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Best and Worst of RMWeb

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Hi all,

 

OK, I don't know what's come over me, but this thread is to state the best (and worst) bits of RMWeb. It is not to be taken too seriously and definitely not to "flame" other posters (if any :nono: ). Well, too late to turn back now...

 

The Best: friendly experts prepared to share their invaluable knowledge, especially on prototype matters. Timely propagation of knowledge of new releases (do you remember what it was like in the 1970s??).

 

The Worst: threads pontificaing on the business practices of the manufacturers (I know, I don't have to read them) and huffy e-mails that "there's nothing to interest me" after new release announcements.

 

Thanks,

Bill

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Good suggestion for a thread, Bill. So here's my tuppence worth...

 

Best: Unselfish generosity of RMweb members, contributing fantastic ideas and superb photos of their work for free. Even when you think you've got something sussed, someone suggests a better solution!

 

Worst: People whinging about magazines in bags! I know Mod5 loves that particular topic!!

 

Jeff

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best, so many helpful people

worst, visiting far too often and wasting my modelling type/life

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Worst of rmweb? Anything posted by me. Best of rmweb? A great source of information and some fantastic modelling. The best place to get info or advice on most things.

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The best things - The help both asked for and freely given. The sensible way in which the vast majority of discussions are carried out even when people are coming from opposite view points.

 

The worst thing - er I'm struggling but some of the negativity over very small matters can get me down.

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Best: access to the kind of knowledge base that would take weeks of research to answer an otherwise simple question, friendly international site, find out about the pros & cons of model kits before laying out a load of cash to find they're a sack.

 

Worst: toilet humour ban, no News Bunny anymore and the silly ###### who are going to get an otherwise fine and light hearted thread locked within a few pages!

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Best : fantastic modelling and humbling access to some of the best modellers around, protypical knowledge of almost every subject both inside and outside of railways, interaction with some of the most colourful, witty and thought provoking characters.

 

Worst : er....

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RMweb in the main, is full off helpful people with a plethora of skills and knowledge which they are happy to share with the sole aim helping others and furthering our great hobby

 

Nigel

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Best.

The benefit of many years knowledge and experience selflessly give.

Huge pool of useful information.

 

Worst.

People who get hung up on the failings of commercial products that can only be measured with a micrometer and not seen with the naked eye.

One or two people who's posts seem to be almost always negative. (they know who they are..............in fact they probably don't)!

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The best? Learning something new that really helps improve your modelling, gets you out of a hole, saves you a fortune....

 

The worst? Other people who decide that, because you're not modelling in their chosen gauge then you're wrong/crazy/nuts/barking/inferior etc. (a.k.a gauge wars - a real favourite of the Mods. I'm sure.....)

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The worst? people who don't thank you when you have taken the trouble to answer their query. Questions which start with " I know this has probably been asked before, but.." Yes it probably has many times, and there is a useful thing called search facility that can be used before asking.

 

The best? the fantastic and inspirational modelling to be seen here

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...Worst: toilet humour ban, no News Bunny anymore....

 

That's what happens when you're the lumpenproletariat.

 

....the silly ###### who are going to get an otherwise fine and light hearted thread locked within a few pages!

 

Well, you are your own worst enemy :jester:

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Worst.

People who get hung up on the failings of commercial products that can only be measured with a micrometer and not seen with the naked eye.

 

 

Good that some of us have a perceptive naked eye then :)

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Best - help, knowledge and almost all of it in a generous and good hearted way plus some occasional rib cracking humour.

 

Worst - failing to read what's already there before adding 'the answer' (especially when 'the answer' is wrong :rolleyes: )

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The worst - watching two good modellers, both with skill and experience aplenty, argueing needlessly about, say, blowing your nose. Both will have wildly differing methods but both will end up with clear nasal passages. But neither will acknowledge that the other's method works just fine.

 

The best - everything that I write*, well apart from the above perhaps....

 

*Tongue firmly in cheek here.

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One thing I've seen on other forums that doesn't happen here is the putting down of other forums in favour of their own, there does seem to be a very anti RMWeb on some forums who revel in any downtime and bemoan the activities of the mods (usually because they came a cropper of one and didn't like it).

 

One of these same sites had a spate of cyber bullying against an individual which I don't believe would be tolerated here.

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Best - some fantastic toys in this pram...

 

Worst - Toy's getting flung out of the pram!

 

(no offence intended to anyone who considers their "toy" a scale mdel - and vice versa in the interests of balance)!

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Pro's - I've asked some damn silly questions in the past, but I've never been chastised or otherwise picked on. Having a layout thread is a nice way of showing to the world what you have achieved, and seeing what everyone else has to show. Personal attacks are a distinct no-no, some of what seems acceptable elsewhere. Some great threads in the non-modelling and 1:1 scale dominion which make for facinating reading. I've learnt a lot about many actual prototypes from here.

 

Con's - I find the mobile version a little clunky and the server problems previously experienced. Fortunately the latter seems to be fixed (touch wood). I wish the marketplace was a little more 'well stocked' too.

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I think almost everyone here has mentioned the best bit - the almost universal good will and helpfulness.

 

The worst seems to be more subjective - I can't think of anything off hand, except that when the server has issues it does seem to take the whole shebang down. As RMweb gets even bigger, I'm wondering if some kind of redistribution of the workload will be needed. Maybe one day RMweb will be the new Google and have as many servers? :jester:

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Goodness - Its a free service generously provided by Andy Y and the team, a fantastic array of talented modellers and knowledgable afficionados of the real thing visit here and theres no end of great photos of both models(trains) and prototype images to ogle. As my wife says "Are you looking at train porn again??'

 

Not so good - Certain individuals who cannot accept that they may not be right all the time, when an interesting thread descends into mines bigger than yours (willy waving), people not reading the forum rules and them using the status update to have a whinge when they do the wrong thing, ungrateful people, oh and spending too much bloody time on here! As my wife says ' Are you on that bloody RMWEB again??'

 

Regards Glenn

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The best? For entertainment, it has to be the wishlist/frothing every 12 months.

 

The worst? The constant frothing and repetition within wishlists.

 

 

Cheers,

Mick

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Hi,

 

The Best thing - The great help, impression and fun you get from RMweb, it's fantastic, and that on here, you don't get discrimnated because of your age, gender, other hobbies, which I certainly do get at school, it's like on big (fairly :P ) happy family!

 

The Worst thing - As well as what other people have said, but it's the people who we hear about from Andy, who don't read forum rules, get up tight if they do something wrong, then have a real go at Andy or the mods, which I don't think is right considering the amount of effort and hard they put in, I think Andy is a great bloke, good fun as well!

 

Simon

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Pro's - I've asked some damn silly questions in the past, but I've never been chastised or otherwise picked on. Having a layout thread is a nice way of showing to the world what you have achieved, and seeing what everyone else has to show. Personal attacks are a distinct no-no, some of what seems acceptable elsewhere. Some great threads in the non-modelling and 1:1 scale dominion which make for facinating reading. I've learnt a lot about many actual prototypes from here.

 

Con's - I find the mobile version a little clunky and the server problems previously experienced. Fortunately the latter seems to be fixed (touch wood). I wish the marketplace was a little more 'well stocked' too.

 

I must agree when using RMweb on a mobile device. When trying to post on an ipad or similar its hard not to make typos and even harder to correct them as it does tend to go slow. Some times I iwait to correct typos when I get ot a PC.

 

However, thats a very small con when compared ot all the pros in terms of useful info that is posted - just look at all the usefull info including videos and photos I have had on my Banbury layout - the info from other members has been really great - far better than I ever anticipated!

 

Ian

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