Gadfly wrote:As a retired RR employee, I can tell you a lot of instances of "foamers" trying to tell me how to do my job, or even SCOLDING me for "doing it wrong".
You know, you'd think a rail enthusiast would be asking questions, not trying to be a know-it-all. I've sometimes felt the urge to ask somebody, "Hey, how does this work?" or "What does that do?" blah blah blah but I never have out of respect and/or embarassment.
But I can't imagine anyone telling a guy on the railroad how it should be. Unfortunately you get these people in many hobbies be it rail, stamp collecting, or some other admittedly nerdy hobby.
It's fun to learn. It's nice to know something about your hobby. But it's also good to show a little bit of guilt in your eyes or have an inflection in your voice that isn't overbearing or snobbish.
You know, being a know-it-all online is one thing. But I can't believe people act that way towards the people actually doing the thing they're into in real life. Insane.