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Board » General Discussion » Comments are closed....... Hosannnah in the highest!?!?!?!

"Comments are closed.

Comments have been closed for this post."
.....The Shetlands....the one place where I wish to comment. Interesting.

This is a sailing site, is it not? Or is it an agency of marxist propaganda, or .....amazingly....both, at the same time.
You might have noticed that comments are closed for all posts, this was decided few years ago after some spammers were able to create enough traffic so that the whole site crashed.
"You might have noticed that comments are closed for all posts,"

No. I hadn't noticed that, but then I only visit SOL as an amateur for amusing entertainment and not to study it full-time as a professional would.

"this was decided few years ago"

An adequate reply for a child of 8yrs old, but insulting to any adult with a modicum of education.
Who decided, when, where and why?

"some spammers were able to create enough traffic so that the whole site crashed."

That, in a vague way nods in the direction of 'why?'. Have steps been taken to eliminate this possibility recurring?....apart from suppressing free expression of opinion amongst the membership?
We had a local school, where there was a lot of arson about.....but they didn't close the school down.

Final question.....Can the decision- makers review decisions and adapt to changing circumstances, or are their decisions, once taken, fully democratically(of course), irrevocable and forever set in stone?
For instance, the demonic spammers may have gone, or found other sites to provide amusement and entertainment.
Well, looking at just only one other post would have helped noticing that this one post was not the only one with comments closed. It of course doesn't prove that comments weren't closed years in advance from all posts just to prevent you from commenting this one..

SOL is one of the few sailing simulation sites out there, there are certainly many times more forums meant for political and other discussions. SOL is run with voluntary admins and resources to monitor spamming is limited.

As I believe most of our visitors are more interested in virtual sailing than discussions I think it's best to concentrate resources in improving and maintaining the sailing part, the one which is more unique to this site. I base this in that since the commenting was disabled this is so far the only time someone has asked about it.

The decision was done by me and it is in my view purely technical. The fact that you have started this thread shows that visitors still have a way to express their opinions.

However, if you volunteer to offer a solution for comments that doesn't danger the stability of the sailing engine, I'm sure it can be considered.
"there are certainly many times more forums meant for political and other discussions."

Indeed so. So why spout forth a false history of my country,Scotland, on a sailing site, and not allow that highly misleading impression to be corrected? I know you've got nothing in the brain but sailing and are largely uninterested in the wider world, but surely even the most obsessed sailor doesn't want to absorb fairy-tale information.....otherwise, in educated company he might appear to be an ill-informed, brainless dummkopf, unwittingly giving offence to Scots.

"SOL is run with voluntary admins and resources to monitor spamming is limited."

So my( or anyone else that feels the need)publishing a refutation of this erroneous, half-baked, ill thought-out commentary on Scottish affairs is going to result in a flood of spammers?
Come on, the notion is utterly non-sensical.What is it about SOL that attracts so many spammers?
I just don't believe this. This is nothing but an excuse for lazy writing, and the right to propagandise, unchallenged.
If you can get Scotland so wrong, what else are you getting wrong?

"since the commenting was disabled this is so far the only time someone has asked about it."

So? Maybe the others are too frightened or too polite to object?
I am neither.
I hope I am not the only one that feels this way.
Organisations where there is no dissent make me uneasy and have a creepy feel about them.

"The fact that you have started this thread shows that visitors still have a way to express their opinions."

A very fair point. I have raised this subject of the Disney approach to Scottish history and politics elsewhere and none of my writings on the subject have been censored or tampered with in any way.
However, the same jokey goobledegook was churned out yet again, unaltered , this year, so my complaints have so far, not had any effect, hence my continuing objection, as any gentleman would expect, to the promulgation of this false history of my country....and the request for a front page refutation of this ongoing relentless anti- Scottish, English propaganda.

"you volunteer to offer a solution for comments that doesn't danger the stability of the sailing engine,"

I have two solutions.
1) Stick to sailing and don't get involved in politics and commenting on local cultures.
2) Continue to entertain your sailing clientele by providing some background information for races.....but allow correction of any irritating,inaccurate,false information. That might be of interest to those who take part in SOL that are NOT solely wrapped up in winning races, but have other reasons,as I do, such as archaeology, history, navigation, meteorology, geodesy and metrology.

No.1) might be the best choice especially for SOL with its limited resources...and especially so for Scotland.
I get English propaganda flung at me day and night. I don't want to read any more of that drivel on SOL.

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