Frankly, I'm tired of the negativity and disrespectful people that lurk here.
Honestly, one of the big reasons I sold my MetPro at the price I did is to start to retreat from this community more and more. Yeah, there's thread drains and ignore lists; I get it. There are also things like "taking it too far" or being a real off-putting jerk.
I am really getting that vibe more and more from a greater number of people here. There's a fair amount of keyboard warriors in this forum. When I am on this forum, I have a rule I live by: don't type anything you would not say to someone's face. I have genuinely tried to live by that, but some people here have honestly really tested my limits.
I came to this forum to learn technical knowledge and gain understanding of diagnosing machines, but honestly, that's about the last thing I have gained. My local Cincy-Dayton community has been amazing and taught me a LOT, and the sad thing is, I don't think I'd really be missing much here.
That sickens me. People shouldn't feel that way. Long standing members shouldn't have some "holier than thou" attitude just because you know more than another member. Whether it be technical knowledge, how to transport a machine, what new machines are coming out, how to dismantle a playfield, how to test a component to see if it is good or not, or anything else in this hobby - I know I have definitely felt disrespected, and here is my thoughts: if you don't have something constructive or helpful to say to assist someone new or someone that is learning for themselves, go pound sand.
I will give this community credit: I have bought and sold a lot of machines here, and I made sure I contributed donations to Pinside because Robin has given us something very special here. He has given us a hub for us to and enjoy sharing pinball knowledge and war stories. He has given us a place that helped me discover the entire Cincinnati-Dayton pinball community. He has given us a community where I have made some great friends and people I would never have met otherwise.