“Let’s have a war. So you can go and die. Let’s have a war. We could all use the money. Let’s have a war. We need the space. Let’s have a war. Clean out this place.” – Fear
The metal detecting-specific Facebook groups are a great place to meet and interact with other detectorists, share pictures of your finds, get help with identification, meet detecting partners, and learn from other detectorists. However, it is very easy to post something that starts an argument that can escalate quickly out of control into an all-out war.
Here are some common post types that can cause problems, each with recommendations on how to avoid starting a brawl:
Someone posts a fairly innocuous request like “I’m looking to upgrade to a new detector. Recommendations?”
The problem here is detector brand loyalty. Most detectorists are going to recommend a detector they use and have success with, and may rabidly defend their own detector choice instead of try to help the person asking the question make the right choice. There is certainly nothing wrong with recommending your detector, but here are some actual responses I’ve seen:
“I wouldn’t let my dog detect with one of those.”: Outright slam in reply to a recommendation
“She said she wanted to stay in Fisher’s line. Why did you mention AT Pro?” : Obvious brand loyalist
“There you go again. Always recommending a $2000 detector.”: Accusation
“@#$@% You!”: Out of control – board administrator has to step in
How to Avoid Issues
Do your own research and talk to people who use specific popular detectors in your price range that do the same type of detecting you do. If you do ask a question like this, provide more information. What do you currently use? Why are you upgrading? What is your skill level? What are you hunting for? Most importantly, what is your budget?
If you are answering this question, ask the questions above if they have not been asked, try to be as objective as possible, and provide a couple of different options, preferably two different brands if at all possible, and provide as much explanation as possible as to why these might be a match.