Flattening Leaf Springs? in Blacksmithing, General Discussion Posted April 2, 2015 I am tired. When I get tired I get cranky. When I get cranky I have little patience. This is a forum where people ask questions. Right? This forum has been extremely helpful to me. But I asked some questions a while back where it felt like I was expected to fail and waste time and money in order to then be "allowed" to ask a question about the why? I got several responses that were not at all helpful. Those responses took energy. More energy than it would have taken to simply say something like "quenching a 1084 knife in water will be a bad idea and may likely Crack. Probably best to not do it." But instead I got a lot of energy spent by supposedly "very busy people" telling me all sorts of stuff that was not at all helpful, chastising etc. Really??? If your time is so valuable that you can't be helpful then why do you have time to reply to chastise? I have a concern that this forum is sometimes trending to an elite or antagonistic attitude in it's responses at times. And it is subtle. More about written "attitude". Which of course is hard to interpret. I recognize that intent is hard to interpret from text. Anyway, all I ask is that we all think about and remember when we knew nothing.... Some may have to remember way way back.... Think about and remember how we failed and how we can help prevent others from failing but by also teaching such that others learn. Think about how we can help promote the art without being elitist but also without being overly spoon feeding too. Ok. My two cents. I suspect I'll get hammered from many sides or this thread will get killed.