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  1. Can I just make a general comment with regards to this Topic? What worries and concerns me; having read these Posts so far; is the psychological and emotional damage that the insults, abuse, and threats, as described here, can have on the recipients of such nonsense!! Please just remember that everyone has a right to be just the way they are, and that no one has the right to judge or condemn anyone!!! So be proud of who you are!!! I believe that we're all meant to be brothers and sisters in this world!!
    4 points
  2. I suspect that in many cases like you describe, the aggressor's (alleged?) faith is merely a front. I am married to a religious person and have fairly close contact with people of different religions. Some of these are pretty liberal, others not so much. I have great respect for religious convictions and the more they are in conflict with prevalent societal ideals the harder it must be for the people holding them to navigate the world with peace of mind. However, to my knowledge, no serious religion says "thou shalt harass", "thou shalt insult", "thou shalt threaten peoples lives" or "thou shalt hate". Does "where do you live I have a gun" dude seriously think his deity is proud of him? I doubt it. He probably just doesn't want to outright admit to being an asshole so he tries to somehow justify his behavior by throwing God in the mix. Good job quitting that place. I hope you find a nicer one.
    3 points
  3. Dear Artemis, What you've experienced is shocking; and I'm so very sorry. And I say to you what I said to Valkyrie123. Yes; this Forum is wonderful; and Idiots, Fools, and Morons (like the ones you've described), thankfully, are not tolerated here!. Take good care. Kindest Regards, Douglas xoxo
    3 points
  4. Dear Valkyrie123, OK: Here's my one cent worth: That behaviour that you have copped is absolutely appalling!! There's no excuse for it, and sadly, there are a lot of Idiots in the world today!! I know it's hard; but try not to get too upset by thoughtless, insensitive, narrow-minded, insecure fools!!! You don't need that sort of nonsense in your life, and you certainly don't deserve it! This is a wonderful Forum here, with great and friendly Moderators, along with friendly members; so you're safe here with us! Take good care, and I'm so sorry that you have been subjected to the narrow-mindedness and stupidity of Morons! Kindest Regards and Best Wishes to you, Douglas xoxo
    3 points
  5. OK, took me a while to find, but we do still have a Report button. Lest I confuse anyone, it doesn't look like a button, it's just the words "Report post," near the upper right corner of each post. Like a lot of other things, it's currently damn-near invisible if you're using the New Dark theme, but can easily be found either by mousing over it (which should bring up a tag reading "Report this content") or by highlighting the area (as though you were intending to copy it). So -- if you feel that a post has any politeness issues, please click the Report button. You will then be given the option to specify what you find wrong with it (and I would encourage you to do so). Then click the Submit report button. A "thank you" message will appear very briefly, but otherwise nothing will seem to have changed, and the person who posted the questionable content will never have any idea that you reported it. However this will create a red flag at the top of every single forum page, visible only to staff members. Optionally, you could send a Private Message to a staff member, but it's best to use the Report button, because then whichever staff member happens to be online next can deal with it right away. If the issue is blatant enough, a staff member will immediately delete all or part of that post. In less-blatant cases, we may do a bit of creative editing, along with a rather pointed reminder of the forum rules. In borderline cases, we're more likely to just remind everyone to be polite. It's also possible that we don't understand what you see as being a problem, in which case we may contact you for further information. But please don't assume that a staff member will notice an offensive post without it being reported. There have been cases where an insult was so subtly worded that those of us who weren't particularly interested in the discussion just skimmed right over it. And in other cases, there was nothing wrong with the post at first, but some offensive comments were edited in later -- which happened to be after staff members had already read that post.
    3 points
  6. Yeah, those sorts of people always have a reason for what they do, even if you can't see it at first.
    2 points
  7. Valkyrie, I know: But he had no right to talk to you like that: especially with his insults and threats!! His behaviour is totally unacceptable; and also I've known lots of "Religious" people (I'm not religious, as such: but I believe there's a God) who would not talk to you like this man has!! The worse thing you can do, is to let his nonsense degrade your self-worth and self-confidence!! Please take good care; you're among friends here! xoxo
    2 points
  8. You're very welcome, Valkyrie 123; always! I know it's very upsetting, but try to realise that it's people like that religious man who have the problem: NOT you!! And in fact: I get upset when I hear of the lovely people on this Forum who have been insulted and abused by heartless Fools!! xoxo
    2 points
  9. Thanks for your support, @Douglas, and I wholeheartedly agree. However, it may not be his fault. Some religious ideals are drilled into people from an early age, and they grow up thinking these things.
    2 points
  10. Okay, I have decided to leave that chat website. A guy started spamming religious messages about anti abortion on the chat. So, for reasons that I would prefer not to divulge into (that you can probably infer yourselves), I was extremely offended and I politley told him I understand, but I disagree, and some people are forced to become pregnant at a young age, which is horrific and traumatising. I said all this very politley and in a calm way. Yet I started recieving private messages from this person, who is now blocked and reported on the website, asking me where I live and telling me he was going to kill me with his gun. Sooo, needless to say, that website is history, and so is my attempt to convince an ignorant man about the horrors of forced pregnancy. *sigh*
    2 points
  11. One of my dogs does this. I’m always worried about running him over, but I’ve taught him a trick. If he’s in the way or lying anywhere I don’t want him to be ‘cause I have to get up, I say “Beep beep!” (like honking a horn), and he’ll (usually) move.
    2 points
  12. Sorry you had such a bad experience. And good on you for being an out-and-proud bisexual. As to the question above, I'm a female gamer so, yeah, that's another surefire method to meet idiots online. And just for the record, I don't think anything like this is likely to happen here (we're small, quiet and friendly, fortunately) but I do have a banstick and neither me nor any other mod is going to hesitate should anyone have the bright idea to pull a stunt like that. Everyone should feel safe and welcome on this forum.
    2 points
  13. Okay, today I was on a new chat website. I signed up and wrote my bio. For. those of you who don't know, I am bisexual and comfortable with that fact, so I wrote it into my bio. Within minuites of signing up I had around 6 people private message me with not even rants. With toxic monolouges telling me to burn in hell and kill myself, they called my a half-f****t and many more words. One guy said that God made people to be straight and 'queer' people like me did not belong in this world. Every day millions of people experience toxicity on chat websites. I want to know what people think of this. Also, I didn't know where to put this thread so feel free to move it.
    1 point
  14. ... and we wonder where all the adult bullies come from.
    1 point
  15. Me too! I know a number of very devout fundamentalist Christians who would follow the teachings of the Bible, to "love the sinner but hate the sin." In other words (I believe that I'm stating this with reasonable accuracy), to respect the individual as a child of God, while looking for an opportunity to show them the error of their ways. (And they mean with thoughtful words, not with guns!) I wonder if the hate-mongers were not only brought up to hate/fear/avoid anyone unlike themselves, but might also feel that doing or threatening physical harm to those people "proves" how brave and/or correct they themselves are. In other words, they're a specialized form of bully, not too different from those who instigate the throwing of bricks and the setting of fires in order to "prove" that their position is the moral one. (In either case, I can understand -- though not condone -- that some people get caught up in the heat of the moment; it's the planners, those who do such things quite deliberately, that I'm talking about.) @T.o.b.y -- I didn't see your response till I'd already posted mine. Well said!
    1 point
  16. My day was very suboptimal by introvert standards - I went to the beach. Had had a terrible time with my kid this morning and so when I picked him up from daycare after work, I thought we would do something nice together. Weather was not very summery, weekday... Why not try the seaside, it can't be that bad, right? We should go more often considering how near the coast we live, right...? Wrong. It was packed and I was the only person wearing a mask. Unwilling to spoil the outing, however, I decided to stay and so spent my free afternoon defending sand toys from unsocialized older children with completely indifferent parents while wondering what the heck I thought I was doing. I wish I could not speak to anyone in person for a week now. My batteries are completely empty.
    1 point
  17. Dear Valkyrie 123, Yes; sadly these sort of people are very difficult, if not impossible, to understand: I believe that they're covering up a massive insecurity within themselves!
    1 point
  18. Thanks, and I wasn't condoning his behaviour, just trying to understand it.
    1 point
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  20. And yet I continue to be astounded by the Idiocy of some people in this world: that religious man is way out of line, talking to you like that!!! xoxo
    1 point
  21. I’ve been exploring the ‘net since the mid-late ‘90’s and seen more than my share of nastiness in that time. I’ve been harassed, hacked, stalked, threatened, berated, called names, lied about, ganged up on and framed for things I didn’t do, etc., the list goes on. People have told me to kill myself. People have looked up my personal information, contacted people on my friends lists, and tried to ruin my relationships. Someone on a forum I used to visit tried to set up a situation where I’d be raped by a group of guys from the forum. They’d been talking about meeting up with women for “surprise role-play” rape as their sexual fantasy, and that person and a friend were pretending to be the real-life me, asking to participate. Thankfully a mod found out about it and stepped in. Sometimes it came from people I’d developed friendships with, sometimes it came from totally random strangers. It was everywhere I went and it became so bad that I eventually just stopped talking to people online. I’ve mostly stuck to that and it’s been much better for me emotionally. When I join websites now I don’t interact with anyone, don’t give out any information about myself (even my gender), and disable messaging if the option is available. This forum is the only exception. Sometimes people still give me a hard time for being distrustful and cautious to the point of paranoid, and I used to let that guilt me into opening myself up more. But all that did was make me an easy target again, so I don’t care how people judge it anymore. They haven’t lived my experiences. I had a point, but I’ve forgotten it, lol. I hope you can glean something useful from my input. I’m sorry you’ve crashed into some jerks and utter imbeciles. They’re hard to avoid.
    1 point
  22. Thanks, I realised that my name was a bit cliche and decided to change it. I've always loved the concept of Valkyries so there you go. 😄
    1 point
  23. Haven't seen it (though I've heard good things about it). Just wanted to say I like your new name, Val -- it's distinctive. There are a whole bunch of SherLOCKED this-and-that's around here, for some reason.
    1 point
  24. It's ... different, imo; not my kind of music but it was a good watch anyway because of the sheer energy and because I felt it was a fresh new take on musicals. Ymmv, of course. As for Disney+ in general, we got it at the special preorder rate back in March (it started later here) when it was 49 bucks for the first year. I feel I've easily got that money's worth out of it (via the National Geographic part alone, and I love the Imagineering series) but we're not sure if we'll take it a second year. Will depend on how much new content they keep bringing.
    1 point
  25. Has anyone watched Hamilton? Is it good? I'm considering getting Disney + to watch it. (We're on the waiting list but the average wait is 3 years). I like a good musical and when I was younger I considered myself a bit of a theatre geek.
    1 point
  26. Where no one from The Federation has gone before, maybe? Save for special cases like kidnapped humans, of course. While we're at Star Trek, new trailer for Lower Decks:
    1 point
  27. Sorry to hear that! Did you try clearing your browser cache? (explanation here in case you need it: https://clear-my-cache.com/en/windows.html ) Please try if you haven't done so yet and then tell us whether it made a difference.
    1 point
  28. I suspect most of them were simply taught as children to fear and avoid anyone who isn't like them. Therefore they want to keep such people out of their little corner of the internet. If they're typical of the people on that site, I'd say they did you a big favor by immediately letting you know what a hateful place it is. I concur with the other mods, nothing like that is tolerated here. As Tobe said, there's been some brief nastiness every now and then, but we do our best to nip it in the bud. I need to go become a non-mod for a moment in order to check your options, should you ever notice anything of that sort.
    1 point
  29. That's mostly my worldview as well (even though I am currently obsessed with a Muscial which mocks this very notion, namely Heathers...) but still, not sending hateful messages is always an option, no matter how hard your life is. Or, to quote another musical: "I was given bad choices, sure, but I could have said no!"
    1 point
  30. Indeed they are. Like always, Sherlock is right! As for what goes on inside their heads, we can only assume they had a traumatic life or an abusive childhood, becuase people who are that messed up aren't naturally that way, something has usually made them like that.
    1 point
  31. I still wonder what goes on in the minds of the people writing those messages. Probably nothing... Because like Sherlock said: people are idiots.
    1 point
  32. Yes it is and I'm glad to be here 😄
    1 point
  33. Sounds like a solid strategy! I wouldn't say nothing toxic ever happens at all... We've had difficulties here and there. But not on the level you describe for sure. By internet standards, this is indeed a very relaxed place imo. 😄
    1 point
  34. T.o.b.y I agree, this is a lovely site and I am confident nothing toxic ever happens on here. I've just decided to ignore the haters and move on, because they are not worth my time.
    1 point
  35. What do I think of this? It's absolutely horrible and there is no excuse at all for that kind of behavior, online or offline. It's one thing if a person really believes, because of their religion, that we are facing eternal damnation and it's their god-given job to save us. Okay, fine, thanks for your concern, I do not share your beliefs, moving on. But insults and harassment are totally unacceptable. It's a mystery to me what people get out of that either. Sending the hateful messages, I mean. How does it help them in any way...? Like Caya said, I am pretty hopeful that nothing like that will happen to you here but if it should, contact a mod and we'll take care of it, ok?
    1 point
  36. From all possible responses, I didn't see this one coming . Well done! This is not my dog, but he does exact same thing everytime I work.
    1 point
  37. NOOOOOOOOO Well, I think if you have a cat, an exorcist's number would be handy too.
    1 point
  38. I was thinking the same. I thought it might even be the Romaji spelling of “cats”, but apparently that is “kyattsu”. I would like to add (because I can’t help myself ) that when ‘su’ comes at the end of a word, the ‘u’ is usually silent or almost silent, sounding more like a heavy ‘s’ or very quick ‘u’. Which is why in Romaji (the phonetic spelling of English words in Japanese), you will often see English words that end in ‘s’ with a ‘u’ tacked on at the end (as in ‘kyattsu’ above).
    1 point
  39. Aside from cutlets, it also looks like "cat" (at least if you mangle the pronunciation). (For those not familiar with Japanese, "katsu" is actually pronounced "kah-tsoo.")
    1 point
  40. Thanks. When checking to verify that it did mean "cutlet," I had also seen the "victory" meaning online, but did not realize it was commonly used as a person's name. So I figured (since cats like to eat meat) that "cutlet" made more sense for a cat's name than "victory." @Artemis and @SherLOCKED123 -- you both seem to be somewhat acquainted with the Japanese language and culture. Would you mind sharing how that came about? I have a smattering of such knowledge myself, acquired partly from three (unrelated) friends who have lived in Japan, partly from reading a few books, and partly from a brief course in conversational Japanese. I've never been there myself, though.
    1 point
  41. Thanks, Caya! I didn't see any further response from you over on the Funny Pictures thread, so I posted the basics there -- then saw that you'd done a much more thorough job here, which is of course the logical place for it. I should point out, though, that it's not at all necessary for members to post a question more than once, even if your original post is in an odd place. The moderators keep an eye on all new posts, so we'll see your question next time we're online, regardless of where you post it.
    1 point
  42. Okay, so there are several methods to do this, but all of them involve that you a] have the picture present on the internet somewhere else (the process is called hotlinking) and b] know its exact address. For a], that doesn't mean that *you* needed to have uploaded that pic in the first place, but it does mean that it has to be on a site that is okay with hotlinking (also, if it's not yours, check if it's under creative commons or otherwise free to use). That is generally the case with dedicated hosting platforms like imgur, and works for pictures on tumblr as well. Anywhere else, check first, or when in doubt upload a duplicate on an image hosting site yourself. For b], hosting sites sometimes provide that address of their own volition, see the following example: What you'd want here is either Direct Link or BBCode (more on that later). Generally, you get the address by right-clicking on the picture in question, then choosing (depending on browser used) something that states "copy graphics address" or similar (sorry, German browser here, I can only guess how exactly yours calls it). If you don't find something like that, choose something that sounds like "show picture" or such, then copy the address from the browser (it should now show up where you usually type in a website's address). When you have some string copied that ends in a graphics format (like .jpg or .gif), you know you've done it right. So, onward to c], actually making the thing show up here. The easiest way is just to copy the address from above into the text window here, the forum is intelligent enough to understand what you want from it. However, that'll show a shrunk version of the picture, and only clicking on it will show the full size. Depending on the pic, that might not be ideal. If you want it to be displayed full-sized, you need to use BBCode (promised that'd come up again, didn't I). Look at that pic above again and notice how there's a so-called tag in front of the address, the stuff with the brackets around it. This is forumspeak for "picture to follow", and doing the same, only with a / before the img, says "picture stops here". But again, just copying in the address works perfectly fine, so don't bother with BBCode if you don't feel like it. eta: forgot that the "Insert other media", then "Insert image from URL" route works as well. In that case, though, it's just pasting the address there instead of here.
    1 point
  43. Okay, you asked for it ....... I once heard a joke about amnesia, but I forgot how it goes. It is tough to do inventories in Afghanistan because of the tally ban. Why did the capacitor kiss the diode? He just couldn't resistor. I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
    1 point
  44. For some reason I can't post in Shoot the Wall thread. Yesterday I tried on the phone, it kicked me out over twenty times. Come back in, take forever to load, wrote somethig, log me out, repeat. I thought it was my phone and gave up. I experienced this before, but never like this with totally zero chance after a LOT of attempts. Tried again just now with laptop, it loads, I am in, but can't write because the reply box never expand, didn't let me quote as well. And loading time actually longer than me making an omelette, and more. This page finally load, so at least I could inform this, but I wouldn't try again, at least for today. It's frustrating. Phone, laptop, all the same with what I always use, I even restarted them just in case. Internet is fine, every other things load as usual.
    0 points
  45. Sorry, we don't have dogs, so I have no idea. But why are you letting the dog lick your butt -- stores still out of toilet paper?
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