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Member Since 18 Feb 2004
Offline Last Active May 27 2013 07:15 PM

Posts I've Made

In Topic: Increase Of Spam Topics

17 August 2007 - 05:39 AM

The problem is a lot worse on most other boards. This kind of thing happens, particularly as boards become more popular and get more traffic. Obviously the spammers want to get their message out to a larger audience, so we become a bigger target.

That said, the moderation team here is usually pretty quick to respond to this sort of thing. The numerous spam topics that were posted this morning were removed in about 20 minutes.

In Topic: For The "real" Teens

14 August 2007 - 02:35 PM

Well, I'm still a teen for a few more months!

I am living right now in Cambridge, MA which is right across the river from Boston. I go to school right outside of Boston and occasionally go home to north Georgia.

No one from Mass OR Georgia here! Sad!

"Mysuicidalturtle" (Kristina) lives in Georgia.

In Topic: Iberian Peninsula - Where I Ate/shopped.

10 August 2007 - 07:10 PM

Kristina, thanks for making such a detailed post about where/what you ate. I'm sure it will be useful for other people planning on traveling to Spain. I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. Let's catch up soon....

In Topic: Soaps, Shampoo, And Other Personal Care Products

15 July 2007 - 07:01 PM

I've been away for a long time, but I saw what was going on in this post. Having been here since 2004 (i.e., I'm familiar with the board and also how confrontations like this brew), I feel compelled to interject:

The root of the conflict is not the difference in your opinions, but how they are expressed. I have had many differences of opinion with members here-- are products made on non-dedicated lines to be considered safe, are McDonald's fries safe, how much is too much when it comes to cross-contamination, where do you draw the line between careful and over the top, and on and on. At the same time, I don't believe I've had any of these discussions escalate into anything more than differences of opinion.

Particularly on online forums where you don't really know people and your words are all people have to judge you, the tone of your posts becomes important. I think the reason this discussion got so out of hand is because of the way things were said. Using the term "housewife" with a derogatory inference is clearly going to lead to conflict. Calling someone "paranoid" will have the same effect. To use the "paranoia" claim as an example: I'm not particularly concerned over wheteher shampoo or soap has gluten in it. It has never caused any issues with me and since I don't ingest shampoo, let alone in the necessarily quantities to lead to villous atrophy, I'm not concerned about it. I'm sure I could have posted that without getting into a big altercation--basically because of how I would say it.

When you use the word "paranoid," you're not only disagreeing with them, but you're personally attacking them. If you call someone a "housewife," you're unnecessarily labeling them in a way that is bound to offend. Just say things differently with a more conscientious look at how people will react to your posts, and this won't be an issue.

I've missed out on so much!

In Topic: Who's Gonna Take Lord Stanley?

05 May 2007 - 04:10 PM

Obviously the Rangers :D , provided that the officiating discriminating against every team that plays Buffalo (NYR, Islanders, etc.) doesn't continue :angry:

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