UPDATED: 5 May 2013
M4Carbine.net has a pretty unique relationship with several individuals considered by their peers, and the firearms industry as a whole, as subject matter expert (SMEs).
How we define that, per the following: http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=1497
SME's are individuals who have extensive firsthand experience with the deployment of small arms, execution of proper tactics, or development of the past or current military weapons platforms. Generally speaking, they are well compensated for the information that they provide; providing information on a free internet forum is a service to us all.
At this time, four SME's will be entertaining questions from our members. To streamline content so that it falls within the desired endstate of Ask the SME, we have shifted from requiring members to submit their topics to the staff for approval, to a moderated posting
What that means
: Members may post new threads or add posts to existing SME threads that ask questions
. Members will receive an immediate notification upon clicking the Submit Post button informing them of this fact. These postings will NOT publicly appear unless reviewed and made to publicly appear by a staff member or the SME in question.
If any such postings don't fall within the ROE, it will be deleted and not ever appear.
The SMEs will either answer or disregard new threads/posts at their personal discretion.
Based on our membership, we would expect that questions would be well thought out, and professional. Please also try to ask questions that will foster insightful responses from Larry, Mac, Mike and Jason.
1. What posts will definitely get deleted?
In its most simple form, any post that doesn't ask a question will be deleted
, without exception.
2. I posted a question. Why hasn't it been answered?
Either the SME hasn't yet seen it, or they elected to not answer it for their own reasons.
3. I tried to answer a question. Where’s my post?
See #1. Nobody will claim that any given member isn't capable of providing an answer or otherwise positively contributing, but please bear in mind that if your name isn't on one of the SME sections, you were not asked. Please take your attempt to carry on a discussion to the appropriate discussion subforum. Ask the SME is for Q&A, only.
M4Carbine.net cannot thank these gentlemen enough for agreeing to commit their time and effort.