The car seat forums that I frequent (and frequently post on) mainly consist of people asking questions about how to use/install their seat properly, which seat is appropriate for a specific child, etc. Anyone can respond, but there is a community of car seat techs as well as knowledgable “regulars” who do most of the answering. These are potentially life-saving questions (which isn’t to say there isn’t plenty of chit-chat thrown in!), and it’s important that they be answered correctly.
Lately, however, I’ve noticed several people who have started frequently chiming in on questions that a) they don’t understand and/or b) they don’t know the answer to. Like I said, these are important questions, and a wrong answer – especially if the asker acts on the advice before someone else has the chance to come along with the correction – could be a big deal.
Now, I’m not saying that I (and only I) know everything about car seat safety. Far from it – I’m still learning, and I know it. But if I don’t know the answer to the question, I do one of two things: When answering questions in person, I say “I don’t know the answer to your question, but let me find someone who does.” And on the car seat boards? If I don’t know the answer, I don’t answer. Novel idea, isn’t it?