NEW (and old) MEMBERS MUST PLEASE READ

Discussion in 'Forum Questions / Problems' started by dmar836, Jan 19, 2018.

  1. dmar836

    dmar836 Well-Known Member

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    I don't read all threads and am not a mod but there has been a rash of recent unnecessary comments made that need to be addressed. VLJ used to be "closed" requiring membership approval. Recent changes have apparently allowed easier access to the forum. New members are welcome but please know there is a certain decorum expected here - for all members.
    There is no pecking order here. There are some very knowledgeable members with impressive collections, skills, and experiences. Other forums have distracting or misleading info and questions that resurface over and over to the point they are no longer addressed. On VLJ information is usually distilled and eventually vetted.
    New member involvement is encouraged but several posts, just today, have newer members disrupting dialog with somewhat inflammatory and distracting comments towards other members - some appear to be simple misunderstandings.
    Taking a defensive or aggressive approach, whether a vet here or an unfamiliar face, will do nothing but discourage input from those who have the most to offer. Others members see this and respond in turn.
    Some members in the past with excessive solicitations, those who are contentious, and those committing fraud have been banned from this forum to preserve it. Perhaps some new members have an old axe to grind but please, whoever you might be, don't allow trolling pot shots or petty coalition building to diminish the great info on this site.
    JMO,
    Dave
     
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  2. Skip

    Skip Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Dave for bringing this up, I totally agree with your statement. I' don't have much time to read every post either but have noticed an unnecessary 'edge' in some posts towards others here or what has been said, and was wondering how the mood of the forum may change. This is not the Hat place. We all have personal opinions, in which we're not always going to agree on, but some respect towards others points of view and experience goes along way; we all come from various walks of life. Banter is a good thing, egotistical point scoring is not.
     
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  3. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    Well said that man................Er, men.
     
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  4. Pilot

    Pilot Well-Known Member

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    Very well said, thx.
    Please implement, pe. by asking a throughout ID check, so it avoids the old axes to swing arround.
     
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  5. johnwayne

    johnwayne Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for being vocal on this point Dave. Must admit that personally I've only ever read a few 'negative' things and probably only twice have I felt like offering a barbed response to comments but refrained 'cos sometimes it's just not worth it! I can only compliment the many who share their knowledge and comments that have become, to me, an almost daily ritual - my VLJ fix you might say but which to my dear wife is bit of a standing joke!!
     
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  6. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Well-Known Member

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    actually I do not remember since when I'm posting here but never felt like being offended or sharp edged ...

    previously posting on "the hat site" as well as for example on "denimbro" I meanwhile check only rarely on those other 2 pages coz I feel more "at home" here with my special interests

    tried to "refresh" a deck-jacket thread "on the hat" without even one single answer which again "confirmed" for myself to better post here than on any other of the existing forums

    well said with those "newbies" but still difficult to set the "red line" not to be too "exclusive" and really get rookies a chance for posting without too many hurdles to take before
     
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  7. Steve27752

    Steve27752 Well-Known Member

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    You know back in 1982, when I was being interviewed by my inspector before leaving training school. He gave me one of the best piece of advice that I have ever had. And it was "Eyes and ears open and mouth shut" until you knew who was who and what was what.
     
  8. Spitfireace

    Spitfireace Active Member

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    Watchful waiting you might say.......
     
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  9. johnwayne

    johnwayne Well-Known Member

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    As 'they' say, you've 2 eyes, 2 ears and 1 mouth, use them in that order!
     

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