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Old 08-03-1999, 06:05 PM
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Upon loading up the SDMB today I noticed that Melin has been replaced by Eutychus55 as moderator of MPSIMS... where'd Melin go?

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Old 08-03-1999, 09:05 PM
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Careful where you're walking, folks, it's getting mighty deep in here.

I agree with you 100%, Melin. I've had this discussion a million times. If your heritage is European, you simply have no right to an opposite opinion in matters racial. The truth is, you got hosed. You can speak out against anything .... so long as it's prudent.
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Old 08-03-1999, 09:25 PM
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Melin is no longer working as a moderator on this board, by mutual agreement.

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Old 08-03-1999, 09:34 PM
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Jenny, I never thought I have to say that you lie.

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Old 08-03-1999, 09:36 PM
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I'm reminded of when Trotsky fell out of favor in the Soviet Union. The powers that be went as far as airbushing his face out of all official photographs and destroyed all evidence that he ever existed.

This is the first purge I've ever seen up close. It's fascinating!
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Old 08-03-1999, 09:37 PM
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Damm!
Where did the thread in the BBQ Pit go? (as if I didn't know!)

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Old 08-03-1999, 09:42 PM
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Hey Melin...name names OK?

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Old 08-03-1999, 09:49 PM
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They keep deleting it, folks -- spread the word before it goes again!

Here's what I posted in response to the OP -- Jenny has deleted it:


Political "in"correctness has led to me being fired as moderator for MPSIMS at
the Straight Dope. I will be posting this message in all of the related boards
(the old board, the SDMB2, and the newsgroup), since I am sure that it will be
deleted from this board as soon as anyone with the power to delete sees it, just
as the thread which gave rise to it has been deleted without comment.

Those who have known me for the last year or so, on the old board and on this
board, know that I have strong feelings that race and ethnicity are matters
which should not govern our daily affairs or our government's interaction with
us, or much else. Individuals should be evaluated as individuals on their own
merits, regardless of race or ancestry. I have argued against and will continue
to argue against those who make generalizations about groups based upon the
color of skin, rather than evaluating people based on their own merits.

Over the last few days a debate developed on the General Questions Board, on a
thread called "minorities." Don't look for it -- it's been deleted.
Fortunately, before it was deleted, I saved all of the relevant postings. On
that thread I made the comment -- as I have made elsewhere -- that it is my
belief (and my practice, and my instructions to my children) that in filling out
forms that ask for nationality and race, the only answers that should be given
are "American" (or whatever one's citizenship happens to be) and "Human." It is
my belief, stated many times, that we would do better to focus on our
commonalities rather than our differences.

Another board moderator is employed in public health. She and I have disagreed
about this issue of forms for a long time, and in our discussion this time she
pointed out that identification of race can be relevant for public health
purposes, for disease tracking, etc. This was a point I hadn't considered, and
I acknowledged that this was a legitimate use for the information, and that I
would modify my practices accordingly when filling out forms that were to be
used for such a purpose. When other posters agreed with my basic philosophy
about forms, however, this moderator told them that they just "didn't get it."
Anyone who disagreed with her position was told that "white people" (her words)
have the "luxury" to ignore or not "to worry about racial/cultural issues" (her
words), because they are white and can disappear into the mainstream. That
comment was repeated at least three times.

I ignored this comment the first or second time it was made, but I finally
responded to it, asserting that such a negative comment about a group of people
based solely upon their skin color was racist, arrogant garbage. Racial issues
affect every person in this country, regardless of race, and one's skin color
does not give one the "luxury" not to worry about those issues. I ran the post
by the moderator of General Questions before I posted it, and got no objection
to it.

Based on my response I was subjected to personal attacks as being hostile,
defensive, throwing a hissy fit, etc. In an off-board conversation I offered to
apologize for my remarks if she would apologize for hers, and she refused. She
further took the matter to Ed Zotti, who has fired me as moderator because I
would not back down from my assertion that as both a moral person and a
moderator I should not let comments which slur a group of people based on their
skin color -- whatever color that skin might be -- go unchallenged. I was told
that this was not "moderator temperment," particularly because there was another
moderator involved. It is now my perception that it is apparently okay to
publicly make statements based on skin color if one is a moderator, but it is
not okay to publicly challenge those statements if one is a moderator.

I note that was not the only poster who was offended by the remarks made by the
moderator. Other posters challenged her on that statement, from stating that it
"ruffled their feathers" to that it made them "VERY ANGRY." One of those
posters cited a history of working against bigotry and for civil rights. My own
extended family is multiracial; I have worked for minority causes and marched in
more a few protests, and my ex-Jesuit husband has been shot at at least once by
an unhappy grower for daring to stand up for the rights of migrant farmworkers
in North Carolina. Nevertheless, this moderator felt that she could summarily
dismiss my opinions and the opinions of other posters -- without knowing
anything about us except her assumptions regarding our skin color -- with the
comment that "white people" have the luxury to ignore racial issues.

In today's politically correct world it is not fashionable to bash gays, and so
on the "Gay Pride - WTF" thread in the Pit another moderator can call a member
poster a homophobe, a "jerkbag," and a "bigot" and, a month later, still be
moderating. Indeed, when a member suggested to that moderator that he should
stay out of the discussion, a board administrator came in to defend him. It is
very fashionable, and politically correct, however, to bash whites -- or to
minimize their sincerity or their understanding -- when whites make statements
on racial issues that those who believe their own racial "credentials" are more
sympathetic do not agree with.

And so the person who made the sweeping generalization about a group of people
based upon the color of their skin will remain here to moderate among you, and
the person who challenged that sweeping generalization as being an arrogant and
racist comment will not.

I want to thank the Teeming Millions -- and especially my beloved MPSIMSers --
for all the fun and support, for the EMs and the IMs that have come with being a
Board Moderator, as you have asked questions or sought assistance or shared
ideas. Your new MPSIMS moderator, Eutychus (Pat) is a great guy who was a
moderator on the old AOL board too (we could never figure what to call him --
the lone male in the midst of all those Board Goddesses! ) My thanks to to
the other Board Moderators -- except perhaps one -- for the fun and support in
the past.

-Melin
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Old 08-03-1999, 10:36 PM
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One word, folks. SHEESH! For the love of God, people! We've had much worse wars over here! I frequented the thread in question, and there was NO REASON for Melin to be removed. *Sigh* And here I thought the SDMB was against censorship. Guess not.

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Old 08-03-1999, 11:17 PM
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I ran the post by the moderator of General Questions before I posted it, and got no objection to it.
I have learned in a friendly discussion with the GQ moderator that he does not remember this the way I do.

So . . . I want to apologize to Nickrz for giving the mistaken impression that he had in any way "approved" my offending post before it was posted. He did not.

-Melin
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Old 08-04-1999, 11:05 AM
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Okay, so the moderators had a serious disagreement. Melin was fired over it. Whether that action was justified or not, I can understand how it happened. People have lost paying jobs for less reason.

But why delete the thread where it happened? No matter how vicious it got, I'm sure we've all seen worse arguments. If Melin said something really heinous and offensive (which I higly doubt), and the admins wanted to make sure her statements didn't reflect badly on the SDMB, appending a disclaimer to her post would have done the trick. You know what I mean: "The opinions expressed here are not those of the Straight Dope, this message board, or its editorial staff."

And to say that the termination was by mutual agreement, when it so obviously was not? For shame, TubaDiva! The Straight Dope is a forum for fighting ignorance, and spreading misinformation goes contrary to its most basic ideals.

All in all, I must say that I'm disappointed. I have come to expect better judgement from the management around here.

I'm sure someone will say that I shouldn't jump to any conclusions, since we've only heard one side of the story. But Melin has always been a truthful person in my experience, and I have no reason to assume she would start lying now. As for the remainder of management, they're not saying anything. If this were a "disgruntled former employee" situation, I'm sure that the people up top would have no problem saying so; I take their continued silence, not as proof, but at least as circumstantial evidence that Melin is stating the facts fairly.
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Old 08-04-1999, 11:47 AM
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I expected more from SD, Tuba, and Nickrz. As far as Jill, that is better left unsaid.

Why hasn't Jill been fired?

Melin - it is obvious that you have a lot of friends who don't want to see you leave. It appears that even the lurkers are un-lurking to show their support for you. Hopefully, the support doesn't go unnoticed by the staff of SD.


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Old 08-04-1999, 11:49 AM
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I'm not as bothered about Melin being fired (although I'm sympathetic to the feelings of betrayal she's probably experiencing) as I am about all these threads being deleted right and left. I think a clash of personalities is an adequate excuse for firing a moderator, but I can't think of any excuse for the administrators' Orwellian approach to shutting her up.
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I agree with you Papa, but there is something more to the picture when a moderator gets fired for defending her views while another moderator (with a background with the SD) does not get fired for her bigoted comments.


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Old 08-04-1999, 04:04 PM
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Damnit Ed, it's not a Pit question! Nothing to flame- just something to explain -
in plain, simple, grammatical English: why the "minorities" thread was censored; why one moderator was fired and another seemingly uncensured. These are indeed guestions that belong in this forum, not in the Pit.

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Damnit Ed, it's not a Pit question! Nothing to flame- just something to explain -
in plain, simple, grammatical English: why the "minorities" thread was censored; why one moderator was fired and another seemingly uncensured. These are indeed guestions that belong in this forum, not in the Pit.
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A little full disclosure would have gone a long way here.

Thank you, Melin's husband.

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Old 08-04-1999, 05:12 PM
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There's a long Latin name for the illogical arguement you just made, Tuba. Sorry I can't think of it right now.

I have no connection to Melin and I second what Randy just said. I don't think all the people jumping on you in the Pit right now have anymore connection to Melin than I do.

You're coming off looking like a very petty person, today. Perhaps you should sign off for the day before you make things worse.
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Old 08-04-1999, 06:33 PM
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TubaDiva is asking someone else for full disclosure? I have a mental picture of a little note: "Hey, kettle! You're black! Signed, the pot."

Whoever Highlander is, I agree with his point, and I said as much on the thread in the Pit. I think that Melin-related discussion has been moved to the flame forum because the moderators don't want anyone taking it too seriously.
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Old 08-04-1999, 06:40 PM
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This has also been asked in the pit, but I'll repeat it here: has anybody got a copy of the whole minorities thread? Lots of people want to read it, and see what got "the other moderator" so upset that she had to complain to the admins.

One caveat: Ed Zotti says that he "reserves the right" to edit the thread if anyone puts it back on the board. Somebody repost the thing, and we'll see what happens.
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[[in plain, simple, grammatical English: why the "minorities" thread was censored; why one moderator was fired and another seemingly uncensured. These are indeed guestions that belong in this forum, not in the Pit.]]Melin's husband

It seems to me that the opposite is true, that the moderator who was fired, Melin, is now a simple board member who can say almost anything she wants while the other one, Jillgat, has agreed to follow the moderator rules. If the "minorities" thread gets put back up, it should be unedited by Ed Zotti OR Melin (Melin said she has "selected" posts from it). But it sounds like she wasn't fired for her views on that thread anyway, but because she complained about following board policies for moderators.
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It seems to me that the opposite is true, that the moderator who was fired, Melin, is now a simple board member who can say almost anything she wants while the other one, Jillgat, has agreed to follow the moderator rules. If the "minorities" thread gets put back up, it should be unedited by Ed Zotti OR Melin (Melin said she has "selected" posts from it). But it sounds like she wasn't fired for her views on that thread anyway, but because she complained about following board policies for moderators.
Change it to "refused to follow board policies for moderators" and you have the situation exactly.

No evil censorship, no victimization of a civil rights heroine, no firing for being politically incorrect. No exciting story of overcoming oppression. (A sad story, though.)

However by this late in the day everybody is happy with the story as they perceive it and don't want to be confused with the facts, so we'll just keep this between ourselves, okay?

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Old 08-05-1999, 12:49 AM
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[[No evil censorship, no victimization of a civil rights heroine, no firing for being politically incorrect. No exciting story of overcoming oppression. (A sad story, though.)]]

Stop it! (Fingers in ears, humming the Donna Reed theme song to drown you out).
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Old 08-05-1999, 01:36 AM
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These matters are addressed in the thread, "REPOSTED: 'Fired for being politically incorrect,'" in the BBQ Pit.
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Old 08-05-1999, 04:28 AM
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If this is about policy, then this thread does seem most appropriate--and it's shorter, too. Ed said that Melin was fired for 'getting into a public dispute with another board moderator', but it doesn't seem to follow since the two participants were taken out to the wood shed together and (correct me if I'm wrong) up until that dressing down neither was a candidate for the ax. If Melin 'got it', then she wouldn't have been fired, right? It appears that Ed ordered the two to assume the position. Jill did; Melin did not. What is unclear to me is whether Melin refused to back down on her position and agreed to cease and desist publicly at the same time. If so, then what we have here is a 'bad attitude'. Melin? Do you have a bad attitude? Dear, I have one, too. It is what you get when you don't think like the group.
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TubaDiva,

You're proving yourself to be bitter, petty, and defensive. You're also setting yourself against the SDMB regs, which I don't think is very smart of you at this point.

In your sweeping generalization that "everybody" is being closed minded about the issue, you are suggesting that you (and possibly one other poster) are the only ones being objective about the issue. That's insulting, and it's clearly untrue.

Claiming that we "don't want to be confused with the facts" is particularly unfounded in light of the fact that we have fought tooth and nail to see the original offending post. Besides that, it shows a lack of respect for the SDMB users, something I find unconsciencable for a moderator.

You owe us an apology, TubaDiva. If you continue to maintain that we, the SDMB users, don't know what we're talking about, then we don't want you to be our moderator.

Sincerely,
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Old 08-06-1999, 02:23 PM
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Yes! I find it to be an abuse of a moderator's position to go back and delete comments that they may regret that they made. That's a luxury that the rest of us do not have, and makes it impossible to debate with a moderator on a fair level.
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Old 08-06-1999, 03:01 PM
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Somehow I'm not surprised. Jenny had some serious abuse of power problems on the AOL board as well, which was one of the main reasons why I left it. If someone saved that post, I suggest you repost it, or at least e-mail it to people who ask to see it.
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I don't have it saved. However, I do remember the gist of it, and will email that to whoever asks. Fair warning - I'm away for 2 days this weekend, so response time may not be the greatest.
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Old 08-06-1999, 03:40 PM
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Consider this asking.
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Old 08-06-1999, 03:47 PM
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I like and respect Jenny.

I like and respect Jill.

I like and respect Melin.

[Note: Goddesses listed in alphabetical order]


There is plenty of blame (and also some corresponding justification, albeit less) to go around for all three regarding this unfortunate incident.

I am especially sorry to see the SD "community" divided into personally hostile factions over this affair, although to a certain extent I guess that was inevitable.

I suggest that everyone should do their best to desist from launching ad hominem (or ad feminem) attacks in discussing this issue.

I also hope the principals can settle their differences and be friends (or at least friendly) once again.

That is all.
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Old 08-06-1999, 08:14 PM
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No C&P.

A personal statement.

I have no wish to argue with anybody here. It serves no useful purpose, enlightens no one, brings nothing of meaning in its wake.

People in this forum have agreed to disagree. The issue has been fought to a standstill.

Nothing has happened to change the situation in any way. Nothing has happened to cause a change of mind or to touch anybody's heart.

What purpose has been served?

What purpose is being served now?

What else can be said?

People will believe as they wish, for whatever reasons they need.

Acknowledging that differences do exist and that nothing can be done about them, let's move forward.

And on this subject, in this thread, I have nothing more to say.

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Old 08-07-1999, 01:10 AM
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Hmmm...how long has it been now, with no response to quadell's suggestion? I think I'll reply, just to move this to the top of the list.

Jenny, we're waiting for you to be a big girl...and we know you're reading this. It's your forum.
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I'm hmming as well, DB. IIRC, Jenny did post a response, which I notice has now been deleted. Since it was deleted for a reason (I assume), I won't give the response in full. (Or what I can remember.) Suffice to say it wasn't an apology.

Just wanted to keep this at the top of the list....
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Old 08-07-1999, 01:52 AM
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Is anyone else as tired as I am of reading that something got deleted???
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We now have heard from all the people involved in the fray (Ed, Jill, Melin, TUBADIVA), all saying "Whoa."

I think the posting from Melin, acknowledging the equal validity of different perspectives, was very mature and sensitive.

Now it's time to stop beating me.
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It's whoa (for me) when I say it's whoa. You opinion under your alternative handle means squat to me.

Of course you could always delete my posts....

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Yeah! Who's the dead horse and why is he/she too cowardly to post under his/her own handle?

BTW - the GQ forum is down, and I don't have anything better to do than point out other people's hypocracy. There's ample opportunity for that lately!
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Lord -- you don't think that "Deceased Equine" post was mainly just a joke, as well as being a well-intentioned and correct plea to give the subject a rest, huh? I saw nothing the least bit "cowardly" about it.

Meanwhile, what a surprise it is to see that C3 would like to see the personal vitriol continue.
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Our intrepid Reader tech staff tells us the problem has been fixed.

Remember that in any upgrade, there's bound to be bugs and we may have a few more of these bumps along the way.

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Tuba is being Tuba again? tsk tsk

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I am a member, and also a principle participant on the thread in question. (Though you would never know it if you read the butchered versions you have recieved so far-see my thread about requesting it in it's entirety by email) I have already posted in other threads and am still trying to catch up.
Ed's explanation of the firing was that it happened because she got into a public dispute with another moderator..I have a lot of problems with accusing Melin of this. Here is the MAIN one that I don't intend to see swept under the rug here. What you are not being told (keeping in mind this is all out of context) is:
1. Long before Melin's "offense", Jill had made a POINT of posting as STAFF. Melin's post, that got her fired, was signed specifically "Privately, not as moderator".
2.Ed also goes on to eloquently explain that he had made a previous decision concerning the discussion of board issues in a public forum. He is now choosing to "stretch" this to include this issue. Far as I can tell, there was no decision until this came up. So, did she get fired for breaking a rule that didn't exist?
3.In the face of the decision to make this a policy, Melin apparantly continued to stand up for her right to express her opinions and Jill told Ed what he wanted to hear.
4. It is evident to me, through the entire handling of this, that what Ed wants is a right to censor. Let's hear it for "stamping out ignorance!!
5. I have apologized and explained my absence on other threads. But I am back now, and I am appalled at the lack of "management" on this. (including the fact that Nick failed to move this discussion early on) If it is true that we are presented with this forum with the pretext that Cecil presents..then why is Ed acting this was?
6. I am also insulted that most all of my posts were deleted. I am the person Melin had the audacity to quote back to Jill!
7. I see from the chat about the new system that management and members alike do not like to be bothered with reading an entire thread before throwing in their 2 cents. This is the main reason this thread began to fall apart and was to be my next thread at the time. This was a serious and valid debate, and deserved to be treated as such. Until all this happened it was the most honest and genuine discussion I had been involved in here. If someone is threatened by being asked to address specific points and comments they have made, then they should bow out. I was continually frustrated by Jill's responses. She claims to love debate, but I question that she understands the premise. When a point is put directly to you, and you do not respond on point--you lose that one. She repeatedly ignored these and only continued to restate her position. I am the one that expressed being VERY ANGRY..Had Melin not said what she had, I would have really let loose, we would have ended up in the pit and she would not have been able to run to Ed. Since it was Melin, she had this option. Her last post was to, as far as I can tell, make up wrongs that had been done her and to inform everyone that she was "hitting the reply button on top of the thread and not going near the rest of it. Life is too short." To be fair, these remarks were submerged in other text where she justified herself and apologize..but frankly, IN CONTEXT, it sounded more like a child stamping her feet than a sincere apology.
8. Melin says she offered to apologize, publically, if Jill would and that Jill refused. Nowhere have I seen anyone refute this, so I must assume it is true. So where is Melin wrong and WHAT AM I MISSING?
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Jill, Ed and Tuba. Interesting.

Nothing has changed.



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Old 08-07-1999, 10:54 PM
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Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch.

Will the beatings never stop?

Is there any purpose or point to these repetitive rants?

Ouch, ouch.
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Dead Horse/Deceased Equine, quit it. You're being excruciatingly annoying.


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Laura, that's really funny. Involuted. Or is it convoluted?

I post essentially the same message in several different places -- short and concise -- and I'm being "excruciatingly annoying." Wrong! You should have said that I was beating a dead horse.

Other folks post essentially the same tirade -- long and venomous -- in several different places, and I say they're beating a dead horse.

Convoluted. Or is it involuted?
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You are being neither convoluted nor involuted. You're simply being annoying.



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8. Melin says she offered to apologize, publically, if Jill would and that Jill refused. Nowhere have I seen anyone refute this, so I must assume it is true. So where is Melin wrong and WHAT AM I MISSING?
I sure hope I won't live to regret this. . .

There's a lot that you're missing, including most of the real facts of the case, but arguing with you is not going to make a difference.

I quoted the last because that is so incorrect it screams for rebuttal. Jill has tried to resolve this situation all along, in public, in mail, in IMs.

Jill hasn't even been in the country the past few days and has not been posting or reading the board. To make statements that she cannot answer and to then claim them as truth because she does not answer is quite unfair -- and a distortion of the truth.

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Old 08-08-1999, 07:01 PM
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Of course, I have the IM where I offered to apologize for my choice of words if she would apologize for hers.

So do you, Jenny. I sent it to you right after it occurred.

-Melin
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Old 08-08-1999, 08:25 PM
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First of all, the following in no way, shape or form is intended to represent the views, opinions, or policy of The Straight Dope organization, The Chicago Reader, any former or present staff members, or the Master hisownself. This is a personal statement by me, Ranger Jeff, The Idol of American Youth.

All of the people directly involved in this situation are friends of mine. I don't believe that ANYone involved is happy about what happened and how things were resolved. I know some friendships were ended because of this, I don't think anyone is happy about this. I'm sure not.

I think some tincture of time would aid immensely in putting this situation to rest. I don't think that's gonna happen, because there are some folks who take great joy in squirting hi test on smoldering embers. I can't do anything about that, other than try to not add to the conflaguration.

And while I'm at it....

I like the new reply window. I like the pagination feature on long threads. I like toasting peeps over a fire.

If anyone chooses to take offense at what I've said, get over it or learn to live with it. I've had battles chosen for me before and I didn't like it much. I'll chose my own battles now, thankyouverymuch.

Happy trails to all of you,




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Old 08-09-1999, 01:06 AM
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What the dead horse doesn't realize is that quite a few people are really pissed off about this, and a few cutesy posts under a fake name isn't going to change that anytime soon. In fact, the fake name part of it pisses me off even more, although I won't speak for anyone else. If I speak for someone else, Tuba might make an angry post about me and then delete it before I get a chance to see it.
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