But when one is censored from saying things - then another route can be found.
Once this little missive is posted then it's over with as far as I am concerned - but it is a tad unfair for others to be able to post and comment whilst some have been banned from doing the same (ie not just me).
An open letter to R, A, G and C,
Regarding the issues of the last few weeks.
A, you posted a long message yesterday which said very little. The things that do stand out are that you think the group wants things to return to as they were, that 'time outs' were handled badly by the mods and that a few are trying to destroy the group.
So nothing will be tackled or changed, that's your prerogative. Holding your hands up and saying things were handled badly is not an apology - there has been no apology. As for those destroying the group - one can only assume that is aimed at those who are effectively blocked from posting, i.e me. I had a long paragraph here about working hard to keep the group interacting through swaps etc, but in response to you stating I am trying to destroy the group, let's just leave it at 'incredible'.
R, you also posted a long message which again said little. You asked me once what I meant by you being patronising and rude. If you cannot see that then there is little point in me elaborating, but the fact that others commented on it should make you go and reread what you posted. A calling this ‘Sexist Gate’ simply makes a joke out of the catalyst for recent events.
I don’t agree with the ‘don’t treat recent mods / co-founders of a group like this’ comments made by others – any standing within the group shouldn’t have an impact on how things are handled. So called friendships also don’t come into this, as they have been proved to be mere words.
What should however be an integral part of moderating is to treat people as human beings – with respect. To find out I had been banned (‘time out’ is so American don’t you think? I cannot post in the group therefore am banned, as is Daphne) with no word from four moderators before or after? Makes the moderating in a certain other group look outstanding (I would ask you to compare my posts to those of *several months ago – you really put me in the same league?). If anyone seriously thinks I will take up the generous offer to restart posting on August 19th then they are living in a dream. Rudeness is one thing – deliberate humiliation is another.
I know, I know - an internet spat, a flounce, whatever you want to call it.
Once upon a time I would have said it's just words on a screen and walked away. But I know I am not the only person who relies quite heavily on internet friendships (I am not talking romances here but friendships) because life and circumstances makes getting out and about in reality quite difficult.
Maybe it shouldn't matter at all and I should be able to just chuck it to one side and move on. This blog post is my way of trying to put it to bed - but I do not want to lose the many friendships I have been lucky enough to make.
This is probably the only time I will mention this issue - as I say there aren't really any other platforms for me to let it out. Tis done.
Who knows - I might even write a post about knitting or sewing at some point!