ok I'll play
against my better judgement a couple of comments, albeit a bit random(sorry)
-My assessment is the loss of the folks here mentioned by Bonni is tragic. From time to time new posters appear here with an agenda. Perhaps to antogonize, perhaps to troll, perhaps to demonstrate how smart they are or perhaps just to be mean. Regardless of the mission, they are very clever at pushing buttons. Further, and perhaps more importantly, they get off on it. Many of these trolls have been banned, or banned and mysteriously allowed back in. Bottom line, I know who they are and I dial them out now. I won't list them here, we all know who they are. Some have been banned, some have been banned and mysteriously readmitted and some are on timeouts...trolls all.
Unfortunately, IMO of course, there is no or little value provided by these trolls. Respected, valued members are driven off. Why? I think the people Bonni mentioned here are good examples of valued members who take the shouting personally. Epic means so much to them and has for so long, they get so offended that it becomes painful for them to deal with. The comments made in the lounge by Lisa and Mark pained me
to read. Clearly, they were so badly hurt they felt they had to bow out. I pray everyone mentioned in this thread and others reconsider. Ignore the trolls....please don't sacrifice your valued membership.
I have gotten very good in the last few months at ignoring the shouting. Liberal use of the ignore button has been helpful. I am out of the technique forum for good, the PSIA/PMTS flame wars just wore me out. Above all else I keep reminding myself I am here for the skiing. What I received here has been very very good and I have commented on this elsewhere. Epicski has been a wonderful resource for me and transformed my skiing experience. Considering my extensive background in the sport I regard this as amazing.....and a true blessing.
Because I value the experiences I have had here I am signing off for the season. I participated last offseason on epic and frankly I reacted as I descibed above...unable to tune out the shouting and responding to it. I reacted in the racism thread in a manner out of character and I regret it. It will not happen again.
Suggestions on a fix ? OK, might not like em but here it is.
-Anything not skiing related, in the lounge (yep even my classic flame fest threads with my yankee fan friends
-Lounge, gloves off, no moderators bring it on. Unless it's illegal of course...
-Moderators, instead of policing the forums and slam dunking the valued members
(and we certainly don't need umpteen moderators, sorry) how about policing the trolls
? Let's be clear, like we don't know who they are? Get serious here....my list of trolls would be identical to nearly every supporters list of trolls. Ban em and keep em banned and they come back ban em again. Period! Clean up this mess
No timeouts, ban em.
-Everybody, type only that which you would have the guts
to say to the recipient in person....and before you flame walk away 5 minutes.
There is so much value in epicski, let's all pull together and keep it good. Respectfully, I once again submit my signature below for your viewing pleasure.
Any more problems folks?
I am out have a nice summer