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« Thread started on: Jun 11th, 2007, 10:35am »

I realize I'm only a member of this forum and isn't my place to make demands or criticize other members. So if I'm over stepping here then BJ or one of the moderators can delete this post.

But I have noticed for awhile now that some members here do not know how to debate a topic without either making it personal or taking it personally. More than once a thread has been locked because a member makes a personal attack on a fellow member. THAT IS CHILDISH!

While we all search for the truth, the truth is NONE of us know everything. Some may think they know and try to gain somekind of board notoriety by saying they have INSIDE KNOWLEDGE. That's pure hogwash! It also usually leads to a heated argument. Post your source of info and let fellow readers decide if its credible or not. It's my opinion that there's few FACTS ever posted. But a lot of THEORIES and or OPINIONS. A video of someone talking is not a fact. It may be evidence to back a claim but nothing else.

I think its important that WE the members of the forum show respect for it. Respect for BJ, the moderators and fellow members. We don't have to agree with each other but there's no reason to be rude or make personal attacks on each other either. I think it time to GROW UP! And leave the childish behavior out. This IS a great forum and we are only guests. So act like a guest and use some self control! Just my two cents! Dan
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« Reply #1 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 10:49am »

Well said Dan! I applaud you.

I have to admit there has been some offensive posts and its completely uncalled for.
We are all different individuals coming from different backgrounds, but that does not mean to say that we have to rubbish another person to get our point across. That is immature behaviour.

Thanks for making this point....

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 10:53am »

Bravo, Dan!

Nobody is "selling" anything here. What we do on Casebook is share experiences and, with a little luck, someone will relate to our experiences and ad another clue that might - eventually - help us to unravel this mystery.

If you aren't interested in participating in a positive way, move onto something else. Sticking around to insult and ridicule others puts you on the same level as the bully on the playground who can't get others to do what he wants, so he starts taunting people. We don't have time for that nonsense here. If you do, then you need to get a hobby.

To those newcomers who have been adding some great stuff to the threads - thank you! Keep posting and don't let the "soapbox dwellers" get you down.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 10:53am »



Well said, well said.
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« Reply #4 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 1:37pm »

Excellent thoughts and I agree wholeheartedly. Debate is fun and it provides growth, when done in a respectful manner.
There are no members who "know it all" or have such inside info that they know where we are all headed.
Each and every member provides valuable contributions when we can respect that not everyone will see eye to eye with us.
I really love coming to casebook, and I think BJ has done a wonderful job here.

Folks, if you can't agree, then agree to disagree. If you can't do that, then just don't post on a thread where you don't get along with someone.
There are more than enough subjects to cover on a forum this size. So, if you don't like someone, stay away from that person when posting. If you think you need to attack or be disrespectful and hateful...go elsewhere.
That applies to all of us.
There have been many times, when I didn't like the direction a thread was going, and I just left that thread alone, because I didn't agree or didn't like the tone.
We all have that option...to post or not post.
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 6:22pm »

I can only speak for myself... but I have a haunting feeling... that it may also apply to others here.

Currently, this is the only board that I come to... well, rarely do I go anywhere else.

I CANNOT speak openly of my experiences... in my 'real life' -

As well as some of you know my story... my neighbors... most of my friends... co-workers... pastor, etc... DO NOT.

You, good people... are the only true 'support group' that I have. Your value... keeps my 'thin' sanity... and is far greater than you would know.

We are all here... but for a 'blip' in time. And, although I don't really have a clue as to most of your true identities... you are some of the closest friends that I have. Oft times, the only ones that I can speak openly and complete truths to.

**HUGS!**

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« Reply #6 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 7:14pm »

JB and ATO, I think that many of us feel that this is a very special place, that's why rudeness is such an affront.

Ufocatcher - I'm not talking about simply misunderstanding a post. What's being addressed on this thread is the behavior of those individuals who come in with an agenda and when that agenda is challenged - in a perfectly appropriate way - their demeanor becomes "abusive". There's no need for name calling, swearing, or belittling another members opinion. People should never be personally attacked. I think it's pretty obvious to most of us that this has become an issue of late (and the mods are doing a GREAT job dealing with it). Those who value this forum are simply trying to make it clear that it's not something that will be tolerated.
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 7:20pm »

Yes I fully agree with you all except for one thing. If we tell people to leave this place without trying to help then we have now stooped to their level you see. Its a matter of stopping and thinking about what you post before you post it that's all and we need to get that across to those individuals.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 8:28pm »

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Yes I fully agree with you all except for one thing. If we tell people to leave this place without trying to help then we have now stooped to their level you see. Its a matter of stopping and thinking about what you post before you post it that's all and we need to get that across to those individuals.


A moderator has a responsibility to all its members, not just one that comes in and causes problems. There are over 5,000 members on this forum. Its got nothing to do with stooping to their level, and all to do with protecting the other members on this forum. Some of the name calling I have been reading of late has been offensive. It is true that we see what is being said from our own experiences and perceptions, but what I have been reading lately one cannot mistake it for any of that. In reality if someone were to speak like that they would end up in a courtroom facing a judge. Moderators are like board police, who have to protect all here from unwanted ridicule and aggressive behaviour. They cannot drag them before a judge, but they can kick them out and anyone who frequents boards must know that.

As Dan said in the beginning we are all guests here and we should respect our right to be here, and have respect for BJ who has created all this for our use, and the moderators that have to keep everyone in line. Being a moderator would be a tough job and I applaud them for their great work.

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« Reply #9 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 9:02pm »

I have no idea what any of that had to do with me, but ok. This is a perfect example of what starts people to flame up. I am trying to tell you that if you just kick someone out of here for just some measly words then you are worth no more that the person who posted the worthless info see what I mean. Like right now you are not understanding me at all, when I first started doing these forums which wasn't long ago I would have blown up on you about what you said just now because it seems offensive when someone doesn't understand you. But now since I have been showed how to read a few times and calm my self and not think everyone on here is out to get me, Im good to go looks like maybe you need a lil forum 101.

All I am saying is if this forum went by your rules I would be able to some here anymore. I love coming here and chatting with all the cool peeps on this board.

Thank god for ato and her understanding abilities, and patience.
If it weren't for mods like her no one would ever be in these boards, except for a bunch of grouchy people.

That is why case book is NUMBER1.
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 9:04pm »

As I said in my post, every one of us has the option to post or not to post. When I said if they want to be disrespectful and abusive, they should go elsewhere, please know that we do not ban people or ask them to leave without some type of warning or notice first. Usually, we try hard to get people to come around, but sometimes that is not what the member wants.
No one asks people to leave without at least attempting to correct the situation first.
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 9:31pm »

I'm glad this post didn't fall on deaf ears. I think all of you get it. It all boils down to respect for each other. That was my biggest gripe.

Of course I'm also concerned about dis-information and the use of the forum to spead propaganda. Some posts are almost like reading a manifesto. Scary!

And finally I think we're all here to share and grow together. If you think you know it all then you don't need us to hold you back. Go find an advanced site. I get tired of hearing: "I have an inside source!" Or "I've/We've done research and we know." The truth is you can surf the net and find all sorts of videos and statements that are not true to back up any argument. True facts on the topics found in this forum are hard to come by. If you claim something to be a fact then produce it. NO hear say!

ufocatcher it not showing people how or what to post. Whats needed is something most of us were taught by our parents. Manners! Nothing more, nothing less. Just my two cents! Dan

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« Reply #12 on: Jun 11th, 2007, 11:56pm »

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ufocatcher it not showing people how or what to post. Whats needed is something most of us were taught by our parents. Manners! Nothing more, nothing less. Just my two cents! Dan

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Your right, I was stating that my first posts to this sight where nothing more than thoughtless Ideas. ATO gave me the whole run down on senseless post and what is expected from members. When you visit a sight for the first time you don't exactly know what type of things fly. I have joined sights where its no holds bar you can say what you feel anywhere on the forum with no repercussions. I can admit when I'm wrong and I have seen sights ban members for saying anything out of text. So to sum it up we have a great staff that takes care of any loose threads. Lets not let this steer us off course from the real reason we are all here...ANSWERS!

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« Reply #13 on: Jun 12th, 2007, 12:31am »

I like this thread too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #14 on: Jun 12th, 2007, 04:49am »

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This has no more to do with you than to any of us as participants in this forum. You have come a long way and I applaud your self-control and value your input and insight.

This issue was most directly concerning a few new posters who had taken to personal attacks and abuse. Such posts were directed at another poster alluding to his possible sexual orientation in the most offensive manner, not once but several times and referring to his mother in derogatory terms.
I take it from your posts that you thought that my post was an issue over disagreements on beliefs, thoughts, understanding, or point of view over a topic.
I am the first to champion our freedom here to openly discuss and even disagree on topics, so long as we try to do so respectfully. I perceive from your posts that you are championing these same principles, so we are in complete agreement. I hope also that you can agree that there is no room for personal attacks of name-calling, derogatory remarks about sexuality, and making obnoxious remarks about another posters family members.
It may be that you did not get the chance to read these posts. I believe some of the worst have now been deleted. Believe me there was no complaint about the right for anyone to honestly talk about the topics, only about the non-right of personal attacks and especially derogatory name-calling aimed toward a poster and their family.
You mentioned you have been in sites that had a “no holds barred” policy and one could say anything they like with no repercussions, as well as on sites where members were banned for minor infractions. I would not like to be a member of either of those. I like sites such as this one where the free flow of ideas is encouraged and appreciated, but where attempts at causing trouble simply for the sake of causing trouble is quickly curbed.

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