A gentle reminder from Fodors.com

Old Aug 17th, 2002, 01:07 PM
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Once in a while I might post an answer that is a little racy or thought provoking and I don't always want to have my moniker attached to it.
I think registration would take sponteity (sp?) out of these threads and would become boring.
I am all for travel talk, but it is the interesting posts that keep me coming back.
Old Aug 17th, 2002, 01:24 PM
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I wonder if they will allow the registration of this name.

Registration, that is VOLUNTARY registration, offers one partial solution to one limited problem: name-stealing and impostering.

It will not stop mocking, rudeness, meanness nor anonymous sniping. Nor should it squelch anonymous poking fun.
Old Aug 17th, 2002, 01:25 PM
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Regular users of this site know that it has degenerated over the past few years, what with all the meanness and all. I'm all for registration. Not only would it be good for us, the users, but it would be good for Fodors, as well. I can't help but think that the good people at Fodors must cringe when they see some of the rudeness on their board.

By the way, I regularly use another board, one that requires registration, and it's no inconvenience at all. And judging from the number of responses, registration is not holding anyone back.
Old Aug 17th, 2002, 02:30 PM
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Same here.
Old Aug 19th, 2002, 10:06 AM
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Dear Fodors:

If you require registration I will stop using this site.

I do not wish to participate under those circumstances. Internet privacy has dribbled away to nearly nothing as it is. If I visit a bookstore or a Starbucks, nobody is standing at the door with a clipboard to get my ID. The situation should be the same with this site.

I don't mind the occasional bad-mouth person, and I don't mind you removing inappropriate posts. Currently this forum is attractive as one of the last ``real'' opinionated sites on the web.

Old Aug 19th, 2002, 10:11 AM
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I look at Travelzine once in a while, but it is so cut and dried, and boring due to the censorship over there that I don't visit often.
This site has personality, a few jabs and insults, but, so what? You want everything sanitized? Not me. I will not visit here if there is registration.
Old Aug 19th, 2002, 10:21 AM
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Re cookies: I do not accept cookies, and the Fodors site still works. While I'm at it, I'd ask you to please at least retain that policy and let non-cookie-takers use the site.
Old Aug 19th, 2002, 06:06 PM
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Fodors is not concerned with rudeness. It, like any other company, is concerned with revenues. If we register they can send us links to ads thereby justifying the operation of this forum. Can I suggest that we do not register but bear with ads on this forums, pop-ups and what-nots which we can click off if we do not want. This way both provider and users are happy. Oh Fodors, pls keep this format.It is so easy to use! And keep up the good job.
Old Aug 19th, 2002, 08:26 PM
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Old Aug 19th, 2002, 11:53 PM
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This entire thread is a cut and paste job, no doubt courtesy of Fodors' resident control freak, Rex. He has a penchant for copying only the responses he wants and creating a new header with the same title, then burying the old one so it seems as if Fodor's censored it.

As I stated in the ORIGINAL post with the same heading, I hope Fodor's will not allow a vocal minority and few sniveling malcontents with multiple identities to ruin this forum with registration. If you want an example of a stagnant travel site, go check out Frommer's. Don't turn this site into Frommer's.
Old Aug 21st, 2002, 04:45 AM
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Here's a thought. In the UK, there is much tighter libel legislation than in the US (especially within England.) Even if the source of the libel cannot be established, then the publisher - be it a newspaper or internet site - can be prosecuted. It is also the responsibility of the person/publisher making the libel to support its argument, not the person who is accusing. Although the Fodors site is based in the US, it is not impossible that a judge may decide that as it can be accessed in the UK it is liable to UK/English/Scots law. If a libel award is sufficiently serious, then damages against Fodors could potentially be unlimited.

Perhaps this is at the back of their thinking?
Old Aug 24th, 2002, 09:29 AM
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Danny Mangin says that rudeness is not welcome here and I believe that he means it.
Old Aug 25th, 2002, 11:40 AM
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Old Aug 25th, 2002, 03:02 PM
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We’ve had a wild week...

We ask you... to keep the discussion civil at all times; and to avoid profanity.

Disagreement is fine... but rudeness is not. (This includes calling someone an idiot, either in lowercase letters or all caps.)

The site monitors have been instructed to delete all posts and threads... whose tone is not civil.


Apparently, the site monitors have not been instructed to do their job with any consistent regularity.
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