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    • September 29, 2019 2:30 PM EDT
    • This is great, Bob is angry a couple of people are acting like children so at least one of them decides to tell him how to run HIS site.

    • September 29, 2019 2:05 PM EDT
    • Bob did have clear rules, but he was just too nice and didn't want to enforce them. I understand, I didn't want to have to bust heads, so I passed on being a supervisor in a previous life.

    • September 29, 2019 1:34 PM EDT
    • As someone who helps moderate a forum of 100k+ users, things that help to keep the peace have been:

       

      1) Clear posting guidelines that spell out expectations of behavior

      2) Clear consequences for violating said guidelines

       

      Requiring real names seems great in theory, as it adds a personal element to each member, but name calling would still happen. A forum owner that doesn’t manage users even somewhat actively or have a moderating team, will eventually see that community fall apart.

    • September 29, 2019 1:18 PM EDT
    • David Maynard said:

      Stealth mode? If someone has to hide, why/what are they hiding?

      Not really. A few years ago there was lots of concern about identity theft. Train guys seem to have realised their identity isn't so much at risk.

    • September 29, 2019 1:14 PM EDT
    • Stealth mode? If someone has to hide, why/what are they hiding?

    • September 29, 2019 12:40 PM EDT
    • As far as I am concerned, if you can't show your real name, DON'T POST. I would also like to see this  feature removed, as I view it as a means for folks to hide from the rest of the forum. 

    • September 29, 2019 12:25 PM EDT
    • This was 2 years ago, and

      Greg, I think there was a clarification to the policy. Bob has real names in the profile but agreed to allow nicknames to be used on the forums. Hence Boomer Rooster, etc. I think part of the rationale was global personal security?

       

    • September 29, 2019 1:36 PM EDT
    • Ats whut I have been sayin

    • September 29, 2019 12:32 PM EDT
    • Pete Lassen said:

      Not sure they understand they are the problem.

      BINGO!!!!!!!!!

    • September 29, 2019 10:39 AM EDT
    • Not sure they understand they are the problem.

    • September 29, 2019 9:10 AM EDT
    • Korm, actually no it isn't.

    • September 29, 2019 12:42 AM EDT
    • John,

      isn't it funny, that you got "thank you"s from both parties of the guerrilla warfare, that poisens this forum?

    • September 28, 2019 10:50 PM EDT
    • Well said, John.

    • September 29, 2019 12:29 PM EDT
    • Korm, most eloquently stated, but a bullseye on the issue.

    • September 29, 2019 12:14 PM EDT
    • AAAAAAAAAAARGH!  Enough

      That was my reaction too. Some folk just don't get "engage brain before opening mouth".

       

       

    • September 29, 2019 12:09 PM EDT
    • the wisdom, to ignore, what does not please us

      This, as Korm eloquently says, is the cause of all the rancor and nastiness. On the Internet you have to learn to be a Big Man and quietly ignore all abusive bullies. Ignore someone who posts a contradiction on your thread. Stay quiet or respond mildly if attacked. It's the only way to continue a civil discourse.

    • September 29, 2019 9:01 AM EDT
    • Greg Elmassian said:

      Cliff, the part in white, except for the first paragraph right after my name, are Bob's rules, at the beginning of the General Forum, on a sticky.

       

      I'm not asking anything, I copied Bob's post on the rules and am stating that all five of his rules were violated on the "heavyweight" thread I started.

       

      I did not say anything else, other than apologizing for violating a rule myself and calling someone a jerk.

       

      Greg

       

      My apologies Greg, I didn't realize those were Bob's rules... 

    • September 29, 2019 7:51 AM EDT
    • I think its a shame that the most recent threads with the most daily activity, are the ones dealing with the subject of bad behavior. Now that one member is showing up as "deleted member", maybe we can all get back to what this site was intended for, sharing information, ideas, and suggestions about model railroading.

       

      I want to thank Bob for putting up with this foolishness, and dealing with the issues that arise. I also want to apologize for anything that I have done to escalate the situation, and also anything I have done to offend anyone. I value the interactions I have here on LSC, and I still hope that Bob leaves the lights on for us.

    • September 29, 2019 1:32 AM EDT
    • Bob McCown said:

      AAAAAAAAAAARGH!  Enough!

      how i can understand your feelings!

      but i hope, that you follow the suggestions from Bob Cope and Chris. kick not all, but those, that step on your nerves.

      we are all old or elderly persons. there are little chances, that we change our manners.

      treat us like apples. foul apples have to be thrown out, not be polished.

      -----------------------------

      to the other (gentle)men,

       

      as much, as my fingers itch, to type names, i will stay with stereotypes.

       

      this thread here, and who "thanks" whom, says it all. a bunch of old guys, who self-righteously think their own personal ego is what makes the world go round.

      and people, who are part of the problem, telling us, how to treat others.

       

      we've got them all:

      guys with a lot of knowledge and the social skills of a sledgehammer.

      jesters, who do not understand, that jests and ironie are lost on humorless persons.

      thought-police, who tell us what to write and how to spell it.

      attention whores.

      burnt out or sick old men, who don't get much done anymore (i'm afraid, i must count myself to this group)

      a slowly dwindling group of active railroaders and modelers (with the anual highlight of Mic's challenge)

       

      what too many of us do not have:

      the wisdom, to ignore, what does not please us.

      godd... it! it's a hobby! and we all are supposed to have mastered to walk on our hindlegs and behave civilised.

      (/rant)

       

       

    • September 28, 2019 10:27 PM EDT
    • Cliff, the part in white, except for the first paragraph right after my name, are Bob's rules, at the beginning of the General Forum, on a sticky.

       

      I'm not asking anything, I copied Bob's post on the rules and am stating that all five of his rules were violated on the "heavyweight" thread I started.

       

      I did not say anything else, other than apologizing for violating a rule myself and calling someone a jerk.

       

      Greg