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Friday, 24 January 2014
DCUK The Great Escape/banned again !
After surviving a year at DCUK under the name of fatbird, I signed my own exit Visa and checked out last night, by signing off a post under my own name. One of my old nemesis the cherub was the first to spot my name. How ironic one of Ken's old clique, and a member of the present clan, should be the first to scream rape, no change there then eh. It was fun while it lasted, but proved beyond all doubt, serious debate is impossible on the forum. Threads about low carb posted in the low carb forum, are decimated by non low carbers time and time again. Even a thread I started last night about butter, had the forums Forrest Gump arguing butter contains sugar. Further effort to promote the low carb cause was futile, at least as far as I was concerned. Every time a low carber posts, they have to spend hours dealing with the clan or complete knumbskulls. Being the eternal optimist I thought I could add some positive input. Any sane person must be thinking why did you bother. Well the truth is, I would not have rejoined, but for the fact the forum is the largest forum in the UK. I could have gone quietly, but I would have gone back and posted when I saw the next bout of lunacy from the antis. As I have said attempting some sort of progress is futile. It has helped many from the start to the present day, but it could have been so much more.
The forum could have influenced people in high places, people that could have made a difference. But as Mongoose said last night "No wonder duk won't listen if the behaviour on this forum is what they see as an example" Nothing has changed in the last five years. Instead of fighting each other, the members could have been fighting for test strips for all, fighting for the have nots. Fighting for a better deal for all diabetics. But year in and year out those that have it all, insulin, many on pumps, ample tests trips and access to endocrinologists, and other experts had to wreck serious discussions and meaningful debate. Don’t get me wrong, I am not jealous or envious of the haves, compared to many I am one of the haves. I have friends who are Doctors and top notch dietitians. But I am very aware others do not have that luxury. My Father and Grandmother did not have the facilities I have, and both died from type two diabetic complications.
So, let’s hope I am proved wrong. Let's hope we will see robust and informed debate on the low carb section, without non low carbers wrecking meaningful discussion. It has not happened for years, but time will tell. While the members on the forum play the them and us games, real progress will not be made. Many individuals will be helped and that is great, but as we have seen, less than 1% of the members post on a regular basis, and almost all who join, swiftly go on their way.
No doubt I will be Beelzebub over on the forum for a few hours, and then swiftly forgotten, but think on this. I had not posted on the forum for a couple of years or more, but the place was just the same without my presence. Over the years around ten people have dominated the forum, playing the games we have seen so much of over the last few weeks, the games will continue, most new members won’t stick around. Remember diabeticacademic ? a knowledgeable and very bright person, his or her thread was wrecked by the wreckers and he or she walked, probably never to return. Over the years thousands of good members have walked including Doctors. Mostly because of the clans tactics, will it ever be thus ?
Eddie BTW What son of a bitch nicked my motorbike ?