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    I haven't seen the threads that caused this action, but I would like to express how I feel about Whiteblaze.

    The WB forum and Hammock Forums are two totally different feels. When I go to WB, I often find myself searching through many meaningless threads and posts in order to get to anything with substance. Here, I often find myself having to back away from the computer and take a break after trying to conceptualize all the different projects, modifications, and innovations that forum members have come up with. There are probably about ten things I can think of on my project list that are HF creations. It is almost too much information here at HF to really enjoy the conversation, but that why it is so valuable. To me, the difference is sort of like the difference between reading an encyclopedia and a grocery line tabloid. Know what I mean?

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    excuse me please... I'm up too late.... and now I have to wait for meatloaf to finish cooking.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Wow, I was surprised when I read this thread! Is that website really dedicated to sharing experiences and knowledge of the majestic AT? It sure seems that the conversations engaged here on HF are for edification purposes, gear refinement and honest feedback, then it's off to the trails for us, the backyard or the sewing table to put the time spent on the computer to good practical use, outdoors, that is what it's all about! I'm happy to interact on a website where I feel safe and the vibe is positive for all walks of life and experience. My 2 cents.
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    i have also noticed alot if bickering over there lately. it's shameful really, someone asks a quetion over there and they get told off for asking it and all other stuff. can't everyone just be civil.
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    I enjoy WB, and am thankful that the couple of nonsense threads that I participate in over there are allowed to continue. One of them has turned into more of a chat room for a handful of us to keep in touch, and I've met at least 3 of the folks from that thread in real life because of it. We self-moderate on it, and it stays a humorous thread with no contention, even though it has one or two of the more outspoken members participating.

    I had dinner with another of the outspoken members who was in town for business last night. We met because of WB, where he had mentioned he would be here. We had a several minute discussion about the reasons the board was down with the other two WB members at the table. I represented the opposite faction from this person, but we were able to voice our thoughts on the subject of the closing of the board and it's issues and still continue to enjoy dinner afterwards.

    Because of WB I have met several people who have become friends. I appreciate it, and I appreciate Hammock Forums for the same reason. I continue to seek out meetings with the folks I 'talk' to on both forums, and my life is much more interesting because of it.

    Not to mention that I now own 8 hammocks, 3 packs, 3 tents (to loan out ), etc...
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    I have to agree with what someone else said, it's not like the pot at WB boiled over all of a sudden. It's been brewing for some time now. I haven't posted on there much at all in the last month or so since I moved, but there have always been those who don't want to play nice with others since I've been on WB. There are entirely too many personal attacks and threats, usually from those who have the biggest cyberballs around and nothing to back it up.

    Part of the beauty of HF is that, for all intents and purposes, and with very little exception, we're a self-moderated group. It's funny now well a forum of this sort can go when the overwhelming majority of its members treat others with respect. I'm with the other previous posters to this thread. I think the fact that a large percentage of the folks at WB are ground dwellers is a resonable theory as to why there is so much bickering and name calling over at WB. Hopefully, those folks will stay far, far away from our happy little corner of the cyber-universe.
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    It's good to see everyone pretty much in agreement over what is going on over there and the hard work Troll is doing. Anymore I would usually just check to chime in on southbound or DIY things. The rest gets too much to handle. It shows the slippery slope that things can be. Let a lot of off topic or politic stuff start and it gets out of hand fast.

    Someone touched on it, but a lot of us know each other personally. We have campouts or get togethers. I don't know everyone here, but I think through the 7 degrees of seperation I know most people. I think that goes far.

    I think it is a good lesson too. I know the Mod's have a tough job. We all should step in if needed too. I'm not saying to attack anyone, just if someone is out of line call them on it and say it isn't cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coffee View Post
    I know the Mod's have a tough job. We all should step in if needed too. I'm not saying to attack anyone, just if someone is out of line call them on it and say it isn't cool.
    Agreed. The Mod Squad does a good job here and they're great guys. Coffee hits the nail right on the head; as a group that is pretty well behaved, it should be the responsibility of each member to, in a tactful but clear manner, call another member on behavior or statements that are out of line.
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    White Blaze was the first camping forum I visited regularly. I found it through Sgt Rock's site, I think, when I was doing 'net searches on hammock camping topics. On top of that, I got my camping start with the Scouts a loonnggg time ago on and near the AT in the MD/PA/VA area. So, I have a soft spot for WB...I daily visit seven camping forums and WB is the first of the day.

    And I participate in the political forums. But I gotta say, much (most?) of the commentary there is 'disappointing'...there's way too much personal attack and way too little mature discussion of whatever specific issue is at hand. Unfortunately, this parrots what we see and hear in/on most other media. There's lots of hollering and personal attack, not so much substance about the issues.

    What troubles me about the current WB state is that it developed, IMO, out of a lack of enforcement of the rules. The posted 'rules' are fine but they need to be enforced. Otherwise, many will continually test and cross the line, just as a toddler or young child will continually test the limits. And, as with those with young children, those behind the scenes at WB need to enforce the rules.

    I must say, though, that I had a bad taste in my mouth when I saw WB shut down for a couple days because of the infractions. It reminded me of my school days when a teacher would punish the whole class because of what one or two students did. I never thought much of that technique...

    Maintaining a forum, either from the technical side or from a discipline viewpoint, must be very difficult and tiring. And I really appreciate those who do that. I understand their frustration and I wish them luck and success.

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    Just wanted to throw in my two cents and say that this is THE MOST civil forum I have ever been on.

    People here are almost always courteous, helpful AND encouraging.

    Even a Scouting ( ...helpful, friendly, courteous, kind...)forum I was memeber of got really nasty at times mostly due IMO to some members thinking they are B-P reincarnate and therefore god's gift to Scouting.

    Anyway - Thanks to moderators and all fellow hangers for making this the best forum there is.

    Hang On!

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