I've "caved" to no one.
*That* concept, my friend, is laughable - and if you knew me better you would certainly understand...
I have made instead a decision based on experiences and knowledge, mostly regarding the apparently different definitions of what exactly constitutes "civility", and how a small few here took excessive liberties with the freedom that had been granted them until now.
Specifically, griefing a VOLUNTEER forum moderator, vilifying them particularly and personally in a rude manner whether publicly OR 'privately' (yes, it was done, though y'all may not have had to be the brunt of it)
, does not meet MY definition of "civil" discourse and/or conduct.
Thus, an end to the thing which apparently made some think that that sort of behavior is OK...
It is not. I was raised by very 'old-school', 'conservative' parents. The way of personal conduct they taught me may well be near to being a lost concept for most of our society, but I still stand by it, even online. You could sum it up as "If you wouldn't say it in front of, to, or about your own Mother, then - don't.
My mother, and probably as well, *your* mother, would be shocked and ashamed at how some few people conducted themselves out of the public eye with your VOLUNTEER moderator Newt.
If someone thinks that they can do that and there will be no consequences, then that someone has been proven wrong. And if/when you feel tempted to pine for the 'good ol' days'
, understand that it is for that type of BS which you can blame those few for the consequences we have now.
There is no lasting anger nor acrimony on either my part nor that of Newt (which should tell you all something about him...)
- just a slight change in how things are around here. Nothing too much to ask, no civil liberties being impeded, just a new limitation on PUBLIC discourse regarding a topic that has little if anything to do with Com-Pac sailboats. You are totally free to share your political discussions, links, or whatever via the Private Message system here.
There will be a new "Off Topic" area soon, where the community can share things which may not be strictly sailing- or Com-Pac- related, but it will be there to be used with the understanding that it is NOT for political posts or other types of postings of a type which would fall outside the pale of the "Golden Rule".
Last - I want to reiterate that Newt acts with my authority here. When nobody else would offer to help, he did. And he has. And he has done a great job of it. For that, I owe him my Thanks and loyalty and understanding. Perhaps some others should do the same.
For clarity: where I might be considered the Captain of this ship, he would be the First Mate. As such, when I am not on watch, he
is your Captain, and so commands your respect, or at the very least, deference.
If you have an issue with him, then you bring it to ME to get handled. It will, as fairly and honestly and as transparently as is needed. I've demonstrated the ability to do that in the - what, 7, 8, or more years - that I have been providing the CPYOA website to the community.
So, carry on. have fun, enjoy yourselves while talking about and sharing information regarding your sailboats, and be nice to one another...
Doesn't sound so bad to me...