Whilst I run the risk of being seen as part of the "mates' club", might I reflect on how this post has developed with a view to seeing if we can now be more kind to each other leading into the "festive season". And might I start by observing that, if Hornby's since-departed dedicated forum administrator Adam had still been on duty, I believe this topic would have been shut down by now. Simple reason is the question has been asked and answered and subsequent posts are detracting from rather than adding to technical and observational replies.
Returning to my reflection - new contributor Ken (I'm Aussie, I like to abbreviate names of more than one syllable and lengthen those with only one, my apologies) has asked a simple question about performance of a Gaugemaster decoder. He's received a number of useful replies, one in particular listing a range of adjustments he might make to improve performance and observations from others with experience using the decoder, more bad experiences than good.
But there's more. Ken's first reply is from Chris, a highly experienced forum moderator, giving the same reply he gives to many - steer clear of the blue button when replying. Chris is one of our more technically competent contributors with excellent documentation skills that show in his replies. All the blue button achieves in 99% of cases is duplicating in a yellow box someone's previous reply, often also trapping their own content in the box. Ken misses this tip, and in his first reply uses the blue button, adds his reply below, then copies and pastes the yellow box contents and adds it again below his own reply. Chris, as a matter of clarity and good content, removes Ken's reply with its duplicated content and adds back Ken's contribution on its own such that it is easier for contributors to see.
But there's more - Ken's most technically detailed reply comes early on from Flashbang, one of our more knowledgeable contributors. In my opinion, Flashbang comes in the top 3 for overall model railway knowledge on the forum, particularly DCC knowledge. His technical reply is thorough and to the point. However his first line reflects on what many know to be the case - often this forum is deficient in knowledge of non-Hornby products when compared to other forums, hence asking on these other forums can often lead to better advice than this one. With hindsight, Flashbang might agree that he could have worded this line better, but that is up to him.
From this point in my opinion, replies go downhill. They are either further clarification of the lesser knowledge of non-Hornby products on the forum or, more seriously, claims and counter-claims that replies might be interpreted as being abusive, or in fact are abusive.
In my lengthy experience on this forum, I have rarely seen contributors setting out to be abusive and, when it occurs, it is usually shut down by forum administration very quickly. I don't believe any contributor to this thread intended to be abusive, only that some on reflection might have chosen their words more carefully, taking into account that intention behind the message can be misinterpreted when only the written word is available.
So returning to my first point, could we all try to be a little kinder to each other? This has not been a good year for many reasons but that does not excuse as from being at the least polite, even when we disagree with others.
Finally, others may disagree with what I've said above and wish to express their views in further replies. They may even think this is Fishy attempting to claim the moral high ground, but that is not my intention. However, I think I have said all I wish to on this topic, so please accept my apologies if I don't reply further.