You have received a Guideline Reminder at ********* Message Boards.
Discussion of Board Management/Post Removals – Removed
Totally agree. Facebook is the future as it is truly people who are cruising minus all the restrictions based on the fact that ***** is a big travel agency, hence the selective editing/banning etc. Many of us moved to facebook so we could plan things and share ideas, something impossible on the ***** with the restrictions in place. We could post pictures, and links which are not allowed here – making roll calls on this site somewhat useless for actual planning. **** also gives access to anyone to read the thread out of context, without meeting the people involved or actually being on the ship. That is followed by posting replies based on assumption of what transpired. If they used multiple ID’s (common practice), it will also appear as if there are 10 people agreeing with their opinion.
We appreciate your understanding and cooperation,
All the best,
********* Message Boards
This is apparently “censorship week” on the internet with multiple victims, including myself. I received the above “guideline reminder” in the form of a message on a cruise message board site. There to enjoy the whimsical writing of a certain Capndinghy in the form of a review from the transatlantic sailing of the Magic, I managed to run into the collective dragnet that swooped up poor Capndinghy, and halted his review pending a 7 day suspension. The fragments of the review remain, awaiting the return of the suspended Capndinghy. The rest of us only posted comments about the removal of some of the material from the review, and asked the reason for the removal. ASKING is a violation in itself, according to the moderators. Thou shall not inquire, request an explanation or comment on a decision in any way or discuss the management of the board, as my above NastyGram attests.
“All the best” - Am I wrong to consider this a mockery?
Does the IRS sign your audit notice with the same best wishes? Does the cop sign your speeding ticket - Love and Affection – Officer Bob?
“All the best?” It would probably be amusing if it did not imply that the balance of power in this NastyGram is not slanted in your favor. It does however convey the condescending nature of the management of this particular message board.
Lucky for us, as I noted in the comment that was censored, there are much better sites for sharing cruise information and meeting your fellow cruisers out there. With the mounting number of cruise message board victims, the other sites are enjoying a surge in popularity.
Lucky for us, captdingy was graciously offered information on another cruise message board without such heavy handed tactics, where he can finish his great review without censorship. Abandoning ship is a metaphor for finding ourselves another cruise message board to use for sharing information and having a good time.
Misery really does love company and I apparently have enough company. Little by little, the victims censored by the message board came limping over to facebook where they can live in peace and freedom. Volunteer hosts granted power over others is a scary proposition. Doling out guideline reminders by the handful yesterday, NastyGrams arrived along with the evidence of multiple missing entries in Capndinghy’s review. Entire threads also disappeared as the heavy hand of censorship came pounding down. One can only look back into history to similar examples of censorship at the hands of the tyrants of the past to see the similarities. Many of the other victims of yesterdays dragnet only questioned the people who were judging the material based on tidbits of information they gathered from several sources, they were not on the cruise. Attempts to correct the information others were interjecting into the review, were the first ones crushed by the gigantic thread eraser. Then came the suspension of poor Capndinghy, as he transversed the walk of shame for politely defending his review. Sitting comfortably among friends, he started his review again in the free land of facebook.
Even Rome fell thinking itself invincible, and so as the internet grows and the people decide what sites they wish to spend their time on, some sites will implode and fall. Likely it will be the sites banning and suspending members, like the talented Capndinghy and Man in the funny hats, that suffer and die. After all, the people following these popular characters will leave the site in search of their favorite fellow cruisers on a competing message board.
Now to find those two characters and think up another user name and password for the new message board. I don’t think there will be anyone left on the old Ancient Rome message board, plus who wants to be sentenced to death by over zealous message board hosts.
copyright November 29, 2011 Rita Alexandrea