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Old 08-22-2007, 01:30 PM   #1
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Thumbs down WBCCI Forums Exercises Censorship

I went over to visit WBCCI.org forums to see what is new and this is a real kicker. Most of the threads have all been replaced with new forums headings all started as a directory to ask questions. There is no more member share thread. All negative and positive that has succeeded in implimentation has been removed. No one will ever know what members accomplished nor will any criticisms be tolerated. I have never seen anything like this on a public forum to summarily remove subjects and replace with a new politically controlled agenda. Only q&a from here on.

Even the members' news has been cut down , even removed the WBCCI wedding of late and only the dead (death notices) remain there.
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:37 PM   #2
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It's not really a site I visit often - even less from now on. I consider this site the "Voice of Airsteram Owners" forum - VAOF
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:37 PM   #3
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I wonder if this is censorship, or if the forum software simply lost its database of previous posts. If I remember correctly from past participation in that forum, the categories look the same. However, all of the posts that I browsed through a few minutes ago were very recent.
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Old 08-22-2007, 01:46 PM   #4
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There are old posts there I believe but even if they were not replacing last years members' share with the long range planning comittee Q&A section, each has an opening to "post questions here" and that is certainly a different and limiting format. I have no doubt the forum is experiencing the same demise as the Blue Beret in that all must applaud the WBCCI or it will not be published. But the removal of posts such as the members share column contained and what members did is also gone. That blade not only censors criticisms but also does not allow credit towards mere members.

How transparent is that? It speaks volumes and is ever so much more harmful than a negative post or a pat on the back to a member!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-22-2007, 02:11 PM   #5
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Going in the wrong direction

IMHO, controversies are best handled by enriching the conversation, not restricting it.

Suggestions: Perhaps the WBCCI leadership could host a “talk-back” after some of their big meetings so their audiences can ask questions and perhaps hear from experts on _______. They need to start exploring ways for members to express their points of view through various media. This allows for a continued community conversation in response to important issues without silencing the member's voices.

Perhaps the powers that be are concerned that various threads/posts on their website might be perceived as a reflection of the WBCCI's position on the issues. This is easily remedied with a disclaimer noting that the WBCCI does not endorse or share all the views presented on their site. However, by controlling the site’s content, the WBCCI would accurately be perceived as endorsing the views it expressed.

I would urge the WBCCI in this matter to encourage member creativity, civic engagement and discussion of opposing views respectfully. You cannot accomplish these critical goals by substituting your words for theirs and papering over real issues on which we disagree.

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Old 08-22-2007, 02:27 PM   #6
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Somehow or other, that doesn't suprise me.
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I questioned the webmaster and she said: "Older postings are eliminated automatically after a specified time. This can be changed if it is causing some problems."

Perhaps others should also question the missing posts.
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Old 08-22-2007, 03:59 PM   #8
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I was told by our Region President that the WBCCI forums would be changing and all political posts removed. This may be the start of it.
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:06 PM   #9
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Well how political or old was the news story about Rick and Sandi's wedding? Or is that inappropriate subject matter for member news? I think the new regime just axed the last.
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Old 08-22-2007, 04:20 PM   #10
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I have never posted on the WBCCI forums because they never seemed to be all that active; however, I'm not surprised that "they" are taking this route to control the dissension among the ranks.

It's interesting that WBCCI's forum is heading toward an on-line obit column just as so many members are becoming disenchanted and the leadership is concerned about the club dying. It seems like they are preparing for their own self-fulfilling prophesy.
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Why not have a headquarters only forum where only club officers can post? That would be about as interesting as the Blue Beret.
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Old 08-23-2007, 07:58 AM   #13
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What happened to this post? "myboyburt has just replied to a thread you have subscribed to entitled - WBCCI Forums Exercises Censorship - in the WBCCI Forum forum of Airstream Forums.

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During a unit officer training session at the recent region 1 rally our Region President told us the WBCCI had decided to remove political posts from it's forum. The club wants it's forum to be a place to ask questions about events, rallies, trailer maintenance, etc and not a place to debate club issues. I don't understand why they removed the thread about the NEU Wedding Rally that was held this year, maybe there was a political statement in one of the reply posts. Who knows.

IMO this is not a smart move for the WBCCI. Members need to be heard and should not have to jump through hoops (meaning having to contact a unit or region officer to have their concerns or suggestions presented to Headquarters). Our Regional President told us WBCCI members can debate club issues on the AirForums and at SaveWally. Neither are an official part of the WBCCI so that seems strange to me. Also heard Leo from SaveWally was part of the decision to change the WBCCI forum, maybe he can provide us with insight. Leo?
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I don't know what happened to myboyburt's post. It does not appear to have been deleted by the Mods. I'll ask one of the Admins to look into it.

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