Take heed, Victor. One mod in particular is a liability to this forum and your income!
DOUBLE STANDARDS prevail.
It is pleasing to see you back at this Forum rather than in Sleepy Hollow where Xander/ Real seems to have carved himself a niche expounding upon 'hoity-toity' posters and 'pretentiousness' and cut+paste statements on 'gambler's fallacy', generally stating views of the world from a school of thought to which you appear to belong where 'common sense, math, and the scientific method' are given priority and 'airy-fairy notions' and 'nonsense like intuition' are forbidden.
It is indeed necessary to have these views expressed in a concise and articulate way but without going into the personal attacks and slander that the troll Xander/ Real had brought to the table.
I have chipped into this conversation initiated by Maxwell because I was responsible as Moderator of my BLOG to remove two of Maxwell's posts because in spite of repeated polite requests to desist, he continually
posted comments which were critical and out of context for the topic, which is WF work and extended technique beyond that. Freedom of speech is fine as a principle although in the US context with increasing connectivity throughout the world one must be careful through surveillance what and where any remarks are made, and this now applies anywhere on the planet. It is wise to select words carefully and in the context of my correspondence with Maxwell it became clear, as most find sooner or later, that a good Editor would be helpful -lol.
I respect alternative views and the place to express them, within reason
. The purpose of my note here is to try to also respect balance and the need for action sometimes and to speak up for those unable to in this context.
In other words if communication traffic (posting) is off track, confused or not constructive, then it is appropriate to request a halt. If no notice is taken, and no understanding or acknowledgment is received from the 'traffic' (ie the posts and notes from Maxwell) regarding understanding and respect of the context of the subject matter then it is necessary to be firm and bring a halt, and edit irrelevant material. Respect should be given in the context of a BLOG to the host. Such is the case with all the BLOG hosts.
In short Maxwell was trying to be difficult requesting specific instructions
on a private and personal methodology and complained of vagueness to excess when actually my notes were clearer/ nearer than he realised. To expect step by step instruction on a private method was just inappropriate and disrespectful to me and to how I try to assist others in their own research by mostly talking in principle or with limited examples. I do not hint.
The irony is that amongst the many hundreds of words I have written to Maxwell in the past week ( most of which have been directed to try to assist Maxwell), my brilliant friend S. is soon to establish a website which espouses common sense, math and the scientific method. In fact he has no intuition in his 'concrete linear' way of seeing the world. Yet he is one of my closest colleagues and we totally exchange our data for peer review.
What I encountered from Maxwell was disrespectful, judgmental and the inability to listen, take note of what was said, and desist. Yet I had commenced as always giving an enthusiastic enquirer my full good will. That was withdrawn after repeated examples of criticism and misunderstanding. In fact a lot of noise, and little signal. That is my interpretation of this context.
So to the unfortunate remark by Mike about Esoito. Mike and Xander have a thing about being Moderated, yet the comments and attitude are most unfair
and I want to speak out to say that being a Global Moderator is a task I would not relish. There will always be a disgruntled party and you will not seek to please most people.
Real/Xander is a troll and thrives on negativity so that is why he hates Moderators because they stop his folly.
Mike, by his own admission regretted the tone of his departing message on this Forum, and the post was duly edited by Esoito.
Goodness knows we all say and do silly things we later regret. And it is great to see Mike back. It would be great to see the results of his MB simulation. Of course the problem was it was complex to program and could be done only by working in very close collaboration with Jason - and in practical terms at a distance
maybe too hard but could/ would have been a fascinating and rewarding project. ( Better to be in Melbourne to conduct such a work).
I take the view that it is water under the bridge. We learn and move on but do not hold grudges
because they fester. Better to bring it out into the open. Have an explosion if necessary and clear the air. Give the Moderators a break. Stop being personal Mike and be mature. Move forward, move on. You have much more to offer than to be sniping over trivia. As I have said elsewhere it is a thankless task but if Moderators were not there, the Forum would not function.
The comment that the role of a GM in harming the income for the Forum is nonsense. This Forum has more value and prestige now thanks to the membership, the quality of so many fine members in this community and many fine and even brilliant minds have returned to contribute here. The reason this is so is through the ability to write in peace and safety, in harmony and mutual respect ( despite disagreements ) wherever is appropriate in the Forum layout. It is in growth mode and flourishes. The reason for the harmony and balance is through the work behind the scenes of Moderators and Administration.
I wish Maxwell encouragement and suggest he opens a series of threads here for his unique world view where from his LV base he could provide fascinating personal insight into legends. But not on my BLOG.