Over on the Byuilder's Forum, there was a topic about "No Respect" that was discussing attitudes about modeling. I personally thought it was entertaining, and with all the smileys and wink icons, we were all just taking things lightly. It seems the topic was locked and we all got a pretty nasty tongue lashing for slamming other modelers. I respectfully submit that was not the case.
Many of us build all kinds of things. I built airplanes for 30 years, dabbling in ships. Our comments were nothing but friendly rivalry. Goodness, whenever I go to a car show the GM guys razz the Ford and Mopar guys. I go to British shows and the Jag guys razz the Triumph guys. I take my Jag to a cruise in I get razzed by everyone. It's all in good fun and no one is serious. We respect everyone else, and we modelers do too. Let's face it though, folks who specialize in a specific genre do tend to get some stereotypical traits with their direct peers.
I don't think anyone hear had any malicious intent. I linked to a page that had, what I thought, to be a humorous take on all of us. BTW, it has been on the IPMS national website for years. Obviously they can laugh at themselves.
I think the locking of the post and the lashing in the final email was a little overboard. I will probably be banned from this site now, hope not, but if I do, it's been fun.