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Old 05-07-2018, 10:36 PM   #121
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F-Line was banned from RRnet, FWIW. I don't have any idea what in particular led to such an outcome, but his last post there shows as February 3rd. He has popped up elsewhere, in transit blog comment sections.

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Old 05-08-2018, 12:05 AM   #122
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F-Line was banned from RRnet, FWIW. I don't have any idea what in particular led to such an outcome, but his last post there shows as February 3rd. He has popped up elsewhere, in transit blog comment sections.
Nor do I. I did about 3 dreadfully boring little Q&A postlets that morning...then on a browser refresh in the Grafton & Upton thread found self logged out with message of account permaban. No prior warning, no explanation. And, sorry, not even an interesting backstory on the run-up to gossip about since I'd just gotten back from vacation after a week physically offline and was still in catch-up mode reading a week's worth of accumulated posts. No "incident", intrigue, arguments, post-deleteys, or PM drama. I just shrugged, deleted the browser bookmark, and moved on to greener pastures. Meh.

Suspect it was the new psychopath who co-mods the T subforum cashing in long-sought enemies list favors from the odd, furtive little fellow who occupies the Asst. Admin seat...and that the purges were plural since the forum headcount had been coming up mysteriously short since about start of the new year. But honestly cannot be arsed to care about the who/what/why of whatever crazytown is going on this year in the choo-choo-dot-net modmin ivory tower...because it's always from Day 1 been some freaky Medieval Vatican-level crazytown up there complete with False Popes and 100-year Crusades against the non-believers. Anyone printing up "MISSING" pictures to slap on milk cartons on my behalf might want to first ask the whereabouts of erstwhile senior T forum co-mod John...who is still nominally on the masthead but hasn't been seen or heard from since weeks before the latest purges. Check your local hospital logs for Keolis employees anonymously treated for shank injuries within the last 4 months.


BTW...I never stopped lurking here @ AB. It's gratifying to see the Transpo topics start to get good again with new faces joining the fray and some new fresher topics getting play. Bus talk's been especially good of late. I just can't see myself getting back into the fray until (1) this whole Briv situation reaches some sort of perma-safe conclusion that doesn't involve the whole site 404'ing into a wormhole one morning, and (2) recent slam in real-life workload abates enough that spending hours on the Internet is a financially viable time-waster again. In the meantime I'm rested, chilling on some popcorn, and still very much undead.
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Old 05-08-2018, 11:24 AM   #123
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I'd take a ban from RR.net as a point of pride, those bastards are another level of crazy. I stopped reading that side probably over a decade ago.
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Old 05-08-2018, 12:40 PM   #124
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Speaking of RR.net, I was wondering something (I only pop on there a couple times a year). What is their beef with the Urban Ring? Did it just suck all the O2 out of the MBTA forum, or was there something more internet-drama-y going on?
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:22 PM   #125
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I think the issue was with how the Urban Ring was only being seriously pursued by the state as BRT, and previous RRnet leadership was very anti-bus. Things have eased up quite a bit, but explicit bus discussion is still off-topic and out of the forum's scope. The Silver Line via Seaport was lightly discussed recently and nobody's head got cut off.
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:36 PM   #126
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Something in excess of 12 years ago related to the dreaded "bus" word and bugfark Admin's reaction to it. Passed a rule on it that's still on the books, only no one still remembers what the original deal was. UR-as-LRT thus gets talked all the freaking time in-depth with zero problem...so long as you don't say the boogeyphrase "U_____ R___" attached to said discussion and get struck with a bolt of lightning. Yes, this is all considered perfectly normal, rational behavior.

You might want to ask CS that backstory; he was forum mod held at gunpoint to first enforce that rule, and posts here now after years of trauma recovery therapy from that experience. The possibly now-disappeared senior mod John copped a while back to having no clue what the UR beef was ever originally about...only that it apparently takes the RR.net Vatican's equivalent of a constitutional amendment to repeal so it still must be enforced in-full.


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Welcome back F-Line, glad you're still here.
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:56 PM   #128
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Something in excess of 12 years ago related to the dreaded "bus" word and bugfark Admin's reaction to it. Passed a rule on it that's still on the books, only no one still remembers what the original deal was. UR-as-LRT thus gets talked all the freaking time in-depth with zero problem...so long as you don't say the boogeyphrase "U_____ R___" attached to said discussion and get struck with a bolt of lightning. Yes, this is all considered perfectly normal, rational behavior.

You might want to ask CS that backstory; he was forum mod held at gunpoint to first enforce that rule, and posts here now after years of trauma recovery therapy from that experience. The possibly now-disappeared senior mod John copped a while back to having no clue what the UR beef was ever originally about...only that it apparently takes the RR.net Vatican's equivalent of a constitutional amendment to repeal so it still must be enforced in-full.


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Hearing nightmare stories like this makes me *ever so slightly* more appreciative of our complete lack of standards here.
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Old 05-08-2018, 03:01 PM   #129
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Hearing nightmare stories like this makes me *ever so slightly* more appreciative of our complete lack of standards here.
If you really want to cross the streams over there, go to the T subforum and start any old post about trolley ops that intentionally mixes up the terminology "motorman" and "operator" for yuks. Hell, it can even be a CTRL-INS from a lorum ipsum text generator that just inserts those two words as the noun in consecutive sentences. You'll be wiping off spittle from the new modterror and be put on a deportation watch list within nanoseconds.


Frankly, I'm gobsmacked I managed to somehow last 13 years there with all the tripwires laying around (both the long-forgotten ones like ^^above^^ story and the new ones being feverishly laid down by the latest regimelet trying to stage a palace coup). By all logic I should've been ceremoniously shot out of a cannon years ago from the floor of the Collisseum as a warning to all others with high post counts who were not collecting any official RR pension. The nothingburger account lock and downright sleepy discussion month that preceded it were so strangely anti-climactic.
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Old 05-20-2018, 07:37 PM   #130
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I'd take a ban from RR.net as a point of pride, those bastards are another level of crazy. I stopped reading that side probably over a decade ago.
I was banned twice , ill admit the first time I was banned was due trolling...and I was trolling after giving up trying to have any realistic Convo. I asked a few questions and a few big members in the NJ section decided rather then answering with basic or in depth responses decided to troll me...so after a few weeks of ignoring them I decided to troll back and I was banned.. The New Owner allowed me to come back but I was banned within a month without any explanation... Still to this day which is about 8 years after Ive been banned they still harass me on Facebook which I have blocked them.. They also every once in a while pick out detailed responses that ive posted on reddit or other forums to mock them.. The site is just a circle jerk of stuck up Railroad/Transit employees...and buffs who will never work for said companies...
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