How Good is This Forum??


June 26, 2004, 04:07 PM
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June 26, 2004, 04:23 PM
out of the dozen or so forums i go to, this is my favorite. not because i like guns but because the people are great.

June 26, 2004, 04:27 PM
How much do you pay for us doing your Market Research? Perhaps I'm interested.

Double Maduro
June 26, 2004, 04:34 PM
Went to the link;

Didn't find any buzz only found a commercial site that looks like it sells advertising.

This and The Ruger Forum are my favorite firearm related sites.


June 26, 2004, 04:35 PM
Get the Glock!

Seriously this place is my favourite. Dude, did I just spell like a Redcoat???

June 26, 2004, 05:05 PM
redbuzz, I think it's pretty good! Do I win anything?:D

June 26, 2004, 05:37 PM
Always my first stop on the world wide web. The information available is boundless and the people are kind and courteous. Could it get any better? I honestly can't see how.

June 26, 2004, 09:04 PM
2 things (and in this order)

#1) The people.. We are more than friends, we are FAMILY.

#2) The topic.. Who doesn't like guns? (Oh wait, I can think of a few)

Topics we are interested in (guns) discussed among polite and intelligent people (I'm speaking about the rest of the forum, not myself of course) and you've got your home away from home.

The thing that makes THIS gun forums so enjoyable is that people are "respectful".

June 26, 2004, 09:32 PM
Tamara, Wild Alaska, P95, Old Fuff, 1911 Tuner; wide knowledge base. Preacherman comes up with some cool topics.

June 26, 2004, 09:45 PM
Pretty kewl...a wealth of knowledge.

June 26, 2004, 09:49 PM
Folks -- what you are saying is consistent with other long term forums -- it's the people and the civilized response.

Is this because of the mod's or because of how you treat each other? What actually makes the Highroad a great forum? Do the newbee's figure it out and leave if they aren't welcome, or do you have to "push" them out (in a nice way of course).

You would not believe some of the hostility and vitriolic responses I have had on other sites...oh well, is human nature I guess.

June 26, 2004, 09:58 PM
Do the newbee's figure it out and leave if they aren't welcome, or do you have to "push" them out (in a nice way of course).

I'm a one has "pushed" me or made me feel unwelcome. I feel right at home here..a great group of people , with a mutual interest.

June 26, 2004, 11:11 PM'll answer this one carefully.


June 27, 2004, 12:39 AM
The High Road is great because of:

The Topic
The History of the site
The Moderators (thanks!)

June 27, 2004, 01:13 AM
GREAT people with good insite on lots of topics. Feels like a group of old friends.

June 27, 2004, 01:52 AM
An excellent site, from top to bottom. The people are almost always great(There are exceptions) and the knowledge base is wide. I also like the moderation. Neither so facist that you can't express yourself, nor so loose that personal attacks are tolerated.

June 27, 2004, 02:27 AM
You would not believe some of the hostility and vitriolic responses I have had on other sites...

Actually, we do, that's why we all hang out here :)

June 27, 2004, 02:33 AM
This has been the best firearms forum on the net, since the Firing Line was closed. It is sophisticated, mature, interesting, compelling and has thorough information on a wide-range of topics. Best of all, the moderators have achieved a magic balance of allowing us maximum freedom without allowing personal attacks. Very, very good firearms forum and my 1st choice each day. OK, I'm biased. But other forums either have too little traffic to get a response, are off topic about very asinine topics better suited to the Dr. Laura show, or create hostility among the members. There are some other great firearms websites out there, but none have the traffic this site has, so a useful response to questions is generally lacking. Lots of wisdom and help here!

June 27, 2004, 02:40 AM
(snip)sophisticated, mature, interesting...(snip)

Speak for yourself! :evil:

Ex-MA Hole
June 27, 2004, 06:09 AM
There are other forums out there? Whoa...:D

I'll let you answer for yourself:

1. Where else can you go to discuss how to carry concealed at a nude beach? You may want to read it some time. I find the hole discusion to be interesting. (Pun intended.) Try not to cry with laughter.

2. Then read about the guy that wanted to sell his 1911 but didn't want to because of his Dad. Then read about the people that sent a complete stranger (well, not really a stranger, he is, after all, part of the High Road family) money. Try not to cry with a full heart when you read it. They MAY be hope for mankind yet...

3. Then read about the Lee Precision treatment. I think that THR got results for the chap.

4. Then research the site and find a question that has been asked 100's of times before and ask it again. You'll see that 1-2 people tell you to do research (there are always a few), while 100 answer you AGAIN, with the same interest and support as the first 100 or so times.

5. Then look to see how many newbies post a post (?) to just say "Hi, I'm new". How many peolple get mad? None. How many people stop in to say "Hi, Welcome, any questions"? Usually 10-30.

6. Where else (other than AA and couseling) can people go to to get moral support.

7. Where else can you go, that when a member dies, the whole community greives? KY Rifle, etc...

This should answer the question you asked for you.

This is not a discussion group. This is a an extended family.


June 27, 2004, 08:26 AM
Where else can I complain about my gun-loving cats ( and get so many useful/less (delete whichever is not applicable) responses? :D

June 27, 2004, 01:09 PM
THR feels like home.

June 27, 2004, 03:32 PM
Im a newbie here and let me tell you I love the site because of its common goal. I was just at (ill change the name) and was flamed on my second post before I had the chance to explain myself. Its unfortunate people cannot see through their own political views to fight for a common goal of gun ownership and responsible gun handling. :)

June 27, 2004, 05:46 PM
I am in front of my computer at work ALL day. I spend hours hanging out here at this forum. There are a couple smaller ones I visit, but I consider this place my home

June 27, 2004, 06:22 PM
I'm fairly new to ght gun forums (fora?), and as has been said, THR has become my "base" for browsing. It's interesting to see the same folks on others, but they all seem to center here; even TFL seems to have fallen to second place. Note also how THR traffic is higher than the "specialized" fora.

June 27, 2004, 09:33 PM
Is this because of the mod's or because of how you treat each other? What actually makes the Highroad a great forum? Yes. :D A little of both. The mods keep us on track and set the standard but for the most part this is a good bunch here. Some of those other forums are just crazy. :( If all other firearms forums on the 'net dissolved, I might miss a few just because there are some very specialized forums that are useful for specific info about specific guns. If this one disolved, I'd be heartbroken. This is where I come just to shoot the bull and hang out. It's comfortable and sane here(for the most part :p ). If somebody get's out of line, they are usualy gently reminded by their peers, not stomped on. Folks here are genuinely helpful and friendly. This one is home.

Do the newbee's figure it out and leave if they aren't welcome, or do you have to "push" them out (in a nice way of course).
:confused: I'm sorry, I honestly don't understand the reasoning behind this question. Why would newbies be unwelcome? This is a place for people to come and learn about firearms, self defense and the second amendment or to bounce their opinions off us for comment. As along as they do it in a civilized manor, anybody is free to disagree here. We've had blatent anti-gunnies post here to argue their points. I think we've convinced some the errs of their ways and with others we've agreed to disagree. In my experiences, the 1st amendment is as respected as much as the 2nd is here. So no, I've never seen anybody get asked to leave here unless they were just not willing to participate in a civil manner.

June 27, 2004, 10:27 PM
Do the newbee's figure it out and leave if they aren't welcome, or do you have to "push" them out (in a nice way of course)

Dunno about you, but starting flame wars with a group of people that often own more firearms than their local police department isn't very appealing to me. :D

Good honest gun owners are welcome here. The riff raff often doesn't have much fun and anybody spouting off with incorrect information is weeded out quick -- though I don't think I've ever seen it happen. I do see a lot of incorrect statements on other "firearms" boards though.

Good honest gun owners are good people for the most part. I think that's what keeps the forum ticking.

June 27, 2004, 10:39 PM
I think it's the friendly waitresses and cheap beer. Or it could be that, while it may not be "the best" site on every specific firearm-related subject, it seems to be the best "all around" site. With a higher percentage of friendly and knowledgeable people than I'm likely to encounter elsewhere during the week.

June 28, 2004, 04:37 AM
The only other Firearms site I go to isCalGuns (, and that's because ********** is a parallel universe with it's own laws of physics. This place meets my needs, and has, in fact, inspired me to better myself by going back to school.

Not bad for a "mere" Web site.

June 28, 2004, 08:24 AM
I'm still too new to presume to be family (think I'll hold onto that kidney, thank you ;) ) but this site is the one I look at first and last every day.
Your question made me think about it, and I'd have to say that the intelligence, humor and manners of the members are what drew me here........ and keep me coming back. A lot of interesting opinions and knowledge out there.
There are other sites I visit with similar qualities, so I'd have to say that the subject matter here is the deciding factor in my preference.
Any forum that has members quoting R.A.H. has the attitude and mind-set I can appreciate....:cool:

June 28, 2004, 11:11 AM
THR is my main hangout on the internet. I enjoy THR because it is run like a tight ship. There are rules and they are enforced. I have been to several other forums where the owner of the forum is too uptight to relequish control to anyone else. He is the sole Mod and people tend to get away with a lot of stuff. I like THR because it is consistant yes we have the roundtable, but other then that the discussions are all relevant to my interests. One of the other forums I am a member of a had thread that consisted of some kid talking about his love life!!! There were over 15K views and something like a 400 replies. I don't need that, I not looking for an online soap opera.

THR has a good amount of young people but they all act like adults. Very rarely have I ever seen anyone post something that I didn't think was apropiate. THR is staffed by grownups and all of the members here act like grownups. We have good sensible rules that keep things on track. There is also enough traffic here that getting help is easy.

joe sixpack
June 28, 2004, 05:47 PM
This is the only place I know where I can get an honest answer to burning questions such as what's better a Glock or Colt 1911? Or what about
which is best: 9mm or .45?
Seriously, I'm a newbie to guns and the sport, but I find myself at home
everytime I come here. Great place and great people make it so.

cheers, ab

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