Honest to God, has anyone read the message boards on fodors.com? You ask a simple question and a string of berating, rude, obnoxious responses slaps you back in the face. I'm so glad that this is a kinder, more gentile website!! (for the most part )
Unfortunately that happens ALOT on unmonitored message boards and newsgroups. They attract trolls who know little or nothing about the subject line, but are just there to "act up" and cause trouble.
Free speech when you are in a faceless medium, and have no responsibility for your comments, isn't always a good thing.
Cruisers are generally a kinder, more social breed anyway, but setting an acceptable tone is still important.
In most cases CruiseMates readers and posters are here to socialize and offer legitimate assistance. It's ALL these folks who make CruiseMates a great community!
I thought Rick was the one who acts up and causes trouble on this board. Oh , wait a second, it isn't Rick, it's me. Darn that old age memory loss, I can never get anything straight anymore.
I bet they don't have anyone who wears moose ears on Fodors.
How about if we all go over to their board and post nothing but NICE NICE ,sweet as pie , down home ,aw golly shucks type posts. It might just drive them all crazy.
I just checked the Cruise Talk section of Fodors, and most of the comments seemed to be reasonable and not nasty. Perhaps I looked in the wrong place. One thing for sure that I appreciate is that really nasty comments will disappear from Cruisemates almost as fast as they can be typed.
Rick does not like any board that does not have a Gripe board. I think he just ran out of gripes and went somewhere else to use his same "gripe material". Maybe they had heard his gripes already. .Glad you are still here though, and cruise mates is the place to be.
Yep, still here. As much as I gripe....I love you guys! I am too close to a cruise to gripe much . But look out when we get back from the Pride on 4 May because we won't cruise again until Dec. I get very "gripey" when I have to wait so long to be underway! <G>
Are you really going to spend your whole cruise looking for a religious experience on the slot machines? Thinking about that comment still cracks me up! You should have a whole bunch of new gripes when you return, like, they came back too soon, they served too much food, the bikinis were too small, Deb treated me too kindly, the casino was not crowded........lol.
I checked out Fodors.. .I did notice a lot of griping. Some good info also. I hope I only look at other peoples gripes and never have any to write myself! I read a review on Cruisemates where the woman griped about nearly everything(mentioned she was fuming over her seating for an embarkation picture) and still said she would take the cruise again! Ah, even when they tick us off, we still love 'em!
I just read one on Fodors where an entire string of people just reamed a poor girl because she didn't know port from starboard. One guy said she didn't know her a** from a hole in the ground and stay home! That's just plain mean! I guess if you can be anonymous, you think you can be a complete jerk!
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I've participated on the Fodors boards for almost 5 years. The stupidity and rudeness you see quite frequently now is "only" about a year old..... but there are lots of friendly and extremely knowledgeable people posting there too! I highly recommend the board, especially for issues and questions regarding European travel.