So for the people who haven't seen it, enjoy what facebook really does to the car community.
You think it's a quick easy way to find answers when in fact it just holds the community back and wastes a lot of time.
On a forum if three people ask the same question in a week a forum regular can find the most informative post on the subject and drop a link to the others asking the same question. On facebook it's gone. It's information that people put time and effort into providing that just vanishes into the ether. If you are a Buddhist trying to create a new form of sand mandalas this may be a good thing but if you are trying to share knowledge and promote the evolution of the community this is a complete waste of time and energy.
As importantly there are still the rare few left who actually care enough about wasting everybody elses time that they will search before asking a question that gets asked all the time. In this case they might actually find the answer on a forum through a local or google search. Again on facebook that information is as good as gone. It's just wasted time energy and money doing no one any good.
Too many times lately I have encountered situations were valuable quantafiable information is lost and gone because it was something I saw flitter by on facebook. This cripples community evolution, development, and the ability to compile that information and pass it on to future generations in more detail than we received it instead of old wives tales that have no solid background or ability to be proven or denied.
In strong communities where the forums are still strong and healthy this effect may be minimal but in smaller communities where they forums are dying the effects of this could be critical. New people coming up expecting to be spoon fed every single answer. Information and details becoming more vague and less properly defined. Old timers getting sick of answering the same stupid damn questions all the time and noobies getting sick of being called lazy idiots for asking and pissing off the old timers.
Our history and understanding of the world was very simple when it was passed down by word of mouth. Our ability to remember everything in perfect detail is extremely limited. The world changed when we started documenting history and recording knowledge in a way that could be taught and referenced. Discussion groups and forums brought this mentality online and gave everyone the ability to contribute to the searchable and teachable method of documentation.
Facebook, Twitter and the like is taking us back to the old ways of only being able to transfer information in real time.
You sit down and tell the story of the Iliad to a small group and as you get to the end someone walks up and wants to know what you are talking about you have to go back and start at the goddamned beginning. Or you have a new group of people who think they know the whole story after hearing it once and start telling it to everyone else as they remember and before long it's completely bastardized and useless.
Things like facebook and twitter are leading us one step closer to the idiocracy of cave man mentality we tried so hard to escape.
Don't be a cave man.
Search for your questions before asking them. Once you have found all the easy answers ask more intelligent questions based off the information you have learned.
Go back to the forums and ask questions there. It may take you a few more seconds but will save much more than that in the long run.
If that isn't good enough for you then invent the next better way of communicating that is faster and easier yet still gives the ability to document and pass down knowledge. Forums are far from ideal. Information could be categorized better, documented better, filtered better and many other things. I am always open to the evolution of the system as long as it is better. Better does not always mean easier or lazier.
Help come up with ways to make this information easier to find by the people coming up behind you. It will save you time answering the same questions down the road. A little more in now will save you a lot later.
Feel free to share this elsewhere. It's a half drunk sunday rant. I'm sure I could have said it better. I am no MLK but maybe it will be enough to get a couple people thinking that #wantitalleasynow #wanteverythingonasilverspoon is not the answer to life.
Remember this 5 years from now when everyone is filling their radiators with gatorade because it is said that it triples your horsepower.