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Just noticed this article:

http://www.gazettextra.com/20141218/first_amendment_sure_you_can_say_that8212but_please_don8217t

 

And I thought that at the end of 2014 and near the beginning of the new year, it would be a nice thing to note that in spite of what was said in the article about so much negativity as discussed in the article, THESE FORUMS stand as an outstanding exception. I think Scouter.com also stands as an outstanding example of a group of people even from international sources who, with the foundation maintained by Scouter Terry, basically run things ourselves, mostly with great civility and [best of all] guided by the Scout Law, thus demonstrating IT'S relevance to all persons, in or out of scouting. So as the new year approaches, I offer this happy note of, yes pride, in this group of people, all of whom help set this outstanding example in these forums. Well done!

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That article mentions that many web sites are removing comments because a small minority will take over and control the conversation. We also have a small minority that can control the conversation. The difference is our minority is driven by the Oath and Law and the others are driven by greed.

 

Thanks Moderators.

 

BTW, I see other websites that work and they too have a "play nice" policy that's enforced by moderators. These used to be called editors.

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I think friendliness is a hallmark of this forum. I may stridently disagree with about half of what's said here, but I would be glad to have any of you around my campfire (so long as you bring a little wood for the fire, or spin a good yarn as we watch the embers die ;) ). Just like any real campfire, I'll take my leave when someone resorts to cussing. But, I also love tangents, and may stick around longer than need be to follow one ... So, thanks moderators, for keeping us focused on the task of scouting.

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The vast majority of any 'credit' for being scoutlike goes to the membership themselves. I have often thought about how well these forums keep themselves under control. 'Moderation' is actually a pretty uneventful task...the members of these forums make it easy.

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Q, wait, YOU disagree with something?! No way! ;). Yes, I jest. I do look forward to reading this forum everyday and, yes, we are fortunate to have a code of conduct so succint and useful as the Scout Law to guide us. I do agree, though, that a small handful of members shape the conversations. Is that good or bad?

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I think that for the most part, it has always been a relatively small number of people who keep things lively here. But since the unfortunate rollout of the new forum platform there might be even fewer of them and I do note the absence of a number of regulars since that rollout. And I miss them.

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I am going to say that this forum is great I love the fact that I can ask a question and get honest answers and yes some of you have told me I am crazy but in a good way. everybody hear is nice

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