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This is a discussion on Public Request: Please Use the Proper Naming Conventions within the General Orchid Culture forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Originally Posted by raybark This thread has taken an odd turn, hasn't it? I'm not ...
As the creator and administrator of this forum (not to mention one-half of the guys who pays the bill to keep the site online), which, I can add has been in operation for over 13 years now, let me say to everyone and let me be completely clear: If I find a post in this community that I feel violates our community standards, I will remove it and contact the individual regarding the post. Many of our long-time members know this and will attest to this. I believe, passionately, in this community and our mission of Bringing People Together to Grow Orchids Better. There are seventeen points that we have put into writing as a guide to help all members understand how this community operates and they can be read by simply clicking the FAQs link at the top of the page. I want to highlight a couple now that we may need brought back into daylight.
This information in full can be found here: FAQs I will only be re-listing a couple to aid in understanding of my message.
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(I see upwards of 20 reports each week. I assure you that 9 out of 10 were simply people trying to help and or being a bit sensitive because they are passionate about helping or seeking help. In most cases a simple e-mail to the member is all it takes and discussion rolls on. That is part of my job - not your job unless you would like to apply to be a moderator and then we can talk. Trust me, orchid (plant) people are passionate, dedicated, and loving people in general and only want the best. Yes, there are people who are angry and have something to prove. They last about as long as it takes me to ban them -- permanently. I don't mess around. If I believe someone is being vicious or attempting to cause harm to another member or this community - they are gone. I block them from the site, I block their ip addresses from our server, I tag their member name and email address so that the system blocks them in the future if any of their info changes or they attempt to access the site from another ip or as a 'different' member. Let me be the police - the bad guy. Use the "Report Bad Post" button and I will investigate and make a final decision. That way we (our members and friends) can remain focused on growing and caring for these amazing plants that have so mesmerized us.
Blessings to everyone. You are all important and a having a membership in this community is special. There are those who cannot. You can chose to come and go. You can choose to be happy or angry. I just hope you choose to participate when you have something to share and help where you are able. Lots of learning goes on in these threads and posts - even ones that get a bit off track and cause a few bumps.