This forum is a LOT tamer, and in some ways not as fun, than it used to be during the first decade of the early noughties, when I first joined GEO. It was on for young and old, back in the day ! lol It has become a bit grey biz suit personality wise and reads more like a financial forum with the odd snippy provocative comment...To be expected considering the economic climate and where the forum is located, not as relaxed or anywhere near as vibrant as it once was, a decade and a half ago.
I think, over the course of the 13 years that I've been on here, the forum has definitely dulled down, (matured ?), becoming a bit dryer...... certainly there is still a little racial bias and the odd personality clash toward certain topics/posters. ( less figjam these days) but overall, I think, we just got older,( bored) losing the stomach to be as passionate/political about ' stuff ' that most of us just cannot do anything about. Might as well just kick an empty can down the road, feels better
Anyway Bernadette, welcome to the GEO forums and try not to get baited, or wound up, don't take the forum too seriously, it wouldn't be GEOEXPAT without the occasional dummy spit! lol
Its what he does, he cant help himself and cant control his urges to troll along
So once in a while, on a fairly regular basis, he gets booted off this system for going off on the deep end.
Stick around, you'll see it sooner than later.
BTW: I'm the guy he speaks of. If you ever want to talk about paedophiles, let me know but we must be careful as it triggers him and he usually goes off the deep end
Personally, as you know, I think that 'r' word is thrown about way too much these days and many people find that quite offensive.
FYI - Looking at all of the weekend drama to see what happened - we had a flurry of reports and when this happens the standard procedure is to lock down threads / delete posts which get more than usual reports from regular members whose experience we rely on - they know how this community works.
As much as people think these deletions are personal biases towards a particular line of thought - they're not. More like riot control mode - there will be collateral damage to prevent more windows from being broken.
Quite often this is an old users v/s new users thread and from what I can see - in this case our favorite user who refuses to go away, brought in his own blend of interpretations.
Hopefully have some of this sorted by end of day or tomorrow.
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