Anyone around RMR knows Mark for what he is. He snipes little wise
ass remarks and questions all the time in a manner that in real life
would cause you to want smack him. Here he went to the trouble of
counting 500 posts so he could prove you were 'wrong' using some very
odd reading of what you wrote. This makes up for shortcomings in his
real life which I am sure is worthless or pathetic. Some call what he
does trolling. He doesn't. Either way he was looking for a response
and a 'me too'.
Irreverent my ass! When I wrote "uses the signature line DO NOT FEED THE
TROLLS," I meant it.
Even you saw the 500 instances where he used it.
And NO, you did not write "in that post," you should at least know what you
wrote before make incorrect statements to f ollow up on incorrect
On Sat, 17 Mar 2007 01:35:59 -0500, I said, "Pick a card, any card"
Because he didn't use the sig line you complained about in his post.
You can argue the point until you're purple, mate, but you simply
erred. No big deal. Happens to everyone. Looks to me like you were
harboring some grudge against him and when you saw his post, you
reacted. He was innocent of the charge you made. This time.
Thus, you made your entire premise irrelevant.
Yes, Mark, I probably have used it some years ago. However, I did not use it
in this series of posts. If I feel that there is a troll post, I simply do
not respond to it and put the poster in my kill filter. The sig that you so
conveniently cut is below, please tell me exactly which word is the troll.
Please note my new email address: farosenbaum at comcast dot net.
Ahhh... I notice you haven't posted (until this recent thread) for about
three weeks, which probably explains what's going on here. Look at previous
posts from the person who originated this whole thread and you'll soon see
that he/she should be in your kill filter.
Oh boy, is that a can of worms!
I joined several years ago and got appointed as membership chairman of my
region. One of my duties was calling ex-members to see why they had quit.
Almost without exception, the answer was that it cost too much for what they
That prompted me to look into the costs. Turned out the greatest part of the
national budget (not counting the magazine which is a separate cost item)
went to administration, including an imposing headquarters building, and to a
library which very few of the members (1 in 100 or so) ever used.
Very little of the dues went to the standards setting or contests activities
and none whatsoever to the various conventions. In fact, the national
convention is a money maker. So are the local and regional conventions but
that's where they get most of their money - they get little or no financial
support from national.
After a couple of years trying to change the situation, I gave up and
Now, after all that negative comment, I'll say that I really enjoyed the local
and regional activities and the great majority of the members were nice
folks. At one time in the distant past, you could join a region without
having to join the national. If that ever becomes true again (hah!) I'd
join my region in a flash.
If you can ignore where your dues money is going the activities at the local
and regional groups may well be worth joining.
I especially enjoyed the regional conventions with their workshops and layout
tours. Special kudos to the ones put on by Canadian members, as they made a
real attempt to keep the costs down. The ones in the US tended to be at
expensive hotels :-).
It'd be great if we could have an organization with those conventions without
the budget and politics of the NMRA as it stands.
Now I'll don my flameproof suit and wait for all the responses from "life
members", an option no longer available to new members.
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