There are tons of online forums on the internet that tackle all sorts of subjects. Whether you’re into dwarf wrestling or RC helicopters or all sorts of politicians and ideologies, there are sure to be online forums that are right up your alley. Now, just because these forums exist, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to join them.
Just like with anything else in life, you have to filter based on quality. At the very least, you have to make sure that whatever online forum you think of joining has a high likelihood of them delivering the benefits that you’re looking for. That’s how you should think. You should think like somebody’s who’s looking for benefits.
You’re not there to waste your time. You’re not out there looking for groups because you have nothing else better to do. You’re looking to get some sort of benefit. You’re looking to broaden your horizons, you’re looking for new information on the latest and greatest in your hobby field. In other words, you’re a consumer of information and you need to be more discriminating regarding the forums you are going to spend your time, effort, energy and focus on.
Keep the following tips in mind. They are red flags of low quality forums that deal with RC helicopters. Make no mistake about it, these online forums do focus on RC helicopters, but they have other attributes that make them a total and complete waste of your time.
Trolls are people who just get off on negative attention. They would say and do anything to get people pissed off at them. That’s what they do. They also readily spread misinformation, they lie all the time, and they try to get under people’s skins. It would be too easy to dismiss these people as sick, but there is really no other way to describe them.
Unfortunately, hanging out at a forum heavily populated by trolls is sure to make you lose heart. It’s sure to discourage you from your hobby. You don’t need any more negativity in your life and this is why you need to steer clear of forums that have too many trolls.
Another particularly annoying quality of low value online forums dedicated to RC helicopters is when the members spend an inordinate amount of their time bragging about their RC helicopters collections. Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s perfectly justifiable to get excited about your collection. It’s perfectly okay to boast about your collection from time to time. But if that’s all you do and you hang out with other people that engage in the same thing, it’s very hard to get past the smoke. You would realize that there’s too much smoke and not enough light.
So do yourself a big favor and steer clear of forums that are essentially just bragging platforms. People just go there to post their awesome collection and leave it at that. They’re not looking for an honest discussion, they’re not looking for two way conversations, they’re not looking for any of that. Instead, they’re just looking to get people jealous and envious of what they have and that’s really not the point.
People Talk Mostly About RC in General Instead of Helicopters
Another common problem with joining RC forums is when the discussion is usually about other remote controlled units. Maybe they’re talking about ships. Maybe they’re talking about cars. Maybe they’re talking about tanks. It really doesn’t matter all that much if they are not talking about helicopters. Do you see what’s wrong with this picture?
If you are a collector and operator of RC helicopters, you need to filter the online forums you join based on how much they talk about RC helicopters. If all the talk is basically about RC in general, then you’re just wasting your time. You’re barking up the wrong tree.
A Lot More Questions Than Answers
I find this particularly annoying. There are many forums that are just riddled with questions. Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind answering questions from time to time, I don’t mind seeing questions that I would normally ask myself being posted on online forums. However, if the vast majority of the posts on a particular forum are unanswered questions, then you know that it’s a dead forum. People are not really interested in sharing information. They just want to take, take and take without giving anything in return. That’s a dead forum. It’s a worthless community.
Very Discouraging Forum Moderation
If the forum moderation is so tight that it squelches genuine participation, you know that the administrators and operators of the forum are on a power trip. This can be a good thing if it leads to high quality information. Unfortunately, the chances of that happening are quite low. If anything, such tight-fisted moderation only serves to discourage genuine participation and high value contributors tend to move away.