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Re: Time Out !
In Response To: Time Out ! ()

Dear Mr. Smith,

PLEASE do not leave this forum! I'm a newbie and you, personally, have several times answered my queries and pointed me in the right direction, saving me hours, if not days, of frustration. If it was not clear before, I really value your voice, along with the others here.

I agree with your concern over the tone this forum has taken in the last several days. I come to this forum seeking to learn, but also seeking a community where I can discuss genealogy and come away reinvigorated in my search. Personal attacks do not advance our knowledge; and who knows how many newbies have been turned off because of the last few days.

To those out there who read, but haven't decided to post here yet: I hope you will stick around, continue reading and post your own queries and observations. This is a wonderful group of people who can help you in your search for family.

To those who've been here for awhile, let's all take a deep breath and get back to genealogy. We're a great bunch and I think, capable of dealing with negative commentary on a higher plane. If it seems obvious that a discussion is no longer about genealogy and has descended into vitriol, let's just stop the conversation, agree to disagree, and move on to more interesting topics.

Anyone who wishes to continue in a mode of personal attack, please ask yourself why. It does no one any good to perpetuate an uncomfortable environment here in this forum. An uncivil discussion diminishes this entire forum. Any of us who can't bring ourselves to calm down and be civil should consider if this forum really has anything else left to offer and should find a different venue for their discusson.

In the meantime, let's use the energy we've expended in the past few days hoping for Bennie's speedy recovery.

I look forward to future discussions with all of you,


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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