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luvanddaisies

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[idle speculation] I wonder what the annals of Shipstory will say about the whole Cosmogate thing... [/idle speculation]

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Roseofsharon
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I have just returned to SoF after a computer meltdown took me offline for a couple of months. I have gradually been checking out threads that I have missed, and have spent two long and painful evenings trawling through 'the Cosmogate thing'.
I found all the bad feelings expressed by some shipmates over the handling of the case most distressing, but the thing that bothered me more were references to something involving Unicycle/Curious Buddhist/sockpuppets which seems to have caused some upset during my absence.

Although I didn't post on the Curious Buddhist thread I had followed it closely, with much admiration for what she had endured, and for her bravery. I know many shipmates had been closely involved in supporting her in those last weeks, and would hate to think that their care had been abused in some way.

I've had a look around the Ship, but am not very well versed in using the 'search' facility, and have not been able to find anything about the problems referred to. If there is more information somewhere that I haven't located, could someone post a link for me, please?

When I first joined SoF I thought it was too fiercely moderated. Since then I have read some of the Ship's history. Having seen how some people like to overstep the boundaries, and seeing how quickly feelings can boil up and posts become intemperate I am glad we have firm hands on the tiller!

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sakura
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I asked the same question via PM to a couple of Admins when I returned after an absence and saw vague references to the "Unicycle/CB affair". They were very helpful and I suggest you do the same for the full story. Like you I had followed the CB story closely.

But, in a nutshell, Curious Buddhist, Al and Yish et al did not exist. They (and some other identities) were all the creatures of some very twisted person's brain. Apparently there was a long thread about it which has since been placed in the (non visible) archive. Sorry to be the one to tell you! [Frown]

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Roseofsharon
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Thanks Sakura, and those Shipmates who have PM'd me. I don't need, or want, any further information than that which you have provided.

My thoughts and sympathies are with those who had opened their hearts to CB, you must feel betrayed and abused, and very wary of trusting other shipmates at the moment.

What a twisted, pathetic person, with a life so unrewarding that so much time and effort can be wasted on a complicated and spiteful scam?

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altarbird
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It has taken me a while to figure this thread out, as I didn't notice the dates at first and thought all the references to "two years ago" meant 2004!

Having started at the beginning, I found myself wondering why Shaun (who I think was the second or third poster) got banned, and that was long before Cosmogate and the Bhuddist thing, whcih confused me even more at first, but at least now has been explained. And I loved the Nativity Play! (Only through scene 1 so far, but I'll keep going. It is great.) Was Shaun in fact banned, or is this just a Ship injoke, like Erin being tiny little judge? And was is Fiddleback unregistered? Or is that also a little joke?

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Alan Cresswell

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Shaun was banned long ago. For reasons other than anything posted on this thread.

Fiddleback was de-registered a long time back. Again for reasons other than anything posted on this thread. He was let back on after repenting in sackcloth and ashes.

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altarbird
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Is there a difference between being banned and un-registered?

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Alan Cresswell

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Banned is usually just a matter of checking boxes on the profile that prevent the user from posting on the Ship or sending/receiving PMs. It's the same as a suspension, but for an indefinite period. So, posts by that person will remain with their avatar, sig etc still in place.

Un-registration totally removes all record of that user from the system. It's a much more substantial action, reserved for those who manage to seriously piss Simon off.

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altarbird
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I'm confused. If you can come back from un-registration, but not from banning, wouldn't that make banning more serious?

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Alan Cresswell

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People have returned from being banned too. If someone has been banned by simply having their ability to post deactivated they can be reinstated by simply having their account reactivated. If someone has had themselves un-registered they can only return by re-registering as a new user (with the permission of the Admins, of course).

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the giant cheeseburger
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quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Un-registration totally removes all record of that user from the system. It's a much more substantial action, reserved for those who manage to seriously piss Simon off.

I'm confused by this unregistration thing - surely it would muck up all the threads the person posted on. Or is it more useful in cases of extreme trolling that you want to remove completely, like Dattaswami's self praising homilies not too long ago?

Anyway, I just thought I would throw in my 2c worth and draw your attention to this rather special avatar I noticed on this thread. Surely that is the visual definition of scary! Maybe people with that avatar need a special status in place of "BANNED" - maybe "Gator snack?"

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altarbird
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The avatar is part of what made me think his banned thing was part of the joke! Since it was obviously a parody of Erin's avatar.And there do seem to be a lot of in jokes here.

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mrs whibley
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It seems to be a bit like being in a family - there are Things Which Are Not Talked About, and I wouldn't expect to find the answers on this thread!
However, since there are questions being banded about, I am puzzled that oftentimes in Limbo/Oblivion I come across a banned person called Reepicheep. While I wouldn't dare to ask why she was banned, the most puzzling thing is that even in her 'most recent posts' she refers to herself and others refer to her as Angel. So I imagine some sort of meltdown involving a second evil identity etc. etc.
Wouldn't it be sad if any of us, offered a time machine, chose to use it reading the whole and unexpurgated Ship from beginning to end! Of course, Erin, if offered such a machine might choose to escape the whole darn thing.

Mrs Whibley

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Alan Cresswell

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quote:
Originally posted by altarbird:
The avatar is part of what made me think his banned thing was part of the joke! Since it was obviously a parody of Erin's avatar.And there do seem to be a lot of in jokes here.

Over the years the admins have changed. There was a time when Erin and David did practically all of the member admin tasks, including banning those who deserved it. The avatar was an entertaining, and in many ways fitting, way to mark that Erin had done the booting. We haven't actually used it for a booting in a long time, partly because the member admins are more likely to do the deed than Erin.

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Alan Cresswell

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quote:
Originally posted by mrs whibley:
I am puzzled that oftentimes in Limbo/Oblivion I come across a banned person called Reepicheep. While I wouldn't dare to ask why she was banned, the most puzzling thing is that even in her 'most recent posts' she refers to herself and others refer to her as Angel. So I imagine some sort of meltdown involving a second evil identity etc. etc.

Nothing quite as convoluted as a meltdown with a second evil identity. Simply that Angel/Reepicheep was banned when the ability to change screen names was still activated, and that she changed name just before she was booted.

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mrs whibley
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Thanks Alan

You see, that's the whole problem with the truth, it's boring!

Mrs Whibley

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fabula rasa
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quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by altarbird:
The avatar is part of what made me think his banned thing was part of the joke! Since it was obviously a parody of Erin's avatar.And there do seem to be a lot of in jokes here.

Over the years the admins have changed. There was a time when Erin and David did practically all of the member admin tasks, including banning those who deserved it. The avatar was an entertaining, and in many ways fitting, way to mark that Erin had done the booting. We haven't actually used it for a booting in a long time, partly because the member admins are more likely to do the deed than Erin.
But please, please don't ever get rid of the "Erin eating a Troll" avatar--it's too wonderful for words.
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the giant cheeseburger
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Maybe we need an avatar like this for miscreants of the newer sockpuppetish type.

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Moo

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quote:
Originally posted by the giant cheeseburger:
Maybe we need an avatar like this for miscreants of the newer sockpuppetish type.

Just the threat might make people shape up.

Moo

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monkeylizard

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quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
The avatar was an entertaining, and in many ways fitting, way to mark that Erin had done the booting.

I've always thought that was Shaun's avatar by his choice and a way to make a dig at Erin. Now it's not as funny...or amybe it's funnier. I haven't decided yet.

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Pure Sunshine
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quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
quote:
Originally posted by altarbird:
The avatar is part of what made me think his banned thing was part of the joke! Since it was obviously a parody of Erin's avatar.And there do seem to be a lot of in jokes here.

Over the years the admins have changed. There was a time when Erin and David did practically all of the member admin tasks, including banning those who deserved it. The avatar was an entertaining, and in many ways fitting, way to mark that Erin had done the booting. We haven't actually used it for a booting in a long time, partly because the member admins are more likely to do the deed than Erin.
Come on, I'm sure a little imagination could be used here. Impaled on Stoo's hook ... squashed by Scot's hand ... I bet even Chorister's teddy bear could turn into a grizzly if required. [Snigger]

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The Great Gumby

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It's a lovely thought, but Stoo and Chorister are Hosts, not Admins. Scot's hand, on the other, er, hand, sounds like an excellent idea! [Big Grin]

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Chorister

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don't mess wiv me on this ship or that's your bones I'm wearing

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Pure Sunshine
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quote:
Originally posted by The Great Gumby:
It's a lovely thought, but Stoo and Chorister are Hosts, not Admins. Scot's hand, on the other, er, hand, sounds like an excellent idea! [Big Grin]

Ahh - I'd not quite got the difference yet.

Chorister - I'm scared now - I'll play nicely in the Circus from now on ... [Ultra confused]

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Kelly Alves

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quote:
Originally posted by Scarlett:
quote:
Originally posted by Kelly Alves:
Heh. I was just thinking the other day about starting a thread called "Nativity Play Reunion Call."

OMG! Would you??? [Yipee]
Now that December is officially on us, I composed an OP. Am now in revision stage.

Keep an eye on Heaven! [Big Grin]

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Viola
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bump.

Seems appropriate right now...

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JonahMan
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Thanks for bumping this (except for doing so when I have loads of things I should be doing instead of reading it). Very interesting, and gives a good insight into why some comments are made and some actions taken.

I'm still in the dark over the details of Cosmogate if anyone would like to enlighten me - though this is only morbid curiosity, not anything important!

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Moo

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There is a thread in Oblivion about Cosmogate

Moo

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rufiki

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Could someone explain the significance of GIN?
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Manipled Mutineer
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quote:
Originally posted by rufiki:
Could someone explain the significance of GIN?

It is a food substitute traditional amongst Anglo- and Traditional Catholics.

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Jason™

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Well, rufiki, it's one of the foulest tasting substances on earth. A long time ago, someone who was Exceptionally Cool decided it would be funny to pretend that he liked GIN. Ever since, other people have also been pretending to like it (and to like it very, very much) so as to be Exceptionally Cool as well.
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Teufelchen
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quote:
Originally posted by Professor Kirke:
Well, rufiki, it's one of the foulest tasting substances on earth. A long time ago, someone who was Exceptionally Cool decided it would be funny to pretend that he liked GIN. Ever since, other people have also been pretending to like it (and to like it very, very much) so as to be Exceptionally Cool as well.

Gin is a fine drink. But there's a great deal of pretension surrounding the myth that it's good to drink neat - for example, all the arrogance as to how dry one can make a martini.

T.

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rufiki

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I think you're not telling me the whole truth. Why, for example, is it always in CAPITALS? I smell a conspiracy. [Paranoid]
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Viola
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quote:
Originally posted by rufiki:
I think you're not telling me the whole truth. Why, for example, is it always in CAPITALS? I smell a conspiracy. [Paranoid]

Because once upon a time, a long long time ago, threads on gin were taking over the old Mystery Worshipper board. At some point, they were closed, on the basis that they were not relevant to the Mystery Worship reports that the board was there to discuss. It was suggested that if threads on a particular drink had to exist, they should do it in Heaven. However, a group of (mostly now departed) shipmates who saw the MW board as their only home on the ship complained and thus GIN in capitals became a sort of little protest.

And it seems that the folk memory likes to keep it that way as a sweet little memorial to an old dispute.

Or something like that anyway.

K.

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R.A.M.
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Important things have initial capitals, proper nouns are in many ways more important than other nouns, so they get initial capitals, really important people get capital initials on their personal pronouns, GIN is extra specially important so it gets two extra capital letters.

Also G, I and N are the initials of the three highest grades of a spiky anglo-catholic masonic sect. I daren't tell you the full importance of same, and fully expect the conspiracy to get to this bit of the thread and delete my post...

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Chorister

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On one of the Mischief Days / Hosts and Admins Days, the word 'gin' was eliminated from the boards altogether, even if it was part of a longer word. See my profile for example. No wonder singing is so much fun! [Biased]

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John Donne

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cof cof, Viola missed out the integral, H&A day *** censoring. If memory serves correctly, the capitalisation came after the censoring; incited by Fiddleback (but of person I'm not certain). I thought it amusing at the time: a bunch of tat queens dancing around shouting GIN with unbridled glee after being repressed for a coupla days.

Nowdays it seems to be capitalised by anyone who really really really loves it.
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Spike

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quote:
Originally posted by Jimmy B:
If memory serves correctly, the capitalisation came after the censoring; incited by Fiddleback (but of person I'm not certain).



Sorry, but memory serves incorrectly. I think Viola's explanation is the most accurate as far as I can remember. Capitalising the word pre-dated the first H&A day by at least 3 years and was started by Cosmo I think. It was certainly He who started the first thread.

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Nowdays it seems to be capitalised by anyone who really really really loves it.
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That's true, but Jesus gave us tonic water to drink with it.

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Alfred E. Neuman

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Ah, yes! G&T, the social lubricant; clean, tart, refreshing!

[scotch should be reserved for solitary, spiritual introspection]

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Yorick

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Please could someone give me a brief history of what is mysteriously referred to as 'Cosmogate'?

This seems to have been an important event for the Ship, but extensive searching through the boards reveals only whispered references.

Thanks.

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Alan Cresswell

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The main magazine article that covers most of 'Cosmogate' is here, which contains the basic story. Don't forget the follow up piece linked to from the bottom of that article.

There was an extensive discussion in the Styx, which is now here in Oblivion.

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Thank you, Alan- very helpful indeed.

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Uncle Pete

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quote:
Originally posted by Real Ale Methodist:
Also G, I and N are the initials of the three highest grades of a spiky anglo-catholic masonic sect. I daren't tell you the full importance of same, and fully expect the conspiracy to get to this bit of the thread and delete my post...

I must strongly protest that I am neither anglo-catholic, masonic* or a tat-queen, yet I do love GIN with all my heart and soul!

*Masonic! Masonic? I must hie to report this heretical organisation to the Holy Inquisition ...

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piers ploughman
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This thread has to be one of the most disturbing reads I've had in a while. I find myself torn between admiration for the Ship's founders and administrators and deep disturbance at the dark hints of a history of recurrent bannings and exclusions - often for reasons that had nothing to do with the recipients' on-site behaviour. One has the impression of a collective mind behind it all that dearly loves control and and sense of its own seniority in a sub-system and despises critical questioning and genuine dissidence. Increasing age makes me wary of such behaviour, especially away from work.

There was, of course, a strange medieval cult called the Ship of Fools that reflected many of the same characteristics and about which Malcolm Lambert once wrote it: 'should remind us how odd and excitable an illiterate peasant population, subject to the uncertainties and pressures of the time, could be.'(!)

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Alan Cresswell

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quote:
Originally posted by piers ploughman:
the dark hints of a history of recurrent bannings and exclusions - often for reasons that had nothing to do with the recipients' on-site behaviour.

I don't recall a single instance of a banning, or even a suspension, that wasn't the result of something other than behaviour on this site. Perhaps I'm being blind, but I don't see any "dark hints" of such activity on our part on this thread either.

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piers ploughman
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quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Shaun was banned long ago. For reasons other than anything posted on this thread.

Fiddleback was de-registered a long time back. Again for reasons other than anything posted on this thread. He was let back on after repenting in sackcloth and ashes.

This is one of the things I had in mind.

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Dave Marshall

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quote:
Originally posted by piers ploughman:
One has the impression of a collective mind behind it all that dearly loves control and and sense of its own seniority in a sub-system...

Probably true, because management are clear about what the Ship is and what it isn't.
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... and despises critical questioning and genuine dissidence.
Despises??? Nah. Critical questioning is blatantly obviously allowed. As for genuine dissidence, how does that work on a private website? If we can't persuade management, we're absolutely free to dissidence ourselves off to another site.
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Chelley

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quote:
Originally posted by piers ploughman:
This thread has to be one of the most disturbing reads I've had in a while.

Really?! Personally I find the thread entitled
Ear Worms in heaven, much more disturbing.
quote:

I find myself torn between admiration for the Ship's founders and administrators and deep disturbance at the dark hints of a history of recurrent bannings and exclusions - often for reasons that had nothing to do with the recipients' on-site behaviour. One has the impression of a collective mind behind it all that dearly loves control and and sense of its own seniority in a sub-system and despises critical questioning and genuine dissidence. Increasing age makes me wary of such behaviour, especially away from work.

I find that putting the kettle on and having a nice cup of tea does the trick when dark hints of history and the collective mind get a bit worrisome.

[cross posted with Dave Marshall's very similar response!]

[ 17. December 2007, 11:34: Message edited by: Chelley ]

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Viola
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quote:
Originally posted by piers ploughman:
quote:
Originally posted by Alan Cresswell:
Shaun was banned long ago. For reasons other than anything posted on this thread.

Fiddleback was de-registered a long time back. Again for reasons other than anything posted on this thread. He was let back on after repenting in sackcloth and ashes.

This is one of the things I had in mind.
He said 'on this thread' not 'on these boards'. Big difference. No-one has been banned here (as far as I recall) unless they've broken the commandments of these boards on these boards.

K.

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I've sometimes thought (more so in the past) that the "Hosts and Admins have it in for me" but what the heck, it's a bulletin board, not like my bread-and-butter living and the H&A's don't make a penny out of it either. If they decide to do something to make their lives easier so be it. We're guests, some of us paying guests.

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