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    Chopping Is Just The Beginning

    If you wanted to stress repetition over "more realistic simulation," you might actually be able to increase survivability in these situations. Unfortunately what your doing is trading what we actually know, which is trading Neural Plasticity, aka Muscle Memory for a cognitive process, aka thinking. Thinking in skydiving is not a good thing, during these infrequent events, thankfully, we should be "doing" as compared with thinking. Research and practical experience have shown again and again that those that train more often, survive more often. If your efforts get more people to train more often, then IMO,..that's a good thing. But switching a yearly hanging harness practice for a yearly hang in a more realistic harness is just going to cost more for the more expensive equipment. A word about cognitive processes compared with behaviors that are learned to the point where our brains actually change its hardwiring so to speak, as compared with behaviors that we only read about or practice infrequently. The key is to have the information present when we need it. Learning theory has consistently shown that practiced behaviors like walking, and running, riding a bicycle, etc,...actually change brain real-estate, these behaviors and their associated neural stimulation, millions of inputs for a very short period of time, actually hardwire our responses, like riding a bike there is great truth that returning to riding a bike after a great absence of time, and lo and behold it's actually like riding a bike! That's because those changes to enable the behavior have actually changed the wiring in our brains. Skydiving emergency procedures,...with those same procedures neural wise amounting to no changes in our brains, no practice, no muscle memory,...when we are now faced with an emergency,...we are unable to access the information when it's needed most! We can "recall the information" but we can't use it when it's actually needed. This is the great trap in skydiving safety and thinking. The only thing that really , demonstrably works is repetitious training, boring, repetitious training, did I mention: repetitious training,....it will never be the same as neural plasticity or muscle memory but it will be current, more current than the current state of affairs. Perhaps if we had a more interesting simulation system that would increase this kind of training and , perhaps then it would be more current? But otherwise for the vast majority of experienced skydivers,...the further in time we are from our initial training, the larger the risk for this type of thing we are all trying to prevent. The skydiving incident statistics practically make this a non-debatable issue. Worth repeating, as time increases, as you all get more experienced, your risk to perform poorly increases. We are never as safe as when we are skydiving students. This is because our emergency procedures are current and practiced again and again. For the vast majority of skydivers this is the only time in their lives that they will ever be this current with this kind of learned response. Air skills, flying ability, landing skills, all improve, unfortunately emergency procedures are not created nor retained the same way. Thanks to all who endeavor to raise the safety bar!!! Chris Robert may be reached at: ChrisRD@gmx.com Thanks everyone!!!
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    How to Buy New Skydiving Gear

    Great article! My only concern is the fact that most individuals facing this wonderful purchasing decision. And yes this is a great time for many, I can remember spending hours of time thinking about this or that >>>> is the fact that most don't have the experience to make the informed decision. This isn't to put any damper on anyone’s enthusiasm or desires just that it takes a certain number of jumps to really to be able to discriminate the nuances of the various types of gear available! To me this makes a great argument for purchasing new gear and making a conservative purchase. New gear because of the resale value if and when you decide to make changes. And conservative for safety reasons. Just my 2 cents for some commonly overlooked suggestions. (BTW my messaging service here is still broken, so unless they decide to fix it, you can't contact me here.)
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    What To Do When the Wind Picks Up

    My only observation to this otherwise fine and well written piece is that we continue to make an association between experience and wind speed. In other words the more experience someone has the higher the winds they can jump in. The statistics do not support this. The higher the wind speed the more incidents,...period. This is an illusory correlation that experience gives or imparts someone with "Experience" to be able to cope with higher wind speeds. Most likely fueled by ego and hubris of the individual making the argument. If anything experience has to teach is that the higher the winds the more stuff is due to chance,...it's just us silly humans that attribute this to our supposed skill. Once again this is my opinion and has been born about and proven time and time again. Landing incidents are not rare but for the most part really don't happen all that often, except for those postage stamp type canopies, in which case the statistics are very conclusive: That being the more experience you have - the riskier your landings are. (Think about it.) Bottom line: luck not experience, and the fact that skydiving is relatively safe, at least until yo have that same experience.
  4. Don't let them get to ya, it's a tough crowd, many, many varying personalities make skydiving the joy it is! :) Everyone means well and I appreciate your writing style,...and effort to contribute! Personally there is a bit of ZEN for most to actually grasp this concept. Move your head around too much and you can quickly loose this visual field you speak of. Don't move your head around enough and you can crash into something or somebody. And as always a real caution about doing accuracy with other jumpers in the air, never a good idea, IMO. So thanks again for taking the time to write, kind of a lost art around here... (My message service here still doesn't work.)
  5. Your absolutely spot on about being encouraged to do "unsafe" acts in this sport, to some extent anyways. As a skydiving body, or organization we as a group reward risk taking. For many this is a difficult concept to grasp but at it's heart we reward risk taking and make illusory correlations with experience. Such as when we receive our first "License" we now allow jumping in more hazardous conditions. Higher wind speeds, lower activation altitudes, night jumps, etc.. So your spot on when you point this out as a group in a sense we reward increased risk. The lower pull altitude is one example where we clearly increase risk by falsely justifying a non-existent correlation between the license you carry and the time we have available to perform our emergency procedures, if ever necessary. In effect we reward risk taking and in fact have sanctioned it. Especially considering the incident statistics which generally make this a non-debatable issue. Other factors to consider are the fact that as "rating holders" there really isn't any feedback for performance in teaching. Nor is there any standard we can hold our instructors too. Only in skydiving can you get a rating to teach in a week and then as an instructor, really not ever have to worry about maintaining your skills as an instructor again. This is yet another example of group think, the idea that "continuing education" isn't necessary. Whether it's necessary or not really isn't the question , the question really is more about what works or doesn't, without continuing education and or some meaning full standards and review we condemn ourselves to this sad state of affairs forever. And please don't confuse Groupthink as a Psych process with the fact that we as social beings receive much of our information from those around us, such is the power of example. This creates enormous issues with a majority that lets others think for them. You should be proactive and question the do's and don'ts of this activity we call skydiving, you , me, all of us should be making evidenced based decisions and until we have greater standardization, increased continuing education, and feedback loops that actually provide meaning full data to base our decisions on, well,...groupthink will rule for a long time.
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    Exit Order Safety

    Again, and again, the best exit order isn't an exit order. It's multiple jump runs for small dz's, and increased separation time for everyone. Other than that thanks for the reminder about Exit Order, and bringing this to everyone's attention. It's nice to read stuff about exit order and not get into the discussion about fuel and finances,...in the same sentence a safety issue. I mean that's usually what this discussion is all about anyways,...trying to dump as many divers into congested airspace, as possible, for money concerns???? C
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    What is In a First Aid Kit

    Kudos to anyone who is willing to tackle a much neglected issue that is prevalent at the majority of Drop Zones throughout the world. But what do you do when there isn’t anyone to use this medical kit? First Aid and CPR continue to be hotly debated subjects, when any discussion turns to this subject. Unfortunately common sense and patient advocacy go out the window when the subject of liability and responsibility come up. WHY our safety and health take a back seat to the pencil pushers and naysayers is beyond me. It’s our safety when we are injured. This should be a concern of every jumper, everywhere. Why isn’t it, is the question? Perhaps when faced with our own mortality this is a subject that we would rather not face? Perhaps it’s the widely held belief that someone, some yet un-named person or organization has this issue covered. They have a plan or policy in place that has these issues covered? Well, UNFORTUNATLY the vast majority of Drop Zones do a very poor job of assisting you, if you suffer a casualty. The vast majority of Drop Zones do not have a plan, shy away from training their personnel, and frequently stop trained personnel from ever knowing the severity of an incident, never mind the idea of rendering the most basic and simple first aid. At the best the policy is to pick up the phone and call someone else. If we look at the big world around us; just about every person in a public setting, is required to have a mediocrity of first aid training and CPR training. From every Bus driver, school teacher, lifeguard and public servant this is and has been a job requirement for many years now. What about our organization? How do we set an example? Not very well I’m afraid. We generally leave this to someone else. We have the Safety and Training Advisor. I mean the very word implies that they know something about safety, Right??? WRONG. How about spending a few hours to learn a valuable skill? Unfortunately the very people that we place our misguided trust in are not required to have any credentials or experience in this area whatsoever. That’s not the public perception however. The vast majority of skydivers are running around thinking to themselves that the majority of Drop Zones have the injury issues solved, that they have a plan in place and in the event of an injury they will be promptly and expertly covered. They do not and this should be a major concern of every jumper worldwide. Leadership is sorely lacking. From the top down the subject of first aid is ignored and or passed on to someone else. The USPA has continually shirked their responsibility in this area by allowing Drop Zones to continue to do whatever the local custom is. In other words it’s a free for all out there and frequently this translates into no care whatsoever by anyone. I find this “Ostrich” behavior disturbing. It is unconscionable to me that skydiving has no casualty safety requirements, no first aid training requirement, and no CPR training requirements whatsoever. And it is the epitome of hypocrisy to not require our S&TA’s to at least have the same level of training as required of my children’s kindergarten teachers. A couple of hours of training could save someone’s life, but apparently this is too much to ask of those charged with overseeing our safety. This isn’t an academic discussion. A number of recent incidents has painfully illustrated that the total lack of training and knowledge has deprived many of better medical care, or at least a chance at life. How these people sleep at night is beyond me? As it stands this notion that the DZ protects itself by not requiring trained personnel, liability wise is insane. Looking at this another way is saying the equivalent that you’re not going to receive any first aid, regardless of trained personnel being present or not because our business is more important than a human life! The worst are those Drop Zones that actually interfere with the first responders and actively try to control the “scene” to the fatal detriment of the injured person. Again, this is not an academic discussion; this is how the sad state of affairs currently exists. This is the definition of “gross negligence,” is borderline criminal behavior, and is not protected by any legal waiver. Never mind the fact that this inaction is morally reprehensible. So again Kudos to you for preparing a “Kit” now find the people that know how to use it, and a Drop Zone that will let them.
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    Flight Planning for Safety

    As long as we are speaking about "planning and safety" how about making sure our first aid needs are being met, before something happens,.... From another rant: Kudos to anyone who is willing to tackle a much neglected issue that is prevalent at the majority of Drop Zones throughout the world. But what do you do when there isn’t anyone to use this medical kit? First Aid and CPR continue to be hotly debated subjects, when any discussion turns to this subject. Unfortunately common sense and patient advocacy go out the window when the subject of liability and responsibility come up. WHY our safety and health take a back seat to the pencil pushers and naysayers is beyond me. It’s our safety when we are injured. This should be a concern of every jumper, everywhere. Why isn’t it, is the question? Perhaps when faced with our own mortality this is a subject that we would rather not face? Perhaps it’s the widely held belief that someone, some yet un-named person or organization has this issue covered. They have a plan or policy in place that has these issues covered? Well, UNFORTUNATLY the vast majority of Drop Zones do a very poor job of assisting you, if you suffer a casualty. The vast majority of Drop Zones do not have a plan, shy away from training their personnel, and frequently stop trained personnel from ever knowing the severity of an incident, never mind the idea of rendering the most basic and simple first aid. At the best the policy is to pick up the phone and call someone else. If we look at the big world around us; just about every person in a public setting, is required to have a mediocrity of first aid training and CPR training. From every Bus driver, school teacher, lifeguard and public servant this is and has been a job requirement for many years now. What about our organization? How do we set an example? Not very well I’m afraid. We generally leave this to someone else. We have the Safety and Training Advisor. I mean the very word implies that they know something about safety, Right??? WRONG. How about spending a few hours to learn a valuable skill? Unfortunately the very people that we place our misguided trust in are not required to have any credentials or experience in this area whatsoever. That’s not the public perception however. The vast majority of skydivers are running around thinking to themselves that the majority of Drop Zones have the injury issues solved, that they have a plan in place and in the event of an injury they will be promptly and expertly covered. They do not and this should be a major concern of every jumper worldwide. Leadership is sorely lacking. From the top down the subject of first aid is ignored and or passed on to someone else. The USPA has continually shirked their responsibility in this area by allowing Drop Zones to continue to do whatever the local custom is. In other words it’s a free for all out there and frequently this translates into no care whatsoever by anyone. I find this “Ostrich” behavior disturbing. It is unconscionable to me that skydiving has no casualty safety requirements, no first aid training requirement, and no CPR training requirements whatsoever. And it is the epitome of hypocrisy to not require our S&TA’s to at least have the same level of training as required of my children’s kindergarten teachers. A couple of hours of training could save someone’s life, but apparently this is too much to ask of those charged with overseeing our safety. This isn’t an academic discussion. A number of recent incidents has painfully illustrated that the total lack of training and knowledge has deprived many of better medical care, or at least a chance at life. How these people sleep at night is beyond me? As it stands this notion that the DZ protects itself by not requiring trained personnel, liability wise is insane. Looking at this another way is saying the equivalent that you’re not going to receive any first aid, regardless of trained personnel being present or not because our business is more important than a human life! The worst are those Drop Zones that actually interfere with the first responders and actively try to control the “scene” to the fatal detriment of the injured person. Again, this is not an academic discussion; this is how the sad state of affairs currently exists. This is the definition of “gross negligence,” is borderline criminal behavior, and is not protected by any legal waiver. Never mind the fact that this inaction is morally reprehensible. So again Kudos to you for preparing a “Kit” now find the people that know how to use it, and a Drop Zone that will let them.
  9. ChrisD

    Do Skydivers Care About Safety

    (Yes Mr. Booth still has the Mink rig, it sits in his front office for all to see. Something every skydiver could do is to take the pilgrimage to UPT, once in their lives, to pay homage to one of the greatest small business in this business.) SAFETY Everyone's concern ? Or is this another subject that the USPA, (THAT'S US FOLKS,) has delegated to someone else? As an organization we turn to the USPA to set an example. BUT how can we give any credence to an organization that doesn't require its S&TA's to posses a minimum of first aid or CPR knowledge or experience. The people who are charged with the responsibility to set an example, make informed recommendations, and provide a mediocrity of knowledge to assist in SAFETY at our member DZ's? Leadership starts at the top. But in our organization safety is a concession to the dangers of this sport that the majority would rather not face. Thus no leadership. Until each and every one of us is willing to take a stand for our own safety this little issue will continue to fester. Until each and every one of us is willing to take some action by actually doing something, this little issue, again, will continue to fester. It is not to much to ask that leadership take a CPR class or learn a little first aid. This is something that EVERY Police Officer, every Fireman, Paramedic, every school teacher, every Bus Driver, every Lifeguard, just about every person in public life is REQUIRED TO know. But and except our own S&TA's??????? Apparently there are never any incidents in skydiving, so this is the reason our approach to safety and first aid isn't necessary????? I find it unconscionable that the position of S&TA isn't required to posses any of this training. This is something that is long overdue and a very poor example of leadership. And the fact that this position starts off with the word safety,...is the epitome of hypocrisy. (Yo know what? This is probably just another stupid idea, so lets just continue to F over injured skydivers and leave the liability issues to others,.....) It'l never happen to me anyways,....
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    Skydiver Wins Lawsuit Against Teammate

    So what's the moral of this story? Because from where I sit, I see that once again many have confused safety, and the fact that skydiving is dangerous,...PERIOD, with how our legal system works. Our legal system is about money, PERIOD. It is not about the morality, or best practices, or who is right or who is wrong, it is about winning. It is a flawed system, but it is the best we have at the moment. Something to consider when jumping. Because if your unfortunate enough to be involved in any lawsuit and you don't have the legal muscle, you are going to loose. Right-ness or wrong-ness don't enter into the picture, your "retainer" frequently determines , after the fact, who was at fault. The fact that the injured party willfully chose to participate is "prima face" evidence that they willfully chose to engage in a behavior where by the very nature they share responsibility for the outcome. This fact was ignored. Instead we, the public "Create" a villain, a bad guy, so that this lawsuit can proceed. It is very sad to see that this good guy V. Villain continues, this is a "social construction," see it for what it is. And I am disgusted with those that continue to perpetuate this way of thinking.
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    Best Action Camera 2014 - Ultimate POV Camera Shootout

    Q: I was recently asked: "Why so many haven't commented about the safety aspect of this stunt."? A: Basically, the popularity of the author, the novelty of the situation, the fact that if anyone contradicts what a "more" popular personality has to say about any subject, and a host of other psych factors will completely blind the public to the lack of safety demonstrated here. The most troubling aspect is how an individual who is well know for his views on safety throw's everything out the window when it comes to his own safety. Never mind the hypocrisy shown, by the blatant example of do as I say , but NOT as I do. (This actually illustrates the fundamental attribution error and how this little bit of psychology works.) This is a problem. And continues to be a problem. This isn't a reflection of the author, who BTW is a wonderful and caring personality! But this does illustrate how the belief that,...as just one example, (It can't happen to me,...) the idea that a cutaway handle on the helmet is going to save your neck. The problem is that your neck, in the event of something going wrong, (hey this is skydiving, nothing goes wrong ,...RIGHT?) anyways yor neck will be long stretched before you can react fast enough to do anything about it,...BUT the held belief,..."The idea" that you can do something to save your neck is so strong, this belief then justifies the conduct! The real world isn't so forgiving however. This is just my 2 cents from a psych perspective, I'm not going to argue this viewpoint, there just isn't any point to that. This whole test could have been done,...and done considerably more safely, by just mounting everything to a bike handle bar or the equivalent. This is my point.
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    Digital or Analog Altimeter

    A well thought out personal essay of altimeters as many currently understand things work. I appreciate your efforts, However: " It really boils down to three things: familiarity, specific application, and personal preference." This is not how our brain works. Research has clearly shown, Posner, Donovan, etc., and including Research done in the seventies that I personally participated in for the DOD, NASA, etc., has consistently shown that pictorial displays "capture your attention,... in stress inducing situations,... significantly more readily than numerical, audible, or text driven information." The key word here is "Significantly." See Posner attention capture research for a more thorough and complete explanation. This has nothing to do with "personal preference," or the application or your familiarity with the display! And to make this jump in logic is doing a great disservice to skydivers worldwide. Very rarely in science do we get such strong evidence that our brains process visual pictures and that that same information can capture our attention more readily than text displays. I also look forward to the day that your altimeters, the electronic displays, can present a colorful pictorial display, with more attention capabilities, (Think blinking bright red, at a display level above ambient ,...) and then perhaps switching to a more accurate numerical display for the landing pattern, as a possible idea. BUT until then,... in an emergency situation, numerical displays are at a significant disadvantage as compared with pictorial information.
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    Top 5 RSL myths

    You forgot to add our extensive collection of morbidity / mortality data that we do have. Not a lot of RSL incidents caused by using a RSL as compared with NOT having one. The power of MYTH. I hope Zeus doesn't bite me :)
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    Polish Skydiving Plane Accident Kills Eleven

    A painful reminder of the blind trust we place in our aircraft,...? Overloaded, poor maintenance, and or a very poor performing aircraft in the first place? So the real question is why do we as skydivers place so much blind trust in others and their judgment that just because something that we have gotten away with more than a few times means it is an acceptable for the future? Light twins and overloaded Cessna's have been and continue to be the bane of the aircraft used in skydiving amounting to the overwhelming population of fatal incidents. You can chose to ignore this because "some" have gotten away with it and continue to do so or you can educate yourself and rise above this ignorance and in the process quite possibly save your ass someday! Using a light twin for jump operations is and HAS BEEN WELL KNOWN FOR YEARS to be a problem child. Personally, I have refused more than one occasion to jump from them. Their performance has and ALWAYS HAS BEEN marginal and their use for jump operations has always been questionable. You might want to consider this before you get into an aircraft with such poor performance as compared with more suitable and popular aircraft. And this is well before anything goes wrong!!! The same continues to go for all of those Cessna drop zones that continue to operate their aircraft: at or near gross, YOU just don't have any safety margin, something to consider,...for those of you out their that are a little more proactive when it comes to safety.
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    Privacy Statement

    Dropzone.com may not have a written policy as far as other users of this site. Dropzone.com can not and will not attempt to control what the general public, which and whom we have no control over, does with anything posted here. In a very real sense you have no privacy, or expectation of privacy whatsoever using this site. There is also no privacy in the PM section as well, although many users feel that the PM section is private, it is not. I hope this clears up any questions regarding that. Also be aware that Dropzone.com can not control individual drop zones, or their personnel from looking up information you have provided to them, such as waivers, applications, and various forms that you have filled out with the respective parties concerned. Nor can Dropzone.com control in any way the USPA policy of making member information public. If you post anything, anywhere here on this site consider it public. Chris
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    Dropzone.com Article Submission Guidelines

    I wish that someone would write an article about LEARNING. A recent swooping incident, in the USA has illustrated this. Rather than take the position that we should hang a well meaning individual, I advance the idea, that this individual has learned a very valuable lesson, that they now can share with the rest of the skydiving community. Otherwise the age old scenario of shooting the messenger continues. Perhaps a very few vocal and zealous individuals feel that they can bully and intimidate others into taking some ill informed action,...but the net result is that once again the cycle will continue. This is a very political and knee jerk type of reaction that never has served anyone in the long run. The idea that they knew better and should have set a better example is not sufficient cause to warrant the expulsion of anyone on the Board, unless that said activity has affected their ability to serve on that same board. But considering that the vast majority of skydivers always know better than everyone else, without any real world examples to draw from just indicates the hypocrisy of the many internet warriors that exists here. I support Rich W. and hope that he elects to stay on the Board!! His newfound respect for the realities of skydiving as compared with endless and pointless rhetoric indicate he will be better able to understand, and more importantly implement his position with greater effectiveness now as compared with the past. IN SHORT HE HAS LEARNED SOMETHING AND WE WILL ALL BE BETTER SERVED IF HE STAYS!!! This is the point of learning, and listening, something that is in short supply around here. ChrisD
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    The 3-Ring Circus

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    Terms of Use

    Crowdsourcing has been suggested many times. Generally when someone wants to control others this is a frequent tactic that is raised to ensure the private agenda is what is most important. It does nothing to promote discussion, educate others, nor does it provide any entertainment value. Additionally, enforcing crowdsourcing regimes such as like buttons and the rest or similar minded draconian measures to ensure the dominance of a very vocal minority ,...tend to drive numbers of responses down and frequently stifle free speech, the exact opposite of what the proponents indicate their intentions are in the first place. Fortunately the many sites and forums that have implemented these measures learn very quickly that to pander to the addicted minority is to risk the value and usefulness of the sites and their mistakes become readily apparent. The hypocrisy frequently is quickly noticed. As an example, you will kill a good site, which this place is not, by stifling free speech, but according to those users that which to control others by indicating they know best are frequently more disruptive that the mythical Troll which they speak so knowledgably of. Troll subjects come up repeatedly, by most often by those control freaks which wish to dominate at everyone else's expense, but the public, unknowing frequently falls for this popular appeal and the sites generally suffer. The hubris is more carefully illustrated if you can think of the egos and personalities of those that are involved by contemplating the fact that the most common misconception advanced is that SOME are entitled to a private conversation on a public venue. Think about that for a bit, and you can see some of the control forces these people are trying to use for their own agenda! Of course if some users wish to limit free speech as they are doing this site will quickly turn into a dead site consisting of excepts and quotes from a few books and the SIM. Which is basically what they want. The idea that your protecting newbies from themselves is just a silly and naïve viewpoint that is baseless and groundless out in the real world. Of course as a rhetorical tool it gets a lot of mileage from the masses who are unable to think for themselves. Kind of the same quote that Hermann Wilhelm Göring used when he was purportedly quoted as saying all you have to do to eliminate the opposing view point is raise issues of the patriotisms. Here, the same effect is induced by indicating that they are protecting newbies, when in reality nothing is further from the truth. Beware of what you wish for,.....
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    Contact Us

    One of my recommendations, or perhaps better said "findings" from researching many users of "Public" forums: Was that the "moderators" need to be extremely mindful of their comments and actions. No one appreciates having their comments deleted without explanation or reason. The recommendation was that the moderators be limited to just using the strike thru feature for most everything they do and in those instances where totally offensive words are used, to delete just the offensive word and in any event in each and every case a moderator does something, they need to explain why it is offensive or has been deleted. As it is; the current state of affairs, has created much derision amongst the users. Worth saying again the moderators need to explain fully their actions they need to be accountable to the users. Otherwise the perception, and rightly so considering the declining user numbers, is that the moderators have their own agendas and hidden motives. But of course many moderators here know better than the rest of us, which is why this site suffers as it does. Too many personalities, not enough public forum. Other recommendations: were to limit the number of posts any user can make in a 24 hour period, (many "Power" users make over 15, ((meaningless)) posts a day.) and the moderators need to be mindful that many long standing users, don't actually provide any meaning-full contributions whatsoever, but use many of the topical forums for their own social gratifications. Folks, that is what places like Facebook are for! The net result is that just about any newbie to DZ.com is literally driven away! The idea that users must read and wait for "years" before asking anything and or contributing,...is just wrong! You have an opportunity to educate but alas the small minority of (tolerated) power users, regularly debase and lampoon as compared with educating. And of course for those of you that suffer from internet addictions you can always seek help and I am always available to point anyone in a better direction. :)
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    Terms of Use

    How about having a long overdue "Code of Conduct" for the moderators? Far too many behind the scenes activities without explanation, your either, in all due respect, having a public forum or running a private club? Your choice but many of the moderators activities need to be accountable and held up to daylight for discussion. Just my two cents on terms of use for today. Or at least in the interim a sticky, locked info posting, explaining this is your site and NOT a public Forum! ChrisD
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    Contact Us

    Seriously,.... your that scared of me???? All you guys need to do, if you were so inclined, was to just ask. Instead you want to run with rumor and innuendo??? You could be more successful but instead you chose to run scared, well I guess it's your ball, so have fun. If ever anyone wants to play at being an adult, I'd imagine you can always find me. Chris
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    Delete Video

    It's in "My Recent Videos" and I can't delete it and it doesn't work???? C
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    Spring forge