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#21 Guest_Skylight_*

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 10:12 PM

Snout I assume either your username has been hijacked or you have not seen the images that were on here last week and read Normad's more offensive posts.  I've seen more theatre shows than I care to remember and I can't ever recall seeing hardcore shock porn or deliberately offensive attacks on a minority group.  And, I certainly don't expect to see either of those things on a theatre website.

#22 Snout

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 10:32 PM

I must admit I didn't see all the Normad stuff - and am not sad to have missed it. I wasn't trying to defend him or her. What struck me was the strong responses against such filth. Sometimes one can encounter pretty unpleasant stuff at the theatre (gratuituos rape scenes, needless swearing, crazy violence) and audience members who dare to complain are scolded as out-of-touch and unadventurous.
In a way, the complaints in this thread are rather sweet and welcome. Why don't we extend that reaction to some of the baser stuff being thrown at us by go-ahead playwrights and directors at (often publicly subsidised) theatres?

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 11:01 PM

Ah I see your point.  I would propose that the difference in response is:

a ) partly due to the difference between accessing a free website that purports to be about theatre and paying to see a play of the type you describe.  There's an unknown quantity with both but one expects the boundaries of the unknown to be more restrained on a freely available website and
b ) partly to do with the difference between shock tactics within the framework of artistic exploration and shock tactics that are designed to do nothing more than shock and irritate.

And, I can't over emphasise the fact that one of the images that was on here made the Chapman brothers look like Jack Vettriano.

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Posted 24 February 2007 - 11:38 PM

QUOTE(Snout @ Feb 24 2007, 08:30 PM) View Post
Normad's language is pretty awful and his grasp of dialectic admittedly seems limited - but it's not really much worse than many things you can catch at the Royal Court or the Lyric Hammesmith most months, or even at Stratford (depraved Days of Significance) and the National (eg last year's obscenity-littered Market Boy). Yet few WOS posters are shocked by that.



I'm sorry, but that is ridiculous. I don't give a shit about swearing; I do care about vitriolic hate-filled attacks on groups of people. And, as skylight says, there is a big difference between voluntarily attending a play and therefore agreeing to experience the content of that play, and logging onto a discussion board to find yourself reading pure hate speech.
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Posted 25 February 2007 - 10:41 AM

Good joke about the Chapman brothers, Skylight.

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Posted 27 February 2007 - 12:37 PM

Why not just ignore it?

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Posted 28 February 2007 - 12:37 PM

Hello all,

Just to let you know, we have appointed two moderators to date and started banning IP addresses, including normad and the repeat spammers. The spam attack came out of the blue over the weekend, but I believe it's getting better. Hopefully, you'll notice an improvement. We'll appoint further moderators as necessary.

We do appreciate users' efforts to alert us when they come across inappropriate postings, and we react to these as quickly as possible.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

Terri Paddock
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Posted 28 February 2007 - 08:47 PM

QUOTE(Terri Paddock @ WOS @ Feb 28 2007, 12:37 PM) View Post
Hello all,

Just to let you know, we have appointed two moderators to date and started banning IP addresses, including normad and the repeat spammers. The spam attack came out of the blue over the weekend, but I believe it's getting better. Hopefully, you'll notice an improvement. We'll appoint further moderators as necessary.

We do appreciate users' efforts to alert us when they come across inappropriate postings, and we react to these as quickly as possible.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Kind regards,

Terri Paddock
Editorial Director
Whatsonstage.com


Thank you very much Terri, I appreciate your response to this post and banning of normad etc!!

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 02:42 AM

Banning Normad didn't seem very successful. At least if we had compulsory registration (any chance of a poll on that or some sort of sensible discussion since most threads are now impossible to follow because every other poster is 'Guest'), he'd be slightly inconvenienced before he posted.

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Posted 01 March 2007 - 03:04 AM

As post count seems to be such a source of offense I've given up on logging in.  Maybe they could come up with a system of compulsory registration that doesn't show post count?




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