New Policy: Leaving APUG 'Grand Exit' Announcements - Banned

Discussion in 'APUG System Announcements' started by Sean, Nov 27, 2006.

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  1. Sean

    Sean Admin Staff Member Admin

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    Hi All,

    After discussing with the moderation team we have decided from this point on to ban threads that are designed to be an "I'm Leaving APUG" announcement. These threads tend to be trolling for attention and serve no purpose other than disrupting the community for days, even weeks. If you want to leave then leave, we do not need an announcement. If you want to depart and feel obligated to provide feedback at the same time please use the 'contact us' link. If you want your friends to know you are leaving then PM or email them. There will be exceptions to the rule such as medical problems or temporary absence and these can be handled on a case-by-case basis.

    I'm sure most are aware of the recent controversy in the forums and several people have left over it. APUG is constantly evolving and growing, so it's a given that some people will lose interest as APUG changes. I think a handful of people believe APUG has become less tolerant of others but I do not see it this way. With over 17,000 registered members we do what we can to maintain peace, order and tolerance in a large diverse community. At the end of the day I have become aware that it is increasingly counterproductive for us to shape the community around a very minute percentage of people and catering to their every complaint. After recent issues I'm convinced that small and highly vocal minorities can wreak havoc in a smooth running large community like this and frankly I'm tired of the majority having to suffer. It also seems some people are their own worst enemies and often these people become ignored by myself, and the moderation team. It's unfortunate that this happens but we feel these people bring pain upon themselves and it's out of our hands or our ability to manage it and remedy their participation. In other words if you repeatedly go down a certain path that is easily avoidable then you are on your own. We may send the odd PM or email to hopefully push people in the right direction but it's often ignored.

    In closing I'll say that some leave APUG quietly, and some with a vengeance. There are two sides to every story and if something out there concerns you about how we are running APUG never hesitate to contact me and we can discuss it. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes I would hate for people to get the wrong impression.

    Thanks,
    Sean
     
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    Thank you.

    The "Long Goodbye" was interminable!
     
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    Ok this does it...I am lea...er staying.

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    Rats!!! IT was almost finished!!!!
     
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    I am sick of having to endure the sturm und drang of the drama queens on this and other sites. It's pretty certain that the center of the universe is a very uncertain place, but it most certainly is NOT the fragile, delicate, and inordinately tender sensibilities of he/she who would derail apug with their whining. There is a HUGE difference between robust debate and disagreement proferred with dignity and respect, and the 'take my marbles and leave' mentality of some.

    Bravo, Sean! A decision taken with backbone and sack!
     
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    Rats. Now that it is not possible to have a dramatic hoopla made over something trivial in the vast scheme of things, guess I will just have to stay.:tongue:
     
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    Movie rentals by APUG members will now be going up. Sorry Art, I'll lend you a DVD or two if you like.
     
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    I thought you were "Lee...er staying"...

    Matt
     
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    Bravo, Sean. Well said.
     
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    No comment is a comment.

    If you didn't want to make a comment you wouldn't have said anything.

    Just a point of order, madam chairman.


    Michael
     
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    And as for no departure speeches, I kind of liked them, along with the flying vases and slammed doors.


    And that's all I'm saying about that.

    So there.

    Michael
     
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    Where the hell is the Starchaimbermaid? I'm Blansky.
     
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    THAT'S IT, I am leaving!!!
     
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    ... and am back from my bathroom break.
     
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    Perhaps a whining, or crybaby forum would serve the needs of some.
     
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    I didn't say anything Michael, I typed it....so again

    No Comment!

    :D
     
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    Boy you pee fast!

    LOL
     
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    :smile:

    sorta makes me wanna change my name to "leaving".

    The dramatic pity-soliciting self-aggrandizing departures call to mind the blessing for the czar from Fiddler on the Roof:

    "A blessing for the Czar?...may God bless and keep the Czar far away from us."

    Dianna hates it when I get into metaconversations. Let's see. There was the "goodbye" (conversation), the discussion of the goodbye (metaconversation), this thread of discussion/policy announcement about the discussion of the goodbye (meta-meta-conversation) and this post about same (metametametaconversation?!?!?)

    I gotta stop... I'm getting dizzy...

    -KwM-
     
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    Amen.

    ... and Thanks be to Sean.
     
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    Well, what kind of place is this if a person can't whip up a big bowl of Goodbye Cruel World!
     
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    It appears to me that APUG is becoming less tolerant of jackasses and curmudgeons. As such (curmudgeon in training, that is), I fear that my days may be numbered. At least if my wife is to be believed. Oh well, since she's not a member here I guess I'll be around for awhile. Or will I? :wink:
     
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    Don't be too hasty about the jackasses part, they will be the last to go & only if all the good folks leave first. :wink:

    I was telling my hubby tonight about how few people here responded to Art's excellent thread on picking a photo from the last poster's gallery & commenting on it as opposed to how many people went on & on ad nauseum about the artistic value of flesh. :rolleyes:

    This may be a positive first step... I'll pretend I'm from Missouri. :D
     
  26. Bruce Osgood

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    Sean and Moderators.... Well done.
     
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