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Title: Expressing my personal view (and you expressing yours)
Post by: grahame on January 28, 2020, 01:29:50 am
This is a forum. A wide variety of views is welcome - basically anything that is legal, decent and honest. You can read that policy in many more words in the pinned thread at http://gwr.passenger.chat/1761 . If you do not agree with a view, you are allowed to (indeed encouraged) to post your alternative view. You can choose to do so in a positive way to promote your position, in a negative way in pointing out the holes in the view you have read here, or as a comparative.

As an administrator here, I am very careful to differentiate my personal view from anything which may be taken as an official view of the forum. For example, the other day I prefaced what I wrote with:
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From my armchair (which is not even in the county!), I would personally like to see a future with ...
and within the post emphasised that:
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Back of fag packet in my armchair ...
This from ((here)) (http://www.firstgreatwestern.info/coffeeshop/index.php?topic=2338.msg280953#msg280953) when expressing my own views – as currently held without deep techical knowledge on an alternative rail route to Plymouth from Exeter.

My signature has – since last summer – read as follows:
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Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest and of RailFuture
It has been brought to my attention that the personal views I expressed in the thread are not the same as work done at RailFuture. In order to avoid any future confusion, I have amended my signature to
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Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, and on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest
The way the forum works that amendment now appears below all my posts – historic and new.

My position is an elected one at Railfuture, and I am not standing for re-election, so I will no longer be on the board there after 27th June. I have no authority at Railfuture to speak on their behalf without prior clearance, which I did not have in making my personal comments.  I hope the change to my signature, and this post, helps clear that up. To clarify further, my decision not to stand for re-election was taken some time back and is not made based on this single situation.  I remain very much in line with Railfuture’s objectives and will remain a supportive member for the foreseeable future.



Back to the top … “all” views welcome here – even if they disagree with the moderator team’s (or mine).  My personal view is that by discussing a wide variety of views on a subject – especially when we’re looking ahead beyond the short term – we strengthen understanding and help ensure that options finally chosen are not only good ones, but the best.


Title: Re: Expressing my personal view (and you expressing yours)
Post by: ChrisB on January 28, 2020, 09:23:03 am
It might be worth adding to the above that members here are encouraged to post their disagreement to a view by explaining/posting their own view, rather than simply stating that they disagree.


Title: Re: Expressing my personal view (and you expressing yours)
Post by: grahame on January 28, 2020, 10:10:09 am
It might be worth adding to the above that members here are encouraged to post their disagreement to a view by explaining/posting their own view, rather than simply stating that they disagree.

I added that it a personal reply to an email that triggered the thread, with an encouragement to explain and post alternative views. Those alternative views are also (already) in my inbox and I should be able to share them in this specific case, but it's far, far better for people to post for themselves.



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