drew wrote:...I found it rich that Tripoli TMT...
I'm not sure he was acting on behalf of the TMT. His words read, to me, as though he felt he was now in a privileged position and could use that to get the information he wanted to satisfy his own curiosity. It was full of 'I' and 'Me', not 'us' or 'we'.
Then with his subsequent back-pedaling and claiming he was just trying to help Jim out, I figured he'd got a PM or Email from someone, probably along the lines of.. "Dude, what the F* are you doing?!" but that's just conjecture.
Please don't take this the wrong way Simon, I'm not attempting to have a go at you, but I'm not sure I care. He was a TMT member and attempting to leverage his "official capacity" to get information he had already been told wasn't to be provided. I find it amazing the entitled attitude so many in our hobby carry into their interactions with others. The phrase distilled weaponised autism comes to mind. Sometimes I wonder what's worse; 4chan, or TRF. Both are abysmal at times. The sense of entitlement many people carry into our hobby and display in their interactions with others really rustles my jimmies. Try to help someone out and you get accused of being a neophyte, or worse. Try to add to the discussion and you get shot down because people don't know you. Try to call out someone for the total bullsh*t they're spinning and you get set upon by hordes of fanboys. In some ways it's amazing really. It's like some sort of nightmare high school clique.
It's the people that make this hobby. If it weren't for Blake we'd all be up the proverbial sh*t creek down here. And yet people want to p*ss in his cornflakes like it's some sort of sport. Same goes for Scoop, he and Mel bust their tuchuses CONSTANTLY and get very little if any recognition, much less thanks, for their work. In all honesty it's what bothers me the most about this hobby. It IS a hobby, and yet so many flyers carry themselves like they're one of the Mercury Seven. Get over yourselves. Show a modicum of respect. If you don't like the other side of the fence that's fine. If you go out of your way to attempt to put the f on em then you can get f*cked.
Sorry for the soapbox post, but I'm so incredibly sick of this sh*t.