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Discussion in 'Flight Following' started by PaulS, Sep 10, 2019.
The Spin Zone has become its own website.
Dude wtf is that forum?
"You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany...."
I haven't logged into that. And won't. There are probably NO good sites to find an intellectual discussion on politics these days. Everyone is too polarized, so they either devolve into echo chambers or personal insults. Besides, its not like the internet forum trolls have more information than what you can get from the news media. Glad the politics are gone from this site.
One of the main reasons there aren't any decent discussions on politics is that sites don't want the effort of moderating the discussions and just ban them; so nobody actually gets the opportunity or practice to discuss politics in a civil manner.
I heard a news story a while back about a news site (forget which) that changed their online comments policy to require a poster answer a few questions about the news article they're commenting on before being allowed to post. Said it greatly reduced the amount of crap-posting/trolling.
But I agree. Moderating is difficult, especially on non-commercial sites where you can't pay someone to watch the site constantly.
With dozens of great aviation forums on Facebook, I'm frankly amazed that any of these stand-alone forums survive.
After years of (first) Usenet, (then) AOPA, and (later) POA, I now visit half a dozen aviation pages on Facebook daily -- where I already am -- while I seldom check in here anymore.
And I haven't checked into AOPA in 5(?) years.
The section of Pilots of America that allowed political and religious discussions was called "The Spin Zone." When it was eliminated, some of the Spin Zone participants created pilotspin.com so that those who were interested would be able continue their discussions.
I find Facebook to generally be **** for discussions, it's all about instant gratification. 5 minutes after I reply I can never find the 'thread' again. Here I can easily find things from years ago and people even comment as they resolve issues(well, sometimes) so you know what happened.
Just to be clear, my posting of that link is not an endorsement, although of course I have no objection to people congregating as they see fit.
As we've discussed in other threads, FB doesn't have a good answer for a quality online forum. FB is great for organizing a social gathering or posting pics/articles. However, if you need to find a discussion that was held two weeks ago about, say "Cold Start Procedures for an O-200", you can't search the posts easily and if it's a popular FB group, it takes forever to scroll through content. Thread-based forums offer a ton of functionality in that regard.
I wonder whatever became of Claire. I thought she really cared for me.
We are still talking about the Internet right? Where most people are checking it while they’re sitting on the can, and don’t give it much thought after that for the rest of the day? LOL.
This place is an oddity amongst sites. Someone might stay on the can for an extra three minutes to type up something. Hahaha.
I’ve seen your posts. You’re sittin’ on the can for waaaay longer than 3 minutes!
Depends on how fast you type. LOL
Facebook sucks for this kind of thing though. It's really hard to find existing information, so you have to ask the same question again. You think there's a lot of "what headset is the best" and "what kind of plane should I train in" and "are high wings or low wings better" here, when you look at the Facebook groups, these questions end up getting asked multiple times per week. I've quit posting any answers on the Private Pilots Club because it's a waste of time to post a good answer there - It'll be buried tomorrow and nobody will be able to find it.
That said, Facebook is great for meeting local people - I'm in several geographically-focused pilot groups on Facebook.
There's also one group there, The Landline, where pilots and ATC ask each other questions and that place is a gold mine. I guess that's the advantage of a platform with a billion users, you can have a very focused group and still have it be active.
The great thing about FB is that one group member from some country where English is not the first language who posts a video of an airliner landing in a cosswind and says something about how dangerous, or how brave, or how ... something ... that landing is. And then there are a bunch of responses about how the pilot should have gone around and landed somewhere else.
OK, maybe I hang around on FB too much.
My wife had the same issue. Luckily, it's easily resolved.
You just have to learn how to use the "notifications" in Facebook. They tell you when there has been a reply in the thread.
Click on the notification and you go straight to the pertinent thread. Easy peasy.
Facebook is where the pilots under age 50 hang out.
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Actually, thanks for reminding me, I had forgotten to disable allowing facbook to run in the background on this tablet. It's much better now, no more stupid notifications unless I actually open the app.
Nice try to convince us you're under 50, Jay.
Two good reasons that'll keep me away... Farcebook and "under 50"...
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Does politics play into aviation? Absolutely.... But in today’s political “chat” filled with paid trolls, Opinion management firms, AI bots, and active censorship, it just is not worth the effort, if you want to talk about actual aviation.