I have been giving this topic a lot of thoughts, that’s why I haven’t said anything until now.
Now, correct me if I am wrong, but what Andrew ISN’T suggesting is to limit the chief delphi forum so that only team leaders can read/post in it. As far as I can tell, Andrew’s idea sounds more like an private e-mail list, or a small private chatroom.
Imagine the regional competition, or an off season competition. After a long day of competition, an engineer, or team leader might want to invite some other mentors/engineers and talk about FIRST stuff. Yes, everyone deserve to talk about FIRST stuff, but they wouldn’t want to invite everyone at the competition. When it is the next day again, EVERYONE goes back to the competition and have fun again. That goes along the same line with the chief delphi forum. Sure, people might PM each other for a little bit, but the next day they are posting in CD forum again.
So, let’s not keep arguing about who deserve to express their opinions or not. As far as I am concerned, as long as the Chief Delphi Forum exist, EVERYONE will get a chance to share their opinions and knowledge. That’s the best anyone can ask for. Anything more than that is just helpful additions.
Learn to PM the mentors/engineers/team leaders more often, or learn to structure your disucssion better so they are more constructive and easy to read. Chances are, if your discussion is really good and organized, good stuff are going to come out of them. I bet you the mentors/adults/engineers/team leaders will jump right in and join in the discussion if they find it interesting. In the end, that’s what we want to do in the CD forum right? To meet other people, learn from what they say, and be better off than when you came in here the first time.
No need to argue about who deserve more to share their opinions. I know all of you care really much about your right to express your opinions, most are even passionate about it. That’s why I keep coming back into this forum. There are a lot of great folks around here who aren’t afraid to say what they mean. Sure, some could be a little more considerate of others, but all in all, I am proud to be part of this community. As long as the Chief Delphi Forum community exist, everyone can have a say in it.
Now sit straight and organize this thread into Pros, Cons, constructive criticisms, suggestions, and analyze the method of the way you organize it. Oh wait, that’s forcing my opinions onto others… Never mind.