This is a moderator approved repost. Avoid off-topic chat and try to suggest ideas for change.
Before I begin, let me clear up a few things. These are in no particular order.
I don’t hate anyone here. I’m not calling anyone out.
You may not agree with me but frankly that’s not really my problem.
If this gets unlisted and my voice is suffocated, I will consider leaving. Censorship on this platform is not against the law but it is morally wrong.
Keep it civilized for the time this post is up.
I’m aware this will change nothing.
It’s my turn to speak in the never-ending cycle of long posts on #meta. Grab your popcorn because I already know y’all love to do that.
The Infinite Flight Community simply isn’t what it once was. I’ve only been here since October 2018 but I’ve been here long enough to notice a drastic decline. Back in my day things were alright around here. Let me explain how it isn’t anymore.
Fun topics are gone.
With the recent purge of fun IFC topics that people enjoyed, a fair percentage of this community is frankly left bored. Let’s not lie to ourselves, there isn’t much to talk about related to Infinite Flight or “your personal flight experiences.” 80% of us aren’t even 18 yet. Some, if not a lot, of these users under 18 haven’t had a “personal flight experience.” This is a community the size of a small town. Some people come here to get into aviation because this is the only community of its size that allows newcomers to learn. These fun topics that were once up are now closed. How would that attract new users? Speaking of new users, onto my next point.
Mistreatment of new users.
Some of us try to be kind to new users that have an issue with Infinite Flight, or that post a topic that doesn’t belong in a certain category, whatever. The problem is some of us aren’t nice. You know who you are. How dare you look down on another user on this forum, another human on this planet. There’s absolutely no room for you here. Nobody asked for you to come in trying to “help” because your condescending, rude attitude proves you are not trying to help. So don’t bother.
Loss of connection between members, regulars.
I’m a regular. You all know that. Back in the day, the regular was someone you’d look up to, someone who’d be happy to help, someone that connected to the rest of the community. Apart from some regulars, that’s gone. I now see that TL3’s can bully, disrespect, and condescend to lower-level users, and they get away with it because of their moderator-granted immunity. At this point, that’s the meaning of being a regular. You are immune. You are better than the rest. But you’re not, you’re just another user on this forum. Maybe you’re more active than most users but that doesn’t mean anything. You have no room to make fun of other users, whether it’s on this forum or it’s on another platform.
The return of immaturity and politics.
There’s no avoiding politics during these times, or so it seems around here. I don’t care what side you take because you shouldn’t be discussing politics here. I know you may be bursting at the seams with angry writing against someone who disagrees with your political views. Save it for Reddit or Twitter. It doesn’t belong here. The immaturity appears to be returning. It’s not like the tire fire it once was back in late 2015 (yes, I read through all that). The moderators do do their job. But the fact that they have to do their job by doing away with immaturity is sad. They’ve got lives to live, not children to babysit. Simple solution: act your age, or even older, I don’t mind.
Introduction of mini-modding.
We’ve arrived at a time where trying to help out users on the forum has shifted to trying to please the moderators to earn that shiny regular badge. There are regulars who earned their badge, rather than receiving it. They hate to see people try-harding their way to TL3. Don’t be the person trying to earn the love and pedigree of the moderators. Help out. Don’t be hitting your refresh button every 0.382 seconds trying to jump on a new topic the very nanosecond it appears to try and “help” but actually be trying to be the moderators’ pet.
Passive-aggressive posting is back.
I can’t stand passive aggressive posting on this forum. Putting a smiley face or a “just my two cents” at the end of your post doesn’t make everything fine and dandy, making you immune from a flag. This does NOT mean your post was in good faith. Your smiley face or “I’m innocent” equivalent phrase doesn’t mean you are innocent. I suggest stopping it now :).
See what I’m saying? Don’t be like that. Express one emotion at a time.
The IFC isn’t nearly what it once was. Ask any long-time user and they’ll say the same. The reasons I’ve provided above is my view on how it’s changed, and what we need to fix to bring back the good days. This community has the potential to be great again so let’s get there.