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Re: GMG --- Friends, Inc.
« Reply #40 on: April 11, 2021, 10:36:37 PM »
I tend to engage with forums from a cautious distance these days (folks who knew me on TC will likely understand why I now take a reserved approach), but I do value GMG ahead of others I've spent time on. It is wonderful to have so many people of varying experiences and tastes together in one place for the simple enjoyment of good music. Despite the wide diversity of thought I've encountered here, I've never seen attempts by one to force the rightness of their opinions down the throats of others, nor squabbling over the best this or greatest that. Without a trace of hyperbole I say that GMG is the most laid back, least combative forum I've ever been involved with. Political discussion will of course be the exception that proves the rule, but as far as the "mission" of this place goes, never was there a more pleasant environment in which to explore the great traditions of western music.

So, I will also join in the giving of thanks to everyone who contributes their time and knowledge to make this place what it is.

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« Reply #41 on: April 11, 2021, 11:01:10 PM »
Well said, friend Harry!

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Indeed - I've lost my beloved sister-in-law (gosh, nine years ago now) and two very close friends in recent years. I've no idea how long I've been a member here but certainly pre-2007. I don't think that I ever left and returned, although there will have been periods when I have been less active. My wife still thinks it's a 'Cat Group' (which it kind-of is) as in: 'OMG you're not online to your Cat Group AGAIN!!!!'
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« Reply #42 on: April 12, 2021, 12:19:03 AM »
Indeed - I've lost my beloved sister-in-law (gosh, nine years ago now) and two very close friends in recent years. I've no idea how long I've been a member here but certainly pre-2007. I don't think that I ever left and returned, although there will have been periods when I have been less active. My wife still thinks it's a 'Cat Group' (which it kind-of is) as in: 'OMG you're not online to your Cat Group AGAIN!!!!'
 ;D

See that sort of remarks make me laugh in a boisterous and inappropriate way, (A bit like Sir Percy in Blackadder, still my favourite BBC series) so my wife tells me!
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« Reply #43 on: April 12, 2021, 02:09:05 AM »
See that sort of remarks make me laugh in a boisterous and inappropriate way, (A bit like Sir Percy in Blackadder, still my favourite BBC series) so my wife tells me!
Pleased to hear it Harry!
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« Reply #44 on: April 12, 2021, 03:06:43 AM »
See that sort of remarks make me laugh in a boisterous and inappropriate way, (A bit like Sir Percy in Blackadder, still my favourite BBC series) so my wife tells me!

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« Reply #45 on: April 12, 2021, 06:38:21 AM »
Indeed - I've lost my beloved sister-in-law (gosh, nine years ago now) and two very close friends in recent years. I've no idea how long I've been a member here but certainly pre-2007. I don't think that I ever left and returned, although there will have been periods when I have been less active. My wife still thinks it's a 'Cat Group' (which it kind-of is) as in: 'OMG you're not online to your Cat Group AGAIN!!!!'
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Hah! :P A cat group. Well, we’re certainly a catty bunch (or, at least, can be from time to time). ;D
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« Reply #46 on: April 12, 2021, 06:41:02 AM »
I tend to engage with forums from a cautious distance these days (folks who knew me on TC will likely understand why I now take a reserved approach), but I do value GMG ahead of others I've spent time on. It is wonderful to have so many people of varying experiences and tastes together in one place for the simple enjoyment of good music. Despite the wide diversity of thought I've encountered here, I've never seen attempts by one to force the rightness of their opinions down the throats of others, nor squabbling over the best this or greatest that. Without a trace of hyperbole I say that GMG is the most laid back, least combative forum I've ever been involved with. Political discussion will of course be the exception that proves the rule, but as far as the "mission" of this place goes, never was there a more pleasant environment in which to explore the great traditions of western music.

So, I will also join in the giving of thanks to everyone who contributes their time and knowledge to make this place what it is.

Yes, this has been my experience on GMG as well. Of course, being a member here a bit longer than you have, we have had our fair share of trolls like the “If it’s not Mendelssohn, it’s garbage” composer wannabe Saul and the highly suspicious, cretin of a man, Sean. Glad to see both of these members are long gone at this point.
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« Reply #47 on: April 12, 2021, 06:58:56 AM »
I wouldn't mind if Rob "Mozart is Fake" Newman came back for a few weeks. His visits are always entertaining.

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« Reply #48 on: April 12, 2021, 07:22:07 AM »
My wife still thinks it's a 'Cat Group' (which it kind-of is) as in: 'OMG you're not online to your Cat Group AGAIN!!!!'
 ;D
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Wait, you mean it's not?!  ??? 🙀😾

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Re: GMG --- Friends, Inc.
« Reply #49 on: April 12, 2021, 07:59:25 AM »
I wouldn't mind if Rob "Mozart is Fake" Newman came back for a few weeks. His visits are always entertaining.

Allowing him to enter when I knew him well from other fora and knew the havoc he could cause turned out to be one of the boldest strokes of my moderating career here. I knew you guys would kick his arse for him, to start with, because he is used to bullying academics, not giving and getting with real people. It was the high point of the year! :)

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Re: GMG --- Friends, Inc.
« Reply #50 on: April 12, 2021, 08:33:24 AM »
Allowing him to enter when I knew him well from other fora and knew the havoc he could cause turned out to be one of the boldest strokes of my moderating career here. I knew you guys would kick his arse for him, to start with, because he is used to bullying academics, not giving and getting with real people. It was the high point of the year! :)

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« Reply #51 on: April 12, 2021, 08:48:45 AM »
Unlike most of you here, I've been a member for less than a decade, but I've certainly enjoyed my stay so far.
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« Reply #52 on: April 12, 2021, 09:48:40 AM »

Allowing him to enter when I knew him well from other fora and knew the havoc he could cause turned out to be one of the boldest strokes of my moderating career here. I knew you guys would kick his arse for him, to start with, because he is used to bullying academics, not giving and getting with real people. It was the high point of the year! :)

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« Reply #53 on: April 12, 2021, 10:01:16 AM »
Yes, this has been my experience on GMG as well. Of course, being a member here a bit longer than you have, we have had our fair share of trolls like the “If it’s not Mendelssohn, it’s garbage” composer wannabe Saul and the highly suspicious, cretin of a man, Sean. Glad to see both of these members are long gone at this point.
Of course, everywhere on the internet has trolls, but this place is relatively unspoiled in that regard.

I think we had Saul over on TC. Aside from his really tacky original music, I remember he posted a lot of pro-Israel propaganda. Does that sound like the same guy?

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« Reply #54 on: April 12, 2021, 10:02:28 AM »
And Saul 'Mendelsohn is the only kosher composer except for me' whatshisname

has weirdears (chris was his name if I recall) ever resurfaced?

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« Reply #55 on: April 12, 2021, 10:31:54 AM »
My journey into the world of classical music discussion forums began around 2005/2006 on a small forum linked to the Hartford classical music radio station called "Beethoven Radio", the site was Beethoven.com.

This was very early in my interest in classical music.  The forum did not have a lot of members, but it was still a great learning experience for me.  Here, I met Navneeth (Opus106).  From here, I joined Talk Classical talk forum and stayed there until around late 2007, which is when I joined GMG along with a few other Talk Classical folks (Opus106, Keemun/Todd).  I joined GMG first as ChamberNut, then rejoined in 2011 with a new account as Brahmsian.  Then changed my name back to ChamberNut, and now OrchestralNut.  I've had several periods of high and low activity, recently returning to activity in December 2020.

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« Reply #56 on: April 12, 2021, 10:35:12 AM »
One of my all-time favorites: PINK HARP with his obsessio mentalis about Debussy's Pelleas et Melisande!!!

Yes! 

I was also amused by how often Paul Best would change his minds about recordings over an afternoon or sometimes in the same post!

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« Reply #57 on: April 12, 2021, 10:35:46 AM »
Yes, some of the famous (infamous) characters of GMG over the years:

Rob Newman
Rod Corkin
Pink Harp (Unrepentant Pelleastrian) - which I always seemed to misread as Unrepentant Palestinian  :D
Saul
Sean
Teresa
*James

*James - I wonder if he is still around, in some form or another?  I remember the James bingo card, which was quite humourous.
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« Reply #58 on: April 12, 2021, 10:43:29 AM »
Corkin I think was the major Handel fan, who claimed Handel was the greatest composer ever, while Bach was a second or third rate hack.  :P

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« Reply #59 on: April 12, 2021, 11:08:12 AM »
Of course, everywhere on the internet has trolls, but this place is relatively unspoiled in that regard.

I think we had Saul over on TC. Aside from his really tacky original music, I remember he posted a lot of pro-Israel propaganda. Does that sound like the same guy?

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