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PostSubject: For members of this forum   For members of this forum EmptySat Aug 21, 2010 11:34 am

Marie Pacha asked me to post this on the forum:

Shelagh,

I posted the following on the a305w blog. I would be grateful if you would post it on PublishedAuthors, but I also understand if you don't.

Recently, I wrote an essay titled “Stop the Hate.” It’s on my Facebook page for anyone that cares to view it, and it’s public so no one has to “friend” me. It has nothing to do with this blog or a particular forum on the Internet, but in the process of writing it I came to a conclusion.

I initially posted on this blog because I realized I offended someone in a forum post and wanted to apologize. I think, but I’m not sure, that by doing so I made members of that forum feel that I was taking sides against them. That was not my intent. I felt I had done something wrong and wanted to try and set things right, but couldn’t directly contact the individual involved.

That apology seemed to be, at least to me, the impetus for an escalation of ill will between me and members of that forum, and particularly the moderator/administrator. I didn’t intend for that to happen.

I didn’t plan for a formal withdrawal from that forum. A number of things caused my lack of active participation, and I shouldn’t have to justify those to anyone. I planned to remove some of my posts since I wasn’t going to be actively involved.

I never wanted to see the forum closed. I know and knew that it was important to a number of the members.

Regardless of my intent and purpose, things deteriorated from that point forward. And, they deteriorated for a lot of people who weren’t directly involved in the disagreement I had with the moderator/administrator.

That was certainly not my intent.

I felt justified in making my comments about the moderator/administrator of that forum. That justification was based on my perception of events.

I feel strongly enough about the comments I made in my essay “Stop the Hate” that they have changed my perception of issues with that forum. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I feel my opinions were/are wrong, but it means they weren’t worth a fight. I have a right to my opinions, but so do the members of that forum.

In the grand scheme of things, those issues were trivial and yet, by my comments on the blog, I encouraged them to escalate. I regret that.

I can’t undo my participation, but I can apologize for my part in that.

So, to Shelagh and members of the Published Authors forum, and to individuals posting on this blog, I apologize.

Marie Pacha

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PostSubject: Re: For members of this forum   For members of this forum EmptySat Aug 21, 2010 11:41 am

In response to Marie's request, I have posted the email. She didn't add any conditions about whether or not members should be allowed to comment on the thread. I decided to leave the thread unlocked. I won't be commenting on the email. If anyone else wishes to add a comment, then they are entitled to do so.

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PostSubject: Re: For members of this forum   For members of this forum EmptySat Aug 21, 2010 9:34 pm

Although one cannot undo what was done or said, an apology signifies a desire to right a wrong and a fresh start is welcomed. Discussion of past actions can only refresh bad memories. Actions do speak louder than words.


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PostSubject: Re: For members of this forum   For members of this forum EmptySun Aug 22, 2010 9:25 am

I'm not big on rehashing the past wrongs either. Always better to move on.
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PostSubject: Re: For members of this forum   For members of this forum EmptyFri Dec 07, 2012 10:37 am

I have no idea what happened here to the people envolved, but I can easily see why and do know it has occured before if only to a small degree. My sensibities always begin to jump around just reading some of the threads here, referencing what I know and have experienced through writing and publishing. Some of these particpants operate on a high level of many emotions and when exploring these on an open public web-site it is hard to be aware of the edge of these same emotions. Sometimes the barrier is reached without warning and then the rest is history. But I do hope everyone has recovered to some degree and really do hope something was learned here as is my intentions. Thanks, Richard
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PostSubject: Re: For members of this forum   For members of this forum EmptyFri Dec 07, 2012 10:50 am

The End.

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