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    Winding Road, I was typing as you posted...and I couldn't agree more. Well said
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    Quote Originally Posted by indysteel View Post
    No; it would be Switzerlandsteel.

    Mr. Bloom referred to meeting me yesterday, and Jobob perceived that as name dropping on his part. Sorry, but I felt implicated to some degree. In the very least, I wanted to make it clear that I haven't, nor do I plan on, taking sides.
    no, that doesn't implicate you, instead it makes you a personnage! someone able to hold the lofty name of Switzerlandsteel...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Bloom View Post
    Now, to all, let the issue rest.
    Seriously? You're telling US that???! In THIS thread?

    I think that in seven words you've managed to completely and thoroughly answer lph's question.
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    +1 with Oakleaf's latest comment/reaction.

    Anyway, in terms of my some fear of heights, etc., no my dearie has been sympathetic to me and other stuff. I don't see it as a guy thing, it's just easier to discuss coping mechanisms more easily with a bunch of gals vs. with a bunch of guys. Easier to talk about such problems with a guy individually.
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    Mr Bloom, you were not even mentioned in this thread, until you decided to make it about you and your "controversy". Don't be surprised when you are jumped on afterwards, you are well aware of the feelings of many of the TE regulars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lph View Post
    My, I'm wordy tonight. So - why are you here on TE, and is it important to you that it's a women's forum?
    Hi LPH, interesting question. In my case, I grew up around bikes and just love to read/write/talk about cycling.
    No, it does not matter to me wheher it's a women or men or mixed forum - what matters is the content, and I see many interesting discussions here. Actually, I teand to read the bike forums more often than TE, mostly because the 'racing/training/race report/pro cycling' sections are a bit more active there, but I enjoy both BF and TE.
    A few things I especially like about TE: one is that we write better than on most online environments Seriously, there seems to be less of that teenager-like language, made of cryptic abbreviations and terrible grammar, that is so commonly observed online... another one is that it seems to be easier to get together with TE folks, I guess there's a bit more 'online-trust' here, if such a thing exists , and when we see an opportunity to meet up and ride together we go out of our way to make it happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salsabike View Post
    EXACTLY. I couldn't have said it better. Thank you, Jo.
    Ditto.


    Quote Originally Posted by snapdragen View Post
    Mr Bloom, you were not even mentioned in this thread, until you decided to make it about you and your "controversy". Don't be surprised when you are jumped on afterwards, you are well aware of the feelings of many of the TE regulars.
    Yup. A thread with a general question to the women here about why they choose to post on a women's cycling forum.

    I left TE for a while, partly because of physical issues that stopped me from riding but partly because of Mr. Silver. The overwhelming paternalistic tone of his posts irks me to no end. I get enough of that IRL, I don't need it when I come to a forum by and for WOMEN. Fortunately the ignore feature works well here and I don't have to be subjected to his "father knows best" tone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pax View Post
    Ditto.



    Yup. A thread with a general question to the women here about why they choose to post on a women's cycling forum.

    I left TE for a while, partly because of physical issues that stopped me from riding but partly because of Mr. Silver. The overwhelming paternalistic tone of his posts irks me to no end. I get enough of that IRL, I don't need it when I come to a forum by and for WOMEN. Fortunately the ignore feature works well here and I don't have to be subjected to his "father knows best" tone.
    I suspect men in a typical men's forum would not put up with that tone and would respond unkindly. If we were men, we'd tell him to hightail it out of our forum using some crude language. Because we're mainly women, we find better ways to deal with an unpleasant (for some) situation, thus making it a "safe" place to be.

    I have wondered if the mods ever check on who is the most ignored poster. OMG, what if it's me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Veronica View Post
    I suspect men in a typical men's forum would not put up with that tone and would respond unkindly. If we were men, we'd tell him to hightail it out of our forum using some crude language. Because we're mainly women, we find better ways to deal with an unpleasant (for some) situation, thus making it a "safe" place to be.

    I have wondered if the mods ever check on who is the most ignored poster. OMG, what if it's me?

    Veronica
    I spend a lot of time on motorcycling forums and you are 100% correct. And anytime someone presents themselves as "the voice" or expert about a given topic, 100 other men will be along shortly to question/probe/debunk/argue the points made all the while using language that is almost poetic in it's depth of profanity. Then, if there were any doubt cast on the posters expertise, they would hound the guy every single time he tries to "share his expertise" in the future.

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    Indysteel, I am very sorry that my comment caused you distress. That was not at all my intention.

    And after many rounds of editing, I'll leave it at that.

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    I am very new to this forum, and I had never heard of Bloom or Silver before this thread. I probably should butt out but it isn't my nature. My spouse and I used to post on a particular forum. I had posted on the forum a couple of years before he started there. I was a founder and a moderator/administrator. My spouse and I split. He graciously left the forum. In return, I never talk about him at all on that forum. (For all I know he reads it, but he no longer posts there.) Awkwardness avoided.

    As I understand it, Mr. Bloom remains as a forum participant and Silver is uncomfortable, rarely posting as she feels that she lost the forum in their divorce. Given that this forum is primarily for women, Bloom should do the gracious thing and leave. Silver has better rights to the place than he does.

    As far as most ignored posters, in the forum I moderated we would sometimes send messages to posters that were ignored by a large number of users and suggest that they might want to change their style. We also would take into consideration the ignore list when deciding whether to ban someone.

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    What an ugly thread this has become.

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    I don't think it is in the least ugly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by salsabike View Post
    I don't think it is in the least ugly.
    Agreed. Sometimes topics need to be discussed, even when they're not about happy or light subjects.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jobob View Post
    Indysteel, I am very sorry that my comment caused you distress. That was not at all my intention.

    And after many rounds of editing, I'll leave it at that.
    Jo, you didn't cause me distress, dear. Like I said, I just wanted to emphasize my neutrality--for Silver's sake as much as anybody else.
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