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I just returned from a several day sabbatical from the board. it was not intentional. I was just a bit busy and with little time to post or read the posts. i returned and found only one thread of interest, the 3 words that describe you, and that one quickly went awry, so i did not add my own three cents.

 

This led to my asking myself and now all of you:

 

When was the last time you found a thread informative or imaginative?

 

Compelling and thought provoking threads are rare and scarcer than ever. I recall a post by a late forum member, someone I had never met, who said his last good byes to us here at this site and his courage and acceptance of his death left me breathless and profoundly moved. Posts such as that, are what have kept me coming back to this site, despite the childishness of many of the exchanges.

 

Perhaps i have missed some threads which offer insight, intelligence or a dash of sparkling humor. If so, please point out any you have found useful, fun or informative.

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PK:

 

Regretfully, 90% of the comments/threads nowadays seem to be

generated by 10% of the users. Some of the "10%" may be kindly and

well-intentioned individuals. However, their manic writing

fills the website with text that is mainly of interest to themselves.

 

One could "block" these, of course, but what remains on the website

after blocking can be a little uncomfortable for skimming. It is too

bad that "blocking" doesn't remove certain individuals completely from

view, not just their text.

 

Here and there, I've also seen, as you nicely wrote, displays of insight

that took my breath away.

 

BC

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Lately I have peeked on to the Board but not found much to peak an interest, and now will be away for a few weeks (possibly a month).

 

There are rarely serious issues discussed anymore as the threads get hijacked too quickly. I appreciate the really hard work of Dady and the other moderators who have to keep things moving here. Have we also lost out because the web site does not atract new members so easily? I came across this site long ago when it was operated by Hooboy and had an amazingly diverse set of very special characters, some who were outrageously funny, others very thought-provoking, a few - as always - a bit combatative and always ready for a good kick up of sand in the sandbox if you rattled them, but still, the topics in general were diverse, intersting, and informational, especially for me wen I was just beginning (in my mid-40's) to encounter the world of escorts.

 

My primary interest these days falls into a few areas - comments on escorts or masseurs, travel notifications etc... but I avoid completely the boards on religion and politics as I rpetty much do not want to go tere or waste my time there; I also avoid or skip over posts from certain individuals who seem to ave a hidden agenda here with each other that I find distracting, but I let them fight it out (or be sent to a corner for a time out), and simply avoid them. That said, it is rare to see newcomers here who can be as colorful or as challenging (in a positive, throught-provocative way) as some well-known members who have left or simply walked away.

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Are you kidding?

 

This is The Lounge, which in my brain is sort of like a bar. When was the last time your heard an informative, imaginative conversation in a bar?

 

If creativity was so easy to harness, why on earth are really talented people producing a suck-shit show like "Smash" on NBC?

 

Honestly, if you're looking for a good book or compelling reading material, I suggest your local library or amazon.com perhaps, and don't be silly enough to set such high expectations, looking for creativity in The Lounge on an escort board.

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This is The Lounge, which in my brain is sort of like a bar. When was the last time your heard an informative, imaginative conversation in a bar?

 

If creativity was so easy to harness, why on earth are really talented people producing a suck-shit show like "Smash" on NBC?

 

Honestly, if you're looking for a good book or compelling reading material, I suggest your local library or amazon.com perhaps, and don't be silly enough to set such high expectations, looking for creativity in The Lounge on an escort board.

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It is potentially hurtful comments like "don't be silly enough" that can drive away many individuals. It really pays to re-read your sentences twice before posting, and think, "Can I phrase this in a positive and helpful way?" Some readers are thick-skinned; others are not. I think you just have to reflect whether you'd like to hear the same comments about yourself, and try for the kinder approach if possible.

 

I've seen some posters attack others for being "nice." To me, that just makes no sense at all.

 

BC

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I just returned from a several day sabbatical from the board. it was not intentional. I was just a bit busy and with little time to post or read the posts. i returned and found only one thread of interest, the 3 words that describe you, and that one quickly went awry, so i did not add my own three cents.

 

This led to my asking myself and now all of you:

 

When was the last time you found a thread informative or imaginative?

 

Compelling and thought provoking threads are rare and scarcer than ever. I recall a post by a late forum member, someone I had never met, who said his last good byes to us here at this site and his courage and acceptance of his death left me breathless and profoundly moved. Posts such as that, are what have kept me coming back to this site, despite the childishness of many of the exchanges.

 

Perhaps i have missed some threads which offer insight, intelligence or a dash of sparkling humor. If so, please point out any you have found useful, fun or informative.

 

PK, those of us that start Thread of diverse interest often find them of little interest to Most of the crew here. Although they will garner many, many views, there is no participation. Obviously they were interesting enuf to read, so where lies the problem. Apathy ? Over on OTHER sites, even a silly topic gets enthusiasm and participation, and noone says its useless, idiotic or a waste of their time. However seems people here ALWAYS have something to say when it comes to the nasty threads that "bash" people. Thats the name of this name I suppose. ?

 

PS - you've been missed !

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Can I phrase this in a positive and helpful way?

 

I don't live in Pollyannaville, and nor do I want to live there. Purplekow has history here, almost twice as many posts as I have. I sincerely doubt his skin is thin.

 

Furthermore, I have little patience for dumb questions.

 

And finally, I have less patience for members who announce they've been absent and then make a comeback only to complain how unsatisfactory this board is.

 

Take responsibility for your unhappiness, write something creative, or shut the fuck up or go somewhere else to complain. There. Was that positive and helpful enough?

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I don't live in Pollyannaville, and nor do I want to live there. Purplekow has history here, almost twice as many posts as I have. I sincerely doubt his skin is thin.

 

Furthermore, I have little patience for dumb questions.

 

And finally, I have less patience for members who announce they've been absent and then make a comeback only to complain how unsatisfactory this board is.

 

Take responsibility for your unhappiness, write something creative, or shut the fuck up or go somewhere else to complain. There. Was that positive and helpful enough?

 

 

And IMO, HERE lies the problem. Members do not want to be confronted with attacks like the above. Its uncalled for. Honesty is one thing. Subjecting people to YOUR rules is another. This is a site of the people, not of ONE person. Live and let post !

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I think it is time to suggest that adding someting interesting to the board is not as easy as finding the board has no interesting topics....bring it with you rather than find it delivered to you would create more interest. Would it not.

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Since trolls have an agenda to distort and disrupt...

 

Just to be clear...(Didn't this phrase get someone in trouble recently?)

 

To anyone with a large brain (as opposed to a large cock or a desire for one), there's a chasm of difference between a hate agenda/personal attack and a strong opinion. I realize some boys don't know the difference. I really enjoy gay men with strong opinions, even if their opinion differs from mine. This is a primary reason why I enjoy coming here.

 

In my world, offering the critique of "silly" to someone's idea, thought process, or action is NOT a personal attack. You may not enjoy being criticized in any way, and if this "thin skin" describes you, you don't belong on a public forum, especially a forum for escorts and the men who love them.

 

I have no animus towards Purplekow or anyone else on this board. I have no hate or personal attack agenda. I don't even mind smart and/or highly creative trolls. (We have a genius on my favorite travel board.)

 

No one here has ever met me (at least they wouldn't know it if they had).

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I like going to a bar periodically but it isn't for the "too loud" music or to have intelligent in depth discussions, it is merely to visit and have a couple of drinks.

 

I do think a lot of gays are thin skinned and I may be one of them (sometimes) but I get over it rather quickly and wish others would also, but, to each his own.

 

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KMEM

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Just to be clear...(Didn't this phrase get someone in trouble recently?)

 

To anyone with a large brain (as opposed to a large cock or a desire for one), there's a chasm of difference between a hate agenda/personal attack and a strong opinion. I realize some boys don't know the difference. I really enjoy gay men with strong opinions, even if their opinion differs from mine. This is a primary reason why I enjoy coming here.

 

In my world, offering the critique of "silly" to someone's idea, thought process, or action is NOT a personal attack. You may not enjoy being criticized in any way, and if this "thin skin" describes you, you don't belong on a public forum, especially a forum for escorts and the men who love them.

 

I have no animus towards Purplekow or anyone else on this board. I have no hate or personal attack agenda. I don't even mind smart and/or highly creative trolls. (We have a genius on my favorite travel board.)

 

No one here has ever met me (at least they wouldn't know it if they had).

 

People that continue to claim they are big and important, but come to sites and operate under a veil of secrecy are ones that have absolutely NO credibility to ME at all. They can be Albert Einstein and expound all they want, but they still have no credibility IMO.... It is also my opinion that this site has had more than enuf of its share of lectures on Trolls and troll behavior.

If this is someones' obsession, let them produce a video on it and sell it on EBAY. The constant tirades and "veiled" nods to certain members are not enhancing this site in any way, and while the OP's of these threads consistently claim they have no animousity toward "anyone", the animousity oozes out of every por of every post written by them. Can they be so blind to their OWN anti-social behavior ?

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People that continue to claim they are big and important, but come to sites and operate under a veil of secrecy are ones that have absolutely NO credibility to ME at all. They can be Albert Einstein and expound all they want, but they still have no credibility IMO.... It is also my opinion that this site has had more than enuf of its share of lectures on Trolls and troll behavior.

If this is someones' obsession, let them produce a video on it and sell it on EBAY. The constant tirades and "veiled" nods to certain members are not enhancing this site in any way, and while the OP's of these threads consistently claim they have no animousity toward "anyone", the animousity oozes out of every por of every post written by them. Can they be so blind to their OWN anti-social behavior ?

 

 

I take exception to your comment regard the OP of this thread...I for one think that PK is one of the most thoughtful, honest and intelignet posters here in the forum...While I do not know him, he has over the course of time been a great help to me with his thoughts and postings. I believe that anyone seeing any troll-like behavior is bringing it with them...

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...and while the OP's of these threads consistently claim they have no animousity toward "anyone", the animousity oozes out of every por of every post written by them. Can they be so blind to their OWN anti-social behavior ?
Yes, they certainly can. And if you want to discuss blind spots, they affect 100% of the population.
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I take exception to your comment regard the OP of this thread...I for one think that PK is one of the most thoughtful, honest and intelignet posters here in the forum...While I do not know him, he has over the course of time been a great help to me with his thoughts and postings. I believe that anyone seeing any troll-like behavior is bringing it with them...

 

I don't think there was anything in PK's post that was critical of any individual nor did I sense any animosity. And JJK defended PK's post.

 

I think the 'fight' here is between Rockhard & JJK.

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I take exception to your comment regard the OP of this thread...I for one think that PK is one of the most thoughtful, honest and intelignet posters here in the forum...While I do not know him, he has over the course of time been a great help to me with his thoughts and postings. I believe that anyone seeing any troll-like behavior is bringing it with them...

 

no, no doit, my comment was not about PK. He is on one of my most respected lists. If you re-read my comment it will be clear whom I make reference to. Let me be CLEAR, my comment was not about PK. and I whole0heartedly agree with your highlighted comment.

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And if you want to discuss blind spots, they affect 100% of the population.

 

That's true, and they can be oh so convenient when you hire a lousy escort but...

 

I may need reading glasses now and then (depending on how bright the candles) but I'm not blind. I know when and why I behaved like a troll since 2005, and I have no problem admitting it and/or offering an explanation (publicly and/or to the site owner). Getting sucked into troll mayhem is very easy. It's part of the troll agenda and I'm guilty of it. I'm sure most members know what I'm talking about. But I've never received a Time-Out for instigating a personal attack on anyone. Time-Outs come in different shapes and sizes, and the reason for them varies.

 

If I criticize having sex with fat people, rip-off escorts, brainless assholes, and fishy smelling catty cunts, it's in general terms. I NEVER address someone directly. In fact, if you ever mention you are fat, I won't remember it. My brain is not good at storing minutia details that don't really matter to me in the bigger picture.

 

I think the 'fight' here is between Rockhard & JJK.

 

I am not fighting with anyone on this board. Drama and false characterizations tend to get exaggerated on this board. It may be a cultural thing.

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Yes, they certainly can. And if you want to discuss blind spots, they affect 100% of the population.
I was actually doing a little play on words using 'affect' in that post. See: http://www.dailywritingtips.com/affect-vs-effect/
That's true, and they can be oh so convenient when you hire a lousy escort but...
Thanks Mr. RHard, I appreciate your openness and honesty.
I am not fighting with anyone on this board. Drama and false characterizations tend to get exaggerated on this board. It may be a cultural thing.
I tend to agree with you that your posts, for the most part, are educational, elucidating the facts of a concept. And back to that little play on words, YUP! IT'S A CULTURAL THING!
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Getting sucked into troll mayhem is very easy. It's part of the troll agenda. I'm sure most members know what I'm talking about

 

 

Exactly....They suck you in, desperately seeking to keep the fight going and the attention on themselves. Because without the forum their lives are a vast wasteland.

 

 

But I've never received a Time-Out for instigating a personal attack on anyone.

 

That is a little fact that few seem to remember. As opposed to the other Trolls here who attack for no apparent reason, then go running to the corner screaming they are the victim, and then telling everyone here that they have a right to their opinion, and if no one likes it, then we all should just move on. "Trolls be lurkin in dem woods"...

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I don't live in Pollyannaville, and nor do I want to live there. Purplekow has history here, almost twice as many posts as I have. I sincerely doubt his skin is thin.

 

Furthermore, I have little patience for dumb questions.

 

And finally, I have less patience for members who announce they've been absent and then make a comeback only to complain how unsatisfactory this board is.

 

Take responsibility for your unhappiness, write something creative, or shut the fuck up or go somewhere else to complain. There. Was that positive and helpful enough?

 

Rockhard,

 

I don't understand what you are asking for. Are you inviting others to be nasty

to you?

 

BC

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Rockhard,

 

I don't understand what you are asking for. Are you inviting others to be nasty

to you?

 

BC

 

bcohen, dont bother. You are barking up a tree that simply likes to hear itself talk..... Talk about people Needing to bask in a spotlight. Here you have it !

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Exactly....They suck you in, desperately seeking to keep the fight going and the attention on themselves. Because without the forum their lives are a vast wasteland.

 

 

 

 

That is a little fact that few seem to remember. As opposed to the other Trolls here who attack for no apparent reason, then go running to the corner screaming they are the victim, and then telling everyone here that they have a right to their opinion, and if no one likes it, then we all should just move on.

 

Guess you couldn't resist the pull fo the current either. :(

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