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Old 24.11.2012, 16:13
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A moment of self recognition...

....for EF.

For all the recent noise from our vegan buddy, and for all the recent noise ABOUT him, and threads moving to off-topic when some feel they shouldn't have....

....if any of you really think that this is serious stuff, spend an hour online and try to find a forum which is as balanced, varied, mature and supportive as this one. Given that by the very nature of the medium, posters hide behind keyboards and most of us choose names that aren't our real ones so our employers don't realise how much time we wile away on here - so "normal" social norms don't tend to apply - this forum is AMAZING. Most online forums are full of lunatics, bigots and trolls, and we are not.

There is an esprit de corps here which I have not seen anywhere else, there is a degree of "self policing" which I think is pretty unique and I think that the mods are exactly what they should be - never trying to make themselves the story and just acting as a safety net when things get out of hand to the best of their abilities as the evolved chimps we all are.

So the new kid is a bit bumptious, and some of the older kids tried to take him down a peg or two......or one mod moved one thread to a different place....who cares? This is the best forum I have ever read where 80% of the posts are attempting to help others, 15% is inconsequential nonsense from the regulars and maybe 5% is not helpful. In my view, that's as close to perfect as will ever exist online.

Just wanted to share

PS This absolutely is part of the 15% nonsense.
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Old 24.11.2012, 16:30
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

I guess it is all relative. Of the three forums I am a part of, this one is the most disrespectful and snarky. That's not to say it doesn't have it's beautiful moments or kind people, and it's full of great information if you're willing to look. Yet I think it's gone amiss from some of the gentle guidance and expectations regarding online etiquette that I've seen in earlier posts from the founder. I wonder what he would think if he were a part of this forum now?
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Old 24.11.2012, 19:28
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

This is the first and only forum I have ever been a member of, and I have been made to feel welcome from day one.
Everyone, with a few exceptions, has been friendly and helpful and I for one have come to love it here.
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Old 24.11.2012, 19:32
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

This thread should be in Off Topic.

*grin*
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Old 24.11.2012, 19:33
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

For me too this is the first and only forum I am part of and the loads of information made available is commendable. In addition to that though I not very frequent on the forum, every time I have had to ask for advice or post an opinion, members have been really helpful and accepting. To me for anything and everything in Switzerland (and sometimes even outside of the boundaries of Switzerland) this is the first place that i think of to ask for advice or opinion.
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Old 24.11.2012, 20:03
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

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I guess it is all relative. Of the three forums I am a part of, this one is the most disrespectful and snarky.
Same here!

I will add one caveat ... the other forums I am a member of have a clear focus that does not lend itself to off topic threads.
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Old 24.11.2012, 20:05
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

I agree, Caviarchips. Like hanna'sauntie, this is the first forum that I ever joined. Having participated in another forum recently and been met with hostility, sarcasm and aggression from pompous, arrogant twits, this is where I intend to stay.

I feel much more comfortable here. Yes, we have our quota of outspoken members, fruitcakes (myself included) and diehards, but that is what makes it so endearing.
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Old 24.11.2012, 21:13
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

I agree too. I've been on other forums, and this one is definitely the most interesting, with friendly and understanding people.

I've even met friends.
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Old 24.11.2012, 21:16
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

'kinnel ..... the world is full of luvvies (???)
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Old 24.11.2012, 21:16
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

i spend way too much time on forums. while it is not a very friendly one, it doesn't seem to have as many crazies as some of the other forums i am on.
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Old 24.11.2012, 21:20
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

Group hug, group hug..

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Old 24.11.2012, 21:41
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

You can't go wrong when a lemur pile is invoked!

I am a member of a few forums and run one of my own - although I'm very laissez-faire about it. All online fora have their moments when the dynamic changes. There's a period of unsettlement (is that a word?) before people adjust, whether it's a vocal new member, a new moderator, changes to the rules or something else. As long as people are supportive and continue to explain and help like people here seem to do, it will be a useful, positive and fun place to hang out online. Just my two cents...
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Old 24.11.2012, 22:24
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Re: A moment of self recognition...

Damn, here I thought that was a raccoon orgy.
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Old 24.11.2012, 22:35
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This one's quite good. Entirely down to the wonderful moderators.
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