guys, i don't know about you, but i'm starting to get the feeling that the lounge is becoming a more and more agressive place recently.  there seems to be a lot more mud-slinging and people having a go at each other than we've seen here before (even when mike and i had our shout-up! ;-).  anyway, i don't think it's a particularly good direction for this place to be moving in and, as whacky mentioned in another post, i agree that it lessens the value of this site as a resource.

you know, i'm even sad to see scot putting the profanity controls in because we've never had a problem in the past.  i don't know what we can do about this but i think that we vets should take charge a little and try and guide the site back to sensible discussion.  i do feel an odd sense of responsibility towards this site and i know that i've spent far too much time here in the past for it to be in my own interest to keep this site the great place it's always been.  so here's what  i propose;  i think we vets should:

1. not get involved in slanging matches or personal attacks.
2. try to stop threads turning into slanging matches between others.
3. back each other up if one of us is trying to diffuse a situation.
4. lead by example and keep the discussions about music - which, in theory, is why we're all here.

of course, it's entirely up to you and you don't have pay any attention to this but i think if we acted sort of like prefects then we could help scot police the site a little and keep ljp as we know and love it.

let me know what you think....
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