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Old Nov 2, 06, 5:39 pm   #1
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As everything winds down and I assume this forum will be locked come tomorrow when the polls open, I just wanted to post my appreciation for the opportunity to compete for a TalkBoard seat.

Thanks to the House of Miles for giving the membership a say in the direction of Flyertalk. Thank you to the community for submitting fantastic questions and for your vote. (I expect to get first place by a landslide... ) Thanks to my fellow candidates for their willingness to give back to the community and for a very interesting discussion.

I will wrap this post up with... a joke:

A man walks into a bar with a giraffe and they proceed to get blitzed. The giraffe drinks so much it passes out on the floor. The man gets up and heads for the door to leave when the bartender yells, "Hey! You can't leave that lyin' there!" The drunk replies, "That's not a lion! It's a giraffe."
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Old Nov 12, 06, 11:42 pm   #3
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This is the fourth TalkBoard race since I have been on FlyerTalk. I didn't follow the first one but I remember that it was a very hotly contested race, with partisans of all the candidates posting all over F/T.

The second one, in which I was elected, was also highly contested -- albeit with some unfortunate posts being put up by both some contestants and their supporters. Signature blocks endorsing various candidates abounded.

The third, last year, saw a change. Members who were not running were no longer permitted to enter the debates. Still, interest was high. Those signature blocks were everywhere and the top candidates received vote totals which dwarfed those of the year before.

This year, the interest seems minimal. Last year, one thread alone had 9297 views (the record for this year, so far, is 783). Signatures supporting any of the candidates are few and far between. Obviously, voter turnout can not yet be determined.

I can't help but wonder why this is. I can see several possibilities, some good and some bad, but most of them in the "bad" category.

** None of the candidates have launched personal attacks against the others. (Good).

** Members believe that TalkBoard is so restricted in its duties that it is irrelevant. (Bad).

** We (the candidates) are either so incompetent or so boring that no one is interested in any of us. (Bad).

** FlyerTalkers care less now about how the community is run than they did in the past. (This would be the worst of all possibilities.)
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** None of the candidates have launched personal attacks against the others. (Good).
Oh yeah? Well your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!

(I guess I just lost all of the Monty Python haters... )

I wonder if the US members aren't just sick of elections in general.
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Old Nov 13, 06, 6:29 am   #5
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I wonder if the US members aren't just sick of elections in general.
It is a possibility, of course, but two years ago the TB election was held on the same day as the American presidential election and it still had a lot of interest.
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Old Nov 13, 06, 9:13 am   #6
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Well youa re right, two years ago at least two candidates resorted to such name calling, lies and dirty tricks that at least one was SUSPENDED for much of the campaign time. I am sure that brought some spotlight to the race at the time.
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So the 'debate' is OVER!?

I agree with the rest of Flyertalk: ho-hum.
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Am I mis-recalling? It seems that in years past this forum got locked when voting started...
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Well youa re right, two years ago at least two candidates resorted to such name calling, lies and dirty tricks that at least one was SUSPENDED for much of the campaign time. I am sure that brought some spotlight to the race at the time.
You mean you missed my 30-second attack ads?
Pity. I need to fire my media buyer.
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Oh yeah? Well your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!

(I guess I just lost all of the Monty Python haters... )

I wonder if the US members aren't just sick of elections in general.
Thats funny because thats exactly what someone told me about you

I have reported your posting to the British Hamster Association. I am sure that they will be along shortly to tell you off


On another matter, its been fun debating this year and a lot of the answers where really good.

Now all we need is for the community to vote!

Good luck to one and all, even the folk who did not bother to post a thing.

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Old Nov 13, 06, 12:09 pm   #12
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Oh yeah? Well your mother was a hamster, and your father smelt of elderberries!
You have that completely wrong!

Dad was a hamster.

Mom reeks from the elderberry wine she imbibes regularly.
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You have that completely wrong!

Dad was a hamster.

Mom reeks from the elderberry wine she imbibes regularly.
My apologies, then.

I'll try to get my personal attacks correct from now on.
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So, after all the questions, the big controversy, unasked, was about the "I voted" avatars.

Too bad, I would have liked the opportunity to pander to both sides.

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