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Old Aug 18th 2023, 5:58 am
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This was once such a vibrant and supportive community. Did everybody just get over of being a foreigner or "the other"?
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Old Aug 18th 2023, 7:07 am
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Smartphones, innit? Convenient but not ideal for following threads or responding. Luckily there are still a few professional skivers like me who check in on laptops while at work
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Old Aug 18th 2023, 7:31 am
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Forums change over time, people no longer have an interest about the focus of a forum and become inactive, some people sadly have left this planet after popping their clogs, some people have found groups more to their liking on social media sites and some people drop out of being active because of disagreements with other regulars on a forum usually because of politics. I like BE because it is such a diverse community that tolerates free speech.
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Old Aug 18th 2023, 1:11 pm
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Originally Posted by Jack_Russells4ever
Forums change over time, people no longer have an interest about the focus of a forum and become inactive, some people sadly have left this planet after popping their clogs, some people have found groups more to their liking on social media sites and some people drop out of being active because of disagreements with other regulars on a forum usually because of politics. I like BE because it is such a diverse community that tolerates free speech.
It was, but then the moderators, IMVHO, started to get over zealous and, of course, we are not permitted to comment about them.

I check in once a day when I first arrive at work but see little to comment upon these days.
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Old Aug 18th 2023, 1:32 pm
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Originally Posted by Almost Canadian
It was, but then the moderators, IMVHO, started to get over zealous and, of course, we are not permitted to comment about them.

I check in once a day when I first arrive at work but see little to comment upon these days.
Still far more life in the Canadian forum than in the Aussie one where the few have driven away the majority!
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Originally Posted by Pollyana
Still far more life in the Canadian forum than in the Aussie one where the few have driven away the majority!


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Originally Posted by Jack_Russells4ever
..... I like BE because it is such a diverse community that tolerates free speech.
That must be a different BE from the one I am subscribed to.
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Still far more life in the Canadian forum than in the Aussie one where the few have driven away the majority!
You seem confused - Pollyana's post is diametrically the opposite of your earlier post.

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We used to have a thread for the over 50s returning to the UK and a few ppl used to keep the banter going there. To be honest too many ppl looking to argue all the time drove me off from being here as much as I used to.
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Originally Posted by Jingsamichty
Smartphones, innit? Convenient but not ideal for following threads or responding. Luckily there are still a few professional skivers like me who check in on laptops while at work
This, for me. Ten years ago I could follow threads on a iPad, but something happened and it’s impossible to scroll far, on either that, or a phone. Skips about all over the place.

Originally Posted by shelley748
We used to have a thread for the over 50s returning to the UK and a few ppl used to keep the banter going there. To be honest too many ppl looking to argue all the time drove me off from being here as much as I used to.
A couple of skirmishes between people I used to like put me off for a bit. Some of the funniest people are hardly ever around anymore (honourable exception for Oink). I miss Siouxie (sp?) and MillieF. And not2old, though I still use his pie recipe.
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Originally Posted by Teaandtoday5
This, for me. Ten years ago I could follow threads on a iPad, but something happened and it’s impossible to scroll far, on either that, or a phone. Skips about all over the place. .....
You know you can select "Use website version" (or something like that, "full site"? Anyway its a long way down a fairly long menu) from the pull down menu in the top left corner of the wretched "mobile skin" version of the forum, right?
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
You know you can select "Use website version" (or something like that, "full site"? Anyway its a long way down a fairly long menu) from the pull down menu in the top left corner of the wretched "mobile skin" version of the forum, right?
ok now how do I change it back??
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ok now how do I change it back??
Scroll right down to the footer, a huge green button "View Mobile Site"
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I resigned myself to the fact that I will likely spend the rest of my days here, and the dream of retiring to Soho and meandering between the French and the Coach and Horses may not happen. Not much to discuss.
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Originally Posted by Almost Canadian
It was, but then the moderators, IMVHO, started to get over zealous and, of course, we are not permitted to comment about them.
I have clashed with the mods on several occasions, but to be fair to them I think their terms of reference are too restrictive, and they are somehow bound by those terms. They are instructed to punish any and all breaches of the rules, and that's their job. Those terms of reference don't permit them to encourage posters, or to "nurture" any promising thread. Any change of the rules would be up to the administrators, whoever they are. We members are left to wonder what the actual purpose of the site is. Does anybody know?
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Originally Posted by Gordon Barlow
I have clashed with the mods on several occasions, but to be fair to them I think their terms of reference are too restrictive, and they are somehow bound by those terms. They are instructed to punish any and all breaches of the rules, and that's their job. Those terms of reference don't permit them to encourage posters, or to "nurture" any promising thread. Any change of the rules would be up to the administrators, whoever they are. We members are left to wonder what the actual purpose of the site is. Does anybody know?
Good question!

Out of interest it appears that 52 members have joined & posted in this month alone - & I bet 99% of them disappear immediately!
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