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Thread #109916   Message #2301851
Posted By: Don(Wyziwyg)T
31-Mar-08 - 06:46 AM
Thread Name: Our ghastly folk tradition
Subject: RE: Our ghastly folk tradition
""These people are still part of the folk community - if anything, they outnumber the more hardcore types like us. The point I was trying to make is that we may not see them around here, but we can't presume their non-existence. If the festival scene is anything to go by, there are plenty of them out there.""

I think Melissa's point is that if we were more welcoming, we WOULD see more of them around here, and I would tend to agree with that.

I have spent most of a lifetime organising Folk Clubs, sessions, and singarounds, and have made it my trademark to welcome personally everyone who does me the favour of attending.

Mudcat is a wonderful place to be if you are (as I am now) a recognised insider, but there is, and always has been, a tendency for some here to forget that they themselves once made that mistake, of opening a long defunct thread, or asking a very dumb question.

How much REAL effort is involved in taking the time to set a newcomer on the path to being a regular Mudcat contributor. We can't expect youngsters to respect our experience and knowledge, if we don't have the patience to communicate with them.

Back on topic.

Anyone is entitled to like, or dislike anything he/she chooses. What I consider to be absolutely unacceptible, is for that opinion to be aired to a massive audience without the opportunity for the contrary viewpoint to be presented.

The BBC is a public service organisation, funded by licence payers, and as long as we all pay the same fee, we should all receive the same balanced service.

MP should keep his prejudices to himself, unless he has the guts to field a member of the group he is rubbishing to answer his comment.

Don T.