If one is going to do the dishing, one must also be willing to take some too.
The problem is a few white knights with vested interests keep thinking they should be able to do the dishing and are unwilling to take some back.
Remember this a public forum, opinions matter and it goes both ways. If one is unwilling to respect the opinions of others or allow the opinions of others to be posted without attacking them back, then such issues are best dealt with in a more private manner back channel where all willing participants can sing kumbaya!
Seeing as so much of the rest of the world takes such a dim view of what we do. But unfortunately there are always some number of people who won't behave in a civil fashion; they overreact to perceived slights, attempt to manipulate matters to their own advantage, or in some fashion just cause trouble. Fortunately, they are a distinct minority.
This is the problem TER has with free memberships and free VIP for phony reviews. I just wish the board was providers and paying members only so that these bottom feeders would disappear. Instead we are stuck with sociopathic trolls jeering others for no other purpose than self-amusement.
If you can afford $200+ per hour, you can afford $25/month.
Posted By: gjacob This is the problem TER has with free memberships and free VIP for phony reviews. I just wish the board was providers and paying members only so that these bottom feeders would disappear. Instead we are stuck with sociopathic trolls jeering others for no other purpose than self-amusement.
If you can afford $200+ per hour, you can afford $25/month.
It appears that we are also stuck with judgemental elitists. I think I'll stick with the non paying "bottom feeders" and "trolls"!! At least they (we) write reviews, which is the basis for this boards existence. And I've never written a fake one in my life!
I HAVE had reviews denied by TER though. Both good and in one case, VERY bad. The latter the type of thing I know people would have liked to have heard about. Not the type of thing that encourages paying membership--or trust in the system!
Also, isn't 3/4 of all the drama on the board caused by paying members using an alias? A feature not available to non-paying members? I understand there are some legit used for an alias but have to wonder if it's worth it when a feature seems to be abused so often.
I bet if you charge for using the boards and go that way Ter will be gone for good within a year. I don't always like paying to read reviews and its not because I am cheap its because I have learned that YMMV and its really about chemistry. The real problem here is many seem to think they are superior to others and that their opinion is the only one that counts and that there favorite girl has to be everyone's favorite. If 5 people go out to eat together do they all order the same thing??? Unless the restaurant only sells one item I doubt it.
Without the "free" VIP incentive to write them, a lot of these lazy fucks wouldn't write them at all - it's really kind of a pain in the ass to get one approved without simply reciting a redundant list of acronyms or if you dare to say anything negative - and without reviews this site is as useless as a pair of tits at a GOP convention.
Shit, I pay for membership just so I can avoid writing them, and won't bother unless asked to. And in the minds of many, I am every bit the troll, jeering others for my amusement. Making the puppets dance isn't exactly "fun", but it provides a sort of mild contentment for a very short period of time, like while waiting in line to recieve my holy booze...I mean "sacrament"...at Sunday mass.
So you see the problem isn't cheapskates - it's assholes. And you can't escape them - ANYWHERE.
How do you become more tolerant if you don't respect the opinions of others? You don't have to agree with their opinion but you must respect it to become more tolerant. I'm not talking about the attacks just differing opinions.
I have found that I learn and grow by hearing as many sides to a situation as possible and then forming or reforming my own opinion. I know by being open minded many of my believes have evolved and grown over the years.
The real problem with civility today is that people have been taught to be offended by differing opinions, not respectful of them. Again, you never have to agree but you do have to listen if you want civility.
So it is not related to this post and I don't use the ignore feature like a toggle switch.
Sometimes during long periods of inactivity, I get logged out before I realize it and I see posts of those I choose to ignore before I have to sign in again. Your post caught my attention at the top and I thought I would read it and I chose to respond to it.
Listening is good; respecting something that is nonsense is disingenuous.
As an absurd example (at least to me and to avoid my real views of the world for now), some people might actually believe that finding a four-leafed clover will bring them good luck. I can’t respect that belief, but can certainly tolerate it. No harm to me or them.
For the "deeper" issues, just Google Tolerance vs. Respect and the debate and issues are well covered.
And just for fun, really, about open-mindedness: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFO6ZhUW38w Tim Minchin - If You Open Your Mind Too Much... (the first 30 seconds … the rest of the “song” isn’t particularly germane for this thread)
I believe you can respect a person without respecting their specific beliefs/opinions. It doesn't pay for me to over-think these things.
And an add-on thought: “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.”
― Daniel Patrick Moynihan
Finding a four-leaf clover IS good luck! Anyone who disagrees should be hung from a Ronald Reagan statue by their scrotum. I can tolerate your respect, but I can not respect your tolerance. Plus, my chicken laid your egg. And...wtf is this conversation about again...pussy? Mmmmmmm me like pussy.
We now return you to the vaginal part of your programming.
TER would stop allowing alias postings.
I have pretty much dropped off the discussion boards because of being turned off by the increasing number of cruel alias postings which add nothing to the discussion except to allow some boy to get bully kicks without hurting his hobbyist reputation.
Love to hobby, hate the game.
If you are too cheap to spring for VIP, using a few aliases as an excuse won't fly.
You can still post without VIP, but you can't read all of the worthy details of reviews. Isn't that more important? You can't get PM's. Isn't that more important? I guess not since you focus is on alias whining that is FREE.
I use an alias and will continue to do so as I do not prefer the added exposure to LE. Been there, done that being in the limelight and all, and it is not my cup of tea. I am grateful that TER admin is smart enough not to group all alias posters together and ban the use of aliases. I would stop being a paying member if that were the case.
The thread was pretty passionate overall, so I understand. I only brought up that exchange between us to demonstrate why one should not categorize all alias posters as disrespectful. Anyone can have a bad day. We all do and it's ok. Anyway, I appreciate your comments. Ok now if you haven't already, go outside…it is gorgeous out! hugs