timidly climbs on to soapbox
Hi everyone, I just wanted to post and make a point here, you can either read it, or ignore it, but I think this needs to be said. As you can see from my profile I first registered on these forums in October of 2002, and I’m coming up on 3 years on these forums. And in those three years I regret to say I’ve seen it slowly slide from a highly respected forum to a moderately respected forum with a lot of hostility and ‘maliciousness’ for lack of a better word in the eyes of many of my peers. I admit I’ve said some things like that myself, the site just isn’t the same. When I first came here it seemed to be a great place, everyone was nice, there were many willing to share knowledge and help others. Now it seems more and more like a training ground for verbal snipers. Waiting for an opportunity to attack someone, and I’m seeing what appears to me the apparant breakdown of the principles of FIRST.
On my team, GP was always hammered in to us, and explained when asked and CD used to be the example we always used. It saddens me that GP is less and less prevalent around here. I’ve seen CD go through two upgrades, a few format changes and a lot of personality changes. The site no longer seems friendly and welcoming, and when I sent newer team members to the site to ask questions I was horrified when they came back saying “I don’t think they’ll be much help, they’re just squabbling.” So I’m coming out of my hole to make this point, and if it’s Forum Suicide, so be it.
The hostility levels need to come down, and fast. Let’s bring CD back to the proud peak it once had, we have the awesome Brandon Martus maintaining the site like crazy and we have all of your brilliant minds just waiting to work together, and I know the spirit of FIRST and GP is still around, so let’s not hide it.
I admit I am scared to post here, often because I’m worried I’m going to get torched for disagreeing with somebody. I was even afraid to post this until a few more well known CDers told me to give it a try. I shouldn’t be scared, it’s silly, but there shouldn’t be any reason for me to be scared either. I hope my point isn’t coming off as too brash, as there are many helpful discussions and posts abound still, I don’t mean to say CD is a doomsday remnant. My goal is to try to stem the flow of anger and hostility and Ungracious Unprofessionalism.
GP > UU.
steps off soapbox have your way with it, that’s my two cents. I’d really like to see the return of the old CD. You’re all so special, and if we work together, and make this site great(er) again, we can spread FIRST even faster and with even more open arms to new people.