Recently I signed up to E4um - an email discussion forum run by Bill Bedford for members of the Scalefour and EM Gauge Societies. I thought it might be a place to pick up some useful modelling tips, ask questions etc. Well, my experience so far has been rather disappointing and suggests that, at least among those who use the forum, there is a lot of discontent and negativity among the established finescale modelling fraternity. Although there are occasional posts about modelling topics, by far the majority of the discussion is either complaining about the policies of various societies, point-scoring against other individuals who don't subscribe to the same viewpoints, or moaning about the state of the finescale modelling world today! Not the sort of thing that inspires a relatively recent convert to all things 'finescale' to get involved!
Why on earth can't people just enjoy their hobby? OK, fair enough, a discussion forum is often a good 'venting' place for people to voice their concerns or whatever, but sometimes reading these posts you wonder if some of these individuals can actually see beyond the end of their micrometers at all!! You'd think that model railways were of the same importance as global warming, middle east peace etc.!
For goodness sake... it's just a hobby! There are more important things in life!
Anyway, although I did consider unsubscribing from E4um, having not actually posted anything yet, I think I will stay subscribed for the time being, just in case this is a one-off. I doubt it somehow, but it's always possible! If I was a bit bolder I might wade in and voice my opinions but I'm afraid it would just spark even more of the same! So I'll just watch from the sidelines.