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Old 05-07-2009, 11:56 AM   #1
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I enjoy reading forums and getting others views and opinions on everything from politics to ham radio and RV’ing. Not to mention I have learned a lot from others, saved money and spent some. QRZ.COM has a forum for Amateur (Ham) Radio. I browsed the forum section months back see what was going on there and hopefully learn more about my favorite hobby. I found some interesting articles and information, but much of it tainted by rude and dehumanizing responses. I found new comers to the hobby asking legitimate questions, only to humiliated with rude, unsavory responses. I quickly learned this was not the place for me. My ONLY use afterwards has been the callbook and checking a few ads.

Logging on today to pull up an unfamiliar call, I noticed a new post by the forum administrator (Fred, AA7BQ), entitled QRZ Policy Update - Ban on Trolling. This post addressed some of the problems I had discovered. I read through a few of the responses that followed. Most encouraged Fred but some were in the negative. There were far too many to read but one caught my attention in particular. A guy stating he had fought for his country in the military and been shot at to protect our rights including, “freedom of speech”. Now, I really appreciate this individual having served in the military and fighting for our country. My question is: “Why be rude to people, just because you can ?” His response and some others were discouraging to me.

I didn’t bother responding on the forum. I quickly sent an e-mail to Fred encouraging him and thanking him and the moderators for attempting to clean up the forum issues. Only minutes later I received a return e-mail from Fred expressing his appreciation and advising me to look for more clean-up to take place. If you are a QRZ.COM user, I would like to encourage you to do the same.

Thank you for taking the time to read.

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Old 05-07-2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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Thanks. I WAS a QRZ forum user, but quickly became aware of the rudeness there and haven't been back for a long time. Maybe I will try it out again and send a note to Fred myself, as I am a fan of forums for the same reasons you stated.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:15 PM   #3
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The good news is, not once, not one time has anyone on ORR.net required to be moderated for being a jerk and mouthing off in an offensive manner. Not once, ever. And the admin team is very proud of that.

So here's to the rule of common sense and good manners.
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:48 PM   #4
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The good news is, not once, not one time has anyone on ORR.net required to be moderated for being a jerk and mouthing off in an offensive manner. Not once, ever. And the admin team is very proud of that.

So here's to the rule of common sense and good manners.
You have a good forum Wade. I'm proud to be a member. It continues to grow with some good people as you mentioned.

I had been checking into this forum and several others, but have finally settled on just one other RV forum. I check into a forum called "MyRVTalk" also. Several hams there and a bunch of good people as well. All types of discussions take place but no one is rude or offensive. That's what I enjoy about "Open Roads Radio" too.

Off topic but have a question. I see at the bottom of the forum page that ORR has 300+ members and 60 something "active members". How are active members decernable ? How is that calculated ? I assume checking in a number of times in a certain period of time, is that close ?

Thanks for all the time you guys (Wade, Mike and Greg) put into making this a winning board and good place to check in.
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Old 05-08-2009, 08:28 AM   #5
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"active" members are members that check in at least every 30 days if I remember correctly

edit: Just checked and it's 60 days. Also all a member has to do is login. A post is not required to maintain "active" status.

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Old 05-08-2009, 09:16 PM   #6
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When I first became a ham I noticed how the forums on QRZ are at times down right hostile. Very negitive to the newbys. Not at all in the spirit of this hobby. It, I am sure has scared more than a few away from persuing the hobby.

I hope some of those guys aren't Elmering any newbys, we don't need more like them.

I too have been shot at, But I know that free speech does not equate to free to say anything without reprecussions. everyone knows what happens if you yell fire in a crowded theater and there isn't one.
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Old 05-09-2009, 08:35 AM   #7
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It's because most of us HAMs are crochety old men. It's just be cause we camping-hams get to blow off steam that we are so polite.
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It's because most of us HAMs are crochety old men. It's just be cause we camping-hams get to blow off steam that we are so polite.
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Old 05-12-2009, 05:58 PM   #9
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When I first got my ticket, one of the first forums I asked questions was on QRZ.com
There were several that berated me for the fact that I was starting out on 2 meter/440For me, being 60, learning code isnt going to be that easy, I think thats why Im on the freq s I am.
Actually, I got more info I was looking for from EHam then QRZ.
I go on QRZ once in a while to see whats up.
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I got that notification on rules changes too.. I don't recall commenting, ever, on he QRZ forum..

However. The right to Free Speech is, indeed protected, somewhat, by the 1st amendment, which contains the all important phrase CONGRESS SHALL MAKE NO LAW.

I"m not congress. the folks who own and moderate QRZ.com are not congress, if they say "Take it elsewhere".... Take it elsewhere. cause they have every legal, and constitutional right to kick your sorry electrons outta there.


As the old joke goes.. Your right to express your self by freely swinging your fists ends 3 feed from my nose....

The reason for this is I have just over 3 feet of reach

There are other forums where I've been told by moderators to curb my speech. Now, I won't name those cause odds are you can't go there even if you wish (They are very privater forums and in fact they are for moderators only.. Yes, I'm a moderator elsewhere, NOT here and NOT on QRZ but elsewhere)

My response was to post a farewell message in the forum. I don't know if it was allowed to stand or not, since I"ve not been back. but my superiors in the forums I moderate (I'm an assistant moderator only) were unanimous in support of my actions.

And that is my suggestion to those who do not like the no trolling policy on QRZ (or here).. Troll elsewhere
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