I think that because thee is some discussion here, that I have actually succeeded in getting people talking. If we all just built model railways for our own enjoyment, then in today's world the hobby will shrink and eventually die out. There are too many other activities competing, fueled by technology.
e all have a responsibility to help the hobby, and make it as easy for others to get into. It doesn't always get the right press, but we know the benefits and how much fun it is.
Anyway, back to terminology. Not sure if its my philosophy background or my work in IT, but I enjoy studying systems. Everything is part of a system . The kits we build have instructions. Badly designed kits or those with poor instruction, might be fun for some, a challenge, but to the majority of people , they are a poor turn off.
If you run an exhibition, but fail to publicise it or don't put up signs directing people to it, don't be surprised when attendance is low. I have seen that happen on too many occasions.
Any business supporting/supplying our hobby has to make sure what they supply is good enough and they can actually deliver. I don't want this to spark any comments about hat has happened in the past, but it is very easy no something small can do so much damage.
I suspect the terminology we use won't change, but it is I feel still worth while talking about. At the very least, it is generating conversation here, and that is what any online forum needs to survive.
Sorry if this sounds too serious a discussion, but I keep telling people, outside the hobby, how well we as a hobby organise exhibition, normally without any government funding. If we are seen as odd people who just play with trains, then we won't be taken seriously.
For me model railways are part of my creativity. Being creative is a very important part of the way we as a species live. But, all though history it has been under attack, because creativity teaches us to think, and question the world, and there are too many people out there who would prefer to have followed who did not ask questions.
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