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Old 12-05-2013, 04:24 PM   #21
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Indeed. I don't have enough time in Spring, Summer and Fall but too much during our 4-5 month Winters...
I am facing the same potential problem for the first time in my 4 years of retirement. Have had a PT job to occupy myself during winter. As it is snowing outside for the first time, I hope it's only 3 months not 4-5 winter months.
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Old 12-05-2013, 04:37 PM   #22
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Midpack, I'd be interested in your analysis, or at least knowing the topic so I know if I'd be interested [e.g. if it's about SWR from a $10 Million account, it's clearly not in my interest box].


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Old 12-05-2013, 04:39 PM   #23
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It's happened to me a few times. There were several times at work, even pre email, that letters were written, typed, and filed. I have strong opinions about local government for which I worked; have started to write letters to editor (usually in response to other LTE) and after I cool off realize it matters not one whit to me anymore; and NO ONE cares about my opinion! Friend who relocated for similar position as I had recently emailed me that his name had been in paper, favorably. All I could think is that the next time my name is in the paper it will hopefully be my obit. Not too soon I hope.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:05 PM   #24
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Not after an hour, but more often than I like to think about I'll start to write something and then think better of it.

Especially after consuming certain beverages.
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Old 12-05-2013, 05:48 PM   #25
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Yup. Posts on the Interwebs, e-mails, etc. I write something, set it aside for a few minutes, come back and re-read with an eye to how a reader might misinterpret it, and edit or delete as appropriate.

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Old 12-05-2013, 06:06 PM   #26
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I had a post all typed up to respond to this... then thought better of it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 06:46 PM   #27
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Been there done that, I guess its a function of being passionate about ones viewpoint or is it that anal retentive that comes out. Still probably better than being apathetic
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:38 PM   #28
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I had a post all typed up to respond to this... then thought better of it.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:44 PM   #29
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I just spent over an hour composing a new thread on a pretty serious FIRE topic with links & quotes, wholesale edited it several times, and ultimately just deleted it altogether. Discretion is the better part of valor?

Doesn't happen to me often but I've done it before, has it ever happened to anyone else?



If you're tempted to ask what the topic was, let's leave that for later if at all...
Yes, actually. It probably happens more with replies (probably not an hour on a reply but sometimes as much as 15 or 20 minutes).

What is interesting to me is why the self-censorship occurs.

The main reasons I've self-censored myself (whether with deleting a reply I was working on or deleting an original post) are (1) I decided I wasn't adding anything to what was already said in that or another thread (this is usually the reason I self censor), (2) I thought anything I could say might hurt someone's feelings, (3) I felt that there wasn't anyway to say what I wanted to say without revealing too much personal information, and (4) I felt what I was going to post was going to create something too contentious.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:44 PM   #30
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I hope the weather gets better for all of us very soon, so we have more exciting things to do than respond to this post.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:54 PM   #31
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Many, many years ago, when I was a young plebe at the Naval Academy, we were required to memorize a poem by Admiral R.A. Hopper of the Royal Navy. Called "The Laws of the Navy", among its 27 stanzas were the following two, which have served me well ever since.
Dost think in a moment of anger
'Tis well with thy seniors to fight?
They prosper, who burn in the morning,
The letters they wrote overnight.


For many are shelved and forgotten,
With nothing to thank for their fate,
But that on a half sheet of foolscap
A fool "Had the honour to state."

Here on ER-Org, I have probably composed and then deleted as many things as I have actually posted.
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Old 12-05-2013, 07:59 PM   #32
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I just spent over an hour composing a new thread on a pretty serious FIRE topic with links & quotes, wholesale edited it several times, and ultimately just deleted it altogether. Discretion is the better part of valor?

Doesn't happen to me often but I've done it before, has it ever happened to anyone else?



If you're tempted to ask what the topic was, let's leave that for later if at all...
At least once a day... My posts are often lengthy, so an hour is not unusual.
Am very concerned with the state of the world, and spend too much time trying to analyze and find solutions...
Have learned that politics is not a good subject here, so most of the controversial stuff goes to other forums that are philosophy-based.

Read a review of the forum that complained that the moderators were too "picky". Seems to me, to be a compliment, and the very reason for the website's popularity. Nice to be able to disagree, without the snarkiness that often typifies many forums.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:04 PM   #33
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I think it's good to ask yourself "would you say this face to face?" before posting.

I've not always succeeded.
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Old 12-05-2013, 10:13 PM   #34
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Of course I have. I think most people who post regularly have. I've even (at least once) written something (usually after those beverages Walt referred to) and then when I became more lucid had to ask the mods to delete it for me. That way even though many people witnessed my asshattery there's no permanent record.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:17 PM   #35
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Yes, I find myself self-censoring a lot, because I suspect the mods will just remove it anyway, as they may well remove this post. I find myself drifting away, becoming much less interested in posting here than I was in the beginning, because of this. I'm censoring myself even within this post. Different strokes; I'm sure a lot of people appreciate the controlled environment; I prefer more freedom.
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:46 PM   #36
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I have been in forums where more freedom was given. Unfortunately, there are those who can't make the best use of their freedom. This is the best moderated forum I have seen. I appreciate it. I recently had one of my post censored and the moderator was absolutely right. I appreciate that, too.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:21 AM   #37
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I just spent over an hour composing a new thread on a pretty serious FIRE topic with links & quotes, wholesale edited it several times, and ultimately just deleted it altogether. Discretion is the better part of valor?

Doesn't happen to me often but I've done it before, has it ever happened to anyone else?
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My self imposed rules are:
1) Does it add to the topic or offer an interesting point of view?
2) Does it have a positive tone to it?
3) Is it concise so others might even read it?

I think I've already said too much. And yes, I have been known to scrub a written comment or even delete after posting.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:30 AM   #38
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In between wisecracks and quips, I sometimes post something serious...

But I try to keep that to a minimum.
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Old 12-06-2013, 09:53 AM   #39
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I've had a few replies I failed to pull the trigger on. I figured they would just get deleted anyway.
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Here on ER-Org, I have probably composed and then deleted as many things as I have actually posted.
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