Nosedragger wrote:Better do a head count on moderators before making a comment.
I debated whether to respond to this, as it's usually best to not feed the trolls, but it's obviously a simmering sentiment around here. In case anyone is wondering about whether it's kosher to discuss accidents, especially in light of this summer's events, here are my thoughts:
We've had the Accident Analysis forum since day 1 of BCP. It's a good thing to discuss mistakes made by other pilots so that we can learn and avoid making those same mistakes ourselves. This is how it's always been in aviation, and a major part of hangar flying.
However, most of these accidents that we discuss are already reported by some news agency, and we work with the details that have already been shared with the world. The FAA has been on the scene, and talked with the pilot (if he/she is still kicking) and any witnesses. There's not a whole lot that our discussion will affect.
The distinction comes in the event that one of our own, someone who has interactions and personal friendships with members here, has a mishap, the comments we make and the speculation we think is otherwise innocuous, can weigh into an investigation. We know the FAA surfs BCP, as well as people who would contact the FAA to volunteer incriminating information on your behalf. It's happened before, as sickening as it is. Digging for details, sharing those details as if we have first-hand insight into that pilot's behavior patterns... that's just not respectful and is against the spirit of the camaraderie I like the believe we have here.
It's not unlike talking behind someone's back with your mutual friends. The respectful thing to do is to let them start that conversation, should they choose to do so. The Internet can be anonymous, but in this particular community, it is not. We know each other, and if not, we will probably meet soon.
So, troll all you like. I doubt you've thought about this as much as I have.