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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 2004, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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My resignation as mod and a thanks to all

I've decided to resign as moderator of the BFTP, effective immediately.

It's a fine fall day here in Southern Maryland. I got in two sets of doubles and a set of singles and felt fine about tennis and life in general. When I signed in to the board all that good energy left me. That's been my feeling too often these days. Please understand that I am tired. While I appreciate all the support from many posters I also feel I myself have become a divisive figure.

I will take a couple months vacation and come back as a regular poster at the start of 2005.

I wish the next moderator the best of luck
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 2004, 06:47 PM
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Dear Rollo,

Noone is more sad at this news than I am. Thanks for all the hard work you have put in as moderator, welcoming the new members (myself included one year ago), in helping to create and maintain the wonderful atmosphere that has existed on the Blast for almost all of that period, in leading and coordinating our efforts to compile all the info on so many of the past greats, in sharing your resources and your opinions.

I find it very upsetting that those who have been instrumental in removing the joy you have felt in coming onto this site and the motivation to be its moderator have contributed nothing in comparison. Other posters who share our exasperation contibute less and less as well.

Maybe those responsible will take a minute to reflect on the consequences of their behaviour.

In the meantime, let's keep in touch.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 2004, 07:01 PM
 
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Rollo , what I have to say to you I've said in PM but you know I think you're the greatest .

Stock up on the good energy and come back strong - we'll have a big party when you get back .

Roll on 2005.
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I've decided to resign as moderator of the BFTP, effective immediately.

It's a fine fall day here in Southern Maryland. I got in two sets of doubles and a set of singles and felt fine about tennis and life in general. When I signed in to the board all that good energy left me. That's been my feeling too often these days. Please understand that I am tired. While I appreciate all the support from many posters I also feel I myself have become a divisive figure.

I will take a couple months vacation and come back as a regular poster at the start of 2005.

I wish the next moderator the best of luck

Rollo, I'll give you a well-meant advice for your future life (and this is meant in no way sarcastic):

IF someone has an opinion different to your opinion, you don't become a "divisive figure" by that. Democracy, the rule of law and liberty live by dissent and controversy. There is nothing wrong with that ...

Wish you all the best, BTW.
When you return in 2005 we will have pushed your "Seles-Graf" thread over the 1000-post limit!


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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 10th, 2004, 10:52 PM
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This is a sad day for the BFTP forum.
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I've decided to resign as moderator of the BFTP, effective immediately.

It's a fine fall day here in Southern Maryland. I got in two sets of doubles and a set of singles and felt fine about tennis and life in general. When I signed in to the board all that good energy left me. That's been my feeling too often these days. Please understand that I am tired. While I appreciate all the support from many posters I also feel I myself have become a divisive figure.

I will take a couple months vacation and come back as a regular poster at the start of 2005.

I wish the next moderator the best of luck
Rollo...am so sorry to hear your decision...you have been nothing but nice to me and appreciate the warmth i have recieved on here by just about everyone...hope you get in lots of good tennis and come back refreshed...your friend...Nancy
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Andy: Nice posting overall, but I think your line "Maybe those responsible will take a minute to reflect on the consequences of their behavior" although well-intentioned is unfortunately a tad unrealistic IMO, given the ongoing evidence of what continues to transpire on this forum. Perhaps nothing could have prevented this ongoing circumstance, though to their credit, Rollo and others certainly tried.

All: As most of us would agree, Rollo was the quinessential moderator and his shoes will likely not be filled*. But I also understand the logic of his decision; not everyone has the stomach to deal with such ongoing turmoil, chaos and negative energy, especially in light of what the board was prior - a generally civil, lively, fun exchange between strangers who often shared little in common other than their basic love for the history of our game.

Do a few always have to ruin it for the rest? Sometimes, yes, but time will tell how lasting an impact this shall be.

*Rollo, my more indepth thoughts will be sent via PM.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 2004, 02:52 AM
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Sadness ensues.

Really, this is a bit too much IMO. So there are a few threads where idiots keep fighting about nothing. Close them, or even better, ignore them.

This is a free board. If people decide to invade this forum and post nonsense, they can do so. If you can't deal with that, you will be in trouble.
And there's always the option to create a new messageboard and only invite people that you know and like to post there.

And yes, when today's players retire, their fans might want to come here and post about them. Which is a good thing.
Think about it: when there are always the same people here, posting about the same retired players, won't you run out of material to talk about? Maybe that's why "other posters who share our exasperation contribute less and less as well", as Andy T said.

I really appreciate the work you have put into this forum, thanks a lot for that. But you just can't expect it to stay the same over many years, especially considering that the board gets busier every day. And there are ways to deal with troublemakers, there is no reason to give up everything just because of them.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 2004, 06:19 AM
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Rollo, it's sad that you feel that you can no longer carry on as Moderator but every best wish for the future.

I really hope we do see you back as a poster in 2005. Chris.
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 2004, 07:43 AM
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Rollo, your PamAppreciation has pleased this old giraffe many a time
PamLove and have a Pamtastic vacation!
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Andy: Nice posting overall, but I think your line "Maybe those responsible will take a minute to reflect on the consequences of their behavior" although well-intentioned is unfortunately a tad unrealistic IMO, given the ongoing evidence of what continues to transpire on this forum. Perhaps nothing could have prevented this ongoing circumstance, though to their credit, Rollo and others certainly tried.
Later posts in this thread tend to bear you out, Santorofan.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 2004, 11:36 AM
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Rollo,

It's a shame for all of us that you have resigned as moderator, but I'm happy for you that you have. If it was making you unhappy, then it's not worth it. Far better for you to come back and enjoy the forum as a poster, and give someone else the headache. We're much the poorer for that.

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BTW for those newer to the board, the only reason why BFTP exists is due to Rollo. He was the one that asked the moderators to start the forum to try and preserve some of the great threads in GM regarding retired players. It's a sad day when the guy that gave us the forum in the first place feels that he has to give it up due to the behaviour of some posters................
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 2004, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Rollo
I've decided to resign as moderator of the BFTP, effective immediately.

It's a fine fall day here in Southern Maryland. I got in two sets of doubles and a set of singles and felt fine about tennis and life in general. When I signed in to the board all that good energy left me. That's been my feeling too often these days. Please understand that I am tired. While I appreciate all the support from many posters I also feel I myself have become a divisive figure.

I will take a couple months vacation and come back as a regular poster at the start of 2005.

I wish the next moderator the best of luck
"and they that be wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to good, as the stars in heaven forever and ever..."
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old Oct 11th, 2004, 05:02 PM
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I think you are doing a great job in the Blast, Rollo, so I hope you will reconsider. Don't let a couple of annoying posters get you down. I have been on these boards longer than most, and I know that these kind of posters drift in and out, they come, spill their venom and then leave... they are not worth feeling bad over. I think you have the support of everyone who is in here on goodwill and wants to discuss things from a well-informed, grown-up point of view.

Maybe take that break from the blast before you decide


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