While I should probably just let this go... I'm wondering how the FB'ers who are on RHIBs want to be described when someone asks the question what RHIBs is... ...it appears this all blew up (YET AGAIN!) from my slightly flippant description of them being the guys who took their ball home when they got told off for mis-behaving in the sailing club bar. Clearly we could just describe them as "the" facebook group or "a" facebook group but people are bound to ask the question since Nasher and Jambo both have in the last fortnight. I don't dispute that it was meant as a bit of a dig when I said it. I'd be interested to know if people either who RHIBs post or not think a mod/admin should have intervened and either deleted it/edited it or served me a ban.
Now while I'm on one -
RHIBs is a stupid abbreviation for the group. Its like me setting up a face book group called Cars And Roadsters and then referring to it as CARs and being confused why people think I'm talking about Cars...
Pikey makes the point that you don't expect the Pub Landlord to let you slag his pub off. In fact the Landlord and the Bar Maids (What a visionary description for the Mods!) do allow it relatively freely. From what I've heard the only time they chuck people out the pub is when they either have come in and bashed the bar stools up (aka hackers & spammers) or come in and do things that are definitively wrong like being out and out racist. A few people may be suggested to head home before having another pint and a few may be given some words of advice that if they don't like the music there are plenty of other bars around. Few are barred from what I've heard.
Mods I've only met one - and he can be a prat in real life as well as on-line. Just my opinion - rest assured I've told him! I somehow doubt there is a queue of willing volunteers to take abuse for maintaining or not maintaining a list of virtual abuse. There is an expectation from the "public" that because these guys have a prefect badge they should be playing by squeeky clean rules. What should John do if his current Mods get to the end of 2 year tenure and he has no replacements? The only solution I've ever seen is to have secret Mods. They post under their own username and under a different Mod1, Mod2 etc username when Modding. That means no-one has unrealistic expectations of a Mod behaving at some superior level. But it does in my experience make Mods less accountable for their actions, and when things do / don't happen for regular posters people start to figure out maybe they are the mods anyway and just moan about unfairness.
il corvo 73 views and no responses - I think in part that shows the size of the forum and volume of people viewing posts. But while you said hello - you didn't ask any questions so a response was far less likely. There aren't huge numbers of people in York - they were the ones most likely to respond to a hello from York.
clique There was a definite Solent Clique going on. People who know each other from face to face meeting off the Forum. As someone who has met a grand total of 2 other posters on this Forum (both from before the internet existed) it can sometimes feel like a lonely place when people who all know each other start: having a go at others / hi fiving / back patting etc. It is therefore probably very excluding for those who come on and don't get the in jokes, don't get (still not sure I do!) why Mollers is permanently picked on.
Competitive Spirit reverting to the sailing club bar analogy... show me a sailing club bar who didn't like a bit of banter about their club being better* than the club along the coast. I think it might actually be necessary for a club to survive to understand its identity. So RHIBs FBers like to chat more in the bar and be everyone's friend, Rib.Net Posters like to get into technicalities and aren't afraid to admit people might not all like them. You don't need to be everything to everyone and trying to be might be the downfall of many clubs.
*Their own measure of better: technically, friendly, cheaper, exclusivity, more olympians, more training, more socials - all depends how you measure better...