Also, from a recent PM from Kelvin, I get the notion that SMCers are more worried about the label 'cult' and that may be stopping some people from posting.
Was meaning to defer posting any further, but seeing this just had to make a wee point.
cbarb - If someone PM's you - it is because that person wants to send you a PERSONAL message. The whole point of PMs is it allows for conversations where not everyone gets to know about it.
Unless kelvin stated that he didnt mind having his name mentioned regarding the information he passed on to you privately I think you should assume, and
indeed out of polite netiquette - at the VERY LEAST - not mention him by name, when claiming to quote him. At the very least - word it in an ambiguous way whereby no-one else on this forum would be able to deduce that it WAS kelvin that sent the PM. Oh and in case you wonder - NO - I am not kelvin.
Lastly my hunch is that most from SMC that occasionally dip into this forum, really aren't that interested in reading the huge posts that basically emanate from the "magnificent 7" - including myself ;) - that continually preach to the choir.
There was a time some months ago where rensil and cbarb really DID add some fascinating new information covering the past history of this church - going back to the 70s and up to the famous Hugh Black incident ( questions of mine asking for clarification here have still gone unanswered incidentally, it isnt just SMC who don't seem wanting to answer questions here )
But following on from this period, it just seems to be preaching to the choir.
SMC leaders could be starting to feel reassured that all their "rats" have now left their sinking ship - and all leavers or dissenters that exist, have indeed made themselves known here.
Thus - whereas us magnificent 7 prattle on, maybe imagining that the SMC leaders are shaking in their boots, reading every line of out wonderful prose, our
eloquent sermons and diatribes - in fact - at the most they probably just give RR a quick scan to see if anyone NEW is posting.
Having the same same crowd post on and on is very reassuring for them. No need to do anything. And dont think for one minute that all our sermons here will suddenly make the leadership come on here and respond !. Dream on.
The only thing that will give them pause, is if new posters come on and give their stories of their experiences, And no more. Most regular posters here have given their stories long ago. Everything after this is either venting a ( very justified ) anger, pure ranting, whatever. Sort of like - ahem... this post ?
So guys .... how about just letting the forum go quiet for a while ? Just a suggestion. no more.
Lets take the current and topical example of the Jimmy Saville debacle.
Do you think the powers that be, and the public have suddenly taken the true seriousness of the Saville cases because just three or five people who came forward, keep posting stuff about saville, along with their opinions etc etc in the comments columns or newspapers ?
Or do the powers that be have to respond because the number of people that keep coming forward grow and grows. New testimonies keep getting added.
By all means have a go at me. it will generate even more lines of fluff than we have already.
if posters here really are just happy to have a forum to keep ranting away, imagining that everything they write is being actively read and devoured by
an eager but petrified SMC leadership - dream on.
I was reading a rationalist blog today and noticed a useful tip on "commenting profligacy" that might - just might - be worth some here taking on board.
[ "Commenting frequency: A good rule of thumb is that your name should not appear more than two times in the 10 most recent comments, as shown on the right sidebar. Three times is acceptable on very rare occasions. Four times, never." ]
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