My dear friends,
I have been in contact with Pat and I just wanted to personally respond to
the email below. Not to the individual who wrote it, he is long gone, but
to the group as a whole. Seldom have I read such a vile form of trash and I
wanted to assure the group, especially the new members, that this type of
post is an exception, not the norm. We have an exceptionally bright and
intellectual group of people on this list.
First let me say that we, as a group, are extremely lucky to have a
moderator such as Pat. If I were moderating the group alone, it probably
would have shut down a long time ago. I do not put members on a moderated
status. I put them on the "gone" status. I have better things to do with
my time than act as a hall monitor for some clown that cannot follow some
extremely simple rules. Thank you Pat, your efforts are greatly
appreciated. Especially by me.
Second, this group is not democratic. I do not put things up for a vote.
Follow the rules and all is well. Break the rules and you will have to look
for a new group. I founded the group so I, and hopefully others can learn,
not as a forum so some can just vent their feelings on some abstract thing
about the Civil War. There are other groups out there for that. The day
that I find that I am no longer learning is the day that I will delete the
list. Hopefully that day will never come. You folks have so much to offer
and I am like a giant sponge, trying to soak up all I can.
Third, and last, most of you do not know me so I am going to take a few
lines to explain who I am. The earth has circled the sun some 68 times
since I was born so I am no new kid on the block. Besides this discussion
group I maintain what is probably the largest and most visited Civil War
site on the Internet which generates a lot of email that I have to answer.
I also have what is probably the best Civil War Chat Room on the Web. I am
an old retired Top Sgt. and have seen men die in defense of this great
country of ours. I have seen men toast their dead comrades in a Quonset hut
by holding their glasses high and singing to the tune of Camp Town Races
"He's going home in a body bag, do da, do da." While through all the noise
and singing hiding their fear in a veil of tears while the war goes on. As
you might guess I am as hard as nails when I have to be and as soft as a
powder puff when I am allowed to be. Finally, Pat did not deserve the email
below. She was merely following my directions. If you have a real problem
with the moderation of the group please direct them to me. I will be glad
to unsubscribe you with no hard feeling. Nothing you can say or any name
you can call me will be something that I have not heard or been called
before. You will have a difficult time hurting my feelings.
You take care my friends. Please enjoy the group and remember that the
posts are cyclic. This is slow time but it will pick up and you will not
believe the mail that will hit your box.
I am, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Dick (a.k.a. Shotgun)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Moon" <stevarino1961@...>
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2008 11:57 PM
Subject: MODERATOR's NOTE Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Joseph E. Johnston
> First Pat.... I believe the polite thing to do is ask someone,
> particularly me, when you write to my private email! You don't know
> me... We are not friends or aquaintences, so what gives you idea
> that you could. Please ask from now on... I don't talk privately to
> just anyone...
> Second... I imagine your going to moderate my post from now on...
> Or perhaps even kick me out.... So be it... I can take it or leave
> it... As slow as it is these days, it would not be a great loss
> Third... Whatever!!! I just think it's kind of sad the way
> the group has gone down hill.... And the way I see it, understand it
> by chatting with other members, it's only because the strictness that
> certain moderators, mainly yourself Pat, that have driven folks away.
> Perhaps this should be sent to you only...??? But "we" are
> supposedly a "group"... So I would think the whole group needs to
> hear, read, and discuss this!