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It is sometimes the case that we run across "nuisances" in blogland, and I mean people who overstep the bounds of basic good manners or common decency. As the coordinator of RT, I often receive notification of such incidents or complaints from individual members. While I am not an advocate of witch hunts, neither am I a fan of on-line harassment nor wholesale self-promotion by individuals.
The word verification has been discontinued because it hinders the comments of the people who genuinely want to follow and support the efforts of RT. As a result, the 'spam inbox' is never empty and it may be the case that people with personal issues against individuals could use our comment boxes for their own agendas.
The starting point of our RT philosophy is that we want a safe environment, which has a solid core of members who help and support one another. If a member reports that someone has been offensive, I think this information should be relayed to other members, not so that we can be offensive in kind, but rather so we will know whom to avoid in future. No-one wants to see the garden become the breeding ground for discontent. I have seen things escalate very quickly to chaos on similar sites when tempers run high. Sometimes the anonymity of cyberspace can bring out the worst in personalities. I ask, therefore, that we remain united in maintaining the open and friendly atmosphere of the imaginary garden, where all who love poetry and are committed to their own creative goals feel welcome to spend their time.