  5. Littlerayray

    Littlerayray Regular of the Pub

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    Or we could save all the arguments and tell everyone to stop waiting time with jacket bcd's and just go to a bpw :poke::rofl3: just kidding dont hate me
     
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  6. gopbroek

    gopbroek Solo Diver

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    And if you use split fins you are going to die:stirpot::D
     
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  7. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Quite amazing: According to the devotees of SB, Mares, Cressi, Atomics, Zeagle and Aqualung BCDs and regs barely exist. Computers are only avail from Shearwater and the only Scubapro reg worth breathing is a second-hand G250.
     
  8. Littlerayray

    Littlerayray Regular of the Pub

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    And don't forget the mandatory 12" ndl strapped to your inner thigh for when you get attacked by underwater pirates
     
  9. Ghetto Diver

    Ghetto Diver Solo Diver

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    A lot of these problems would go away if we some sort of group block option, like for 'side mount' ....
     
  10. Saboteur

    Saboteur Regular of the Pub

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    What's a 12" ndl?
     

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