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Laurence Matson
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Re: A Few Quotes....

yvind Strm wrote:

Lin, I do agree that many of this statements are way over the line, and as such I do not defend them. But you can't take them out of context like that. Where are the insults that led to those comments? Maybe not directly, but through repeated attacks.

Break one of your own rules and do a little research.

RonJs comments were not like that in the beginning. Neither was any other posters that came here first time.


Often a poster comes here, and may have an unfortunate wording. And this is where it goes wrong - if there is any chance that it is a troll, he is jumped at. Especially if he has a low post count. RonJ is not the first this has happened for.

I think the first thread RonJ started is worth taking a look at. http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/50529614

Actually, you are wrong again. This was his first post, as far as I can tell:


I find it rather typical of what happens when someone comes to the forum with a statement or question, that may or may not be a troll post.

Look at some of the later stuff but pre-December 23, 2012, when the previous persona was banned.

Luckily, in that thread, it is a majority of helpful people, that don’t jump at him. But several does, with support from others.

You weren't there to keep things in balance.

This is the general rule – the new posters are attacked first, and not only by one. In some instances, the OP has managed to remain calm, but often the attacks results in a angered person, which responds in kind. And then the spiral starts. And in the end "proves" that he was just another "troll". I would say "created" by the attackers. Almost always. Sadly, this seems like standard procedure.

Nonsense. You are making up scenarios to match your pov.

In that specific thread, 9 persons attacked (or voiced support for the attackers). If those 9 had managed to shut up, and let the 14 people that DID try to help (or acknowledge the helping attempt) do their thing, the thread would be an educational one to read for newcomers, and RonJs impression, and subsequent reactions would been different.

As you can upon self-reflection, it is hard for some people to shut up. Pot calling the kettle black here.

To make the picture somewhat more complete, 2 of the 9 later appologized for the initial assumption of him being a troll.


I must also stress that in that particular thread, you (Lin) did try to help, and so did DaSigmaGuy, D Cox, Gary Mercer, SigmaChrome, Dan Daniel, Johan Borg, Atom14, Idiliic, Mike earussi, Ceistinne, Laurence Matson ( a very, very good answer), dMillier, mroy, Charles2 and Gunther Borgermeister. (Hope I didn't leave out any helpful contributor)

Those posters (including yours) is excellent examples of how we SHOULD respond to anyone, regardless of how they phrase their claims or questions.

I am very appreciative of your approval. WOW.

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