Monday, 1 September 2008

Contrariously circular logic and obesity

I've been an infrequent Shetlink dipper into-er over recent weeks due to commitments in the 'real' world, but on a recent sojourn through the forums one discussion in particular enticed my attention, entitled "The need for Shetlink"

The inaugural salvo from the malcontent individual who initiated the discussion was "As far as I am concerned this Shetlink is a complete and utter waste of time and space."

Contrariously circular logic I reflected; why would someone use a medium of expression to voice ones opinion on how the medium is itself a waste of time?

Friday, 1 August 2008

Tesco, youthful automotive pursuers and vandalism

Shopping has always been one of my least preferred pursuits (due evolutionary reasons. I read in a journal that entering a shop triggers the male self preservatory ‘fight or flight’ response) and I didn’t pay much heed to recent discussions on the Shetlink forum on the subject of the ever proliferate Tesco’s move, or perhaps incursion, to Lerwick.

But I’ve been intrigued, and slightly concerned, by the level of delight and sometimes ire that the subject has triggered amongst forum contributors. A poll on Shetlink shows that 60% of Shetlinkers are in favour of Tesco’s, mainly due to the promise of reduced prices and an apparent increase in choice, but those who decry the retail behemoth point to Tesco’s track record of fowl foul play and substandard reimbursement of suppliers.

Tuesday, 1 January 2008

Forum Moderation

Shetlink has just celebrated its second birthday, and as it toddles into the terrible twos I'd like to thank the moderators who have baby sat the forum for the past 2 years. This merry band of moderators are the five volunteers responsible for keeping discussions on track, and have powers to edit other peoples messages and other general forum housekeeping capacities.

The first year of moderating the forum was mostly fun as aabody found their feet, but the last year has seen Shetlink becoming more 'established', with some rules and regulations evolving and social conventions excogitating.