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  1. 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. Sounds like a great idea! It'll make it so the question threads don't get so diluted with so many varying opinions.
  3. 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. 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. 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:
  6. 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. 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. 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. Thanks
  10. 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. 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. Good idea, Eric.
  13. 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.

    That's all I have to say about that.
  15. I find it hard to believe, but I agree with the woman.

    What is wrong with me??
  16. It's a great idea! Certainly will cut down the "signal to noise ratio".
  17. Doesn't seem to be working. =(
  18. 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. Massad Ayoob would be one hell of an asset in this format! I highly HIGHLY second the notion!!!!
  20. Great idea Eric. :thumbsup:
  21. A ballistics expert would be nice.

    Just a thought.
  22. Just found this, Eric. Excellent idea, and a fantastic contribution to the site.

  23. You forgot one

    To carry WITH or WITHOUT a round in the chamber!!
  24. Don't worry I am an expert in DA. I've got these questions covered.
  25. I submitted a thread and it has not been posted or answered yet. That was about 2-3 weeks ago.

    Any reasons why it hasn't been addressed?
  26. Is this the right place to make suggestions for new GATE forums?

    If so...

    I'd like to suggest a GATE Forum on practical semi-armed/ disarmed/unarmed self-defense (just one forum).

    OK, these are my categories I just created.

    Semi-armed: Includes anything you could take into a generic 'gun-free zone' - kubotans, OC spray, etc... excluding knives (or only peripherally including them), as we have a great forum for that already.

    Disarmed: Includes anything you could carry past the security checkpoint of a typical courthouse or airport - standard canes, walking sticks, spontaneous weapons of opportunity (chairs, Starbucks coffee mugs, sporks, whatever).

    Unarmed: Hands and feet.

    We have a great forum on Knife-fighting, and one for self-defense with firearms. Both of those are run by excellent leaders of their respective specialties, and I don't want to take anything away from them. I'd just like some expert advice on how to best prepare myself for when I can't have a knife or gun with me.
  27. ...now that I have found this - I know the system better and wouldn't have bothered you via PM. Thanks.
  28. WOW! If this is what I've got to look forward to I'm raring to go baby!:supergrin:
  29. Good idea, Eric!
  30. Is only the originator of a thread allowed to post in that thread after it is answered by the Expert de jure?:headscratch:
  31. I have nothing to gain from this type of forum, please delete my account. An expert is not always correct, because a team of experts knows more than one individual.
  32. Thank you foe the clarification on how this forum works
  33. That is a great idea. The reason for my question here is after posting my question on GATE I received no conformation or acknowledgment that my post was received. That was several weeks ago no answer, no hey we got your question nothing. I was starting to think I had done something wrong and had been banished from the forum.
  34. Like Aquagear, I attempted to ask a question (regarding lefthand-friendly Glocks) and never saw it posted nor did I receive any message as to why it was not cleared by a moderator.

  35. All Glocks are left hand friendly right out of the box.
  36. How so? None of the ones I have seen (17, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 30, 34, 36) have any controls on the right side of the frame (mag release, slide release).

  37. The mag release is far easier to use for lefty's than it is for righty's by using your trigger or social finger.

    None of my glocks am I able to drop the mag right handed without changing my grip..

    Same for the slide STOP using your trigger finger if you choose to drop the slide that way.. I always use the over hand method because its the same technique on every semi-auto handgun.
  38. Oh crap. Mas is going to be pissed with me. I didn't realize that GATE posts weren't visible until the expert answers, so I "tried" to post my question 3 or 4 times today thinking that it wasn't showing up b/c of a problem with Tapatalk (mobile forum app). I wish I had read this thread first. Newb mistake!

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I897 using Tapatalk
  39. Well, I bought a Gen 4 Model 23; I'll swap the mag release to the correct side for me and see how it goes.

  40. Eric, GATE is a great source of information.

    Speaking for myself and (I'm sure) a lot of other GT members we don't expect the experts to have all the answers to every question. We value their experience and wisdom and appreciate the fine work they do on our behalf.

    Good show, mate!
  41. Could we be notified if a thread we submit is denied? That way if it is a repition of a previous thread, more searching could be done?
  42. Wow - you still own this forum? I would have figured you would have cashed out by now...???
  43. Eric,

    I'm typically not the complaining type, but I can no longer maintain my silence. One of the finest attributes of GT is the GATE forums. The first thing I do just about every time I log on is to look in on the GATE Self Defense Forum to see what gems Mas Ayoob has provided. Informative and educational, GATE provides a real service to the viewers.

    My one and only beef with the new GT format is that it has significantly lessened the value of the GATE forums now that anybody and everybody can chime in with their seemingly "expert" advice.

    Is there any way to fix this?