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Old 08-21-2007, 02:05 PM   #21
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While I'm not one for censoring opinion or personality, I think it's important that we maintain the attitude that flaming won't be tolerated and if that means calling out someone's behavior, well, so be it. Like I tell the students I discipline, "it's not you I don't like, it's the behavior. Change the behavior and we'll get along fine."
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:30 PM   #22
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I agree 100% It has gotten to the point where now I just post back at the "ELITE" over there in hopes of really pi$$ing em off. There is a lot of good info but some make it really unpleasant. I'm glad I found this forum and am even more thrilled that Larry is willing to keep this place comfortable.
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Old 08-21-2007, 02:46 PM   #23
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Again guys... if anything like that ever happens here... let me know and I'll take care of it... quickly!

OMG! LARRY'S THE SCUBA POLICE!
Larry's just achin' to use his "ban" authority as a Super Mod!!
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Old 08-21-2007, 03:18 PM   #24
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I feel your pain Thor, but we have 900 members, SB has 81,000. This is not unique by any means. Actually it is human nature, there will always be those with issues who feel better about themselves if they can trash someone else.

Enjoy what we have here it won't last long enough but remember SB is still a good source, in my opinion, you have to deal with, ignore, or handle people there the same as in the real world. Don't let one bad apple ruin the pie. I know lots of those guys and dive with them. We cut up somethimes but we do it among ourselves and that's ok. I have made many friends and enriched my scuba vacations and experiences with SB. I found Larry and this board because of it, I'm not ready to scrap it just yet.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:25 PM   #25
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Yes, but don't overlook the positive aspects of scubaboard. Where else do you get dive shop owners and employees coming up and saying the stupidest things you have ever heard. I miss an occasional " buy on the internet, die on the internet" or "its your life support" that can get some really lively discussions going.
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Old 08-21-2007, 04:55 PM   #26
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I still don't understand the "buy on the internet, die on the internet' mentality.
Being a dive shop doesn't exclude you from evolution and certainly doesn't single you out as 'special'.
Dive shop = Retail Specialty Store

If manufacturers choose to disallow or ban online sales that is their decision, not the shops.

If I *ever* get even so much as a nasty look for my online purchases, I will report the local dive shop to everyone that will listen. I've worked in big business enough to know which buttons to push. Your PADI licenses and 'exclusive' merch dealer contracts don't put you above anyone else in terms of service, and frankly I'm beginning to wonder if some of them have forgotten that.
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Old 08-21-2007, 05:22 PM   #27
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If you really want someone to be snotty, check out some of the other boards. They are pretty brutal.

Or go post on USENET: rec.scuba


The first reply will be likely something like this:
'Welcome to rec.scuba. Has anyone told you to f*** off yet?'
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Old 08-21-2007, 05:32 PM   #28
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anonymous bravery always makes me smile

I've come across so many 6'3" professional weight lifters who are married to a Miss Universe/Top Model and who work as Executives for fortune 50 companies on the internet. I know... I know... I've been blessed

People are welcome to have differing opinions, I don't mind...
People are welcome to make harsh suggestions, I don't mind...
People are *not* welcome to ostracizes me for making a financially sound decision like buy a UK SL4 from ST.com for half the cost of walking into a LDS and picking up the same thing.
Literally, HALF the price.
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Old 08-21-2007, 06:39 PM   #29
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I think going forward, it's our choice if we tolerate the flaming. Discussion and disagreement is fine. Talking down to others and belittling peoples views is another. As we grow, we do not have to turn into another scubaboard and allow internet bullies to rule. Sure, Larry can ban everyone, but I think if we police ourselves and gently nudge people first, a lot of the bashing can be avoided. If not, that's what Larry is for >
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Old 08-21-2007, 07:42 PM   #30
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SB is like the world, you can find rude people if you look for them. I spend my time in the Asia area and you don't get that rudeness there. That has been my experience on the ground as well as people are more respectful of each other and most are very mellow people.
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