Quote:I saw this thread a few weeks ago, read some, had thoughts, but didn't even bother to reply. Years ago, I used to frequent this forum, hell, I even host some of the data for it to this day. I've not posted here in several years.
This Blu-Ray Forum is not as active as it used to be.....
I stopped back in to get some info on a new projector I bought, and to get some opinions on new calibration meters. Then, looked for some 3D info, and while I was at it, new receiver info. The Receiver forum is actually not too bad, and has some traffic. Not nearly what it used to be, but there is at least some posting going on. But, I confess, I got all my info while comparison shopping. The few questions I asked in various forums, either got no response, or terribly slow responses. Some by which time I'd already gotten answers elsewhere.
I left this forum because of the people. Most especially some self proclaimed "Industry Insiders" who in spite of their inflated attitudes of themselves, would relentlessly state incorrect info, or in defense of "their" industry, would claim that because there was no industry written proof (confirmation) that a blatantly obvious fact was a fact, that it somehow then wasn't a fact. Example, "This item has insane failure rates". "No no no, I work for that company, and they have not said this is a problem in any press release, therefore, you are mistaken. Trust me, I'm a "Industry Insider". "No, you're just a dhead, but you go ahead and spout off your bs and lies". And they would go on and do so, to the point that if they said it enough, they would believe their own bs.
Obviously, there are others who felt that this made it nearly impossible to find any factual information here, so the forums value dropped and the people left. Thus, the forum is dying out. Contributors come in all shapes and sizes weather these dbags know it or not. I don't need to be a appliance engineer to know that if I put my hand on a burner that's hot, I'll get burnt. Some of these jerkoffs around here are so proud of their "education", they come off that way. It gets to the point of "Ewww, I bought their stock, I know the companies inner workings, right down to the assembly line and product details"... Make me laugh... I see other variations on this story above, so I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who noticed. But, I also see some of those people posting above, so the problem lives on. I would say traffic on this site dropped 80% or more since I last was on here. My home theater experience got much better, and I'm thinking many others did as well. Says something about some of the people here. It only takes a few jerkoffs to drive all the traffic away.
So, when the contributors leave, content is worthless, and traffic falls off. Even incorrect information which spawns discussion is good for a discussion forum.
I go to the calibration section and want to get some up to date general info, look at the stickies, and ????? Some of these are from 2005?? Wth? Start reading and some of the meters described are discontinued... no, ALL of them are. There's some links that go to no longer existing domains! Last edits are 6-8 years ago. Stickies! ... I mean, is there nobody here anymore? And before you say it hasn't changed in the past 6 years, there's settings for color on my projector that didn't exist just a few years ago, so yea, there's new stuff to learn.
Look for some time in the <$3000 forum for info on my projector (MSRP $2200) and where is the thread? Well, in the $3000+ forum of course!. ??? Wth? Look at THAT thread figuring well, it must be that it was >$3000 when it was new. Post #6, "What is this doing in the >$3000 forum?".... Nope, guess not. Funny thing, as anal as I remember the mods around here to be, I can't believe that there wasn't a full witch trial and burning at the stake for the person who put that in the wrong forum. And, imagine how insulted the high end guys were looking at "Their" forum and seeing the lowly W7000 thread in there. Oh the shame! Worse yet, we're 3 years into the production, and the thread is still there... Is a newb gonna go search that forum for info on a $1800 projector? I think not.
Calibration software has changed drastically in the last 8 years. Meters, etc. Go try to find useful information in that forum. And, if you're like me, you know better than to start a thread and ask a question. Around here, that's taboo. Not that searching is worth a damn, but unless the mods have taken a trainload of Valium since 2009/10, you'll get reprimanded and threadlocked for asking a question that was asked back in 1996. I've been checking in lately to see if there's responses to my threads (with not much new if anything), thankfully there's other sites with good info. Cause there's none here. Ya know, as nice as it is to interact with someone experienced, that's counterbalanced by interacting with the rest of the folks. In the past two weeks, I've answered more questions here than I asked. And many more than I got answers to.
3D info is all but non-existent. A sticky with some general info would be a great help. A nice Q/A so you could just read it and get answers to basics for buying decisions. Forget that. And why is that a subforum? Why not just a sticky in the hardware and blu-ray software forums? All this segregation is not helpful.
Add to that the forum software, and you have your answers.