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  1. #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by FFFarmer
    I recently dealt with a case where an employee was put into the HOT seat for a simple email response that was mis-interpreted.
    Hmmm . . . I wonder who that could be.
    "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear."

    "Death is only one of many ways to die."

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    Not to disagree, but I don't see a whole lot of negativity here (OK, maybe some). In fact, this forum is one of the more pleasant sites I visit as the folks here are very agreeable and don't beat each other up or have to get warnings from the Administator.

    Most of the discussions I have seen have in some cases been heated and in a case or two a few folks might have got a bit uncivil, but I think most of them have all stepped back, analyzed their thoughts and the posts and realized that what they did may have been a bit over-the-top.

    In fact, some of the more enjoyable threads I've read have been the pros- and cons- of ATVs or hunting vs. anti-hunting. I think it's always a good idea to try to see all sides and views of an issue and contribute to the conversation if you can make an intelligent remark without "beating" up on another.

    I will say though that it does seem as though some folks have been a bit on edge lately . . . I've noticed this in other forums as well . . . maybe it's the change of seasons, maybe it's the change in members, maybe it's simply people are stressing out a bit more now that summer is over.

    I also have to agree with FFFarmer . . . and not just because he is our fearless Union President . . . folks can misinterpret e-mails and posts in threads because conveying the nuances and true emotions in words is not always an easy thing to do. Folks can misinterpret the written word.

    That said . . . how about seeing some more "kinder and gentler" posts. It is always easier to tear down than to build. It is always easier to complain about a problem than to remedy the problem. It is always easier to be negative than positive . . .. but that is the way of the Dark Side Luke . . . I mean Gentle Geocachers. Remember: Life is shorter than you think. Live it well. Live it fully. Trust me. The life you're accustomed to living can change in an instant.
    "Courage is not the absence of fear, but the realization that there is something more important than fear."

    "Death is only one of many ways to die."

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    I am a fairly new member and what I noticed about the postings during my first month (August) was that everyone was willing to help each other out and I loved the playful bantering. I was convinced that I had a whole lot of friends out there who I never had the privilege to meet in person. For this I am grateful. Barbara

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    Having spent the last ten years Sysoping 80+ technical support newsgroups - I guarantee you this place is the model of civility and friendship!!! This is nothing compared to watching and moderating a group of architects, engineers and geeks from all over the world fight about anything. I've learned all I know about geocaching from this site and have enjoyed the spirited discussions on a wide array of topics. How boring if everyone agreed all the time. I think why this site doesn't degenerate into the type of sites we often see is that we know we will/could meet face to face.

    Anne
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    "AMEN" Wudeater and Wife
    “Sometimes it is easier to beg for forgiveness, than ask for permission”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wudeater and Wife
    Always there are people complaining about something, trash in the caches, caches that have been trashed, atv's - dangerous or not, hunters - dangerous or not, the coin, the State of Maine and, of course, the infamous micro's.
    I too have noticed a bit of hostility here lately. Perhaps if the Rule of the Three C's were used, some of the posts would be more productive. How does it work you ask?

    Don't Condemn, Criticize or Complain.

    That's it!
    Instead offer a positive suggestion or solution to the problem at hand.

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    I think sometimes we complain most about things that we care deeply about. when our emotions are involved reason comes in second. All I can say is that if we live what we feel to be right and try to accept others, we can deal with things in a way so as to set an example for our children. Isn't that whats realy important. Just because someone else is doing things that is wrong we dont want to lower ourselves to thier level.
    On a day to day level its hard but thats what i strive to do, and you know my 14 yr old son seems to thinking about things a little before he acts. THERE IS HOPE FOR US. good luck all and some days life gets to me but thats life , tomorrow is a new day and we will prevail. -- lem

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    I should add that I feel my life is better for being involved in this site in even the smallest part thanks to all for being there for support

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    When I first started visiting this site I was looking for some insight to the types of caches placed in Maine. I was researching, trying to find the "right" caches to hunt on my limited time to Geocache while on vacation. I read many of the old threads, chatted a bit and e mailed some with specific questions. If I had found a site of constant positive agreement, my impression would have been that this site was formed by a clique of cachers to pat each other on the back and I would have abandon the thought of getting any help here. Instead I found a diverse group of cachers willing to challenge each other in a friendly manner. Your comments, differences of opinion and general sharing of information helped me greatly. I had NO disappointments! (Well, except that I didn't have more time for geocaching) Thanks for this site and for sharing your opinions- positive and negative.
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    I've read all the posts in this thread as they were added, and I can't even remember who got mad at who and why....I think the fact that I can't remember is a GOOD thing. It tells me that whoever it was or whatever it was couldn't have been THAT bad!! (Either that or I'm just getting OLD)

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