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sylvanworksCLOSED
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:07AM
Look, my job is to ensure communication continues. Discussions take place. Ideas are exchanged. I hate shutting stuff down, but what I hate more is when certain people make their points by taking cheap shots at other members or outright flame them.

If you want to participate in such discussions then by all means, please, continue. However if you do, then you are the first person responsible for keeping your self in check. If you can't handle that responsibility then don't go there.

I'd also like to place some responsibility on the OP to help keep people on task. If you start a hot thread and walk away or encourage others to go off the deep end then you are heading into troll territory. If you start a thread with good intentions then please help remind people to stay on task.

If you are reading someone else's post and it is coming across like a personal attack try any of the following:

- ask for clarification, sometimes this written communication comes off the wrong way
- give them the benefit of the doubt, at least the first time
- not everyone is a native English speaker, and even those that are make mistakes and misstatements, if you are correcting someone to further their understanding try to do it in a way that doesn't make them look badly
- humor is great! but it doesn't always work, if you are going to try it, be prepared to clarify without the snark

Don't forget that you've already agreed to the Rules of Conduct, and that the Civics Doc's Forum section pretty well sums things up. I take this line seriously:

It's important to remember that iStockphoto expects points and counter-points to be made intelligently and reserves the right to lock or delete threads it feels are going nowhere or damaging the community.

Discussing hot issues (like politics and religion) can be fun, funny, engaging, informative, educational and cathartic, but they can also be incredibly divisive if basic respect is not given to all who participate.

I try to walk a very fine line moderating these forums and I'm sure some may think I'm too heavy while others think too easy, so it goes, but I do try to do it from the perspective of what I think is best for the community as a whole.
WKRice
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:12AM
Very well put, thank you!!
kcastagnola
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:15AM

Good post! Just remember you can't please all the people all the time.


Oh, and (when it's needed) ... "Can't we all just get along?"
shank_ali
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:16AM

Have i missed something?


I think the line you and Lobo take  is first class and fair.
kcastagnola
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:20AM
I don't think you've missed anything. I agree that the lines they take are fair. However, apparently there are some people out there that don't know how to behave. They need a timeout. (Sorry, I'm a mom to preschoolers.)
DRabPics
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:31AM
Rob, You do a fantastic job. Thank you.
Camrocker
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:38AM

Thanks Rob.. I came home from vacation and found 20+ sitemails from members talking politics, which I am into. But not by sitemail.


 
Camrocker
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:39AM
Oh, and congrats on your (Rob) recent articles in Photoshop & Layers mags. Very cool seeing articles by someone you feel you know.
Lobo
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:41AM
Posted By kcastagnola:

Good post! Just remember you can't please all the people all the time. smile


For the record, I can


 
sylvanworksCLOSED
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:43AM

Posted By Camrocker:
Oh, and congrats on your (Rob) recent articles in Photoshop & Layers mags. Very cool seeing articles by someone you feel you know.



Thanks!

(Edited on 2008-09-10 11:47:18 by sylvanworks)
lostinbids
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:49AM
Posted By Lobo:

Posted By kcastagnola:

Good post! Just remember you can't please all the people all the time. smile



For the record, I can wink




Not true, I have heard the quiche manufacturers are extremely jealous of the pie makers
dorioconnell
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 11:49AM

Posted By Lobo:
Posted By kcastagnola:

Good post! Just remember you can't please all the people all the time. smile


For the record, I can ;)


 


This is the hottest reply I read lately!
cobalt
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:20PM
Thanks for understanding and reopening one thread. My mailbox was overflowing...
Lobo
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:24PM
Posted By lostinbids:

Posted By Lobo:


Posted By kcastagnola:

Good post! Just remember you can't please all the people all the time. smile




For the record, I can wink



Not true, I have heard the quiche manufacturers are extremely jealous of the pie makers smile

QUICHE IS PIE! At least in my books. 
jjneff
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 12:27PM
iStock for President!!!
swalls
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 1:41PM

Posted By Lobo:
Posted By lostinbids:

Posted By Lobo:


Posted By kcastagnola:

Good post! Just remember you can't please all the people all the time. smile




For the record, I can wink



Not true, I have heard the quiche manufacturers are extremely jealous of the pie makers smile

QUICHE IS PIE! At least in my books. 

Bacon and egg pie. What's not to like?
risamay
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 2:12PM
Posted By Lobo:
QUICHE IS PIE! At least in my books.

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I like deep dish pizza [pies], myself.
photolia
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:13PM

Is this becoming a pie pimping thread? Yahoo!


Have some of this, I'm off to bed.


EMPPhotography
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 3:55PM
I'm baking a home made Peach Pie right now.  I guess now I will have to photographic it so I can pimp it.   Thanks Rob, nicely put.
nojustice
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Posted Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:30PM
Posted By jjneff:
iStock for President!!!


Bruce for President!  Hey wait, he's not 'Merican, no can do.  Shucks, he would call taxes "crowdsourcing" and make people feel good about their donation. 
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