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Eugene
I may be flogging a dead horse but you mention the flag threshold and the ‘certain number’ - will you please tell us what that threshold is?
Oct. 20, 2015
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Though I'm a Dean ‘supporter’ there is no doubt that he was needlessly offensive on too many occasions - but there is the option of ‘ignoring’ him, I appreciate that for many that is like applying a sticking plaster to a broken leg but for me that is enough.
Oct. 18, 2015
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It may be that I've been unduly influenced by the number of posts that have been removed recently - the sheer volume of comments in the last few months is so high that maybe the proportion of removals has gone down,but it still doesn't feel that way to me.
Oct. 16, 2015
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JoAnna - though I was sad to see Dean go I disagree with you re the tolerance levels of our ‘community’, you think it's better than a year ago? That' s not my perception in the slightest.
Oct. 16, 2015
Bill March edited this comment Oct. 17, 2015
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I have no problem with the people running a site saying ‘we decide what’s offensive', but they're saying the community decides.
In the ‘Congratulations Poland’ thread Eugene replies to Andy Bowles and suggests that it is a ‘majority decision’ without going into detail - Keiran above thinks 10% would be a lot,so what about a majority??
Oct. 12, 2015
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I think that if you could complain about a TV show with one click of a mouse then 10% wouldn't be a lot at all.
Oct. 12, 2015
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My main point(which I did not make explicit) is that if (for example)a comment is removed because it gets 10% flagging, then that is not(IMO)the community but the moderator saying it is unacceptable.
Oct. 12, 2015
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The original post by Michal had nothing to do with the thread and certainly wasn't complimentary,but we've seen a lot worse that haven't been removed - suspect it wouldn't have been if directed at a lesser player.
Oct. 9, 2015
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Paul - I was gutted at our semi final defeat but this ruling was far from outrageous. I may have to stand corrected but if anyone agrees with you that it is as worse(or as bad)as the Spingold ruling then I will be astonished.
Oct. 8, 2015
Bill March edited this comment Oct. 8, 2015
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Did I miss something? When watching the hand I thought that after spade to the Ace declarer could simply play diamonds before leading a heart at all,then a late entry is guaranteed.
Oct. 7, 2015
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I agree with much that Justin has said,but to find that so many have flagged Mariano's comment is quite disturbing. The reason I had no problem with the spat between Roy & Boye was that it was so rare to see criticism of ‘stars’ without the critic being howled down. Those who automatically approve anything a top player says(particularly if American) had a bit of a dilemma,they couldn't ‘like’ one without being disloyal to the other.
_____and I did ‘like’ Justin's comment!
Sept. 30, 2015
Bill March edited this comment Sept. 30, 2015
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It's quite simple really, 60 years ago we Europeans started to win the Bermuda bowl and have been accused of cheating by Americans ever since. Many of these accusations were fully justified yet have been accompanied with a ‘holier than thou’ attitude - given our expertise in cheating it's clearly inconceivable that other zones will be ‘better’ at it than us, therefore the preponderance of European transgressors(and it's open season at the moment) can only be explained by an inherent lack of scruples on our part. Still, it's only to be expected,as has been pointed out here and on other threads many countries over here have a different ‘culture’.
Seriously,cultural stereotyping is not unique to the USA,we all know it goes on the world over,we in the UK will happily refer to the propensity of South Americans to cheat on the football pitch,perish the thought that we upright Anglo Saxons could stoop to such behaviour - but it doesn't help this debate at a time when the bridge world has been rocked by the recent developments.
Sept. 28, 2015
Bill March edited this comment Sept. 29, 2015
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I didn't think it as big and still don't - now if F/N were expelled for cheating during the Bermuda bowl that would be a different matter, everything seems so much bigger nowadays due to the now compulsory internet frenzy.
Sept. 27, 2015
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'Tricoteuse'
Sept. 27, 2015
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Stefan - you should have meant it literally,people commit crimes and are (rightly)acquitted every day,that's a necessary requirement of the justice system. Yes,it can be a bit galling that they are allowed to go around trumpeting that they have been ‘proved innocent in a court of law’ when usually nothing of the sort has occurred, still that's the price we have to pay.
Sept. 25, 2015
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A while ago I did express a desire for a ‘dislike’ option though this didn't seem to get much support(but what about Facebook?) - however,after wading through the thousands of postings from the last few weeks it seems to me that we could do with at least 3 more ‘flagging’ options,eg
'Tedious'
'Self absorbed'
'Sycophant'
_____ and you can throw ‘cynical prat’ for myself and a few others as well.
Sept. 24, 2015
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Seriously,I'm not good on table presence - on this hand you do have a sure thing if lho has 4 clubs but does lho have the actual hand or the one I gave,the discards are exactly the same in each case,I dare say the balanced hand is the likelier option but I'm sure I would sit for a long time wondering if I should go for glory.
Sept. 23, 2015
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Of course,if I was playing this hand Tony, then after the same discards I would have found that Clive started with qx xx qxxxx qxxx and would have another hard luck story!
Sept. 23, 2015
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Amir - the cards may well speak,but how many cheating scandals have been resolved with that evidence alone?
Sept. 19, 2015
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Franck - perhaps you're speaking for the majority of the ‘community’ but not for me, I'm not at all discomfited by the sight of these 2 heavyweights slugging it out and who knows,at the end of it all we might just be a little bit wiser.
Sept. 18, 2015
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