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Best Engineering Websites for Engineers

05/26/2017 10:49 AM

This article was published today in Interesting Engineering, a site that a colleague recently told me about. I found that piece about the AI Neural Network that named paint colors (posted Wednesday) in Interesting Engineering. Highly recommend the site.

What do you engineers think about these sites? What's left out? Which ones aren't that great?

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05/26/2017 11:14 AM

I thought CR4 was the best engineering forum?

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05/26/2017 11:55 AM

G. A. Exactly what I thought.

For sure, the best forum. I have looked for others and found nothing else that I thought was worth joining.

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05/26/2017 9:11 PM

I am wholeheartedly in agreement.

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05/26/2017 5:22 PM

That is the list that I looked at to join other forums. I found nothing I liked, but CR4.

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05/26/2017 11:57 AM

Oh look! GlobalSpec is listed. (Now fess up, was this a left-handed plug for your esteemed employer? )

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05/26/2017 12:27 PM

Thanks, looks like some interesting things to explore there.

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05/26/2017 10:33 PM

That's actually just a tiny bit worrisome that given who we have here we are the ones setting a world standard in engineering forums.

It's like finding out your company is rated as being the best of the best in the industry yet you know exactly what goons you have running and working things there which just makes you wonder how bad things have to be everywhere else to rank lesser than you.

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05/26/2017 11:30 PM

This comparison only speaks of engineering forums, not the quality of engineers in general.

For example: how many engineers are members here who, say, took part in designing the Curiosity rover? Zero? Supercomputer designers? Zero? Those who designed the Magellan, Hubble, James Webb, HET, Keck, the LBT, etc. telescopes? Marvels of precision engineering. Zero?

All that is required for membership here the ability to type in an email addy, concoct a screen name, and think up a password. That's it and voila! A shiny new CR4 member. As there is no vetting process in-place, this forum will accept any Tom, Dick, or Harry who cares to join, engineer or not. Literally anyone, and so we might as well stand on a random street corner somewhere and diss the passers-by for not being 'quality' engineers.

We can do that, but really, our membership here doesn't speak at all about engineers in general, whether good or bad. It says nothing at all, because anybody can join. Anybody. And so for an engineering forum lacking a vetting process, I'd say this forum is pretty damn good, all things considered.

And finally, it can't be all that bad, can it? I mean, you've been a member here for years, and you're still a member, no?

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05/26/2017 11:36 PM

Apparently I need to work on my context.

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05/28/2017 11:51 AM

I think tcmtech is a member of ALL engineering forums...

Heck, I even saw his name on some old tractor forum.

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05/28/2017 12:06 PM

Yea. Don't try to discuss engineering or any form of rational logic based technical stuff with farmers and people who collect old farm machinery.

Scientific and technical fact/general practice don't go over well. In fact, discussion of most of modern reality doesn't either.

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05/28/2017 3:45 PM

You crack me up, tcmtech! You join all these forums and can't stand a one of 'em. You sure you're not a closet masochist?

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05/28/2017 5:20 PM

I have been on at least 20 forums since I got on line about 10 years ago. Been kicked off about 5 so far for bringing common sense and reality to a handful of fools who took it way too personally. I don't really hate any forums but I have found too many are flooded with trolls and idiots because of weak moderate and administrative issues.

The old farm machinery forums were pretty good for the most part but like every forum you only need one or two idiots who can't handle being proved wrong by someone they think is lesser than them (I know you know how that works) before an all out one sided war of ignorant stupidity starts and if the forum has weak moderation or just sees such nonsense as click bait cash the whole experience gets pretty old fast.

Every time it starts out with someone states something as a fact that's easily proven to be little more than foolish nonsense or a very weak opinion at best where you prove them painfully wrong in technical and scientific facts and that's all it takes to get some to go full raging idiot troll from there.

If you haven't seen the thread from when I got one of the idiots to come over here and put his suposed superior knowledge and skills up against people of real engineering and technical mindsets and experience only to make a total ass of himself have a read.

http://cr4.globalspec.com/thread/108772

On the old equipment forum he came from he claimed to be some highly knowledgeable engineers et absolutly nothing he ever said showed him be anything but a weak minded and largely wrong poser and general troll who followed me around here for a week or two making lame AP attacks on me every thread he could find me in.

Deal with some idiot, or several, like that on a forum where he is running multiple puppet accounts to give the impression he and a number of others are who are right and want you gone no matter how stupid whatever it is he claims and it's pretty hard enjoy staying around.

BTW, I was also kicked out of forum once for being 'racist' when I commented that professional sports players are overpaid. that was it, I named no one. Just ais that I thought that anyone who makes millions a year for chasing a ball around was overpaid for their skillset.

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05/28/2017 4:47 PM

You have seen some of the power station questions here on CR4.

Perhaps if people on CR4 stopped helping those that post questions that are clearly abusing CR4 to do their actual jobs for them (that they are clearly unqualified to perform). We have a few repeat offenders here on CR4.

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