I accidentally copied over your reply concerning Bill's ISP spam issue, while I responded to it - sorry (I tried copying it to this post and wrote over it using copy and paste - ugh) but I know you enjoy the behind the scenes issues I often mention and how you truly enjoy that look behind the forum's stage.
I know you enjoy reading the thought and logic we try to use to keep every well here. The easiest way to make everything appear always sunny is to write nothing at all and everyone assumes that all is right in the world. That might be the best way, but it also is a little deceiving, as mentioned nothing in life is perfect - pretending it is, doesn't make it so either.
Bill and I had a few good PMs today, I had lumped a lot of stuff in the reply I wrote to him because 1) I am so tired, work is making me a little loony 2) I'm faxing and signing my life away (it feels like) our buying a house here has such a paper trail, it amazes me how much paperwork is involved and to think the "average person" moves ever 4 to 7 years seems nuts to me, but I got this from the lender who is partially financing my new home 3) I was eyeglasses and struggling to see, so I rambled on and added the extra stuff - which I read again this morning and it is a good extended reply, but surely not on topic. So rather than bog down Bill's wav file post, I moved the majority of what I said here.
I did though GLEAN from you something important: the word "darkside" which we all know is always at the door, but rarely gets a foot into our forum. YOUR POST deserves to be talked about a little - especially the Spring Cleaning Part I mentioned. You opened my eyes a bit with your post, in a good way, you helped me brainstorm here some which is something I love to do
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I'm not a techie Guy, I'm always the first to admit it. I was honored when Robo recently called me the Visionary and creator of the site - I think they were the words
and now 10 years into Beemaster.com (counting my site long before this wonderful domain name was registered) but the technical aspect of the forum is sooooo beyond me that I can only sit in awe at how smoothly everything runs within the aspects of the SMF software - which is what the forum is based on and the amazing skills of our technical administrator. I clearly see why it take hundreds and even thousands of people to make a theatrical movie, the more you know about anything, the more you know you don't know.
There is indeed a Trinity of cohabitation here, and all of equal importance; membership. moderation and technical assurance. That means we all play a roll in making the forums successful - that is why we stress so much that everyone should make this a place that YOU would allow the youngest member of your family to visit with minimal over-the-shoulder parenting needs. Surely, I'm a firm believer in that a computer belongs in the family room, not a kids bedroom - it isn't a matter of trusting your kids, it is just acknowledging that there are predators looking for their next meal.
WE do everything that is possible to keep all members of all ages and beliefs in a single atmosphere to congregate where they feel safe from the limitless evils of the net. You may wonder why I go off the handle sometimes, just be assured that an ounce of prevention (tough love usually in our case) is worth it in the long term.
I hate to quote Spock from Star trek, but for those of you who don't understand how a member with hundreds and even thousands of posts can be banned as easily as a new member starting out from day one as a jerk, remember "The needs of the many out-way the needs of the few - or the one!" EACH MEMBER is important to our community, but no member is immune when they go whacked. We have a warning system and rules, read the main posts in the admin forum if you are unsure - but the main rule, the one that supersedes all others is BE KIND TO EACH OTHER. That is what makes us unique, not that we are strict, but because we require members and staff to respect other members as members expect to be respected themselves.
Last thought, it is weeding time of some of the posts which have been hurtful or abusive. Those posts still on the forum that are pointedly argumentative will make it to the waste can SELECTIVELY - leaving most questionable posts intact, but some replies will be edited out.
My Dad always said "Once someone has peed in the worlds best clam chowder, it is now pee chowder" is so true and we've all heard the One Bad apple spoils the who barrel version. I never fear dealing with troubling issues that come about, I just hope that such issues never arise.
So Cindi, you can re-post any thoughts, I love your intense spirit and enthusiasm toward life, you make me smile, every day! Thanks.
It is indeed SPRING CLEANING TIME - time to get the Winter air out of our tires, and fresh laundry hanging on the line. Sorry for the metaphors, but I think they often tell a point better than a thousand "for-instances" could.