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Rolly


Nov 30, 2002, 5:44 PM

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Of course I agree with Maat because I'm sometimes one of the digressers.

Rolly Pirate


The Old Gringo

Dec 1, 2002, 12:28 PM

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I see the beauty of forums (the whole internet really) as a place or mechanism where people can exchange 1."ideas" and/or 2."information." Those concepts don't have to be mutually exclusive but sometimes it seems they can be. When one is searching for information on a good carne asada recipe or restaurant for example, one should'nt have to be set upon by some militant commie vegetarian ;-) and receive a "beating" for being a carnivore when all he/she really wanted was a little information. Some folks are drawn to the exhange of "ideas" and I say "Bravo." Some are drawn by the awesome abundance of information, even the anecdotal. Again, "Bravo".

I am genuinely interested in the free exchange of ideas and of course the exchange of information but am not a fan of the "you're a jerk from a jerk country with a jerk president" thread or the "there is nothing wrong with me abusing my own body with drugs and you're a jerk to think so" or "I demand empirical proof of every statement you make or you're a jerk" threads. Still and all, we're dealing with "people" here and there's all kinds. It's difficult to legislate "niceness." Some have it, some don't. Apparently some of the less nice have computers now and have moved to Mexico in spite of or in defiance of my desperate attempt to flee them in the lands north of the Rio Bravo del Norte.

I don't wish to suggest that we should pour pink paint over everything, listen to Barry Manilow records and never disagree, but did you ever stop to think about the fact that the most enduring qualities of the Mexican people are their personal warmth and overall "niceness?" Ever wonder WHY we find those qualities so "refreshing?"

My compliments to the moderator(s) in what can only be a frustrating and thankless job. Without a doubt, you can't make everyone happy. (It's an illusive concept to some, if not many.) Besides, nobody really likes to be "censored" and I'm betting you don't really like to do it. You walk the path of the "razor's edge" to allow the free exchange of ideas on the one hand and yet to keep the boards from turning into "chaos" with rampant commercialism, unbridled greed, forum bullies, spammers, flamers, dogs and cats living together . . . etc.

TOG


Alteño

Dec 1, 2002, 3:30 PM

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I agree with your statements in your well articulated piece.

"Ladran los perros, Sancho. Señal que avanzamos". Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote de la Mancha.


lin robinson

Dec 4, 2002, 3:14 PM

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Re: [davidmcl] Request for reactions to a "Completely Different" Forum . . .

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Let me suggest that while general forums stick to Mexico only, the area-specific forums allow more lattitude: these forums are often the only communications medium in an area, and I see no reason why people can't use them to keep in touch or advertise their garage sales.
As far as "take it outside" forums go, they need not be a problem for moderators--just don't moderate them, that's what they are for. They tend to keep weirdness and spats out of the public view without repressing the need to vent or legitimate complaints.
Our communmity forum at freemaz.com has a "TIO" forum (tip o the hat to Julie Braga at the isla mujeres .net site who first came up with it) and it tends to keep the main forum clean once péople learn their spouting will be deleted there, but tolerated in the TIO forum. And YES! it gets pretty wild in there, but the thing is nobody has to read it who doesn't want to.
Our "onluy mexico" policy is not to have one...we are not a Mexico Info site, but a communications medium for the English-speaking community of Mazatlan, period.


scott

Dec 12, 2002, 8:51 PM

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WebJefe,

It seems you have a lot of support for this new forum. So when are you going to do it?
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