Originally Posted by psneeld
That's the beauty of the internet...if you go to it for advice...you certainly get the full spectrum of advice. You learn pretty quickly who are the guys with lots of book/forum reading and those that have been elbow deep in it for awhile.
Which is why I never use "advice" from an Internet forum to make decisions about anything important. I go to one or more pros who I've learned over time know what they're doing and what they're talking about. Engines, powertrains, electronics, electrical, props, and so on-- always the established pros.
The only exception are a couple of retired shipwrights on the GB owners forum, but these guys and their experience and accomplishments are known to me independently of the Internet.
I will pass on things I've learned from pros or very experienced people I knw or have met or from from direct experience on a forum like this, but as far as I'm concerned anyone who actually acts on anything I say here without checking with a known professional on the subject in their area is a fool.
I have occasionally gotten information from a forum that steered me to investigating a particular product or techique. But for the most part forums like this are interactive entertainment. Advice is generally worth exactly what you pay for it.