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#1 johnfwd

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 06:14 AM

Back in the grand ole days when scribes reverently adhered to the adage, "the pen is mightier than the sword," the influential swayed public opinion through op-eds in the New York Times while the local activists penned letters to the editor of their local trib.  The hotheads and dunderheads were relegated (rightly so) to mouthing inanities over too much beer in saloon bars.  Most of us were proud of intellectualism, even if it eked elitism.

 

Today, the common man is a would-be scribe, what with Facebook, Twitter, posting at various news media websites, blogging, and everything else on the Internet.  That would be fine, provided the pen is still mightier than the sword.  Sadly, the new adage has become, "the finger is mightier than the mind."

 

I stopped posting at the news media websites long ago because the hotheads and dunderheads came out of the saloon bars and decided to become scribes.  If  you happen to see a political article on CBSnews.com that has 15,200 comments, don't think it's because 15,200 intellectuals are soberly sharing opinions.

 

Please don't conclude this sounds like elitist snobbery.  I've always been respectful of soap-box soliloquies, whether its a forum in central park or the nearest tavern.  Even a dumb-reading letter to the editor is Freedom of Speech.  But, we all know that, in the age of the World Wide Web, free speech has become unfettered to the extent that it has often become nauseous.  Today it's too easy to vent an opinion, and everyone seems to be doing it, many without much forethought.

 

An exception is this Forum.  That's because it is restricted to people who care about architecture, about Fort Worth, about the quality of living.  Most of us think before we post here, and I for one use the edit or delete options when I think I've gone too far.  And it's properly moderated, so that any of us who feel like being hot-headed or dunderheaded in our scribing will think twice before posting.



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Posted 30 August 2016 - 06:33 AM

Well said John.  My thanks for maintaining this forum to its high standards.

 

Although I seldom post and my interest is rather narrow (Local History) I do check in often just to keep abreast of current development and events.

 

M C Toyer



#3 John T Roberts

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Posted 30 August 2016 - 09:40 PM

I appreciate the comments.  I try to maintain a good range of viewpoints.  I hope that I have done a good job in hosting this forum.  It has been a great pleasure to do it.  I appreciate all of the posts, contributions, and comments.



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Posted 11 September 2016 - 10:48 AM

I finally got the forum back up and running!  I apologize for taking so long, but I had some evening engagements that I had to attend when the forum went down.  This was followed by computer problems at home, and finally I had the chance this weekend to try to get the forum fixed.  I hope everyone continues to post and I hope that no one was inconvenienced for too long.

 

Now, I need to clean the house and bathe the dogs.



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Posted 11 September 2016 - 01:46 PM

I didn't realize how frequently I check in until the forum went down. I was surprised and relieved to see it working again today. Thanks for your efforts in keeping this place going.

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 04:36 PM

When the server of a NASCAR forum I frequently visit crashed earlier this year, we lost a year's worth of posts because the most recent backup of that forum was a year old.

 

Because of that incident, I'm very happy to see none of our posts on this forum are missing.

 

Thanks for getting this forum up and running, John!


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#7 John T Roberts

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Posted 11 September 2016 - 07:15 PM

It's time for me to back things up, as well.  I'm just glad that nothing was lost.



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Posted 11 September 2016 - 08:54 PM

Thanks for all your hard work.  The Forum was missed.



#9 John T Roberts

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Posted 12 September 2016 - 09:00 AM

You are welcome, GenE.  I love maintaining the site and the forum.  I'm glad it was missed, but I'm also glad that I have it back up and running.  I hope that it wasn't down long enough to cause anyone any inconvenience.



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Posted 13 September 2016 - 09:44 AM

Glad to see you back! Thanks, John, for all you do for the city! It was good to see you the other night.



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Posted 06 October 2016 - 06:15 PM

Thanks, Hipolyte.  I apologize for taking so long to post here.  It was also good to see you again.






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