Re: The Future of Tarboard (was The Cairn on Kanchenjunga)

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Posted by PeterH on May 22, 2006 at 11:15:04 from user Peter_H.

In Reply to: The Future of Tarboard (was The Cairn on Kanchenjunga) posted by Jock on May 22, 2006 at 01:30:56:

What could be more welcoming and inclusive than Tarboard?

I do feel that Jock's specs are just a wee bit 'rosy' there. I recall some newish Tarboarders last March not feeling all that welcome. In the end, we must each speak for ourselves, and I personally would not feel happy posting an extended essay at present. I would feel too vulnerable - it is all too easy to include, inadvertently, a sentence which brings down wrath upon one's head. In an extended piece, the chances of this are even more likely. It is just too risky, and I can't face that risk. This seems a sad thing to say on an Arthur Ransome site, but there it is. I wonder if any others feel this?

Two positive suggestions: first, that everyone tries always to interpret a questionable statement in a posting in a positive, charitable, way, rather than assuming it is personally hostile. In other words, give the benefit of the doubt. And yes, I too must learn that lesson.

Secondly - Jock - as you favour longer postings, why not take the lead yourself and put up an extended piece about your own particular relationship with AR's work? I have often wondered what it is, and would be genuinely and seriously interested to hear. You will be quite safe, as you do not seem to attract any hostility at all on Tarboard (except on the very odd occasion from me in the past, which will now cease). Show us the way!

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