Rants not welcome on this website

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    By Chuck Woodbury
    Editor

    This person is not welcome.

    Last Saturday, our big day at RVtravel.com when we open our cyber doors to about 40,000 visitors (readers), some readers’ comments got nasty.

    For the record, we won’t tolerate that sort of self-expression on this website or on any of our others. It will either be intelligent, thoughtful, considerate discussion or no discussion at all.

    This website is where I live most of the time. Of course, I don’t really live here because I am not a digital creation. But my words and thoughts live in this space, as do those of our other writers and many readers, who contribute thoughtful, usually helpful comments. Since we moved our website to a new server in 2016, readers have contributed more than 11,000 comments. About 99.9 percent of them were respectful and added value to the discussion.


    But other less intelligent creatures show up on occasion to slam others with nasty, ignorant remarks, basically saying “I’m right and you’re wrong, so screw you!”

    Well, that is simply not acceptable. So what we do is delete their displays of ignorance, banishing their obnoxious missives into distant cyberspace, where they die and are sucked into the dark matter of the Universe, never to be witnessed again by human eyes.

    So, here’s the deal: Be nice. Be fair. Please, say what’s on your mind, but honestly, without spite, and consider that maybe, just maybe, you could be wrong and the other guy right.

    Thanks.

    ##RVT832


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    AH
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    AH

    Just be civil. State your point, keep it relevant To say free speech is unlimited, that you can say anything you want, consequences be damned, is the old ostrich head in the sand.

    Robbie
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    Robbie

    Thanks RP. Well said!!

    Eric Swenson
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    Eric Swenson

    I don’t know why we ar not seeing more campgrounds. I have been to a few almost new
    RV parks here in Oregon, very nice and not cheap.
    I think that is the way it will go..expensive RV parks.
    We are going to sell our less (just slightly) 1 year old Winne ERA 170a 4×4. We both had a much different expectation on what the whole RV scene was like.
    Wish it was different.
    thanks,
    Eric

    booneyrat
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    booneyrat

    You are right about Oregon RV parks being greedy.

    rvgrandma
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    rvgrandma

    Unfortunately there are nasty people who troll the internet looking for anyplace they can post a nasty comment on whether the subject interests them or not. They use profanity and name calling which ruins it for the rest. Sorry you are a target of them too.

    Chuck Maurice
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    Chuck Maurice

    Its raining in Richmond today….Well I thought about going to the RV show in town this weekend….. My wife said….. after four units we’ve owned in the past, she would not go and I must leave the checkbook at home……case closed…..where’s that book “Killing England”, I’ve been reading……..

    Karen
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    Karen

    “Distant Cyberspace”. The modern equivalent of the circular file.

    C. B.
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    C. B.

    Steve its very costly to add sewer & elec,. plus you have get it passed the zoning bd. county, state & local, every one has a say in your project. we had a campground this was in the 80″s more rules now..
    Chuck keep up the good work!

    Paul
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    Paul

    Thanks for the “rant”, Chuck! Well done and I completely agree with you. I come to this website to learn, to get ideas, and to be an informed RVer. The nastiness and political commentary from some readers just doesn’t belong here. There are plenty of other websites where those inclined can engage in such behaviour. We don’t always have to agree with each other but let’s all do our part to keep things civil and apolitical.

    Bill
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    Bill

    Steve
    I’m interested in the answer too.

    Don Blehm
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    Don Blehm

    From April to October we enjoyed camps in 9 States with our 33 foot TT. Wintering at a fine CAMP in the Arizona desert has added four couple’s to our list of true friends forever. It has been good to park awhile and get acquainted.

    steve peterson
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    steve peterson

    Chuck, A few issues back you were commenting about the number of new RV’s, which I see was over a half a million in 2017, and campgrounds. It is common knowledge that sites are hard to find at certain times of the year and is expected to get tighter as more boomers retire on the road and more families find camping as a cost effective way to enjoy time off. One thing I have noticed is how many campgrounds cater to the seasonal camper, the people who take their camper to a campsite and it stays there all season long… Read more »

    rp
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    rp

    I believe in the First Amendment. Period! I really do not think it is our place to curtail free speech anymore than it is our place to take another’s life. When we rant about another’s right to rant, isn’t it a bit hypocritical? And when we believe another’s viewpoint isn’t valid, but only ours is, don’t we cast ourselves as bigots? Who’s to say that someone’s comment is obnoxious? SCOTUS overturned obscenity laws because there are as many definitions of obscenity as there are people on earth. And of course SCOTUS hasn’t yet overturned the First Amendment, against the wishes… Read more »

    Bill
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    Bill

    100% agree. We are all adults here. I believe we can all separate the childish foolishness from the relevant.

    Mike Gardner
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    Mike Gardner

    I write as someone who has watched “comments” on the Internet since, litterally the beginning of Internet Time. The “right of free speech” always comes up when someone wants the “right to use a forum designated for a specific purpose for their own purposes”. This forum’s purpose as I understand it is the reasoned exchange of ideas and information about RV’s and RVing. That inludes rants, as and expression of one’s feelings about a particular topic but does not include gratuitous attacks on particular persons. Nor does it inlude return attacks, and defenses and so on and so forth. IMO,… Read more »

    Kristy
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    Kristy

    Saying society should accept anything goes is foolish. If someone jumps into the middle of an internet conversation swearing, ranting and raving, and making a complete ass of himself, the group has a right to tell him to leave. It’s basic school ground knowledge. If you want to play; play nice.