On 3rd July I started a new thread, “Elitist or not”, under the category of General Music Discussion, which, I was gratified to note, attracted several responses over the course of 3 weeks.
Towards the end of last week I was browsing through the thread and read a contribution from Artemis with which I was in complete agreement and my intention was to post a reply as soon as I could make the time.
The following day I went to the topic in question, intending to make my reply, only to find that Artemis’ post had disappeared. I sent a private message to Artemis asking would he mind telling me why the post had gone and as yet I have had no reply. Normally a regular visitor and contributor to these pages, Artemis seems conspicuous by his absence over the last several days.
I sent a message to the Forum Administrator asking if I might be informed why the post had been withdrawn. As yet I have had no reply, although I do accept that I may not be entitled to receive an answer to such a question. If that is indeed the case, then I may be forgiven for drawing my own conclusions as to the withdrawal, given the content of that particular post.
In a nutshell, Artemis turned the subject of “elitism” to other Web-based music forums and outlined his experience with at least one of them, and, reading between the lines, I rather suspect I know to which one he was referring. I myself have been at the receiving end of “elitism” and “cliqueism” from one particular forum which seems to owe it’s very survival to sycophancy and self-agrandissment. Needless to say, I no longer visit that site.
Could it be therfore, that the post was withdrawn for the simple reason that it offered adverse criticism of other site(s) and are we not supposed to do that however justified we feel we may be? To my mind the purpose of these forums is for like-minded people to come together in a spirit of good nature and share experiences and views. In my relatively short time with this forum I have made a number of posts, some attracting no comment, some attracting adverse comment, but at no time have my thoughts been denigrated or belittled by an elite few; in short, agree or disagree, my comments have been respected.
If, as I suspect, Artemis’ post was withdrawn because of it’s critical nature, then I have to admit to being more than a little disappointed in the application of what amounts to censorship for the most spineless of reasons.
Forums whose membership treat each other with respect and as equals, as indeed this one does, deserve to prosper and provide enjoyment for all contributors, whatever their views. By the same token, those which seem to function around a small hard core of members and are quite obviously not prepared to give everyone the same measure of respect thoroughly deserve any adverse comment.
If you put yourself up before the public, in whatever way, then be prepared to take the criticism as well as the praise. Listen and you may improve!!