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  1. Female squad members in Lerwick Up Helly Aa (2017 poll results)

    1. In principle, should women be allowed to participate in Lerwick Up Helly-Aa as squad members?

    • Yes - 53.2% (58 votes)
    • No - 46.8% (51 votes)

    2. Is logistics (already high numbers of guizers, waiting lists for squads etc) a valid reason not to allow women to participate in Lerwick Up Helly-Aa as squad members?

    • Yes - 45.9% (50 votes)
    • No - 54.1% (59 votes)

    3. The current ‘male only’ squad member demographic of Lerwick Up Helly-Aa is….

    • Sexist - 39.45% (43 votes)
    • Traditional - 60.55% (66 votes)

    109 members voted. The poll was opened in 2017. The poll was closed and reset in Feb 2022.

  2. Thanks for pointing this out Rasmie.

    We've had a delve and a system upgrade we performed has changed some of the security functionality... (technical blah blah)... and for the meantime folk can only login using their email address, as opposed to their email address or username as before.

    It'll take a little reverse engineering, but we're on it.

  3. We've recently added interactive weather, shipping and flight pages - you'll find them in the top menu.

    You can grab the maps and move them about, and zoom in and out.

    The weather page lets you choose different views in the top right corner (wind and waves views is our favourite)

    On the shipping and flights pages you can click on the ship and aircraft icons and find out more info about them and what they're up to. We're finding it to be a peerie but addictive!

    We're still testing the pages out on different screensizes and devices, so please do let us know if you think something isn't working as well as it should. Mobile and tablet users, if you flip over to landscape view you should have a better experience.


  4. This feels like a good time to remind folk of the Forum use - guidelines and netiquette, so here's a few edited highlights with relevant emphasis added.

    Anyone who has been temporarily blocked and/or had posts removed recently for breaching the guidelines may find their bans getting longer....

    On 01/12/2006 at 01:07, admin said:

    As a last resort, folk who persistently don't play by the rules will be warned, temporarily banned, and potentially permanently banned.
    Engage in discussion - Our aim is to provide a welcoming space for discussion that develops over time as ideas and opinions are posed and reflected upon: don't just bomb-in your point without taking the time to engage with what other forum members have written, don't just post links without explanation or comment, and be prepared to back up your points with evidence or reasoning.

    Avoid sweeping statements and generalised moaning, particularly with regard to whole local authorities, political parties, governments or organisations - These activities translate as "blah, blah, moan, moan" and do nothing to encourage constructive debate. If you have specific examples and/or reasoning, please refer to them and keep them relevant to the topic's subject matter.

    Needless Negativity - We want to the forums to be a friendly, supportive and positive 'living room' where people can discuss issues and share their thoughts. As such we welcome and encourage constructive criticism and discussion, but discourage needless negativity, antagonism and hostility. 

    Repetitious overly negative, antagonistic and hostile posts discourage other people from joining in discussions - this is the number one complaint the Shetlink moderators receive and is the main reason folk stop, or don't start, contributing the forums. All too often threads are snuffed out due to voracious and repetitive groaning, griping and belly-aching.

    The odd rant, moan and whine are inevitable but there's a line to be drawn.

    Don't purposely post misleading information - there's too much bruck written on the internet already. Let's keep Shetlink a place where discussion is based on facts.

    Sarcasm, insinuation, rhetorical questioning and generally skirting around the point - this has its place in debate, but for there comes a point when you have to nail your colours to the mast and spit it out!


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