The trouble with forum users is that, quite often, they really DO know what they’re talking about. Forum users use forums so often that their minds become so full of facts, they can’t help but be extremely well informed.

Which, from a journalists’ point of view, is extraordinarily irritating, given that the first rule of journalism is NEVER to ruin a good story with the facts.

Thanks to forum users, us journalists can no longer just trot out the same old tripe, week in, week out, expecting to flummox our readers with our seemingly endless knowledge about everything. By and large, forum users know much more about things than we do, and take great pride in telling us so if and when we get things wrong. Which, as every forum user will know, is far too often nowadays, what with the standards of journalism nowhere being near high as they once were in ‘theoldendaze’ etc.

One of the more intriguing habits of the forum user is to embark in an argument with another forum user – about a subject on which both forum users believe themselves to be experts. Soon, other forum users will join in, encouraging the two original forum users to do things like “get a life” or “go for a pint” – neither of which are likely to happen, given that these are forum users we are talking about remember…