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Re: Vox Clamantis in Deserto baseball55

Posted by Toph on January 11, 2018, at 7:46:12

In reply to Re: Vox Clamantis in Deserto, posted by baseball55 on January 10, 2018, at 21:06:04

> I found my way to babble later than you and here's how it seemed to me - some interesting and helpful postings and posters. Overwhelmed by constant flame-outs, accusations against and defensive replies by Dr. Bob, endless discussion about Lou, constant threats by various posters to leave unless something were done about, what seemed to me, obscure resentments against others that played out apparently on the administration board. (Assiduously avoided this board.)
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> So why you may recall as babble's heyday, I recall as an often weird and unwelcoming place. The only thing that made it tolerable was Dr. Bob's banning flamers who were insulting and provocative.
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> I looked in every so often but it seemed Dr. Bob had absconded and the site flamed itself out.
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> I actually am glad it's back on line - no Lou, no endless discussions of whether Dr. Bob is being fair, just a (too small) number of people trying to help one another. I wish there was more activity and that more people would join. I also think that, on the internet, there is a trade-off between quantity and quality of interactions, unless a site is very heavily moderated, which babble right now is not.

I guess baseball55, PB has been like many marriages, exciting during the period of newness, but if not properly nurtured soon stale and resentful. In my opinion and it's hard to admit, Babble worked best as an autocracy even though I was one of those clamoring for democracy. It seemed that the more freedom Bob gave the group the more contentious things became. I'm sorry you found it unwelcoming here initially. I have enough insecurities that I would never have stayed in such an environment. That's one of the reasons why I never could feel at home at Psych Central which I found very tribal. Anyway, I'm glad you stuck around and have made friends here. And I too hope this refuge reincarnates into something special.

 

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