I find it almost appalling the way we treat our fellow forum members on this site, not to mention a visitor from out of state that might happen by here. What is it, exactly, that makes certain people feel like they can look down on, belittle and otherwise, berate other waterfowlers for the way they do something or for asking (what they deem) a silly question?
I originally joined this forum several years back because I was just getting in to waterfowling and I was looking for any and all information I could find, especially here in my home state. I’m 48 years old now, have hunted for the last 8 years and am far from an expert at anything. I didn’t grow up hunting at an early age with my family, like a lot of you, so I was left to rattle questions continuously to my mentor and to any other folks that I thought could answer my questions. Being a 40 year old newbie, I asked plenty of dumb questions, but still received a lot of good advice from folks on this very board.
I haven’t commented or really played any part on this board for a while now, due to the direction that it’s heading. I choose to not answer an internet scouter’s question, rather than try and take his head off with a witty, sarcastic retort. A lot of the folks that are asking what seem like simplistic or silly questions are right where I was 8 years ago. Somebody has gotten them started on this waterfowl journey and they are looking for every bit of information they can find on a wide variety of subjects. I remember how most of them feel, I was there just 8 short years ago. Do none of you remember how exciting it was when you first started hunting?
Whatever happened to treating people the way that you want to be treated? I fully realize that we’re living in 2014 now and there has been change that some of us may never get over, but really, we’re (most of us) from Oklahoma, we don’t treat people like that. We were raised better than that. Did none of you have a Father that would back hand the crap out of you if you spoke to somebody like most speak to members of this forum?
Respect has long since gone out of style, I guess. It’s really a shame, because this used to be a great forum.