I’ve noticed that there’s a certain hobbyist/enthusiast mentality that’s prone to a really, really annoying combination of splitting hairs and extraordinary hyperbole.
As in, if you read say… home brewing boards, you’ll have some jerk on there swearing up and down that if your mash temp is 154 instead of 153, your beer will be ruined and totally out of style.
On cooking forums, some jerks will claim up and down that things like “grocery store meat has NO flavor” or that you have to use organic, free range Berkshire pork or your effort will have been wasted and your dish will taste like month-old fermented garbage.
On camera/photography boards, some ass will get on there and badmouth a lens because it’s not as sharp as the corresponding Canon L series lens that costs 8x as much, and that your pictures will suck as a result.
Or my personal favorite, on a certain automotive/lubrication forum, people claim that using one oil filter or oil over the other not only makes some difference, but they’ll haughtily claim “I’ll NEVER use filter X in my 1989 Cutlass” or some other idiotic crap like that.
What’s with this mentality? It seems to be the worst of the medieval “how many angels can stand on the head of a pin” nit-pickery, combined with the usual Comic Book Guy arrogance. Why is it so difficult for these people to admit that you can make a delicious dinner out of garden-variety grocery store pork, or that running a Wal-Mart filter and dollar store oil will get 99% of engines to 250,000 miles?