Forums and Confusing newcomers to the hobby.
One of the big problems with forums is the authoritative postings of directly contradictory versions of important facts. Not that this isn't a problem with the Internet in general as well. And lately, even with a major printed MR magazine.
Moderation is occasionally used to shut down the sometimes "abusive" heated discussions. But isn't the occasional direct denial or reversal of correct knowledge just as damaging, or sometimes even more so?
For example just this month, we have had two threads which have mentioned "quartering" of steam loco wheels.
One thread states unequivocally that it has to be EXACTLY 90 DEGREES, and one thread that it doesn't matter, providing all the wheels are CONSISTENTLY at the SAME ANGLE. I know which posting is correct, but how many beginners do?
Unwelcomed repeat responding that causes "heated" activity often results in a thread being shut down with the actually wrong information remaining as the last published.
Wiki type set-ups do have corrective editing systems in place. But forums, like your embarrassing early teen facebook pictures, risk being around to keep on damaging forever.
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