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  • ERIN is Resigning

    For those not in the know, a childish eruption on the H/J board has led to the pending resignation of Erin and the other moderators as of 9am Monday 12/3/07. The post is the "Ciao" post on that board, and the resignation is on p.30. Prepare to lose the board if it goes through.
    "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

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  • #2
    I saw...

    What a shame, that a handful of crazies will ruin it for the thousands (I'm including lurkers) of us who come here to share information and commroderey in our passion for horses.

    We live in an age of the non-adult. Where tempertantrums are rewarded and common sense is deemed insane and beaten down.

    It's a sad day if COTH is truly ending. I came here years ago from Equisearch because that BB had gotten so out of hand... I LOVED that there were moderators here...

    Oh well...
    Seb
    Aca-Believe it!!

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    • #3
      Erin is resigning

      Why am I not surprised that this all erupted on the H/J forum? Hardly civilized, those people.

      Tulkas

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        #4
        The admins post-its are gone, and the classifieds have been locked.
        "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein

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        • #5
          I noticed that, too, Chief.
          "IT'S NOT THE MOUNTAIN WE CONQUER, BUT OURSELVES." SIR EDMUND HILLARYMember of the "Someone Special To Me Serves In The Military" Clique

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          • #6
            No, this can't possibly happen. I will be so lost without this forum.
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            • #7
              How stupid. You know, a title on the H/J board caught my eye the other day as I signed on-I went to it and I was so disgusted with the bitchiness going on there. What a bunch. As I read, I thought THANK GOD I AM AN EVENTER! There is NEVER a squabble over here like they have over there. The worst we get is whether to put blankets on unclipped horses
              Oh Erin, please don't quit. They are just rotten. Stay with us. I'm so sorry.....
              Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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              • #8
                I really hope this BB continues, too. It's a lifeline for those of us who are new to the sport or working on our own out there. I learn something every day from this board.

                Couldn't they just cancel the H/J forum, since that's the problem area? As long as those folks don't come over and pollute the other boards!

                I didn't read the nasty threads, but what a shame to let some witches cancel this worthwhile resource. Hats off to the moderators for doing a tough job.

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                • #9
                  So...I must have missed it somewhere. I know Erin is resigning, but why would that mean that the board would close?

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                  • #10
                    Oh I sincerely hope this isn't true.
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                    • #11
                      My prediction: the board may go offline for a break, but it will back within days. Erin will eventually be back. If I've noticed anything about internet drama, it's that the people who announce they've had it and are quitting NEVER DO. They always come back. People who are truly disgusted just walk away quietly. They do not post crazy dramatic shit first.

                      I was not aware of the "Hall of Shame" because I only read eventing, horse care and off course. After the drama went down I noticed there was a "Hall of Shame" sticky on dressage, h/j, and breeding. And yes, I am proud to be an eventer right now.

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                      • #12
                        Can't they just ban the people causing the problem? Or do away with just the h/j board?

                        I haven't been over there to see what the deal is - don't want to sully my computer!

                        Don't go Erin!

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                        • #13
                          the sad thing is is that it is not the majority of the H/J folks- it is just one small group that is doing this.

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                          • #14
                            What a damn shame. I, too, would be lost without the COTH community. This is the only BB I hang out on, BECAUSE OF the moderation provided. Shame on you selfish idiots who may have potentially ruined it for all of us! There, I've violated a BB rule. Hope like heck I get smacked down for it.
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                            • #15
                              There are some technical ways to manage unruly posters...

                              1) Make any new poster go through a 2-3 week probation period when any message they want to post is inspected by a moderator before it is posted. This would make the rapid proliferation of new alters difficult (although it requires some effort from moderators).

                              2) assign reputation points to posters. Good behavior gets reward points. Bad behavior causes points to be taken away. Readers filter messages based on reputation points as desired. Bad enough behavior and your messages aren't seen by most people. (This works well on Slashdot.org)

                              3) this one is difficult... just ignore the troublemakers. No response. No reaction. Nada. This has worked on other boards, but takes some discipline from the board membership. May be difficult here.

                              My husband one moderated a technical newsgroup in which a heated discussion almost led to a duel. The challenge was made (slap with a white glove and demand for "satisfaction"), but luckily it ended there.

                              Some people can get way too invested in this stuff.

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                              • #16
                                No!

                                This is my only BB too, and I would hate to see it end. I just ignore the stuff I don't like. My first reaction is that we are going to lose so much in terms of helping each other. How often does someone need help with something, big or small and other COTH BB members pitch in to help? I can think of many examples.

                                The internet is a tough form of communication, because we don't get all the non-verbal messages that we need to be effective. Also the words stay there (usually permanently) and there are some who twist things out of proportion and take things way too seriously. I have a dear close friend who does this and I see what a huge waste of energy that is...

                                I am just rambling now, where is my fourth cup of coffee?.....
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                                • #17
                                  ohh .. how sad.....

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by jgrass View Post
                                    There are some technical ways to manage unruly posters...

                                    1) Make any new poster go through a 2-3 week probation period when any message they want to post is inspected by a moderator before it is posted. This would make the rapid proliferation of new alters difficult (although it requires some effort from moderators).

                                    2) assign reputation points to posters. Good behavior gets reward points. Bad behavior causes points to be taken away. Readers filter messages based on reputation points as desired. Bad enough behavior and your messages aren't seen by most people. (This works well on Slashdot.org)

                                    3) this one is difficult... just ignore the troublemakers. No response. No reaction. Nada. This has worked on other boards, but takes some discipline from the board membership. May be difficult here.

                                    My husband one moderated a technical newsgroup in which a heated discussion almost led to a duel. The challenge was made (slap with a white glove and demand for "satisfaction"), but luckily it ended there.

                                    Some people can get way too invested in this stuff.
                                    I mentioned in another thread, and I'll mention it here too.

                                    Just make it a pay site. Either you have to have a subscription to
                                    have access, or pay a monthly/yearly fee. I know of a couple of
                                    bb's who did this for pretty much the same problems with people
                                    who just like to stir the pot and create alter after alter. Making it
                                    pay only would make creating a bunch of alters pretty expensive.
                                    I would certainly pay a fee to stay on COTH, and I'm betting a
                                    great many others would too.
                                    That way Chronicle would actually benefit from the bb, and it
                                    would make it way easier to moderate.

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                                    • #19
                                      Hear, hear. I would also pay to belong to COTH's BB if it could stay the way it is. Maybe give Erin and the other mods a big raise with the fees collected?
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                                      • #20
                                        Unbelievable!!

                                        Wow leave it to some of the perpetual schmucks on the "other" forum to cause such a Ruckus!!! Over what???

                                        Honestly I haven't had the time nor interest to bother reading through the Ciao thread, I've only glanced at it to find out what all the hoopla was about; which at that point I was totally stumped on why exactly so many on that forum are electing to become tangled in the OP's mess.

                                        WHY??? Who gives a rats ass if so and so wants to leave(the OP). Let them say their last words and be done with it for crying out loud

                                        To the Mods out there reading: Please do not resign due to the actions of a ungrateful minority. By resigning they are winning their battle. Ignore them and move on....please
                                        I really like this board and the wealth of knowledge it brings with it, i've made alot of connections through it and I think it's a great resource, hate to see it go

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