Mundane & useless threads!

To: "Philip,kylie,Joshua,noah" <>
Subject: Mundane & useless threads!
From: Russ <>
Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2013 22:54:54 +1000
Thanks for your comments, Philip.

I have been very disappointed by the poor signal-to-noise ration on
birding-aus lately. It's always been the sort of forum where people have
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from birding discussion, but usually there has been something worthwhile to
read in most of these exchanges.

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Russell Woodford
Birding-Aus Founder

On 14 April 2013 20:06, Philip,kylie,Joshua,noah

> Having been on this forum for only a few months and only relatively new to
> this type of discussion, I find it some what childish and a form of
> bullying to be constantly corrected on spelling mistakes or incorrect use
> of the "english" language. The first thread regarding the night parrot or
> should I say the Night Parrot was a great insight into the unknown world of
> this elusive and hard to see species, and any sightings or possible
> sightings of this species would be of significant importance to birding
> fraternity as well as other organisations that would be interested.
> However this thread has taken a back seat to the mundane and slightly
> "well actually highly irritable" thread on the use of English language and
> the need to have capitals or no capitals and the relevance to birding_aus
> members is too me a little outdated.
> Would it not be better to commend the thread and respond accordingly
> rather than pick up on a small spelling mistake that is truthfully
> irrelevant to the overall story, I have only posted once on here and the
> reason I have not posted again was that every response bar one was only to
> correct me on my spelling or misuse of bird names!
> At present Facebook is alive with posts regarding how childish and
> irrelevant the posts are on birding_aus and that most people have decided
> to not post or at worse not subscribe due to the same bullying behaviour I
> experienced. I believe that there may only be a small group of people
> actually doing this but it gives the whole site a really bad taste in mouth.
> If you were a new or inexperienced birdwatcher/ bird lover and stumbled
> across birding_aus in the last week it would be some what amusing to see
> basically no threads regarding birds but 50 threads regarding capital
> letters!
> I understand my English isn't up to scratch and am expecting to be
> inundated by abusive emails but I believe it needs to be said that if this
> continues the amount of falloff subscribers will be greater than the
> useless threads about the use of common names!
> Cheers
> Philip
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