MEGA THREADS: (REFERENCE)
Quite a bit of information keeps getting asked, over and over again. And the new user/poster may feel intimidated with the defacto response "use the search function". To forestall the flames that sometimes occur when it's the same question that has been asked weekly since the dinosaurs roamed, the various "Stupid Question/Mega-threads" were introduced to allow newbies or as it has turned out, anyone including Mods to ask burning questions that Mods feel should be captured in these "learning/reference" threads. The intent is to also provide protection from flames as the "Stupid question" threads are sanctuary from same by definition (ie there are no such things as a stupid question). Their popularity has spawned other Mega-threads.
BACKGROUND: We have found over the years that new posters to Naval Aviation are very curious and tend to create threads faster than a M16 in full auto and the temptation to ask the verboten "What are my chances?". That said, the practice of push back on certain questions is generally no different than what you'll experience in any Ready Room. In that fashion, AW serves a "Virtual Ready Room" or rock tumbler to smooth some of the rough edges on a newbie's quest to a cockpit.
NOTE: Many users fail to note that besides using search function, vBulletin has a nifty feature that does an automatic search for you in every thread you look at and it's sitting at the bottom of every page. It uses the key words in the title of the thread (that's why Mods will modify title of threads to not only better "advertise" the content of the thread, but give the automatic search a better leg up in finding and displaying similar threads. If you have never scrolled to bottom of page, try it on a few threads. If you are starting a thread, check it out as well as it will clue you in as to whether you really started a unique topic (if not, Mods will be along soon enough and merge it if warranted). Here is a list of current Stupid Questions and Mega Threads:
- Why it's good to be in Naval Aviation
- How many SNAs/NA we have on the Forum?
- Stats and Scores
- sTUPID qUESTIONS aBOUT ocs
- 1,001 questions about the ASTB (post your scores & ask your questions here!)
- Stupid Questions about Naval Aviation
- Stupid questions about Naval Aviation (Pt 2)
- The Great, Constantly Changing Picture Gallery
- Roger Ball, good and not-so-good questions about the world of "Paddles"
- Mega Marine Boot Insole and Boots in General Thread
- The Great Flight Jacket Thread (wearing/buying Leather, NOMEX, WEP jackets/patches)
- FY09 STA-21 Soup to selection and beyond MEGA thread
- Brown shoes - a.k.a. WHO SAYS GENTLEMEN DON'T WEAR BROWN??
- Motivational Statement MEGA Thread
ACK RECEIPT. NO QUESTIONS. WILL COMPLY. NICE JOB.I believe the document covers most of the questions I have been asked over the years about the website, and how we do business. As a community, if you have any suggestions this is the place to post it, and discuss.
It's true. I am disturbingly paranoid. The fellas here have and continue to be very helpful, however.I *think* you can edit/delete within a certain period of time, otherwise it locks it from the user. Try editing your post above and see what happens.
If that's not good enough, just report the post and explain the issue and a Mod can go in and delete a post. This seems to be a favorite pasttime of a couple of users (like Sheepdip).