I wish to thank everyone who voted, regadless of who they voted for. Appreciation of one’s efforts to contribute to a fine Forum like this are always appreciated. Like everyone else who does, I appreciate the acknowledgment that I contribute something to this Forum. However, I have mixed feelings, as I do not do research or write for any reason connected with a poll like this, nor do I think it is poosible to single out a specific contributor as “top gun” if you will, for any given year.
I make a lot of postings. However, I am also retired and can spend more time in research and browsing the computer than some who is not. I answer questions for several reasons - firstly, of course, is if I have a goodly amount of information and can contribute a meaningful answer. Secondly, if I think of some little thing that was forgotten on much more detailed postins than my own, and third, to start the ball rolling if I feel a solid, interesting question is going unanswered. Sometimes, my information is scant. In short, quantity of postings doesn’t insure quality.
Someone mentioned that quantity doesn’t make quality early own, but I didn’t agree with the context as it referred to quantity of viewings, not postings. The quantity of viewings is a solid measure for the amount of interest generated by the initial posting and those that add to it. It is a different story altogether than “quantity of postings.”
I sincerely hope that most of my answers are solid, documented, and if opinion is involved, I don’t forget to mention I am offering only an opinion - conjecture if you will. I have been found wanting many times, and am grateful for it, as the only important thing is getting the facts out.
My interest in cartridges has always been much more historical than technical. It doesn’t take any brains, thank God, when you have a good library to look something up, or to indetify some case maker, etc. I marvel at some of the truly technical, scientific information that is posted on this Forum, much seemingly right off the top of the head of the contributor. It is incredible the knowledge that is represented by those who contribute to this Forum. Much more than I will ever have. Some answers, I have to even look up the vocabulary to understand them, as they are above my technical level.
To say the least, I am humbled by the vote here. I had asked when the thread opened, through PM to John S., that I not be included. Evidently, I was too late. I honestly feel there were better choices, and certainly none of those nominated, nor many, many other contributors that were not, have to take back seat to ANYONE in their knowledge and contributions to this Forum.
Everyone on it is an equal part of the sum total of benefit this Forum is to every one who is interested in ammunition. Sometimes we argue; sometimes we squabble, but that is the case in every family. I am proud to be part of this one, and if I contribute a little to it, I am happy. There is no single winner here! We all benefit from the knowledge of every other contributor, and their willingness to share it.