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Old 03 July 2003, 00:44   #1
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Nailing Our Colours To The Mast

That very old expression I have used as the subject for this thread is to do with battles at sea.

It is to do with refusing to surrender when beaten. For it was customary for the loser in a sea battle to lower its flags from the masthead and accept defeat. If the flag was nailed to the mast surrender was impossible. The crew of the ship would go down fighting.

In the cold light of day, after threatening to hit Jon Fuller with a zimmer frame - a threat, if and when I come across him - I stand by, I want to make my position, and the reason for it clear to both him and his crony, the man who hides behind the silly handle that is Dirk Diggler.

First, the reason.

Eighteen months ago, when I decided to switch from sail to ribbing I was introduced to my first RIB and this community by Alan Priddy. Soon after that, through my new delight in this sport which was much enhanced by this Forum of enthusiasts, I met John Kennett. These two men have become respected friends.

Last Christmas saw the arrival here of Fuller and Diggler. The atmoshpere soon changed from one of open enthusiasm and light banter to exchanges that were full of bad tempered sarcasm and snide personal attacks and these were led invariably by Messrs F & D.

I have ignored them in the vain hope that they would tire of their destructive undermining but it seems they are bent on destroying one of the most disciplined and well-mannered sites on the web.

And I, for one, am sick and tired of it. Maybe others of you are, too.

So I have nailed my colours to the mast. I will not surrender to those two bully boys.

John Kennett, they are hell bent, for some reason of their own, of wrecking this good thing that you have built. So, please do not pull this thread. Nail your own colours to the mast as well. And let the other decent enthusiasts join me and do the same.

What say you, ribsters? Are you going to make it clear to these two troublemakers that they should should cut and run? Or do you want them to wreck what you enjoy?

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Old 03 July 2003, 02:33   #2
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Flying My Colours

Hi Mike,

In my opinion anyone who try's to undermine anyone's achievements is not worth bothering about, however small or grand that maybe.

If you do not blow your own trumpet then it is very rare for someone else to!

Since I logged on to Ribnet I have found everyone most helpful & friendly regardless of how simple a question or statement is. We are always learning and through the passing of experience and new ideas is; in my opinion, what Ribnet is all about. Aswell as having a good time doing what we all enjoy and that is having fun on the water in Ribs.

If these people are purposely trying to get a rise out of someone just becuase they enjoy winding people up then let us rise above that and try to ignore it. Life is to short!

Those of you who have given so much to promote the sport of Ribbing I salute you all.

To those of you who will try and undermine what has been achieved then F**K YOU. You are not worth bothering with.

I for one will endevour to ingore these people from now on.

To those who know who we are refering to. Constructive criticism is fine, crass negative imput achieves nothing nor resovles anything.

One suggestion I put to J.K. Maybe a vote should be taken on this issue and if other members feel the same way then perhaps these people should be bloked from using the Ribnet Forums completeley.

I can also stand my ground & speak out for those who may not feel as comfortable in doing so.


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Old 03 July 2003, 02:46   #3
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Mike. I have posted my reply to your private address. Alan P
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Old 03 July 2003, 03:09   #4
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I wondered when it would come to this.
It must be a nightmare for JK to moderate this website, my heart goes out to him.
However, I also agree that a few members of this forum are absolute a***holes, but how to deal with them?
Banning is a bit extreme, in my view, and it goes slightly against the grain of people (within reason) being able to say what they want. I only said “slightly” by the way.
At one of the companies I used to work at, we started getting a lot of obscene phone calls coming through to the girls. The police advised us to say to the callers, in a slightly bored voice, “Hangon a minute, please”. Then to put the receiver down on a desktop and go use another phone, only hanging up this handset after 20/30 mins. The calls stopped, basically because the caller felt he was being ignored, failed to excite a reaction from his audience, got bored and went away.
What say you we just ignore the a***holes and simply don’t react to any of their postings?
I would probably not recommend banning them as with every one of their postings they condemn themselves for being the prats that they are. Then at least if we ever meet them we can give them a wide berth
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Old 03 July 2003, 03:27   #5
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Mike I have sent you a private email. I'm with you and Brian on this.

BTW thanks for the information on nailing the colours to the mast.

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Old 03 July 2003, 03:35   #6
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As you know i am new to this forum but I agree with you about the "strange" posts these particular people make.

I thought perhaps it was just me.

Anyway you have my support for what its worth.

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Old 03 July 2003, 05:07   #7
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About time too..... I thought I was the only one being accused of 'rising to the bait like a hungry mullet.'

In a previous post I said, 'Jon F - what I fail to understand is that you come on a RIB web-site/ forum and all you ever do is criticise ribs.'
It has become personal now - what a shame and what jerks these two are. At the Ribnet meeting in Plymouth I realised that most everyone who attended (and who obviously post here) are super people with a common interest that share the love of the sport and ribs. There really is no place for w*****s like these two on a site such as this. I decided to ignore these people last week and will continue to do so, no matter how much I am provoked - in the end, as Brian points out, they will get bored and move on, maybe joining Grumpy1 (Flanker) on another forum where they can continue their pathetic immature little games they are playing - Good riddance!
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Old 03 July 2003, 05:26   #8
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Well it takes all sorts doesn't it...

There's plenty of humour of different types around on RIBnet, from witty banter to gentle wind-ups, joke threads to daft stories, and patronising put-downs to personal insults.

Now you're probably thinking that the last category isn't humour, but of course, to some people it is. It's not my preferred type of humour, I find it awkward when directed at people who are either my friends or may find it offensive, and I don't think it is received well with RIBnet's members and contributors. But with - fine! When in Rome...
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Old 03 July 2003, 05:40   #9
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It has become personal now - what a shame and what jerks these two are. Good riddance!
I take it the offer of 'tea at your house' is off then!
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Old 03 July 2003, 05:53   #10
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Thanks for saying what I suspect many of us were thinking. I'm not a frequent 'poster' as I often don't believe I have much to add to many of the discussions. I prefer to read, learn and share the experiences of other, sometimes more knowledgable people.

Of late, the level of bull***t flying around has taken the edge of my visits to the site. However, I share the view that banning is a waste of time. The best approach is just to ignore the offending posts. One thing is clear, they will only continue whilst we 'bite'.

Let's ignore them and they'll take their toys and play elsewhere.


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