The Decline of BA

To: 'Jenny Spry' <>, 'birding-aus' <>
Subject: The Decline of BA
From: Tony Russell <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 01:14:59 +0000
I am a bit surprised that Jenny has been subjected to any sort of nasty
response. I can only surmise that most of it has been private mail because
I'm sure the moderators on b-a do a reasonably thorough job of cutting out
any sort of abuse. They have, often to my surprise,  certainly cut out some
of my own what I thought were fairly innocuous comments. I have sometimes
raised a few contentious points or queries but even they rarely slipped
through the net.
I have been a subscriber to b-a since the early 90's and have always been
grateful to Russ and others for the service they provide and would urge you
all to keep it going. Some information that used to come through b-a is now
being transferred to other media and I think this is a pity because not all
birders use some of those other feeds and the info fails to reach as
comprehensive a list of birders as it used to. It has become much more time
consuming to flick through facebook, twitter, etc, as well as b-a. I guess
one reason for the change is that the other feeds carry pictures easily
whereas b-a is limited to mostly just text and by the no attachment rule
imposed some years ago.

Don't worry about the whingeing trolls Jenny, maybe they need to get a life.
Just keep up your good work, we are all with you.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Jenny Spry
Sent: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 9:37 AM
To: birding-aus
Subject: The Decline of BA

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.


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