On point, thank you Nate. There are a few circumstances that present such issues in amateur radio. Firstly, it's one of the few hobbies that requires a license. I can't think of many hobbies that are regulated in such a way, save perhaps recreational firearm shooting, including hunting (and those licenses are far less difficult to obtain than an amateur radio license!). There are others for sure (fishing), but while amateur radio is also a hobby regulated by the federal government, "misdemeanor" behavior like poor on air operating discussed here isn't really penalized or enforced against. So it comes back to human psychology; human nature becomes harder to regulate the harder we try to regulate it. In some ways ham radio (as evidenced by Nate's signature) is really just one of the first iterations of social media. We'd like to believe in and adhere to a higher code of conduct, but there are the occasional operators who may as well be on Facebook or Twitter. Modern social media has a different set of rules in general; Twitter mandates 140 characters, which is kind of like a band restriction. But it's otherwise a free-for-all through which people express themselves with no licensing required. All that's required to operate on social media is a device and an opinion. Amateur radio requires a device and an opinion, but also a lot more training- studying, licensing, technical knowledge of antennas, propagation, etc... It's also relatively expensive. These aspects alone eliminate a lot of people before they even join and cause problems (if they even had an inkling of desire to join ham radio). But they can't eliminate human nature and that's just something for which I doubt there is a "solution." Even though the amateur radio exams may not be as difficult as they once were (they were difficult for me) and there is no CW requirement now, there still is a pretty steep minimum barrier to entry. So it's really incumbent upon hams to uphold the values and ethics we hold dear to this hobby. Hams must lead by example and involvement; we can't just be frustrated. It's no different than our democratic process- if we want something changed we have to be involved. We can't just say the system is rigged; we have to vote and then do more. Hams must operate as individuals in the fashion we'd like to see ham radio operate collectively. I'm a new ham but I'm not a kid. I have been interested in ham radio since I was a kid, and I've read about it, studied it, and listened to SW for years before I ever got licensed. I made the choice to become licensed partly because I've always been interested, but I also accepted a personal challenge to myself to dive into something that I thought was over my head technically. Many aspects of amateur radio are over my head, but I'm learning- by choice. So the choice is there for all hams to continue to mold the developing hobby into one that is progressive, but still respects the reasons and traditions that drew us to it.