Originally Posted by rosej
This thread sure could use some management for the site. it's almost impossible to find what your looking for without reading 62 pages of postings.
Welcome to the AVS forum. You will find that once you get use to the way things are done here, it is not difficult to find what you are looking for. Generally there is a lot of speculation in the beginning of a long thread, then people buy it and start going through its features (look for the early long posts with lots of paragraphs) then others comment on their findings (long quotes of the original post and short responses). From there, you start to see the quirks of the machine and comments. Often the "problems" are actually features and what is there and what is not there and how "my Panasonic BDR 5489 could..." while the new machine is a "piece of junk" because it cannot. Then you enjoy the arguments over the features.
Sometimes the problems, like channel drop on this machine, are important and result in lots of letter writing to the manufacturer. Often, manufacturers monitor the forum to see what users think of their machines and several of the good ones fix the problems. More often, users solve the problem with either work-arounds or mechanical fixes.
More often, the poster who thinks the machine is a POJ has never read the manual and never set the machine up properly. They return them and get the same problem and can really muddy the water.
Less frequently, there are some who have vendettas against specific machines, but they tend to not join the main thread and post a separate thread like "The Panasonic BDR 5489 edit features cause cancer".
From there on you get a lot of good "How to..." that are either not documented or better than the manual. Just check the edit methods on this thread.
And with a mature thread you get the new buyers who have to be re-educated. Usually if they read the manual they would know the answer, but often manuals are written by engineers or 25 monkeys typing randomly. Both give the same result, but the monkeys generally give a better product.
Sometimes they post outside the main thread, usually because of your observation that it is too hard to look through the whole thread. They generally have not read the manual either. "How do you edit with a Panasonic BDR 5489."
Or you see the new post with the question, "Which should I buy, the Panasonic BDR 5489 or the HGV 3429?" You can get some good info from those threads. Or even more general, "Which TV should I buy?" You get entertainment from those threads.
The problem with editing a thread to "manageable" length is what do you cut out? Sometimes there are little nuggets in a seemingly trivial post. Often, someone who joins late reads it, has a eureka moment, and solves what was a nagging problem. So who judges what is important and what is not? They would have to be totally familiar with the unit and without prejudice. No such person exists.
We have the best of an impossible world here, but, through careful gleaning, you can make exceptionally informed decisions. It may require strapping on wading boots and jumping into the thread stream, but it will be worth it.