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CPW 02-04-2017 06:25 AM

Yet another short rant
 
My pet peeve is people who post vague statements condemning this or that and either fail or refuse to provide statistics or personal explanations to justify their positions. It does a disservice to those newbies who may be on the Forum to investigate or to make decisions as to what manufacturer's trailer they may wish to purchase or what options to get. I find it far more helpful when someone "puts their money where their mouth is" rather than making off the wall comments which may create some degree of panic in the aspiring RVer without stating any valid reasons for their opinions, when opinions, in most cases, are subject to question.

Kai in Seattle 02-04-2017 01:55 PM

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Examples?
Can you prove it?
Were you there?


Rant too vague.
Now I'm panicked,
although I'm not a newbie!


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Jim Bennett 02-04-2017 02:00 PM

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Originally Posted by Kai in Seattle (Post 626002)
Examples?
Can you prove it?
Were you there?


Rant too vague.
Now I'm panicked,
although I'm not a newbie!


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Kai

I believe Carl is making a general observation in his post, and is not naming specific people, which would go against the Community Rules.

Casita Greg 02-04-2017 03:59 PM

Continual ranting without a definite specific rant should also be against the rules.

BARNEYCONE 02-04-2017 04:40 PM

I some times rant, i always have opinions,a navel & a butt h--- !! On one seems to care.

floyd 02-04-2017 04:58 PM

If it is a short rant... shouldn't it be called a RUNT?:loltu

Raz 02-04-2017 04:59 PM

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Originally Posted by CPW (Post 625961)
My pet peeve is people who post vague statements condemning this or that and either fail or refuse to provide statistics or personal explanations to justify their positions. It does a disservice to those newbies who may be on the Forum to investigate or to make decisions as to what manufacturer's trailer they may wish to purchase or what options to get. I find it far more helpful when someone "puts their money where their mouth is" rather than making off the wall comments which may create some degree of panic in the aspiring RVer without stating any valid reasons for their opinions, when opinions, in most cases, are subject to question.

At forum is a place where people offer up their opinion on the topic presented. Maybe they're knowledgeable, maybe not. Most people who contribute are well meaning, trying to help. They don't want a debate. Frankly, I would much rather they are comfortable contributing than not. And if someone takes some bad advice, remember, we aren't born with a good crap detector. It needs to develope. :loltu Raz

CPW 02-04-2017 05:10 PM

I am referring to posts such as "Goodyear Marathon tires are horrible. I would never put a set on my trailer." Well, why? Explain your reason for your dislike......facts, experiences, etc. But when asked for specifics, the response is something like "They are just no good." I don't see that as helpful to anyone. Are they really bad tires or is the OP just pissed off because the tire had a blow out because it was grossly under inflated. And Jim is correct; I was making a general observation. Many forum contributors go into detail which can be valuable for everyone.

Raz 02-04-2017 05:18 PM

Similar to reading product reviews on Amazon. :)

CPW 02-04-2017 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Raz (Post 626034)
Similar to reading product reviews on Amazon. :)



Yes. Somewhat. I guess I just expect more from the members here than I expect on Amazon.

Kai in Seattle 02-05-2017 09:13 AM

"I believe Carl is making a general observation in his post, and is not naming specific people, which would go against the Community Rules." -- Moderator


Yes...trying to make the point, with humor, that the originator of this rant thread did the same thing the rant was against, posted a generality instead of specifics, and to point out the irony. Some understood, but some did not. Sorry if my humor was too vague and general and all! 8) more humor there. Oh, the humanity of the irony!


YMMV. "Prior restraint" as in telling people how they can post their opinions is a little harsh.

GOOD, I see he put up some details, and there you go.


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Kai

Gerry 02-05-2017 10:26 AM

I never RANT... I just go on and on and on.
My own relatives will not open my E-mails because they know it will be a NOVEL.

David Tilston 02-05-2017 09:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Kai in Seattle (Post 626090)
"I believe Carl is making a general observation in his post, and is not naming specific people, which would go against the Community Rules." -- Moderator


Yes...trying to make the point, with humor, that the originator of this rant thread did the same thing the rant was against, posted a generality instead of specifics, and to point out the irony. Some understood, but some did not. Sorry if my humor was too vague and general and all! 8) more humor there. Oh, the humanity of the irony!


YMMV. "Prior restraint" as in telling people how they can post their opinions is a little harsh.

GOOD, I see he put up some details, and there you go.


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Kai

The graphics, though disturbing, were effective smilies. Heck, I thought it was funny.

As someone who has been deleted, several times, they most certainly do control how you can post. It is the moderators job.

BillE 02-06-2017 08:23 AM

Ranting about a rant that was about ranting about a rant
 
Something to think about ...people complain about their own complaints, they complain about other people's complaints, and they even complain about people's complaints about them...so does that make it a complaint or a short rant ^_^

Kai in Seattle 02-07-2017 08:12 AM

Dave W -- those graphics are a bit disturbing, aren't they? Both were sent to us as greeting cards. Glad you enjoyed the humor. And, of course, the moderators do their jobs and usually very much for the better of the site.


BillE -- true and fair enough, also clever.


CPW / Carl: once you explained better about the circumstances (names never, nor did you use them), I understood your first post well and agree with you. Generally as you pointed out, If one is going to kvetch, one should at least give one example. Why WERE those tires so bad? You're right--IMHO--inquiring minds want to know!


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Jon in AZ 02-07-2017 10:06 AM

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Originally Posted by CPW (Post 625961)
My pet peeve is people who post vague statements condemning this or that and either fail or refuse to provide statistics or personal explanations to justify their positions. It does a disservice to those newbies who may be on the Forum to investigate or to make decisions as to what manufacturer's trailer they may wish to purchase or what options to get. I find it far more helpful when someone "puts their money where their mouth is" rather than making off the wall comments which may create some degree of panic in the aspiring RVer without stating any valid reasons for their opinions, when opinions, in most cases, are subject to question.

I am concerned about the premise here.

This is not a technical site for experts, but an open, friendly, encouraging community that accommodates people with a wide range of knowledge and experience. If we are going to expect a standard of evidence to support every statement, whose standard? No matter how much you know, there is always someone else who knows more. Can I expect to be attacked if my evidence is weak or flawed? That, frankly, chills participation and drives people away.

Sure, there will people who make bald, unsupported statements: "Marathons are garbage," "Propane is dangerous," or "Scamp trailers are the best." Thoughtful readers, even newbies, can recognize those kinds of statements as preferences or opinions, not facts.

If one feels a statement is incorrect or misleading, we are all free to present a counter-opinion, supported by as much evidence as our knowledge and experience allow. I feel it's important that we do it in a way that respects our different levels of knowledge and experience and does not belittle someone else.

This forum has a reputation of being a generally friendly place. From my own experience I have been wrong many times but have only rarely felt attacked or belittled. I vote to keep it that way. According to the community rules:
"Do not take every opportunity to express your disagreement, incite argument, insult each other, or fan flames. Voice your opinion respectfully and then let it go."

Daniel A. 02-07-2017 10:42 AM

Once someone has a bad experience with a product their view really will take on a black & white view no gray area left.

Those of us that have been around know that any mention of tires on the forum is a real trigger for debate.

I've heard it said that customers that are happy say little about a product but one bad experience will generate a huge backlash.
I believe statically you will find this true, but I'm not going to take the time to research it. ;)

CPW 02-07-2017 11:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Jon in AZ (Post 626330)
I am concerned about the premise here. [/I]


No premise here and no need to be concerned. There were two other threads entitled rant when I started the thread. I belittled nobody. I was merely stating that I find it troubling when someone strongly criticizes or glorifies something but will not express their reasons why. As I said, I find it troubling. You should not read anything into it, including any premise; it was nothing more than a simple statement on my part.

Darral T. 02-08-2017 10:02 AM

And yet you did the VERY thing you condemned in the first rant... you left it VAGUE without any "proof" or evidence- just opinion. :shg

CPW 02-10-2017 07:15 AM

Yet another short rant
 
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Originally Posted by Darral T. (Post 626466)
And yet you did the VERY thing you condemned in the first rant... you left it VAGUE without any "proof" or evidence- just opinion. :shg



OK, Darryl. I guess you seem to be having difficulty grasping what I am saying. I merely stated that a lot of people post both negative and positive statements without stating the "why." Just what do you find so "VAGUE" or without any "proof" about that. If I said I didn't like to hear dogs barking in a campground at 5:00 am would you tell me I was being vague because I didn't say I don't like to hear black labradors that weigh more than 60 pounds and are over 7 years old barking at 5:00 am on the dot. Or if I didn't post a recording of dogs barking at 5:00 am for you to hear would it constitute "lack of proof?"
Furthermore, In Post #8 I provided clarification of my "pet peeve" that was anything but vague. I used a hypothetical example as forum rules do not allow me or anyone to use specific posts which could be construed as criticism or belittlement of another forum member.
I am sorry if you disagree with my pet peeve or think that my opinion as to how someone might either criticize or glorify a product without explaining the reason is not helpful to others who would like to know their reasons.
I am also sorry that you seemingly do not understand what and why I initiated the thread in the first place.
Kindly my second post (#8). And I find nothing vague in my previous post (#18). Perhaps if others told me it was vague and told me why it was vague......

Civilguy 02-10-2017 11:59 AM

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I generally don't get much out of hearing or reading about people's rants and peeves.

One of my many aspirations is to focus less on what bothers me and to take a few more chances in life. I think this picture of Steve serves to express the general concept.

~

Civilguy 02-10-2017 12:10 PM

Good old Zig...

Zig Ziglar - Attitude Makes All The Difference

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRMogDrHnMQ

k corbin 02-10-2017 04:20 PM

If they don't give specifics in their postings about being upset with a product all you have to do is sympathize with their frustration and then ask for further clarification of what upset them about the product. They will usually be very happy to expand and elaborate upon request ;)

CPW 02-10-2017 09:46 PM

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Originally Posted by k corbin (Post 626852)
If they don't give specifics in their postings about being upset with a product all you have to do is sympathize with their frustration and then ask for further clarification of what upset them about the product. They will usually be very happy to expand and elaborate upon request ;)



Yes, but if you read my original post closely, you will see that I was referring to those few who post positives or negatives but then refuse to elaborate. While most will elaborate, some refuse or will "deflect" the request.

Glenn Baglo 02-11-2017 12:22 AM

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Originally Posted by k corbin (Post 626852)
If they don't give specifics in their postings about being upset with a product all you have to do is sympathize with their frustration and then ask for further clarification of what upset them about the product. They will usually be very happy to expand and elaborate upon request ;)

Nope. Just ignore.

CalCop 02-11-2017 12:55 AM

Well now, wasnt that a lively conversation?

Glenn Baglo 02-11-2017 01:10 AM

Three characters.


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