The Op Ed Pieces on Flightsim.com are becoming an absolutely pointless and stupid venture. They have degraded from a high-potential, opinion-worthy posting service to nothing more than a general forum for which people bat around arguments for this and that, in view of even more of the general website public.
Op Ed needs to be controlled moreso than it is now.
It should be restricted to higher-quality material than someone writing a page worth of text about how he doesn't care about realism and rules as much as others when he flies.
More informative than an extended, and increasingly personal discussion over the merits and flaws of VA's.
More flight-sim related than youngsters explicitly pointing out that they are young and defending their age, and for what purpose?
These discussions are as interesting as the libel published by The National Enquirer, or the slander put out by less than savory TV Shows. It may attract a little crowd, but it does our community no good to witness and read these pointless and personal articles.
So many of the posts on Op Ed, in an overall sense, are the sorts of things that should normally be discussed in a forum along the lines of The Outer Marker here. You have specific rooms set up for people to discuss a majority of the topics that come up on Op Ed. Flight Sim 2000, 2002, 98 discussions? There's 3 forums right there already posted and available to use. General Aviation, Military Aviation, and Commercial Aviation forums are available as well. Air Traffic Control is a topic too. The list goes on.
Op Ed Discussions about the merits of Flight Simming, and the real aviation community are wonderful. There are many other types of relevant, interesting, and forward moving Op Ed pieces that are GREAT to see on Op Ed. However, there are many that are not worthy of this community, at least not so much that they should be placed on the front page of this great website.
Opinions are opinions, and though everyone is allowed to have them without fail, the general banter should not appear in quite the context that Op Ed originally developed as.
Op Ed would be a great spot for more prestigious names of the Flight Sim community to voice their words. Not to say the general public cannot as well; however, only things of significant development, or quality opinions of true merit and sustinance for the Flight Simulation world should be on this section you call Op Ed here at Flightsim.com.