Everybody is entitled to pursue a hobby like genealogy the way he or she wants to.
A lot of genealogist also know: “Genealogy without proof is Mythology.” (attributed to Mary L. Henke)
With this being said: I am a member of a genealogy message board. After I spent a significant amount of time there, I can say with some confidence: There is a noticeable shift away from quality genealogical research towards something else. No sources, uncritical transfer from online trees as the main component of someone’s “research”, an uncritical approach to own research results – just to name a few problems.
This phenomenon has partly always been there, but by now it is so widespread, that examples of low quality research create the impression that this is the way genealogy is done.
What can I do as a frequent user to encourage higher standards in such a setting (without ending up like this)?