Quoted from Aurich:
One of the reasons I don't post here much anymore is I got sick of all the whiners constantly trying to tell everyone else when they're allowed to post, when they're allowed to have an opinion.
This particular reason and the constant "prove it" (coupled with the classic follow up "that's not true") comments eventually drive many people away from any forum.
When you spend excessive time "proving it" people sometimes don't care, never wanted the truth anyway, and the trolls just stop trying to derail and go silent, moving onto another chuckle moment.
If you don't quote every single source of direct information, less inclined people don't want to believe either out their personal fantasy.
This ends in the classic TLDR moment of ignorance.
This really is a no win situation.
Over moderation nazis are the other destructive force on forums, not the taunters.
I cannot blame people for leaving.
Once a forum is only left to those that ended up on ignore lists anyway, the website is dead.
Fortunately, PinSide has equal amounts of new enthusiasts entering a higher rate for now.
However, the knowledge base is a mixed bag and I cannot tell if it's in full decline from a year ago.
There are only a handful that could explain the IC construction, schematic circuitry, and diagnose of electrical signals through an oscilloscope of say an Early Bally SS "Squawk and Talk" sound board.
You need equal amounts of knowledgeable people on a website, not just those that dangle their "toes in the water" saying how cool a game is in terms of gameplay.
They ACTUALLY have to talk as well, not just lurk.
That is why some just starting going offsite and writing articles on PinWiki.
Endless polls have become beyond annoying, as they have little to no value, even for entertainment now.
Everybody has moments of feeling like there is no point in trying to help others, if they already made up their own minds on what they believe.
This includes things like repairs, diagnosing game problems, and other areas in terms of pinball.
This is called "signal to noise" ratio.
People had been commenting on some of this aspect here for some time, hence some of the changes to this forum.
Some people even with the changes that were mentioned before the modifications have basically said "$#!@ it".
I mean to people really think making fake pinball events using shadow accounts on calendars is fun?
I guess they do.
My significant other yesterday announced she wanted to buy her own pinball machine for her house.
However, she clearly stated she would not do it until she fully understood how it works and basic maintenance.
I raised my eyebrows.
She recognized that buying this luxury toy required more expertise, because there are many less people that could fix it.
You cannot drive down to the local auto shops(s) near a person's home.
It absolutely made my day, due the second part of the response, not just the first.
Sometimes people do listen.
"If one piece of musical orchestration is heard over a sea of white noise, it makes it worth the effort of performance."