ECCouple

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    SheerblackFFS, could you please change your username to something like ‘SheerblackFFSonawomanisattractivetomeIdontmuchlikethemonamanseemsweirdandunfancyablebutheyjustmyopinion’. You could append ‘snowflakes’ as well, maybe, but why be gratuitously controversial? Better just to be normal. Whoops...
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    That would be ‘aliases’.
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    Stockingsadmirer68, someone who joined the forums 50 minutes ago has just as much right to post as you have. Just because you have posted over 27,500 times (do you have another life?) doesn’t confer any special qualities on you. At least Evangelist posted something worth reading, and in recognisable English without needing to resort to emojis. Which gets the 👍 and a round of 👏🏻 from me.
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    If the ones causing problems are seeking to close down the forums and the shop, why don’t you make the forums customer only, if your suggestion was genuine as you say it was? I can’t see why you’d let them remain on the forums if they are in a position to harm your business and are attempting to do so. But as I’ve said, it’s literally none of my business. I do get the whole ‘open to all’ thing and I remember when the internet was like that. It’s a laudable attitude but when you look at some of the vitriol that’s been thrown around on here, and not just recently, you wonder how sustainable those good intentions are. By the way, however you slice and dice it, calling people selfishly stupid is disrespectful, whoever they are and no matter how correct you may have been. Threads have probably been pulled for less. Whatever. Genuinely, I wish you all the best and thank you for taking the time to respond to my comments.
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    As I posted earlier, it’s immaterial to me how you run and administrate your forums, and I genuinely mean that. I don’t care; it isn’t my business. I do feel that to deliberately misconstrue or misrepresent my words to try to make a sarcastic point, as per your second paragraph, is pretty poor stuff. Disappointed in that. But for you to contend that when you cast your catch-all pejorative words you won’t catch some customers in that net, or at least alienate some of them to some degree, is too big a stretch - for me at least. It’s purely a personal point of view but, surely, no less valid for that. All that having been said, we came to SHQ to shop for products we like, and now we’ll shop somewhere else. These forums are an occasionally fun diversion for us, nothing more; indeed, increasingly less fun, so TTFN.
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    No, I’m only speaking for myself so I’m not presuming anything for or on behalf of anyone else.
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    Turning somersaults here, I think. I’m not sure what ‘editorially independent from the shop’ is supposed to mean, as you’re the MD of the shop business and an administrator of the forums at the same time. But so what? They are both yours to do with as you please. I should think it’s well nigh impossible to tell that ‘those who cause trouble aren’t customers’. Multiple personas can be one of the internet’s biggest curses. Some of your biggest troublemakers could well be some of your best customers, who knows - but again, so what? You chose - as is your right, I accept that - to label an unspecified group of people as ‘immature’ and ‘selfishly stupid’. It seems to me that some customers are likely to have been part of that group. That being the case, and without knowing whether or not we were among those so described - I would like to think not, but I can’t be sure, and we are customers - I’d prefer to shop somewhere where the business owner doesn’t imply that we may be immature and selfishly stupid. There’s a lot of choice out there. It’s immaterial to me whether the business owner made these comments on a poster in his shop window, or on an ‘editorially independent’ blog. He still made the comments, and if they cost him business then some may see those comments as having been not only ill-considered but, dare I say it, immature and pretty stupid. I do think you could have chosen your words more carefully. I hope your business does well, like I hope every small business does, and I’m under no illusion that our custom won’t be missed. But I’ll shop elsewhere. Thanks for your service in the past.
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    Didn’t say we were leaving the forums, but thanks for your good wishes. Hope you are enjoying the grammar and punctuation classes.
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    Or for male stocking wearers to post in the ‘Stockings HQ male wearers forum’, the forum provided specifically for male stockings wearers by the owner of this website. If he thought men wearing stockings was normal, why provide a separate forum?