Re: ADMIN: Was: Re: Re: True Line Trains HO Scale Canadian Prewar AAR Boxcars...Now: A change in a rule.

Mike Brock <brockm@...>

Tony Thompson writes:

Mike Brock wrote:
. . . members are permitted...even comment about the
accuracy of a model with reference to the model's actual prototype . .
. or lack thereof. The STMFC is NOT, however, a forum to criticize a
manufacturer's goals, practices, or achievements.
Man, is THIS a thin line. We can criticize the heck out of a
model's accuracy but can't mention the manufacturer's lack of
"achievement?" I know the intent of Mike's rule, but am not very clear
on how a lack of accuracy is different from a lack of achievement.
But certainly attacking a manufacturer's apparent business plan
or attitude is, and should be, well out of bounds."

Upon further review, the "ruling on the field is reversed". The term "achievement" is a bad choice and I withdraw it. The STMFC remains a forum in which a manufacturer's goals and practices are NOT within scope. The rule change in which personal attacks on manufacturers are not permitted remains in place. The determination of what constitutes a personal attack is, of course, subjective and I would hope and expect that the members can distinguish between a personal attack and a critical comment.

Mike Brock

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