*Pops head round corner waving white flag*
First of all Bryan, I removed that particular post and commented elsewhere on the site (to the person in question) as to why I had removed it. In my opinion it was plain hostile and we will not stand for it.
As far as 'policing' SFN goes, up until now we have had very little need to do so. This has been (largely) due to treating people like adults and letting them self-police but as is always the case in any group, a tiny minority are capable of spoiling it for the majority.
James and I cannot be everywhere all the time and we are therefore, very appreciative of those members who not only bring issues to our attention, but who also those who deal with stuff on our behalf. Andrew Hearne is an excellent example of someone who always responds sensibly and Sheila Walshe also goes out of her way to provide positive, useful information and support. There are loads more of you but if I thank you all individually now, this will turn into an Oscar acceptance speech! Tracy, Suzanne, Gina, Nick, Finn, Miles, Annette, Sandy, Neil, Ron and the rest of you, you know who you are!
Equally, I find it quite distasteful that on the rare occasions when we are too tied up with other issues to devote ourselves to SFN 24 /7 , a minority of members have used the opportunity to "rant" and launch personal attacks.
Those of you who know me personally or well via SFN, will know that for the last month as well as working outside the house full time, plus continuing with regular freelance work, I have been hobbling around on crutches and will appreciate just how stretched we have both been in terms of time and energy. And this has had an impact on the tone of the site. There is no doubt about it.
And yes, regarding something that was mentioned in Brian's original post, SFN has now become a commercial going concern BUT and this is a very big but, we should all perhaps remember that it was started altruistically to help the numerous people who had contacted me as a result of my blog and property features. This concept of help and support remains our guiding principle and we will have no hesitation in binning members who can't (as my granny would have said) "keep a civil tongue in their head".....
Right, I'm going to have a Friday night glass of something and suggest you all do the same. Now go and read about tax reforms Chin Chin
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