Started by bwv 1080, February 07, 2019, 04:24:24 AM
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Quote from: Gurn Blanston on February 07, 2019, 07:19:32 PMWell, politics and religion are not going to be banned, so let's get that out of the way up front. We are, in most cases, mature, well-rounded adults and should be able to maneuver around the occasional obstacle to our sensibilities without losing our minds. I am sorry to see BWV 1080 leave, but people come and go here all the time, and for less understandable reasons than being fed up with the political situation being thrown up at them. That said, let me take a moment to remind you all, especially those (the majority by now) who weren't here back in the days when prohibition was attempted. There wasn't a thread on the board which hadn't devolved into a morass of political muck (against GW Bush (Dickhead Cheney, actually) in those days). When these discussions were banned, the result was stultifying on all conversation, as though an intellectual blanket had been thrown over the members. So it was decided to allow political and religious discussion in The Diner. And while those threads have been largely unmoderated, they have managed for 15 years to give an outlet to people. I think this policy has proven its worth.It is true, however, that there are some people who simply can't leave it alone and want to continue discussions outside of the prescribed area. I have deleted more than a few posts which were out of bounds, although they have been a small blot on the larger scheme of things. Instead of pointing fingers and carrying on about it ad infinitum, take a minute to look in the mirror and ask yourself if you are guilty. The moderators here are as hands-off as you could ask, but that comes with a price. If you don't want to be policed, then police yourself. I'm not at all happy that a member felt compelled to leave, it may or not have been justified, but the fact that he felt it was makes it de facto true. Thanks,Gurn
Quote from: david johnson on February 09, 2019, 12:44:45 AMpolitics = the bane of civilization
Quote from: SurprisedByBeauty on February 09, 2019, 01:01:31 AMPolitics: n. A strife of interests masquerading as a contest of principles. (Ambrose Bierce)
Quote from: Gurn Blanston on February 09, 2019, 07:12:19 AMI love that, really. Very Twainish in nature...
Quote from: Ken B on February 09, 2019, 07:36:52 AMThe Devil's Dictionary is a fabulous book. Egotist (n.) A person of low taste, more interested in himself than in me.
Quote from: SurprisedByBeauty on February 09, 2019, 07:42:44 AMBierce, Twain and Mencken are triplets separated at birth. Excellent sense of terse, wry humor and intelligence.Cynic. (n.) blackguard whose faulty vision makes him see things as they are - as opposed to how they ought to be. Pockets. (n.) cradle of motivation, grave of conscience. (I'm paraphrasing, but I think I get them more or less right.)
Quote from: Ghost of Baron Scarpia on February 07, 2019, 07:46:06 PMWell put. I am not in favour of banning political or religious posts or threads, but confining them to the diner seems like a sensible policy.
Quote from: Mirror Image on February 07, 2019, 06:35:23 PMAs long as a member doesn't get on the grandstand on say the 'listening' thread or a composer thread, then I see no reason why political threads should be banned, especially if the threads and the posts are designated to the right part of the forum. Personally, I never understood why anyone would want to discuss politics on a music forum to begin with, but that's really out of my control and makes no difference in the threads that I like to post in.
Quote from: Mirror Image on May 01, 2020, 07:49:15 PMI really wish they would --- these threads have done nothing but shown each of us what uncompromising, opinionated a****** we are and I say 'we' as in a collective we because I'm guilty of this on more than one occasion as is everyone else I've seen on those threads.
Quote from: T. D. on May 02, 2020, 03:50:10 AM(Only slightly) off-topic, but could someone please clarify how to use the "ignore list"?I managed to put one offender on ignore, but have not been able to repeat the process.The "ignore" feature is AFAICT undocumented by the forum software. Does one need to become a paying member to fully enable it?
Quote from: 71 dB on May 02, 2020, 04:50:52 AMYou do it this way: Profile => Modify Profile => Buddies / Ignore List => Edit Ignore List => Add To Ignore List => write the name you want to ignore and hit AddHopefully that helps.
Quote from: Baron Scarpia on May 02, 2020, 06:21:01 AMUnless he's got you on ignore already.
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