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Final warning


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I hate doing this, but I'm left with little choice.

Despite my recent warning I regret to note that certain people persist in making derogatory personal comments about other forum users. I'm not naming names - they know who they are.

This is to make it perfectly clear that I'm not going to tolerate personal abuse of one person by another under any circumstances. By all means argue your point vigorously, express your opinion forcefully, contest another person's assertions - those are all legitimate ways of debating a topic, and we're here for that purpose.

Break the forum rule about personal abuse though, and you'll see your post deleted without warning or explanation. Do it repeatedly and you'll find yourself unable to log in to the forum. Those of you who have been previously warned will get no further reminders. It might sound harsh, but I'm tired of asking nicely and being ignored.

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Covergirl

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Graphicool1

I would have thought the FE was too busy to issue what would effect to "warning notices" in the form of a "reason" email to each person when he had to delete a posting.

I've had one or two removed and whilst I can't remember the exact wording, I knew at the time I posted that I was being controversial, cruel or unkind.

You must know what you wrote, therefore you must have an idea of why your post was deleted - just leave it at that and think yourself lucky you weren't sin-binned.

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Graphicool1

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Hi Covergirl

I too am busy, but I felt that the question was one that I could contribute to. So I took the time and took a break from my busy schedual to make my point on this serious matter.

I know exactly what I wrote, word for word, because I always keep the good stuff! That's the very reason that I can't let it go that easially. I could/can see nothing in it that would warrant it being lifted. Radical, maybe, toungue in cheek definately.

Perhaps the FE is religious and it was the references to 'Darwins Theory of Evolusion' that wrankled him. I don't know, I can only make guesses 'Perhaps' is all I have to cling to, when I don't know the reason why?.

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Crosstrainer2

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Or an ASBO?

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woodchip

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A love it when it all comes together

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woodchip

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PS It's better than watching Telly

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Graphicool1

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woodchip

Most things are better than watching telly.

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Macscouse

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Bingalau, as you know, I am completely under the thumb of LHO, and she has warned me not to get involved in the nasty stuff on this forum. (PS-I'm writing this quietly so she can't hear me, and it's a Dark & Stormy for you, if you keep schtum)

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sunnystaines

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I have got wound up by some comments but never lowered myself to insult the writer, freedom of expression and views we are all different. manner cost nothing.

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Forum Editor

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Graphicool1

I used to write to everyone who had a post deleted, but to be honest I made a rod for my own back. My emails invited a response from the aggrieved person, along the lines of "I don't agree that my post was offensive, I only said that (name of government Minister) was tucking away public money in an offshore account, what happened to the right of free speech?" etc., etc.

I was often too busy to respond to that, so I received another email "why are you being so rude - I demand that you reply, or I shall write to your superior" etc., etc.

Multiply that 30 times a week, and you'll realise that I was spending far too much time explaining what was an editorial decision, and not up for discussion, so I decided to cease the notifications.

If people generally feel that I should be sending individual explanations about deletions I'm prepared to reconsider, but frankly I don't feel that a deleted post in a web forum is a life-changing occurrence. Why not just call me all the names under the sun in your head and move on?

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Graphicool1

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FE

At least I can thank you for responding to me in this thread. As for calling you or anyone else names, well, that just isn't my style. Shake me head, sigh and move on maybe. but only because I don't have any choice in the matter.

For future referrence, a simple solution: If you ask, people will tell you what they think. If you don't want to know, or you don't want anyone else to know what they think, then don't ask. Or make the answer 'Yes' or 'No' only.

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