Posted: 19/04/2013 at 16:52
As a result of this recent spatt it seems to me that some perfectmy pleasant and knowledgeable people have left these boards which is a pity. Everybody, new and old should be welcome here and able to fit in with each other.
I have been frequenting gardening message boards for years and have seen many such spats come and go, especially on the the old Beeb boards and each time there was a schism and people set off to spawn new boards it left the boards diminished - except on one occasion when they were eejits the rest of us were glad to see the back of but this isn't the case this time and it seems to me that two or three people are still trying to rule a roost on which they are only precarioulsy perched. You will find as tie goes by and new people join that there will be no shortage of dominant ersonalities turning up.
Those who are left behind and who have had most to say in the recent upset should reflect and remember - it takes all sorts to make a garden and all sorts to make a community. On here we come from many different backgrounds of education, experience, knowledge, intelligence, income, empathy and understanding. There are bound to be occasional personality clashes as well as groups of kindred spirits that take to each other on chat threads and may, to some, feel exclusive or cliquey. Life is like that and no-one should take it as a personal therat or insult. Better to try and make friends instead.
We are anonymous on here and no-one can hear our tone of voice or see our face as we speak through these boards. Some of us are robust and some of us are delicate flowers. Remember that and tread softly in your metaphorical garden slippers. Some of you really do need to get things in perspective and take off the big, clod-hopping hobnailed boots you've been tarmpling around in.
Now, can we please settle down to welcoming new gardeners and old, new knowledge and starter questions, new topics an dthe same olf chestnuts and remain pleasant and tolerant?