Folks, old and new, few things gladden an old mod's heart like the way you stood up for this place in past weeks.
We can pretty much count on the fact that every time there's a new release, a Dead tour or show announcement, or some Dead-related media hoopla, we're going to be swamped. Some newcomers will be long-lost Heads dying to connect. Some will be new Heads longing to connect. This, of course, is highly desirable. Welcome.
Others, as we have seen, come mainly to vent or spew venom, and having done so usually move on. I am most gratified with the way the community members, old and new, came forth to squelch this in our most recent episode (and for those just joining us and filled with morbid curiosity, I refer you to the Dead To Tour In Spring topic around the time of the presale).
Others, frankly, will be porn spammers, malware perpetrators, and other cancers on the Internet. We have had the occasional instance of a porn spammer getting through and posting in the forums, but the more usual scenario is simply creating a user profile full of heinous links. If you should have the misfortune to encounter such a situation, please bring it to our attention and we'll deal with it. Please ALSO recognize that, contrary to the shocked reaction the first time this happened, porn and malware are NOT among the features we're offering here and we do not hold with that stuff.
Thanks and furthur!
Seems like there have been some folks out there who just don't get it. It's Ok to express your opinion but the line seems to be where you verbally blow somebody away just because you didn't agree with what they had to say. We all know that ain't cool. It's nice to have this space and it seems to be really in the spirit of Jerry and the Grateful Dead collectively. I think it certainly comes across in 99% of the posts and I hope it stays that way. Occasionally some will step over that ephemeral line. Let us try to forgive them and remember that we're all human. If it happens again and again then relegate them to the moderator's que till they get it. Mean people suck. Always have, always will.
As far as people inserting porn or malware on this site, What the F**k? Don't they a choice of a billion other sites to spew that crap. I'd like to believe that, on the net,
"This is where I'm gonna make my happy home! Happy home!"
I commented once during the height of the trash talk that it seemed like we were seeing infiltration of Ratdog.org posts, where things are often not kind at all. I like it better here...
there are always going to be differing opinions but i'm hoping that most of the complaints were due to frustration and not downright hatred.....thanks marye for the kind words...i for one will try harder to understand that a knucklehead is sometimes just that...thoughtless fools that have forgotten the music!!!