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When I first came on this forum 3 years ago as a newbie I defo felt a bit exposed asking questions and giving my opinion. But I really appreciated that it was the sort of forum where people give honest answers. Not always the ones I wanted to hear. But that is how you learn. Over time I tried to answer questions knowing sometimes my answers would be a bit obvious or downright useless.
Now it seems there is a bit of a backlash against some of us as someone called it “peppery” members.
So here are the three rules you should always follow when having to deal with bad guests or indeed prickly people on this forum:
Thank you for articulating my own feelings so articulately. But please have a re-think about leaving; so many of us will really miss your wondrously pithy input. If all of us who feel similarly, left, there would be precious little left to engage with positively.
Thanks Joan, still here for little while. I honestly believe that the rules of any forum are set by the owners and it is their right to set the parameters. I’ve been on forums since the early 80s (anyone else remember Alt. and flame wars?).
But I have heard privately from some of my favourite members who are leaving. A real pity. I might try and set up a new forum. One where we can just be our ole peppery selves. The funny thing is I interact with people all over the world here and that is pretty amazing. Summer there and Winter here. The real reason the internet is great (even pre WWW for peeps like me). Good luck.
Peppery is a good thing. After the “can’t we just all get along” message on this forum asking us to be kind to one another, I encourage you to give this forum another chance. I’ve been beaten up in the past and dropped out for a while but found the information and commarderie valuable.
Maybe you can check-in every week or so and see if anything interesting is occurring and take it from there.
Don’t let some butthurt snowflakes chase you off this forum.
This is a host forum, hosts should be able to handle some honest/straight answers, if not, how will they ever overcome a negative review from a guest?