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I took my lead in using the word ‘blocked’ from …

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I took my lead in using the word ‘blocked’ from this: “I have had all my posts blocked since using the term “couch potato”, and subsequent argument as to why it was appropriate”  Reiver 5 Oct. moderation thread.

For clarity, Reiver said his posts were blocked. The mods recollection of events is rather different. The blocking was 100% of Reiver’s own design.

In fact he went as far as asking for his details to be removed from the site (a request with which we complied) although he asked that his posts be left since people would find them useful.

Sorry if I have misunderstood, I thought it was more that just a self inflicted exile.  You seemed to be unhappy with his ‘valedictory invective’.

Not at all unhappy Jimbo. Why do you say that?

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Someone mentioned yesterday about Reiver being blocked on jj site.  it might be worthwhile pointing out that he was also blocked on here and some of his posts sent to the moderation thread – 5 October.

Er, not true Jimbo. Reiver resigned from SFM. He blocked himself.

I always feel a bit sad about Reiver.  When he came on to this blog he was a joy, full of enthusiasm and ideas.  Could be humorous too.  I supported him on several occasions.

But he took the stated aims of TSFM very seriously.  He wanted action by all of us.  He was very DRIVEN.  As time went on it was obvious he was getting more and more frustrated and eventually angry at the inaction.  ‘Couch potatoes’ springs to mind.  He was the same on jj site.  After a few spats jj had enough, same as on here.

I tried to point out to him the similarities with politics, there are very few activists.  Most people just read about things and vote in an election.

There are very few JCs, EJs, Res 12 guys and Reivers.  Taking their lead I sent an Email to ‘Private Eye’ about the Tax Justice Network article.  The did a column on it a few weeks later (not saying it was because of me).

Maybe we all have different expectations from a blog site.  My primary purpose in reading sites like this is to be informed.  It’s my new ‘newspaper’.  Much that I read is speculation and opinions, not always provable hard facts.  I’m prepared for that and feel I have enough intelligence to distinguish the difference.  These new media sites in that respect are no different to the old media.  Except I think the new media blogs have raised the bar much, much higher in terms of integrity, truthfulness and the quality of questions they ask.

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James Forrest now running with the water story.  Meter installers been working around Ibrox the past few weeks.

Regarding jjs post this evening it was obviously written in rage.  The difference is Homonculus was proactive in his character assassination jj was reactive.

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Totally agree Killie1962,  Homonculus was out of order earlier, made it very personal.  Other posters who disagreed with jj did it politely and concentrated on the argument.   I tried earlier on to reign things in in a muted way by pointing out that there was another site saying there was a story there.  And that we don’t know what the £2m figure consists of.

It is ironic that the very attitude that Homonculus paints jj with is the very attitude he displays himself. 

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The thumbs down misuse mystifies me.  It happens often.  I wish we had a simple LIKE button with no dislike option.  You either vote for a post in a positive way or scroll past.  I know it would sacrifice the option of registering a strong disagreement in points of principle, but worth it I think. 

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