I find myself wondering about larger forums like Front Page Magazine and Bad Eagle
and their limitations. I had started posting less frequently at FPM largely due to the antics of a serial predator Socrates. His abusive clutter and multiple handles made the place dreadful inspite of many wonderful friends like Donal, JMac, Canadian Steve , Mike and Batya to name a few. I even learned to like anti semitic posters like Uptown Steve, UU and the egomaniacal Prof Pike. I enjoyed sending the dour Pike off the deep end with talk about Van Nuys. He may be to the left but he is a prude.
I spent more time at Bad Eagle and ran into a different problem. Dr Yeagley is a brilliant gentleman. However he chose a moderator who does not share his ideals. Thus we have a site that caters to American Indian Patriots and their allies being moderated by a Scott from Canada who is anti American but not Commie. This Scott was part of a clique that violated rules for its own convenience. This moderator seems to think of Bad Eagle as his site. I have made it clear I have no inention of returning to the forum under current management.
I remember the people at FPM and Bad Eagle joking about the upstart blog. Yet through
perserverence and fresh content we have built our own blog community.Our community spans the world and we admit or restrict who we choose. Even the obnoxious anti semitic Weasie tried to find his place here. He has a few readers and comments he is content and stays out of trouble. Hopefully, he will find an audience and learn some manners.
Maybe the larger blogs are a victim of their size but they need direction. Few people understand what it takes to run a big board Rocco Dippio and Richard Poe understand. I find myself in situations Richard Poe envisioned . Censorship was a non issue on a small blog but as we grew larger new issues arrose. Posters with Psychopathic tendencies like Soc are aborted. Weasie is tolerated until he gets profane or talks of Soc. The problem I have with John Brown is not the disagreement but the vulgarity. The ethnic slurs and Nancy abuse will not be accepted. Anum makes her comments and leaves so she doesn't qualify as a troll and is largely stupid. The Duck doesn't even qualify as a troll as he disagrees coherently and we can have a interesting debate.
I think the larger boards like Front Page Magazine and Bad Eagle are prisoners of their size. They are too big and have divided leadership to have a real sense of community. Somewhere Richard Poe is probably laughing as every one of his predictions came true.
I enjoy the community we have built here. However remember as the community grows some unsavory elements will drift in. We should still welcome newcomer but understand that there are trolls with criminal tendencies out there like Soc. However, each one of us will have to make individual choices.
Mr Beamish in 08, Ducky to the shooting gallery, 167 Back in the Coffin, Soc where is the Meathead another alias bites the dust.