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Shetlink: is it time to quit?


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Is Shetlink still a valuable part of Shetland life?  

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  1. 1. Is Shetlink still a valuable part of Shetland life?

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Is Shetlink still a valuable part of Shetland life?

 

Definitely.

 

Maybe some of you might be forgetting the 'silent lurkers' who use the forum for tips, help and news also. They may not even be registered on here as a user.

 

Shetlink has been no end of help to me, and I'd like to thank anyone who has helped with a query in the past.

 

Mods have always responded to my requests quickly; and as moderation is a thankless task, I applaud them for their efforts.

 

Three Xmas cheers for Shetlink!

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Whatever the results if this thread and poll, nothing will change for teh better and eventually this site will be take over by the advert spammers and the forum arguers.

 

Shame really.

 

No it won't! :wink:

 

I enjoy it here, some may not enjoy me being here judging by some of the nasty and pernicious posts that have been directed at me, and I am guilty too on occasions, of which apologies if upset was taken to heart.

 

I find that some folk here can be snobs as far as folks method of writing is concerned, I feel that this may keep away some folk for fear of ridicule about the way they write and their use of the language. I believe this is an open forum for all to have an input on what interests them. It seems to be used to distract from what folk have written, rather than the content being commented about, the delivery is pulled apart. That is on the verge of discrimination as we do not know other folks abilities and reasons in posting that way. We could not do that for folk with mobility problems, it is like putting in steep stairs at public meetings. I still read stuff written in Shetland dialect, even from my own family, however some of the dialect written here no way resembles that in any way and can be difficult to understand, then I do get the feeling it is done deliberately. As a way to exclude folk who have come here to take part. It would be nice to see examples explained in the Dialect sections of this service Bryan and Co provide.

 

It is also funny that you can get lambasted for not providing proof, and lambasted for finding it, the forums must go some way to educate folk further by getting them to look into subjects that they would normally not have.

 

It should stay.

 

I would add that if there are any suggestions, they could be directed at the mods.

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... It seems to be used to distract from what folk have written, rather than the content being commented about, the delivery is pulled apart. That is on the verge of discrimination as we do not know other folks abilities and reasons in posting that way. We could not do that for folk with mobility problems, it is like putting in steep stairs at public meetings. ...

 

It is also funny that you can get lambasted for not providing proof, and lambasted for finding it, the forums must go some way to educate folk further by getting them to look into subjects that they would normally not have ...

 

 

Are you quite sure about that, SP? As I recall it, apart from the usual comments re people having too much time on their hands and being shot down for daring to ask (along the lines of not ever being positive on this forum); asking genuine questions and commenting on issues relating to disability (I mean, no large person could possibly have a disability, now could they, let alone a door swing affecting their ease of ingress/egress?), taking the pee wee outta disability would appear to be acceptable.

 

Hell, but perish the thought of turning into a PC extremist and breaking down point by point why something is offensive and what's the point when, no doubt, people might just say they hadn't made the connection and plead innocence ... yeah, some of us are guilty of taking the mickey outta you from time to time, or causing offence when religion is discussed which is quite often joked about in a satirical way - you can choose your religion but not your disability.

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What about the reference to the discrimination on the forum as I mentioned, that is, if you have difficulty in reading and writing, you are firstly criticised on that rather than what you are trying to say. This could limit the postings of some folk and reduce the scope of participants. Those only with a command of the English language may take part, or be belittled?

Thus, there is a barrier for them to take part.

 

It could be the one type of disability that shows up openly on a forum, as others have to be mentioned. Mind, some social and psychological problems could also stand out. Some folk work hard at posting, and trying to "fit in", others do not bother.

 

Shetlink, for those who are Grammatically correct?

 

I really hope not, or none of us would be able to join in.

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What about the reference to the discrimination on the forum as I mentioned, that is, if you have difficulty in reading and writing, you are firstly criticised on that rather than what you are trying to say.

 

I don't believe personally I have been 'pulled up' on that but know of others who have. For once, SP, I'm in total agreement with you but perhaps dyslexia, dyspraxia, sight impairments, etc., don't count as disabilities? :cry:

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My favourites:

 

Poseidon:

 

 

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I truly wish it wouldnt be brought on your kid in this way. If it was then this is not true Christianity.

Another Christian that can't spell (hyphenate) or speak grammatically,

And using the "no true Scotsman" Argument to boot Laughing

 

Log on to any evangelical website and the first thing you'll notice is their lack of basic English.

 

Edit.

Not just a sleight on Christians, I also pull up non Christians on bad grammar and spelling.

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If God wanted us to believe in her she would exist.

 

 

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sorry I failed my English higher and don't youse a spel cheqer.

Studying physics at uni doesn't require spelling.

I would have thought basic English would be a requirement for admission to uni?

 

Your childish deliberate misspelling above says a lot about you. Smile

 

There once was a Santa called Nick

Who said, 'My old sleigh will need fixed.

It got sleightly bent -

Just a sleight little dent -

When I skidded it reight in a ditch.'

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Shetlink will only be what its contributors make it

 

Exactly, if reasoned, polite debate is what everyone wants, it's up to us to make sure we abide by the Ts&Cs staying on topic and not getting into slagging matches with individual posters.

 

It's been said before but it seems worthwhile saying again - don't feed the trolls! :lol:

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