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michael martin
April 17th, 2002, 11:36 PM
Is it my imagination or are there really fewer posts on this site since the new forum software was introduced?

Bert Petersen
April 18th, 2002, 12:54 AM
Always remember, and never forget......... Quality trumps quantity every time. Civility refreshes the soul.;)

Mark in MD
April 18th, 2002, 09:33 AM
Amen!

tzsegal
April 18th, 2002, 10:37 AM
Hear, hear!!

Here, Here!!

:D

Philip Arcuni
April 18th, 2002, 01:42 PM
You know me, always the contrarian.

KenChertoff
April 18th, 2002, 07:18 PM
It's not just the number that's changed, it's nature of the posts -- now we have exchanges of information, not arguments for the sake of arguments. I think it's a definite improvement.

boeing
April 19th, 2002, 11:22 AM
At first the site looks a lot more complex than it use to - although the software is improved. It takes getting use to.

Furthermore, since you are not allowed to post anonymously anymore it takes more effort to set up and log in.

Tom Ellison
April 19th, 2002, 01:51 PM
Yes, and since you cannot post anonymously anymore, it makes it much more difficult to post statements that are designed to create contention and cause upheaval (as we often witnessed in the other forum). In short, the troublemakers can no longer hide behind anonymity. Of coarse, NOT ALL former anonymous postings were written to cause trouble...but, it's obvious that many were written to stir up trouble simply to cause upheaval.

Philip Arcuni
April 19th, 2002, 03:55 PM
The avatars in this thread are Gumbi, a big smiley, Tigger, and . . . an accordian? Any way, I feel like a goth on the stage of 'Up with People.'

So what's wrong with argument for arguments sake? There is more to life, and discussions, than an exchange of information. Without 'upheavel' or 'controversy', there is little growth, or learning, and it is all so *dull*. I miss the various type of anons. I no longer have the annoying ones to sharpen my (sometimes dull) wit on, nor do I have the honest (and less polite) ones to tell me what they really think of me. And I miss that frission of emotion when I get particularly upset.

There have been a few threads here that could really have brought out what is really being thought, except everyone is just sooooo *polite*.

And what is wrong with ignoring the annoying threads, or laughing at them, or blocking the aggravating posters?

Osama Bin Phil
April 19th, 2002, 04:16 PM
he he heh, this could be fun!

Ion Beza
April 19th, 2002, 05:08 PM
Osama, I am guessing you are Phil Arcuni.

It is a fact that the name Osama bin Phil had been used in the old-style Forum: I remember this.

To Phil: the avatar that you describe as an "accordian", is not an accordion, is an organ console; gee...another 1,650 fly for you coming up soon?

Tom Ellison
April 19th, 2002, 05:12 PM
Many were not arguing for argument sake. They were stirring up nonsense and posting malicious thoughts to invoke hostility in areas where sensitivity was most likely the best medicine. Dialog is not dialog unless everyone gets a shot at expressing his or her 10 cents worth. I BELIEVE IN THIS FREEDOM! Conversely, dialog is not found in posts that are written solely for the sake of inciting anger and hostility among the members and guest who read these posts. It falls under the framework of agitation. And, lets everyone be perfectly honest here...we all know that MANY of the past anon posts were written simply to stir up nonsense! Now, at least we have a decent shot at limiting the trees these anon posters can hide behind.
For this....I am glad the forum changed....

Mark in MD
April 19th, 2002, 05:17 PM
Thanks, Ion, for identifying that my avitar is not an accordion.

Perhaps a mixture of Phil's, Tom's, Ken's, Bert's et al ideas are what these forums are are about. I have to agree with Tom, though, in that the "anonymous" postings seemed to get out of control at times. At least, that's what I think.

Ion Beza
April 19th, 2002, 05:33 PM
Originally posted by Tom Ellison
Many were not arguing for argument sake. They were stirring up nonsense and posting malicious thoughts to invoke hostility in areas where sensitivity was most likely the best medicine.
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It falls under the framework of agitation.
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For this....I am glad the forum changed....
I agree.

Philip Arcuni
April 19th, 2002, 06:44 PM
would sound the same - organ, hand organ (accordian), or mouth organ (harmonica).

Wait! It was a joke! Sorry Mark, I know you are a fine musician.

But Ion said


gee...another 1,650 fly for you coming up soon?

I was wrong, that frission is still there!

Sandy Fenton
April 20th, 2002, 09:24 AM
Perhaps a post that you think was written solely for the sake of inciting anger and hostility, I might think was written for the sake of humor and entertainment. I agree with Phil. What's wrong with a little agitation?

Ion Beza
April 20th, 2002, 02:36 PM
Question: "What's wrong with a little agitation?"

Answer: Too much agitation.

Mark in MD
April 20th, 2002, 06:52 PM
Nice out, Phil. I liked that one. There's plenty of organ/organist jokes out there. And, I think I've heard 'em all, 'cept yours! Swimming and playing the organ have at least one thing in common. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! :D

Fisch
May 22nd, 2002, 11:35 PM
Yikes!
I cleared responses around 4 pm and now
have 64!
Cool:D