kobe, thanks for the post.
as you have rightly understood, the idea of the forums is to discuss within the realms of reality.
in the earlier days, BR used to have a big gang of experts who would have persisted with an errant n00b (I certainly don't mean that all new members are n00bs or vice versa for that matter)
to make him see the light and that experience, while sometimes quite harrowing for the person(
) usually gave him a better perspective on things.
IOW, BRF mil forum was a frightening place, when I signed up (after lurking for about 5 years !), it took me enormous courage to post here, that too in the scenarios thread, where I figured people would be a little forgiving.
all this after following military affairs for half a decade and reading virtually *ALL* military related news items that came out in India since the early 80's !!
now, these oldies didn't wait for mods to show up and bring things under control, they had their own sense of responsibility did it come what may, day in and day out, consequences be damned.
one reason why they could do the job of keeping BR sane could be that BR grew with these people and they understood it's pulse as well as their own, only better !
unfortunately, most of them have gotten to be too busy with their lives to participate regularly, if at all. you'll probably remember the names -- GJ, JC, rakall even JaiS is rarely seen these days.
and I'm sure I've missed a number of equally adroit members.
I'm sure there are still people have similar level of knowledge and understanding but are perhaps hesitant to be more assertive, probably because of lack of understanding of how BR works.
at the end of the day it comes to this simple fact, a forum is as good as its members and if you feel some member is violating the basic tenets, don't hesitate
to go ahead and tell him/her what you really think on the issue.