Where is everybody?

11/12/2009 - 11:24

I can't beleive that its 17+ hours since the last post - or has my PC taken over and hidden everything?


Very quiet for sure. Perhaps everyone is trying to get some of the sunshine!!!  I'am in the middle of a excavation project for a system, but rain stopped that, so have gone back to laying reinforced concrete floors in the cantina.Sure everyone will get back soon when the weather changes again.

Well I am still here, I guess we in Italy are taking advantage of the beautiful weather to be outside. I may post tomorrow about our first experience of an Italian funeral, but am not sure I have the words to express how much it meant to us and the community in our village.A

As Giovanni remided us, this now a community, not a mere forum.And, since Brits have a tendency to pretty much keep themselves to themselves in their real-world communities, is it really all that surprising that this place has all the community spirit of a Wimpy estate in the Home Counties?Less facetiously, I think Chris and Badger make excellent points above. At this point, it seems to me there's little chance of this turning into someplace that's as interesting (and occasionally annoying or bewildering due to hidden meanings) as the old forums. Maybe that is indeed progress. I guess The Powers That Be consider it a positive change, since I've not seen any hints of a rethink.But then maybe things are going on and I've just not come across mention of that fact. That wouldn't be hard to do.Al

I think I just heard a pin drop! well you lot have got yourselves in a right tizz.3 years ago I ran away with a bloody nose after being told I didnt have a cat in hell chance of renovating 2 houses from scratch without a geometra and a million euros......but I did.now I come back for a little light chat and find a full blown scrap!In no more than 50 words bearing in mind I'm thick, can someone tell what the f**ks goin on?This is nearly as good as Don Matteo 7. I think we can assume Fillide did it Nigel

A forum, community or whichever way you want to call a discussion place, is what members make of it. Without contributions, there is nothing to talk about. To be alive, interaction is needed. Several people have gone a bit quiet, including myself. In my case, it has nothing to do with the community. I am having a rough time because of some family problems which are affecting me more than what I anticipated. I don't have neither the energy, nor the time to devote to the community. Other people may be experiencing similar problems for different reasons.... it is hard to tell.I don't think that it has much to do with the new format in any case. 

Hi again,yes when i posted on another forum to warn users about a bad tennant she just waded in with "whats your problem? get over it".I am currently waiting in a proverbial dark alley for my revenge!

This is a 'community' created with the aim of accruing content from 'obedient' contributors while building up website hits and new members to generate advertising revenue. It has about as much soul as a robot.The Italymag. both before and after the demise of the printed version do not and never have had the 'community' users as their main concern. It's a business, now it appears run from Sicily.The, only recent, opening of the threads which can be read without signing in or joining was just a device to ensure that membership numbers grew quickly.No, I haven't posted much, why -  Because a) it was difficult to use search functions, b) it was forced through before many of the ' gemlins' were worked through and c) it's not a Community!

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Yes i think she was either banned or left. anyway i was just commenting on the threads that went before. her comments to me were made on another forum.I am not a forumista. Is it bad form to speak ill of the departed?

Wouldn't it be wiser to wait for your revenge on the forum where she made her comments to you and confront her face to face on her own forum rather than trying to dish up dirt on this one?  After all, we do not know if what you say is true and as she is not here to put forward her side, it just seems like sour grapes on your part.  Maybe she touched a raw nerve and was right if she said you should "get over it".

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So are you anastasia under an assumed name or just the chairman of her fan club.?Yes you are probably right I should confront her on that other place but to be frank I can't be bothered.On this forum I was adding to comments made in the posts before, these posts dont seem to have annoyed you in quite the same way.Its true you dont know if i am a liar or am consumed by bitterness making it weird that you feel the need to get all sh**ty about something you know nothing about.I note the "we" are you speaking for the community here?In the first place i was merely trying to warn people of the exsistance of a bad tennant, who stole, left sheets and towels so dirty they had to be thrown,was visited by the police on three occasions and supplied false details. if that is bad and deserves comments like "whats your problem?,and get over it." then I dont understand the nature of forums and yes it did touch a raw nerve.so well done you for defending the indefensable

In reply to by nigelgh

Some people here know who I am, but it's not me who has "the need to get all sh**ty". Why subject us to the airing your dirty linen here for no reason when you can not "be bothered" to confront her about  it. 

In reply to by nigelgh

nigelgh - did you mean your last post to be a reply to mine that immediately preceded it?  I do hope not.But let's get things clear. Kudos where, and when, it is due ( I don't do 'spiteful')  -  but that does NOT make me chairman (or even a member) of her fan club! 

Its true this forum is a bit on the bland side and personally ; though the above mentioned person  Ana whatsit slagged me off plenty of times on the 'old' forum and I had trouble understanding the blabber coming from a few other more 'eccentric' forumnites I miss it - and I prefer the old forum to this one.Never mind it can't be too long before someone comes along to stir things up a bit!

This is dialogue......This doesn't mean it's going 'pearshaped' - well not yet it doesn't.  What is happening is that a number of previously prolific posters are coming out of the woodwork to voice their thoughts on the 'state of the community' (for lack of a better description).It is a bit more like life in a community should be. People being able to have their say without fear or favour. IMO that was much of the problem at the sudden imposed 'change over' to this dreadful format and approach to the membership.  What did I get when I applied to 'rejoin' a forum I already belonged to? I got a warning that if I didn't 'toe the line' and if I didn't raise my previously voiced concerns in the new community then I could join. If I wouldn't agree to that then my application - after consideration(?) would be denied.  What the administration was interested in was a sterile  environment where there was no need for moderation of any kind. Mention that, which was then (and still is) my biggest anathema and I was told what would happen. Basically I would be 'out on my ear'!So - instead of putting in place a moderation team who knew what they were doing - the new regime chose what we see now... a community (not yet it's not)  of  'almost' like minded people who are all stumbling around trying to find a good reason why they are here, or why they stay. All this was done with an almost indecent haste so they could avoid putting in place a fair and equitable method of moderation and thus continue to enjoy a vibrant, if sometimes heated, forum.  Poor people management has just been changed to, what appears to be, poor commercial management.And on the question of the fund raising initiative - let's give kudos where it was due (but it was never really publicly given by Italian Magazine) - to the then Julian Coll aka 'Anastasia'. It was she who said she would badger us all into raising a huge sum in a set period of time and she kept her word. That was a superb effort which was followed by the other efforts by the groups mentioned above - but you forgot Moxie too - who worked tirelessly for the 'animals' of Abruzzo, and are still doing so I believe. Now I haven't always seen eye to eye with a lot of people - and I still don't for that matter (that is neither here nor there), but I've been banned from better (and worse) places than this and I now risk getting the chop from here too. Well, if that's how it is - so be it - but I do feel that I do have the right to voice my opinion on 'why this site is no longer vibrant and has lost a lot of it's previous appeal!'  Edited for typo

I'm not exactly computer illiterate (I'm an IT consultant) but I find the format and useability of the "community" so cumbersome that it drives me to distraction. I can't imagine what less IT savvy people make of it. They've probably given up!

Well this is probably the most interesting thread since we were forced out of the forum, this community thingy clearly isn't working we  ( the old gang) actually liked the banter, bickering, smut, innuendo, humour and of course valuble/helpful info (of which we have seen little on here) of the forum.So I propose "BRING BACK THE FORUM" and stuff the community!  

ok, no carol it was not meant for you at all.This is meant for Lollita.I dont know what your problem is with me but if you are rude to me expect it back.If you are polite you will certainly be responded to in a polite fashion.And as for "some people here know who I am" for gods sake get over yourself.I dont hide behind made up names to insult people I am Nigel Gardiner-Harvey of Burton on Trent my mobile is 07595024731.If you have anything to say use it.

Bet Al didnt expect such a robust response, and interesting to see the disaffected post after a long time to stir up the pot. I think it is difficult to create a virtual community, and it has been easier for members in Marche to take part perhaps as we often do know each other in real life and have formed friendships by way of this community and the other forum.And whilst J&C aka Anastasia did start the fund raising drive, there are also others including the Marche Chapter who carried this through, and I am thinking of Sarah and Mark and Andrew and Jean and Russ. But we saw it as a group project, and something that we were lucky to promote through Italy Mag, so dont knock it, it would have been impossible without Ronald and his team.I am not in favour of  of what some may see as a "lively" debate which is just a disguise for some vitriol and bullying, those days are long gone. There is still room for debate, and perhaps this thread has opened up the opportunity to do that.A

 normally if i join this sort of debate it back fires... so just to say that angie has pretty well put it as i would have wanted to without adding fuel to fire...  everyone that helped for L'Aquila helped... and thats it i also concur both with some of relaxeds comments..not all but i miss charles or relaxed... and nigel is just finding himself the victim of the usual stuff... have sympathy for you but many of us have been through this mill of deliberate flaming so its good to see attention focused on another... basically for no fault of yours... i did like your name and tel number post.. but you will never have the patience to win ..and never get the last word... which most probably is good in my opinion ..menas yopu are both sane and have a real life to get on with oh no... done it again...

thanks adriatica, I have read many of your posts and have respect for your knowledge and forthrightness. It is a  enough that you confirm what I suspected and as usual you are right. however now I know how easy it is to wind some people up....... 

I agree the new setup isn't as easy to navigate as the old one, and I never look further than the first page (though since that's where all the newest posts are, not sure I'm missing anything anyway).And it's a shame that some of the old guard have chosen to go elsewhere - they added a good deal of wit and humour.I'm all for a lively and interesting debate. I don't think that everyone understands the difference, and I'm happy to see the back of those who think that throwing their weight around and making personal attacks is an intelligent form of communication.Apologies to newer members who have no idea what this is all about.  I was as bemused as you may be when I discovered that some use the internet to indulge in virtual playground bullying. No doubt examples will follow .......  

Well said, couldn't agree more, find this site difficult to navigate and althought it is as informative as the last, miss the "gentle sparing and chat" and I mean gentle sparing, never liked the nasty things people said about each other nor the "groups" that appeared to try to maniplate things. But the sparing was good and quite entertaining, although I do understand that all the nasty things had to be stopped. It's just a pity that we couldn't keep the good things.................as well thats life.

In reply to by nigelgh

Wow, what an introduction that was nigelgh! What a man you must be! even when everybody told you the lady in question does not post here anymore,you repeatedly ripped into her. How brave of you.! And to answer your question boy, no i am not Ani,but i am indeed a friend of hers.Clearly not being man enough to confront her on a number of forums she uses,and actually being quite disrespectfull to this forum/community in using it to  lauch an attack against her, let me assure you boy, you need to, how did you put it"get over it"And quickly.............Welcome to the community 

Well I'm glad you all got that of your chests. Just like old times me thinks....have missed the good old character assignations, who said it's not a patch on the 'OLD' forum....... seems no different to me ...Careful with that stick near a hornets nest Alan.

Its interesting in the use of language,"man enough" and "confront"and that old time Americanism "disrepect", what a load of nonsense.May we return to the real world. I doubt gio that you "know" her or that she/he is a friend. Friendships are based in a real world, with people that we like and support from day to day, and that for me is what this community has enabled me to do.A 

Interesting use of words by you too Angie and robert, Whether i actually know said person in the flesh is my bussiness, and your uninformed  viewpiont is indeed even less relevent than any americanism i feel free to use!What cheek you have to criticise,my style of writting!  As for friendships, i agree partly with what you say, but i feel i am also free to piont out that  your intended  rebuck in attitude towards me, whilst being no more than water off a ducks backside to me, is in itself, is indeed a form of bullying,Which actually makes me laugh as this is the type of attitude that people like yourself have in the past been quick to use against former members! "what a load of nonesense, can we return to the real world" Actually  what you wrote falls gleefully into that catogory,after all this is cyberspace! so does that not make your statement a moxiemoran!  Now the "REAL" sad thing here is you feel quiet at home for someone to attack a former member without actually saying anything to rebuke them in any shape or form! but  instead take issue with my response!It says more about the type of person you are, than any other relevent piont!s raised!  Bacala   

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Giovanni old boy,your letter is a masterpiece of humour only surpassed by the great Manuel himself, I especially liked the moxiemoran joke, and Bacala to you too, keep it up old thing! 

Do we have litter and drainage problems to contend with as well as all the yob behaviour?  We should have had a full structural done on this place before we bought it.  Put it up for sale quick, slash the price and get rid of it before the market crashes further.

I find myself looking in onto the "community" less and less, because it's plain boring.  As someone said, this has been the most interesting thread in a while.  I know personally of a few people who simply can't be bothered any more.  So on that note I'm off to watch the football match.  England - Brazil on Italian TV!I might pop in again in a few days time to see if anything interesting has happened...

I got uppity on this thread, for which I am absolutely not going to apologise - even more determined  since Heiko (a completely innocent non partisan member of the 'old' forum) has expressed perfectly why Heiko (he or she) cannot be bothered any more.It is nothing to do with the engineered bitchiness which this awful Nigel double barreled is trying to engender (to his shame) - it is about this format DOES NOT WORK.This is not Facebook - it never will be. It is (for me) a disastrous lost opportunity, and about how one person (named Ronald) has - Oh God, how can I put it? - effed up the inheritance handed to him on a plate by some thickos at Poundbury.Should I care? Rationally, the answer is NO. And, yes, I have 'moved on'. But - I do still regret that the opportunity to explain, using humour and knowledge, why it costs so much  more to 'do' an Italian roof than it costs to do an English roof, and then to get a nut and bolt assement of how much it 'should' cost from a South African roofer building in Italy...this dalogue just doesn't exist anymore. Uhuh, should this be in 'Living' - I don''t think so - so I will bung it into Commuinty guidlines, and maybe copy it into Introductions - who gives a shyte - no sort of moderator is around to re-position the post.We used to talk about these things -  in a universally understood Vbulletin format, but that wan't good enough for The Webmaster. Clearly he is more interested in...I dunno...effing things up...than promulgating information.  So he gives you a  'wiki link - perlease...why is he trying to compete with a real Wiki?Where is the life which once we led... totally dead...and for those people like annec who default into supporting the status quo, have you really assessed how awful this current stuff is? I can do without nigel double barelled  for sure. But where is lotan, or geotherm, or any other genuine people who got a real pleasure out of simply giving advice - or even just encouragement?