See ya



  • I think after 22 (20 as a moderator) years on TSF. I deserve a good bye message.

    After to many complaints I was removed as mod.

    But thanks to all those who I have got to know over the last 22 years, my posts have often been caustic and have run afoul of the rules a few times. The only poster still posting that has been here longer is possibly @Donsteppa ?

    I have been on beers with nearly 40 Ferners, watched rugby with them at various stadiums around the world with them, in Ireland, Wales, England, Aus , SA and Scotland. Played golf with them, played rugby with them, the last time I pulled on the boots was in a TSF selection team at a Whangamata tournament with the true godfather of TSF Bartman. I have met some fantastic memories and have never refused a meet up even with people I disagreed with most vehemently such as @MajorRage , I always had the attitude that if you talk shit on a forum you should be able to meet up face to face with those people... and I did.
    Congrats to the complainers, you win. I am sure things will be more harmonious around here without me, but I think some ideas will go a lot unchallenged now, maybe that is for the best to.

    Special mention to @Donsteppa @taniwharugby, @JC, @JK, @KiwiPie , @Smudge (who doesnt much like me, but I still know he is a good egg)bloody great guys who I have known for a very long time now. And of course @BartMan , PDP (my favourite frenchman and who I spent some good nights in London sipping cognac and talking shite), Irish Richard, and Gailimh who shared my wifes 30th in Dublin at a great little pub. A lot of them are not around any more, and they were great.

    @Rembrandt @TeWaio (I like to think I actually changed some minds which is a minor miracle, (I think I got cancelled via sheer volume of complaints like a Fox news host though.....) )

    Even all the my detractors I wish well, I actually never really paid attention to who posted contrary views and would suddenly get an 'out of the blue' angry post towards me from someone whom I must have annoyed months earlier. I didn't keep any grudges.

    I think 22 years is long enough and I think being demoted makes staying on as poster a bit to hard.

    I would like to act like I don't care, but I am actually pretty disappointed. But the new management @Duluth @Kirwan is not like the old management, and I firmly believe if you put the time in and you run a site, you decide who posts and who does not. And the new management are what keeps this place ticking. If it wasn't for them TSF wouldn't still exist.

    So long and thanks for the fish.



  • Fake News.

    Despite the many complaints over the years about the way you speak to people, we smoothed over ruffled featers and left you as a mod.

    The reason we changed our mind was the constant moderation of coversations you were involved with, a breach of one of the few rules we have for mods.

    The main problem was deleting posts, then re-deleting them when other mods restored them. Then not owning up to that behaviour. It's just tiresome, and just makes more work for the other mods.



  • Be a shame but tough blow being "demoted" eh! 'magine having to slum it amongst the commoners. I highly doubt anyone complained, stay humble bro!



  • *too



  • Shit, who's gonna ban me now ?



  • @MN5 said in See ya:

    Shit, who's gonna ban me now ?

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  • @mariner4life said in See ya:

    *too

    Colour me surprised the only issue you find is next to the word "hard".



  • @Bones said in See ya:

    @mariner4life said in See ya:

    *too

    Colour me surprised the only issue you find is next to the word "hard".

    fucking lol!!



  • Cheers for the mention. Agreeing is boring. All the best.



  • We disagreed many a time @Baron-Silas-Greenback , but all the best.



  • @MN5 said in See ya:

    Shit, who's gonna ban me now ?

    All other mods - “Hold my beer”.



  • I missed all the excitement. Was it the Fernie awards?

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  • Happy trails



  • @mariner4life I see that blonde with the great personality really, REALLY, wants to ban MN5.



  • @Paekakboyz said in See ya:

    @mariner4life I see that blonde with the great personality really, REALLY, wants to ban MN5.

    She'd certainly be my choice



  • Bye BSG.

    I wasn't a huge fan of your posting style but I know there's a soft underbelly to the toad - I recall you sending me a PM when I was struggling with bad back issues about 12 years ago, and that was much appreciated.

    You should have done what I did, and remove yourself as a mod before they kick you out!

    That said, if the reason for your demotion was that you were moderating conversations you were involved in, then I have to side with the slightly less grumpy Kirwan on this.

    In summary, yes, I am a good egg.



  • @MN5 I don't know how he does it. No matter the topic, cause, thread or person thar be tits and ass for africa.

    Some might call it a curse, but I suspect he's a gif-ted savant of the digital age.



  • @Paekakboyz said in See ya:

    @MN5 I don't know how he does it. No matter the topic, cause, thread or person thar be tits and ass for africa.

    Some might call it a curse, but I suspect he's a gif-ted savant of the digital age.

    either that or he's a sex starved sicko.



  • @MN5 not mutually exclusive!!



  • Shit, bloody Jacinta's lockdown has claimed another scalp. This is fucking getting out of control.



  • @voodoo said in See ya:

    Shit, bloody Jacinta's lockdown has claimed another scalp. This is fucking getting out of control.

    You feeling the pressure of being the anti-lockdown head now?



  • @Bones said in See ya:

    @voodoo said in See ya:

    Shit, bloody Jacinta's lockdown has claimed another scalp. This is fucking getting out of control.

    You feeling the pressure of being the anti-lockdown head now?

    Fuck, I wasn't but now I am!



  • Some one must have hacked his account as BSG would always scoff and laugh at those who did grand exits. Must be someone else.



  • @Hooroo said in See ya:

    Some one must have hacked his account as BSG would always scoff and laugh at those who did grand exits. Must be someone else.

    I know right! To be honest it's slightly worrying. Great exercise in irony though!



  • @Kirwan said in See ya:

    Fake News.

    He would get that comment...…...



  • Sorry to hear that @Baron-Silas-Greenback ,

    You've been part of the furniture here since even my lurking days in the early 2000's. I might have celebrated this announcement a few years back thinking it was a good thing that someone who viewed the world through a lens I disagreed with just disappeared, no doubt some will now. But like the 10th man principle, sometimes that sole opposing voice that you hate so much might just be trying to stop you from running headfirst into a brick wall. You were harsh…often too harsh, you didn't suffer fools, but your opinions were always your own and not just regurgitating a headline read the morning before or jumping on a popular bandwagon because everyone else was.

    I think you also followed sport at some point, Cricket was it? Rugby too?

    All the best for your future life as a tsf lurker trying your darndest not to correct a poster so wrong its scarcely comprehensible.



  • Cheers fella, always a free spirit and vigorously expressed. As someone said, you took no prisoners, abrasive at times, but your independent thought will be missed.



  • Hi all. Got here as soon as I could.

    If I may wax lyrical for a moment: a post that summarises the online persona in keeping the verbosity proportionate to the revisionism; meeting expectation in the style expected in just under 500 words. Backhanded compliments (🤔 ?)for the angry peasants, and praise for his fellow lords of the realm as he accepts banishment rather than living in the muck, and turns on his heel. Exit stage right.

    Of course, the truth is always somewhere between the barking mad edges, or what one perceives to be the barking mad edges.

    In a society increasingly polarised over the last 2 decades (mostly by its own navel/echo chamber), Baron's claim to fame is that his persona here was polarised before it was cool. And for a long time thereafter.

    It will certainly change the face of the Fern, in that particular sub-fora will never be the same. For different reasons.

    Speaking of which: I'd like my posting privileges returned in the Politics Forum, if anyone has a minute.



  • @NTA said in See ya:

    Speaking of which: I'd like my posting privileges returned in the Politics Forum, if anyone has a minute.

    I just added you back

    When did you lose permission? Why?



  • @Duluth said in See ya:

    @NTA said in See ya:

    Speaking of which: I'd like my posting privileges returned in the Politics Forum, if anyone has a minute.

    I just added you back

    When did you lose permission? Why?

    A few months back. Suspect it was just after I let rip at someone in the politics forum. Trying to remember exactly who...

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  • @NTA

    Oh FFS

    Sorry about that



  • This might seem nuts to some, or many even, but how do people keep up with those they disagree with on occasion? I can barely retain who supports which team, which players etc. Yes I can get as fucked off as the next guy in a debate I'm passionate about but why on earth would anyone take it so far - given the ability - as to delete posts which disagreed with theirs, if that's the gist above?

    Anyway, I've probably had a few disagreements over the years with BSG, but do I recall anything particular? Nope. Could I label his posting style in any way? Not a hope. Maybe this is attributable to being a bit off and on so I'm not as immersed as I once was (for many years), but Jesus H Christ, it's just a fucken forum (albeit a great one!)

    At the end of the day, many of us can take this stuff far too seriously - and personally - at times, but you gotta retain some perspective.

    There should probably be some form of compliment coming but as I say, sans a personal relationship it's just a cyber to-and-fro at the end of the day and can't be taken too seriously.

    Of course if it was BSG who moderated a post I made about Akira Ioane earlier this season, I take it all back.



  • @Baron-Silas-Greenback

    I hated you.

    (a bit strong but loathe comes to mind).

    Too many times I found myself in a state of triggered angst, arguments burning through my mind for hours. Fucken jumped up prick from the bay.
    I didn't really hate you but I hated having my strong views "disrespected" by yours. The hate was my confusion of my ideas. The hate was from my world view not stacking up to any depth of inspection.

    Now I thank you - fucken jumped up prick from the bay 😀

    How ever it happened, and over many years by some osmosis, in part due to your sneery rebuttals, I think I've learned to look at information sources more carefully and critically. And it's put me in good better stead.

    I think you helped me do that, in your short sharp way.

    So farewell mate and I'll always remember how you played the argument and not the man, ( sort of😉, I think Rembrandt summarized it better)

    For some reason the closing credits from " The littlest hobo" just passed through my mind.😅

    👍



  • @Baron-Silas-Greenback Best wishes, 20+ years is a long innings in forum posting, and it won't be the same without you.

    We often haven't seen eye to eye in politics and economics (and somehow managed to get nominated for a No Love Lost Fernie), but it has always been interesting and obviously your heart is in the right place.



  • @Baron-Silas-Greenback Always read your posts. Agreed with a few. Disagreed with more. Enjoyed arguing with you on occasions. You spoke your mind and people with different (strong) opinions are always preferable than the bland and predictable.

    Don't know what has gone on to make you want to walk (and don't care), but IMHO it is shame to see you go. I hope you will be back here at some point.

    Take care,

    Sparky



  • @NTA @Duluth Think you need to restore my mod privileges too, you Admins are slacking...
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    @Baron-Silas-Greenback come on maaaaan, you're one of my fave grumpy little ferners,I love reading your rants. Just have a chill and come back soon!

    Guuuuys the drama, this is unhappy times....



  • Is this the end of the BOP mafia?



  • @antipodean said in See ya:

    I missed all the excitement. Was it the Fernie awards?

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    Hey don’t drag me and the fine institution that are the fernies into this car wreck..

    Also don’t forget to vote!!



  • Kinda wish I had started the fernies a week later now...



  • @Virgil might be a promotion in it for you 😂


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