09/16/08 50 W, 1 I - + 10 - 11 The Watch Desk Has a New Look

Or at least it has new colors. Still more banners than postings on the Raleigh-Durham forum. Don't know why the discussion board hasn't sustained interest. There have been 214 threads started since the first posting in May 2004.

Thus far it has pretty much been used as a gripe board. Sure, some ‘progessive’ ideas have been brought forth (numbering systems and solid stream nozzles), and there has been some productive discussion, but for the most part it has always gone into a ‘we vs. they’ mentality. I think that forums such as TWD have enormous potential to share ideas, but someone has to make the first move. And there is always the problem with ‘misunderstanding’ something put forth- people get defensive if it is suggested that they are doing something wrong.

Example- everyone knows by now (or should) that I am a paramedic here in the county. What happens if I point out something that I see done a lot that really is not quite right. Do people say “Thanks, I didn’t realize that” or “Who the @*#! does he think he is?”
DJ (Web Site) - 09/16/08 - 10:29

I’ve tried, but people take offense by what can be made into a learning lesson or want other topics. When I ask ; “hey friend, provide something to discuss then”, nothing is brought up (usually the ones’ whining are of the anonymous type).

Sure, I’ve aired frustration on there, and sometimes it’s nice to see that others are frustrated with the same thing (and sure it’s great to be corrected when one might have the wrong impression or understanding of an issue). I can say this, atleast it doesn’t get as ugly as some of the other locations (Baltimore, PG County, MD).

More than likely, everyone knows me. Some like me and some don’t, no problem, it’s called “life”, no hard feelings. But I can promise you this, I’ll call it like I see it, usually un-sugarcoated. Some like that, some don’t….but no matter what, it won’t affect our work relationship on the fireground and/or when the “SHTF”.

Stay safe…
Silver - 09/16/08 - 11:30

lack of postings may have a lot to do with the general design/navigation of the site (name bars between postings too deep means lots of scrolling – top bar too deep means i can barely see any posts on my tiny laptop screen – it is so easy to post here, so easy to navigate – may come down only to an ease of use issue

ps Silver, i look forward to your posts!
cornerhydrant - 09/16/08 - 14:14

Thanks!! Send me an e-mail so we can chat!!
Silver (Email) - 09/16/08 - 15:08

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