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Jeffery Vines

United States

#1 Apr 7, 2010
As many of you know, this website is a place where people can post their opinions about a variety of topics. However, since the design of the website allows people to post their comments anonymously, it has become a venue for the distribution of misrepresentations, lies, and even personal attacks. Many of the people who post these anonymous comments do so under the pretense of being a “Concerned Citizen”, or “For the Good of the Community” when in reality they are nothing more than cowards who have no other options than to lash out from behind their computer screen and scream at the top of their lungs about whatever agenda they want to push without any factual basis to support their preposterous claims. While I agree that these individuals have the constitutional right to say what ever they want even if they choose to say it anonymously, I think we as a community have to realize these comments are nothing more than the ramblings of disgruntled individuals. I say, any comment posted under the cloud of anonymity is not worth reading, and we as a community should ostracize those who use this forum to spread malicious and hurtful comments that do nothing more than degrade our community’s reputation. If you agree, please feel free to cut and paste this comment on any thread that you feel portrays our community in a negative way.
Jeffery Vines
Crystal Mayer

Sandusky, OH

#2 Apr 7, 2010
I agree wholeheartedly with this comment. I rarely post on this forum, and question myself as to why I even read it. It's bad enough to gossip about someone face to face, but using a public forum to do it is just malicious and horrible. The person has no opportunity to defend him/herself and doesn't even know who his/her attackers are. Perhaps the worst thing of all is that there is no limit to the number of people who can read the slander...regardless of whether the comment is believed by the reader, I think that just reading it plants a seed in one's perception. I have lived in Columbia, MO for the last two years and I went to the Topix site there and I can tell you...it's nothing like what you see here. Check out some sites in other towns and cities...you will find that in comparison, our forum is cruder and contains far more slanderous comments. It's disappointing.

Crystal Mayer
here and there

Jefferson City, MO

#3 Apr 7, 2010
I can only say that I still need my reading humor each day. I take the stupidity with a grain of salt and don't believe ANYTHING I read.

I agree with Crystal. Other sites/cities are not as "funny" and more intellegent.

I remain without my actual name to protect my family.
a parent

Van Nuys, CA

#4 Apr 7, 2010
here and there wrote:
I can only say that I still need my reading humor each day. I take the stupidity with a grain of salt and don't believe ANYTHING I read.
I agree with Crystal. Other sites/cities are not as "funny" and more intellegent.
I remain without my actual name to protect my family.
I agree

“What we think, we become.”

Since: Nov 08

Ozark Foothills, MO

#5 Apr 7, 2010
I'm SO GLAD topix wasn't around when I was in high school, although I soon will have to worry about my kids with all of the new technology that can make bullying easy & practically anonymous. I think that if topix had more mods it would not be nearly as bad. Some of the things that people post on here are extremely cruel & likely false.
Frosty

Faridabad, India

#6 Apr 7, 2010
Why are people that are not from our community posting comments about our community?
guest

Campbell, MO

#7 Apr 7, 2010
The town that shows has nothing to do with it, it has to with the isp.
in agreement

Grantville, PA

#8 Apr 7, 2010
Jeffery Vines wrote:
As many of you know, this website is a place where people can post their opinions about a variety of topics. However, since the design of the website allows people to post their comments anonymously, it has become a venue for the distribution of misrepresentations, lies, and even personal attacks. Many of the people who post these anonymous comments do so under the pretense of being a “Concerned Citizen”, or “For the Good of the Community” when in reality they are nothing more than cowards who have no other options than to lash out from behind their computer screen and scream at the top of their lungs about whatever agenda they want to push without any factual basis to support their preposterous claims. While I agree that these individuals have the constitutional right to say what ever they want even if they choose to say it anonymously, I think we as a community have to realize these comments are nothing more than the ramblings of disgruntled individuals. I say, any comment posted under the cloud of anonymity is not worth reading, and we as a community should ostracize those who use this forum to spread malicious and hurtful comments that do nothing more than degrade our community’s reputation. If you agree, please feel free to cut and paste this comment on any thread that you feel portrays our community in a negative way.
Jeffery Vines
Very well said. I agree completley
guest

Faridabad, India

#9 Apr 7, 2010
Ask Chidoug. In his broken, jibberish-like English, he will attempt to tell you.

Your question goes right to the heart of the matter. Topix has separate forums for every community, even small ones like Fisk (where Chidoug was once held back a year in grade school), Qulin, Bloomfield, etc. The idea is that people can discuss and exchange ideas on matters and issues that involve their communities. For example, it is prurient for someone from, say Chicago, to pipe in on discussions in Poplar Bluff about the friendliness, or lack thereof, of the checkers at K-Mart. No kidding. This actually happened a while back. It would be equally ridiculous for someone from Poplar Bluff to monitor the Chicago forum and offer their two cents on how cold the beer is at a particular neighborhod tavern.

Most everybody understands the utter simplicity of this basic scheme. Except, of course, the simpletons among us. Or those in, say, Chicago.
Frosty wrote:
Why are people that are not from our community posting comments about our community?
my two cents

Faridabad, India

#10 Apr 8, 2010
I agree with this. If it is a national issue, like politics or whatever, sure an occasional post from far away may be ok. But to come to PB Topix with many posts every day on issues that have nothing to do with Chicago makes no sense. It may not be against Topix rules, but they can't have a rule against every possible scenario, and they would never have expected some fruit loop from far away to spend his/her entire day giving impossible to understand comments here multiple times a day.
guest wrote:
Ask Chidoug. In his broken, jibberish-like English, he will attempt to tell you.
Your question goes right to the heart of the matter. Topix has separate forums for every community, even small ones like Fisk (where Chidoug was once held back a year in grade school), Qulin, Bloomfield, etc. The idea is that people can discuss and exchange ideas on matters and issues that involve their communities. For example, it is prurient for someone from, say Chicago, to pipe in on discussions in Poplar Bluff about the friendliness, or lack thereof, of the checkers at K-Mart. No kidding. This actually happened a while back. It would be equally ridiculous for someone from Poplar Bluff to monitor the Chicago forum and offer their two cents on how cold the beer is at a particular neighborhod tavern.
Most everybody understands the utter simplicity of this basic scheme. Except, of course, the simpletons among us. Or those in, say, Chicago.
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chidoug

Chicago, IL

#11 Apr 8, 2010
guest wrote:
Ask Chidoug. In his broken, jibberish-like English, he will attempt to tell you.
Your question goes right to the heart of the matter. Topix has separate forums for every community, even small ones like Fisk (where Chidoug was once held back a year in grade school), Qulin, Bloomfield, etc. The idea is that people can discuss and exchange ideas on matters and issues that involve their communities. For example, it is prurient for someone from, say Chicago, to pipe in on discussions in Poplar Bluff about the friendliness, or lack thereof, of the checkers at K-Mart. No kidding. This actually happened a while back. It would be equally ridiculous for someone from Poplar Bluff to monitor the Chicago forum and offer their two cents on how cold the beer is at a particular neighborhod tavern.
Most everybody understands the utter simplicity of this basic scheme. Except, of course, the simpletons among us. Or those in, say, Chicago.
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here you are still being a coward while also showing your ignorance. and its funny that it bothers you so much that i post here, must be some life you have. lol
chidoug

Chicago, IL

#12 Apr 8, 2010
my two cents wrote:
I agree with this. If it is a national issue, like politics or whatever, sure an occasional post from far away may be ok. But to come to PB Topix with many posts every day on issues that have nothing to do with Chicago makes no sense. It may not be against Topix rules, but they can't have a rule against every possible scenario, and they would never have expected some fruit loop from far away to spend his/her entire day giving impossible to understand comments here multiple times a day.
<quoted text>
a fruit loop? this coming from a scare person that cant stand behind what they post and use their real name... lol

also for a fact the threads that i've posted in i never said it had anything to do with chicago... but if i have something to say then you can bet your last dollar that i'm going to say it. if that pisses you off as it does the coward that posted above you, then i guess that its just going to piss you off

and for another fact i was welcome by email by topix to post where my interest are, you don't have to agree, and you don't have to come here, as you don't own this site and should let it go... but i can understand not having a life, sitting on your azz waiting for that check you have nothing better to do then worry where i post
chidoug

Chicago, IL

#13 Apr 8, 2010
guest wrote:
The idea is that people can discuss and exchange ideas on matters and issues that involve their communities. For example, it is prurient for someone from, say Chicago, to pipe in on discussions in Poplar Bluff about the friendliness, or lack thereof, of the checkers at K-Mart. No kidding. This actually happened a while back.
if this happen then post a link. also fool i have shopped at kmart in pb many times. so if i have opinion i'm going to give it, regardless if it pisses you off or not. thats a fact

hell i posted my opinion about a bar down there and the awesome service i received while there, yet i don't live there but spent money there. in which i posted about my experience. don't like it, tough sh*(t coward

guess what, i've also shopped at walmart several time as well, along with eating out in town. one doesn't have to live there to offer their opinion or suggestion. which just goes to show how much of a moron you are with no life.

shawn go take care of that little girl of yours. you can start by getting a job
jamie

United States

#14 Apr 8, 2010
Jeffery Vines wrote:
As many of you know, this website is a place where people can post their opinions about a variety of topics. However, since the design of the website allows people to post their comments anonymously, it has become a venue for the distribution of misrepresentations, lies, and even personal attacks. Many of the people who post these anonymous comments do so under the pretense of being a “Concerned Citizen”, or “For the Good of the Community” when in reality they are nothing more than cowards who have no other options than to lash out from behind their computer screen and scream at the top of their lungs about whatever agenda they want to push without any factual basis to support their preposterous claims. While I agree that these individuals have the constitutional right to say what ever they want even if they choose to say it anonymously, I think we as a community have to realize these comments are nothing more than the ramblings of disgruntled individuals. I say, any comment posted under the cloud of anonymity is not worth reading, and we as a community should ostracize those who use this forum to spread malicious and hurtful comments that do nothing more than degrade our community’s reputation. If you agree, please feel free to cut and paste this comment on any thread that you feel portrays our community in a negative way.
Jeffery Vines
I think this pretty much sums it up! Everybody from every where is welcomed to post their comments. I dont have a problem with any of that, I just dont like it when people are mean or say things to be hurtful. It only hurts poplar bluff.
Crystal Mayer

Sandusky, OH

#15 Apr 8, 2010
In response to what Cherry Bomb said...I also feel very grateful that this kind of technology did not exist during my teenage years. It's hard enough being a teenager without people having the ability to publicly humiliate you on such a grand scale. I also worry about what it will be like when my own child is a teenager...how will I prepare him to be thick skinned and remain unaffected if something like this should happen to him. Perhaps that its the biggest reason that it bothers me to see other people getting spoken badly of here...it fills me with a hopeless feeling...what can they do about it? What if that was my child? What if it was a sibling?

I am a believer that everyone should practice a bit more compassion...take a minute and think about your own family before you say horrible things about someone elses.
Billy H

United States

#16 Apr 9, 2010
Jeffery Vines wrote:
As many of you know, this website is a place where people can post their opinions about a variety of topics. However, since the design of the website allows people to post their comments anonymously, it has become a venue for the distribution of misrepresentations, lies, and even personal attacks. Many of the people who post these anonymous comments do so under the pretense of being a “Concerned Citizen”, or “For the Good of the Community” when in reality they are nothing more than cowards who have no other options than to lash out from behind their computer screen and scream at the top of their lungs about whatever agenda they want to push without any factual basis to support their preposterous claims. While I agree that these individuals have the constitutional right to say what ever they want even if they choose to say it anonymously, I think we as a community have to realize these comments are nothing more than the ramblings of disgruntled individuals. I say, any comment posted under the cloud of anonymity is not worth reading, and we as a community should ostracize those who use this forum to spread malicious and hurtful comments that do nothing more than degrade our community’s reputation. If you agree, please feel free to cut and paste this comment on any thread that you feel portrays our community in a negative way.
Jeffery Vines
You know what, I think this makes a lot of sense. Why in the world would somebody want to get on here and complain about somebody else? If you got a problem with somebody you should either tell them face to face, or shut up and deal with it cause we don’t want to hear it anymore!
guest

Faridabad, India

#17 Apr 9, 2010
chidoug wrote:
<quoted text>if this happen then post a link. also fool i have shopped at kmart in pb many times. so if i have opinion i'm going to give it, regardless if it pisses you off or not. thats a fact
hell i posted my opinion about a bar down there and the awesome service i received while there, yet i don't live there but spent money there. in which i posted about my experience. don't like it, tough sh*(t coward
guess what, i've also shopped at walmart several time as well, along with eating out in town. one doesn't have to live there to offer their opinion or suggestion. which just goes to show how much of a moron you are with no life.
shawn go take care of that little girl of yours. you can start by getting a job
i heard chidoug likes men, thats what someone in chicago told me
Billy H

United States

#18 Apr 9, 2010
guest wrote:
<quoted text>
i heard chidoug likes men, thats what someone in chicago told me
Look. If you have a problem with this guy go tell him face to face. What could you possible hope to accomplish posting your negativity on the internet. Do you think this guy is gonna read this and somehow feel offended? It aint gonna happen. Jeffery is right, you guys hurling written insults at one another just because your not man enough to confront somebody you have a problem with is just bad for everybody. By the way. In the interest of practicing what I preach, Id be happy to meet with you and discuss this like men if you tell me who you are
Yep

Williamsville, MO

#19 Apr 9, 2010
Crystal Mayer wrote:
In response to what Cherry Bomb said...I also feel very grateful that this kind of technology did not exist during my teenage years. It's hard enough being a teenager without people having the ability to publicly humiliate you on such a grand scale. I also worry about what it will be like when my own child is a teenager...how will I prepare him to be thick skinned and remain unaffected if something like this should happen to him. Perhaps that its the biggest reason that it bothers me to see other people getting spoken badly of here...it fills me with a hopeless feeling...what can they do about it? What if that was my child? What if it was a sibling?
I am a believer that everyone should practice a bit more compassion...take a minute and think about your own family before you say horrible things about someone elses.
I honestly don't think you can worry too much about it. As parents, we have to teach our kids to be thick skinned anyway, whether technology is involved or not. As far as comments on here about people, those things would be said regardless. It's just now we actually know that people are talking about us. When we were younger you would hear rumors that so and so was saying crap about you and people would gossip behind your back. I look at it like at least now you know straight up the crap people are talking about you. If someone's posting it on here, you can pretty much bet their running their mouths at school/work too.
guest

Faridabad, India

#20 Apr 9, 2010
Billy H wrote:
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Look. If you have a problem with this guy go tell him face to face. What could you possible hope to accomplish posting your negativity on the internet. Do you think this guy is gonna read this and somehow feel offended? It aint gonna happen. Jeffery is right, you guys hurling written insults at one another just because your not man enough to confront somebody you have a problem with is just bad for everybody. By the way. In the interest of practicing what I preach, Id be happy to meet with you and discuss this like men if you tell me who you are
lol stfu i have been trying to meet him for awhile but he is a coward, and i can say whatever i want just deal with it. And by discussing this like men i am assuming your gonna try and kick my ass huh? lmao

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