Time for some to go elsewhere

thatsjet

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Jul 1, 2019
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Beaverton, Oregon
I've never hunted before but just this year, as an almost 50 year old dude, applied for/drew my first tag... in part because of watching Fresh Tracks and getting excited and then serious about chasing my own meat.

Just signed up for HT forum and posted for the first time today, and I have to say, based on what I read above... I'm going to like this place. There are plenty of other places on the internet for people to complain and sling mud, let's not do it here.

Thanks @Big Fin
 

Big Fin

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Bozeman, MT
I go out of town for four days and I have an inbox of dozens of moderation reports. Some of you have PMs from me.

I can't even begin to tell you how sick I am of this chit. I've got a lot better things to do than deal with the same people and the same behavior.

This is a hunting forum to discuss hunting, access, public lands and conservation. Talk about that is welcome. Those who wait in the wings only to come out off the sidelines and post on every politically slanted opportunity will find their passwords not working when I get home.
 

WyoDoug

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Apr 8, 2019
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
I agree. Political stuff will only divide us. I joined this forum to learn new techniques specifically on elk hunting, yet I see a lot of politically charged items along with trolling and useless posts where people appear to be bumping their counts up rather than contribute anything.
 

WyoDoug

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
Me too....it’s been noticeable since about April 8th.
I wish there was a way to count the number of "Welcome to HT" posts that were totally irrelevant and noncontributory to the subject at hand. I ran a number of forums related to gaming over my lifetime and I had to set a minimum word count on posts because of stuff like this. I set it high enough people had to think out their posts rather than post something like this or a knee jerk insult or something along that line.
 

Gila

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Jun 8, 2019
Messages
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Location
New Mexico
I am new around here. I am not one to embrace social media. I thought maybe Facebook would be a good way to keep apprised of what my grandchildren were doing. However I have a couple of relatives who drink too much and trying to get around all of the weird stuff they posted became quite irksome. The final straw for me were those that succumbed to the TV news brainwashing and were in a constant state of political paranoia and always divisive. I found the concept of "unfriending" my relatves to be rather uncomfortable so I just left Facebook and won't look back. Political division is rampant these days for the obvious reasons. Recently I was looking for a shooting range nearby with targets out to 500 yards. The contact told me that If I had a bumber sticker with "@#$%&" on it to not show up at the range. He then went on ranting and raving about this and that. I won't be joining their gun club. I just don't want to be around people like that.

I see quite a few new members joining. As the forum population grows so will the number of trouble makers. It is inevitable. You can kick people off but if they really want to come back then they will just change email addresses and monikers. Sounds like the bulk of the issues though are about those certain crybabies who had their big fat egos bruised and want to get the other party in trouble. IMHO I can offer up two suggestions: Delete the PMs without even reading them. Maybe have a reporting "in box" that goes directly to the circular file. If a post is really egregious and needs attention, then you will probably get multiple PMs from the people you know and trust. The second is to form a team of moderators with people you know will moderate in your best interest. Divide the forums between them according to their expertise. That might not be a bad idea anyway. This forum seems to be rather large and growing fast. The ol' Master Chief was a crusty Navy diver who used to say: "Grow some scales! You won't find sympathy in your seabag because it wasn't issued to you."

There is a third possibility I suppose. Send a canned reply with Noharleyet's Morgan Freeman cartoon. I laugh every time I think about it.
 

golfer

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MT
I’ve always wondered if people quit posting or lost privileges. Would it be possible to let us know those that have lost their privileges?
 

sharpshooter97

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Dec 6, 2018
Messages
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Location
North Dakota
Politics is one of the main reasons I deleted my facebook and don’t have any other social media. I’m fine with discussing the politics of a specific subject but I can’t stand the bashing/hate and division that follows. I enjoy this forum quite a bit and would be sad to see it go, I get to learn from a lot of you who have a vast knowlege of western big game hunting as I have only deer hunted so far. And in turn I hope to pass on my small game,deer, and fishing knowledge. Thanks for what you do Big Fin
 
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