Nick Rawlings, editor of Road Safety News, voices his opinion on other people’s opinions…
I wish that more road safety professionals would contribute to the discussion threads and debates that emanate from stories on the newsfeed.
Overall, readership of the newsfeed is going from strength to strength with a record number of visits and visitors in four of the past 12 months.
But, in my view, too few road safety professionals participate in the discussion threads, which is a pity as they are the primary audience for the newsfeed.
It’s been suggested that some local authority employees are forbidden from participating, but if people were really keen to do so I’m sure they could find a way round this.
Could it be that some road safety officers lack the confidence to become involved in discussions? Or that they feel in some way intimidated by the vociferous minority who sometimes monopolize proceedings?
Equally, I wish that some of our regular contributors would restrict their comments to topics about which they have a degree of expertise. Often, this is how people from outside the profession first become involved in posting comments, but some broaden their involvement by commenting on all manner of stories and topics – often without any real understanding of the subject.
There could be an element of people getting to like the sound of their own voice and gaining personal satisfaction from seeing their comments in print.
It would also be great if some contributors could take a more balanced approach when posting comments. Many of the posts are very negative in their content, and some contributors make almost entirely negative contributions.
Some, it would appear, are using the comments facility to express their disdain for all things road safety. This is a pity because it alienates readers and colours their judgement when considering any valid points that these contributors make.
So there you have it – my aspirations for 2015: more participation by more people – especially road safety professionals. And a more balanced and considered approach from some of our regular contributors.
Happy New Year to everyone!