There is a large amount of people in the community that have a lot of knowledge, a lot of experience either in the real world and/or in Infinite Flight, but there presence is sometimes not felt as strongly as it could be I feel. In question and answer type posts it can be hard to distinguish what the correct answer is and who the authority (person who knows) is.
What if the “regular” title was renamed/replaced by “mentor”. Now before you overreact or jump to conclusions, read the rest. Here’s a short not comprehensive list of people that you could lumped into this mentor group.
- IFATC Supervisors
- IFATC Recruiters
- IFATC Trainers
- IFVARB Admins
- IFVARB Leaders
- Community members with an outstanding amount of Infinite Flight/aviation knowledge appointed by moderators and staff i.e. current regulars, real world pilots/controllers
I can’t think of any other groups of people off the top of my head. Regarding that second to last bullet, moderators and staff could elect to manually add people who consistently provide detailed, accurate information day in and day out. For example those who are currently regulars but are just outstanding and know their stuff.
The role of regular is interesting but it doesn’t really fit that well in the fact based world of aviation, I feel. Mentors could be shown as beacons of knowledge and could be pointed to as examples to follow for those who are new to community, who want to learn. I think it would really change the atmosphere more towards that feeling of education and learning rather then that of “who has the best forum stats and standing”. What do you think?