Not sure if I understand the poll's first question: "Are you enthusiastic about motorsports to the general public?"
Does this mean:
- do you express this enthusiasm elsewhere than on this forum?
- do you express your enthusiasm in public?
- has your enthusiasm put you on a mission to raise the level of interest in motorsports in the general public?
Re the second, responded "Not really."
Re the third, i.e. FNGs, there should be an "Other" response field.
First off, there are various kindsa FNGs.
1/ There is, as Risil pointed out, our FNG, to whom the meaning of the Vietnam-era acronym no longer applies,
and "splaining" things to him is a different matter, with different risks.
2/ There are FNGs who are new to the forum, but not new to racing, and thus they could need to have the forum's atmospherics etc. explained to them, but not racing itself.
3/ There are FNGs who are that to both the forum and racing, whose posts in the "Introduction Thread" should be read to check their age, level of sensitivity, etc. However, in that respect, prefer to just leave them to their own pace of gathering information, give them the opportunity to "learn from everyone," etc.
Then, there are racing FNGs beyond the forum, in life.
i/ Haven't been in a bar watching a race in a loooooong time. Can't remember if I've ever gone to a bar with the intention of watching a race.
As such, this disqualifies me from diagnostics in terms of them kindsa encounters.
ii/ People (say, neighbours, but also new acquaintances) about whom I learn that they're into F1 (other forms of racing don't come up anywhere near as often) tend not to be new to the sport, so - ditto.
iii/ Haven't ever run into the street, carried by enthusiasm for something just watched on TV or on YouTube, and shouted "Who loves racing?"
However, this could be something to do in, say,
France - "Qui aime la Formule Un?"
Italy - "Chi ama Formula Uno?" [please correct as required]
Would suggest that the best timing for the former would be after Charles LeClerc won a race.
For the latter, after Ferrari did.
Edited by Zmeej, 29 May 2023 - 16:32.