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Greg

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  1. Off-Topic Posts (Visible/Hidden) feature - can you be more specific? how would this feature be any different than what you've done above with existing features...?
  2. It's hard to detect a members motives for posting in the forums. So the only thing Charles and I can do is enforce the rules and guidelines of the forums. There is no reliable criteria for determining professional pundits. The anonymity of the forums means it's impossible for moderators to determine who is actually posting (their real identity). If I enforced a real name/identity policy (linking to FB, LinkedIn, etc) - and there is even some issues with determining identity on those platforms - I would wager it would severely impact members posting activities.
  3. This site used to be partially funded by the University of Lethbridge. However that hasn’t been the case since 2011. It has since been funded by me personally and with the help of volunteers like Charles. That is also an incorrect statement. This website is not operated “for Canadians”, we clearly state the following in the forum guidelines: The nationality of the forum participants has absolutely nothing to do with intelligent discussion. I welcome participants from all over the world; diversity of opinion is what matters, not echo chambers centred around tribalism and other forms of nationalism.
  4. I've spoken with Charles about this issue, and reaffirmed my original position that the clubs should be moderated by the club owners (or their designates), NOT the moderator(s) or myself. I believe the simple rule was no porn, copyrighted material or anything illegal can take place. I also reserve the right to step in and remove anything I feel is egregious. Thanks
  5. I guess much depends on the definition of “ebbs and flows” One example is the fall and rise the partisan press in the United States between the 19th century and today.
  6. Nope, it's not. It happens everywhere, everyday. The only difference is that the objectionable opinions of others (measured differently by each of us) are amplified by social media and other new internet related mediums (forums, etc). Civility isn't dead either, though many would argue it has taken a nose-dive lately. If you look back into our history, you'll find that political discourse has always been divisive (and downright vicious at times); it often ebbs and flows with the medium it is delivered through. A great book on this topic is: Amusing Ourselves to Death - Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, by Neil Postman. I can't recommend this book enough to those that want to learn about how the media (and medium to which we consume news/information) can affect the meaning of the messages we convey and consume. Basically, it's a great history lesson and explanation of Marshall Mcluhan, "the medium is the message"
  7. Please don’t discuss issues/questions in the middle of a thread. If you have a specific question relating to a moderation action or have a more general question, either use PM or post in the support section. thanks
  8. They can try but it's kind of pointless with the proliferation of SSL and VPNs on the market right now. Government firewalls can't stop encrypted communications, the best they can do is shut down the IPs associated with VPNs - which is what Netflix and China often do... But even then, customers will simply switch to dedicated (rather than shared) IPs, which make it virtually impossible to track down someone contravening the censors firewall. So don't be too outraged, simply go buy a VPN service from a reputable provider and surf till your heart's content.
  9. What browser are you using to access the site now? Try using safari, Firefox, Chrome, etc, to post a reaction.
  10. Those are emoticons, we're talking about "reactions"
  11. Is anyone else experiencing this issue? I will consider lifting the restriction, but I want to hear from others about whether this is a wide spread issue. Have you tried to post a reaction via a different browser?
  12. Members should be able to post up to 20 reactions a day. What is happening when you attempt to give more than one reaction in a day?
  13. We encountered an issue early this morning, which knocked the forums offline for a few hours. The networking issue was resolved. However, in the process of resolving the first issue, one of the forum tables became corrupted, which required a quick repair - and we're now back up and running smoothly. If you encounter any issues, please post them below or create a new support thread.
  14. Please do not post this guys "manifesto" in the forums. It would break the rules anyways (against cross-posting, and non-original content), and not to mention, I doubt it has any meaningful value outside of divisiveness and hate. If people want to read it, then I'm fairly certain you can find it via Google. Feel free to discuss the document, and any issues related to the his actions, but let's avoid propagating the actual document.
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