The Decline of BA

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Subject: The Decline of BA
From: Steve Clark <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2016 23:52:50 +0000
G'day all

Jenny Spry maintains an excellent blog at full of interesting trip reports.
It is also Google searchable unlike Facebook posts.

Who else does this?  I did one for my time in Tanzania but not generally (

Steve Clark
Hamilton, Vic

On Tue, Jan 5, 2016 at 10:44 AM, John Leonard <>

> Hi Jenny
> I am astonished and saddened to hear of your BA experiences.
> I have been a reader and contributor to BA for 20 years, and in that time
> have made my views known on a number of topics,  but during all that time I
> have not received a single email of an abusive nature. (There have been a
> few robust responses to my contributions, but only sent to the group as a
> whole).
> Is it that trolls only target women?
> Anyway, I'm sorry we do not now have your contributions because of his
> harassment.
> John Leonard
> > On 5 Jan 2016, at 10:07 am, Jenny Spry <> wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I agree totally that Facebook is useless for archive searching and much
> > good information is going to be lost. Birding-Aus has been an invaluable
> > resource for me over the years and I hope I have sometimes provided help
> to
> > others. And yes, it is sad to see the demise of the road trip reports.
> >
> > Having said all that I don't submit to Birding Aus any more because of
> all
> > the "trolls" that used to contact me complaining that:
> > I had spelt a word wrong
> > That I actually didn't know what I was talking about
> > That going on a twitch was a waste of the worlds limited resources
> > That keeping a year list/life list was not in the spirit of birding
> > Etc etc etc
> > Sadly the above comments were usually couched in words meant to demean or
> > cause discomfort.
> >
> > So, on Fb I can screen out people who make these types of comment or make
> > tasteless attempts at humour and my enjoyment of communicating with
> fellow
> > birders has increased because I no longer fear I am going to be attacked.
> >
> > If Birding-Aus had a strong commitment to banning abusive mail, and had a
> > place I could forward abusive mail that had been sent to me privately
> that
> > would see the sender banned, I would love to come back. I could even
> submit
> > a report of my latest 2 day 1600 km road dash to see the Paradise
> Shelduck
> > that would have included the contact details for accommodation at
> Culburra
> > and where the best food in town was.
> >
> > cheers
> >
> > Jenny
> >
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