10 Years of FTMB: A Decade of Strange?

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  1. drbastard

    drbastard Chaote

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    I'd say in my experience this messageboard is pretty rock solid, well moderated in the style of a teacher who doesn't have to say much but keeps things in line with quiet respect.

    I visit a number of other boards but as a spectator only. A couple of them are expletive-ridden shit-storms where it is expected that posters insult each other as creatively and aggressively as possible. It amuses me to read the slanging matches but there's no way I'd post there, I'm too timid.
     
  2. skinny

    skinny ____Noble Gas___

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    I hear ya, db.
    etc etc etc

    Other-languagy insults were my forte. Got me banned with the best of ém.

    All in a good humour here, OC.
     
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  3. stuneville

    stuneville Amministratore principale Staff Member

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    Thank you - I think we have the balance about right. It's taken roughly 15 years with some spectacular cock-ups along the way (some, but not all of them mine), mind..
     
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  4. skinny

    skinny ____Noble Gas___

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    There's a thread in that. Who's game?
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  5. stuneville

    stuneville Amministratore principale Staff Member

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    Nah - it's all water under the bridge now, or as the Sweeney would put it "blood under the lamp-post". We are where we are because of it, though.
     
  6. Yithian

    Yithian Incredulous Staff Member

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    Nobody move a muscle: there are actually three moderators online simultaneously at the present.
     
  7. Shady

    Shady Justified & Ancient

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    Stu, you and who?
     
  8. Yithian

    Yithian Incredulous Staff Member

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    Mercury Crest.
     
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  9. Shady

    Shady Justified & Ancient

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  10. Ulalume

    Ulalume tart of darkness

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    If it makes you feel more intimidating, you scare the daylights out of me.
     
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  11. Coastaljames

    Coastaljames Justified & Ancient

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    I'd agree. It seems to be pretty much self-modding, which I like. That's the sign of a good board.

    When people start acting like cocks you got problems- mods or grunts, doesn't make a difference.

    This place seems like everyone treats others with decency and courtesy preferring to say nothing if they have nothing nice to say. Which is a good thing. In fairness I often think I'm the only dickhead here...everyone else seems sensible and pleasant.

    :rolleyes:
     
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  12. Shady

    Shady Justified & Ancient

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    I think you are sensible and pleasant :D
     
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  13. henry

    henry still speeding

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    i would say having been a member of a fair few boards (various cars, various bands, fathers rights etc) over the years ftmb has shown remarkable stability and ... authenticity ... it slowed down a bit a couple of years ago but im frequently surprised when i hit the recent threads link, not because it seldom works for me, but due to the volume and quality of the content which is constantly pouring in ... even factoring out the bickering, joshing and easy targets, and with a lot of the noise on ignore, i find its pretty busy with the good shit, and has been for a fair while

    i would say it is a community, and i think thats rare ... technology and other abstractions, thinking here particularly about social media, often serve to undermine authenticity, so a simple board mechanism such as we have, enables a true community spirit

    my one gripe, lose the likes, what are we 14 ?
     
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  14. Coastaljames

    Coastaljames Justified & Ancient

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    Why thank you! I admit I can manage the veneer of civility for about an hour or two lol ;)
     
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    Ermintruder Existential pixelfixer

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    Only if they can be replaced by Nectar Points, or Green Shield Stamps!!

    Or perhaps Hail Marys, yes, if we could generate redemption for our sins (both real and imagined) via, say, upvotes... no, let's see if we can generate Bitcoin balances.

    The "Likes" are mildly Facebookish, but, there are worse things on earth (and possibly also in heaven)
     
  16. Ringo

    Ringo Well-hung member

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    That's a really bad shot BTW. The bullet will miss all vital organs and pass under the spine. That animal will run and run until it bleeds to death. 200 to 250 yds indicated would be a much better bet. Just sayin.

    Back on topic, I'm under 40. I think there are more of us here than you'd imagine. We're just biding our time...waiting.
     
  17. CarlosTheDJ

    CarlosTheDJ Justified & Ancient

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    I'm on a couple of other forums - MR2 Owner's Club, Scirocco Register are both lively and helpful but they are not really about opinions or anything controversial. More "has anybody got a half-inch wangler bolt?" and "Look at my new wheels!".

    Now, the CAMRA forum on the other hand....literally three posts on the last twelve months. All too pissed I guess.
     
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  18. Coastaljames

    Coastaljames Justified & Ancient

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    Oh that's the kind of chat you like is it mate? I know your game...

    ;)
     
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  19. escargot

    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    Would you brag about that though?
     
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  20. CarlosTheDJ

    CarlosTheDJ Justified & Ancient

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    I don't know, I've got the GT so it's much longer. And faster.
     
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    escargot Beloved of Ra

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    Longer, possibly: faster, no.
     
  22. Yithian

    Yithian Incredulous Staff Member

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  23. Ermintruder

    Ermintruder Existential pixelfixer

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    Good grief, the Risk Assessments for that must've been horrendous. They'll have to include...
    • Potential upper limb and back injuries through overstretching or missing-out the warmup
    • Tickle risk from foam pipe insulation
    • Cardiac risks increased due to chance of unexpected balloon detonation
    • Static electricity from balloons rubbing together could ignite gas leaks (or any carelessly-deposited dynamite)
    • Danger of inhaling balloon fragments in the event of detonation
    • Risk of head injury (no hard-hats being worn)
    • General risks from increased excitement (continence/cardiac)
    • Increased requirement for exercise-generated tea-drinking may contribute to hyperhydration. And less tea left for non-players
    • Non-Olympic sport (currently) with no national recognition or funding.
     
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  24. jimv1

    jimv1 Analogue Boy

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    Risk assessment is for wussholes. I bought 'The World's Toughest Shredder' from Staples and the guy at the checkout offered to sell me a care pack. Hmmmmmm. World's Toughest Shredder needs no lube!
     
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