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Discussion in 'GATE Info & Announcements' started by Eric, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Jan 1, 1970
    I doubt if many people would deny that the Internet is the single biggest source of information in history. If it has an Achilles heel, it is that it contains good AND bad information and it can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between the two. There are a lot of experts in given areas on sites like this, but there are also plenty of people who think they are experts. How does someone decide which is which?

    This is a problem I have kicked around for many years and the best solution I can think of is to create a series of forums that will be chaired by acknowledged experts in their given fields. In these forums, anyone can start a thread asking a question. The thread will not go live until the expert/moderator for that forum answers the question. At that point, the OP and the moderator for that forum will be the only people that can respond to the thread, but everyone will be able to read it.

    Why format the place this way?

    • Threads will only go live after they are addressed by the moderator/expert for that area for a couple of reasons: One, we don't want these forums clogged with the same questions asked over and over. We will ask that before someone posts a question, they first search to see if it has already been answered. Two, the people chairing these forums will not have an unlimited amount of time to spend here, so we want them to address the most interesting questions, without being overwhelmed by all the rest. Every question that anyone sees in each of these forums will be one that has already been answered.
    • Why only allow the moderator/expert to answer the question? Well, that is the point of this system, isn't it? Obviously, there will be plenty of people on the site who could answer the question equally as well as our expert, but these forums will be a place where EVERY question gets answered by an expert in the given area. The answers given may not be the only available answer, or there may be more info available on the subject, or perhaps someone else on the site has what they think is a better take on the subject, but the answers people get in this area will be good, solid answers consistently.
    • Why can only the mod and the OP reply to a thread in the GATE forums? The purpose of these forums really isn't to hold discussions on the subjects discussed here. It is to have questions asked and answered, in a structured environment. The OP can reply to the thread to post follow-up questions and comments and the mod can reply to those comments.
    • If you start a thread and it does not get answered, please don't take it personally. It may be an issue that has previously been addressed, or the mod for that forum simply might not have time to get to it. They are going to have their hands full. Threads that don't get answered in a reasonable amount of time will be automatically deleted, to make room for new business.
    In the coming days and weeks, we will be adding forums on various subjects. We won't set up a forum until we have someone chosen to chair each of these forums. Initially, there will only be one expert in each area, but as the system takes off and gets busier, we hope to be able to add more experts in the busy forums, to decrease the workload on the mods and decrease response times.

    If you are an expert in a given field that might be of interest to readers here and would like to submit your name to chair a forum on that subject, please PM me with some info on yourself and the subject in question. Please do not submit this information here in a thread. PM it to me. The subject does not have to be about guns, or the shooting sports. It could be about just about anything. We would like to have a wide variety of GATE forums on everything from computers, to the Internet, or literature, music, medical, legal, home improvement, you name it. People here are firearms enthusiasts, but they are people, with all the interests anyone else would have.

    I have a half a dozen or so GATE forums to kick off with and I will be putting them up shortly. There might not be a lot of traffic at first, but I ask you all to check back regularly and watch the system grow. This is a new system and a new idea and the TOS and SOP here will be in flux for some time. If you have any feedback or suggestions for the format and operation of this area, please share them with me. Please feel free to share your comments here, but if you have any substantive suggestions to make, I would appreciate it if you PM'ed me with them. Thanks. Eric
  2. packin23

    packin23 Welcome Wagon

    Oct 11, 2006
    Haines City, Fl.
    Sounds like a great idea! It'll make it so the question threads don't get so diluted with so many varying opinions.

  3. legion3


    Mar 31, 2000
    Parrish FL
    Which is why many ask questions in the first place, to get multiple points of view. You would not ask just one expert (or salesman) on which car to buy, or which appliance to buy or which gun to buy or how to fix something would you. Well good luck with it, we shall see.
  4. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Jan 1, 1970

    Look, the experts in here will not be shilling their own products and if someone wants to get those varying opinions, they can still post their questions in the other forums. This place where a person can get a good answer for a specific question, but it does not have to be the only place they seek out information. It will however be a good place to start. Eric
  5. 9mmXRAY


    Feb 20, 2010
    Central Florida

    Great ideas you guys are having... sorry I posted in the other forum first, this one wasnt letting me post at the time.

    Huge technology nerd here to help:wavey:
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2010
  6. Chainlink


    Oct 25, 2009
    I have had a specific question I have wanted answered for a good bit of time now but wanted to avoid the armchair elite ,specifically the class3 realm. When will these or are they now open to posting? Is there a protocol on how you want this to work IE: take a number?
  7. Ranger357

    Ranger357 Just pixels

    Jul 26, 2008
    Best idea in a long time IMHO.

    Might eventually attract back a few of the "celebs" of the gun world that have stopped by here for short or even long term stints.
  8. Eric

    Eric Big Giant Head Staff Member Admin Moderator

    Jan 1, 1970
    Hi. The forums are open for posting now. Just click into the proper GATE forum and post a thread. It won't be visible until/if the expert for that forum addresses it, but there isn't any special formating or procedure to follow. Once it gets answered, it will be viewable to everyone. Eric
  9. Chainlink


    Oct 25, 2009
  10. Bowtie

    Bowtie NRA MEMBER

    Dec 18, 2004
    I think its a great Idea. It will keep the personal opinions from destroying threads such as Modified guns so the OP can actually get an answer.
  11. RWBlue


    Jan 24, 2004
    Can we get another forum?
    Self Defense Shooting (I am thinking the mental aspect after the shoot, and legal issues.)

    Additionally, I could easily see more than one expert for this forum. Are you setting it up so multiple experts could reply to a single thread?

    And yes I do have a question in mind.
  12. G33

    G33 Frisky! Millennium Member CLM

    May 29, 1999
    With G29
    Good idea, Eric.
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2010

    DARKSHADOW My Work Hobby CLM

    Aug 10, 2005
    Awsome. :thumbsup: A place to get answers without being told to buy 20 different things to replace what you just want to fix. I like it.
    And if we feel like a chit-chat, we can still ask on the main board.
  14. Thx-1138

    Thx-1138 NRA Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    North Carolina

    That's all I have to say about that.
  15. itisbruno

    itisbruno Devious Member CLM

    Mar 6, 2005
    Raccoon City
    I find it hard to believe, but I agree with the woman.

    What is wrong with me??
  16. AnimalK

    AnimalK Kilted Muppet

    It's a great idea! Certainly will cut down the "signal to noise ratio".
  17. GreyEclipse

    GreyEclipse TheGreyEclipse

    Feb 18, 2010
    Doesn't seem to be working. =(
  18. INJoker

    INJoker Simply Charming

    Sep 22, 2007
    I can't wait to pose questions on the following topics:

    9mm versus .45 ACP
    Why .40 S&W KBs
    How 10mm might end the world
    Glock versus 1911
    Shotgun, Rifle, or Pistol for home defense
    Isosceles versus Weaver
    Clips and Magazines
    Why expensive guns come in cheap boxes
    Concealing/carrying in restricted areas without being caught
    Whether or not a "no weapons" sign was properly displayed
    Getting out of speeding tickets
    How to get a restraining order and/or stalking charges dropped
    How to make my Glock fully automatic
    When it is acceptable to brandish or threaten with a firearm

    :rofl: :supergrin: :wavey:
  19. zoyter2

    zoyter2 Yeah, so what?

    Jun 25, 2002
    Anniston, Alabama
    Massad Ayoob would be one hell of an asset in this format! I highly HIGHLY second the notion!!!!
  20. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

    Feb 28, 2001
    Great idea Eric. :thumbsup: