Is there a need for B-Aus/Pedant?

To: Laurie Knight <>
Subject: Is there a need for B-Aus/Pedant?
From: Bob Gosford <>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 17:45:01 +0930
Hear, hear!

The amount of crap spouted by some - and I stress some - of the pedants and
nit-to-the-nth-degree-pickers must turn Birding-Aus newbies off in a trice.

I've been a member for many years and find the recent trend to pedantry and
unseemly put-downs of the blissfully ignorant (newbies or otherwise) to be
too close to bullying and arse-hattery for my liking.

More than a few should take a moment and think before they press the 'send'

Birding-Aus - heading towards irrelevance? Maybe.

On 14 April 2013 17:16, Laurie Knight <> wrote:

> I understand that there is considerable interest for some birders in the
> correct application of grammar in public communication and other equally
> detailed topics of similar fascination ...
> Given that these topics have often been discussed at length many times, is
> there a need for a Birding-Aus spin-off where threads on such subjects can
> run their natural course without deterring other birders from participating
> in BAus?
> I would also like BAus subscribers to reflect on the impact of their
> responses to new participants on BAus - it is possible that some people may
> be put off by remarks that appear to be patronising.  It is also important
> that people don't act like trolls, otherwise the moderators may have to
> fill the role of Big Billy Goat Gruff.
> Ultimately like Andrew Stafford, I do find it interesting that people have
> more to say on the subject of capitalisation than the search for Night
> Parrots, so I guess it might be time for B-Aus/Pedant ...
> Regards, Laurie.
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