J1A3L5 wrote:Hi all,
I find this all really disappointing. I am a member of iBricks, just as I am a member of many other LEGO sites and forums. I have never encountered any hostility or negativity from any of the members both on and of the forum. I can only speak for myself, but I have had some religious discussions with at least a couple members (off the forums), and it was all very civil and mature. If there's no malicious intentions involved I really can't see any problems arising, from my point of view.
It may be another "YALF" (Congrats on a new term, Ted!) but I think it has potential. I know the administrator/owner personally, and he's both talented & enthusiastic...and a great guy. It's really sad that when a small, new and younger forum pops up and it has to be villanized by a few individuals for no apparent gain.
iBricks may not have found it's place in the LEGO community yet, nor does it involve the best builders or the most mature members. It is, in my opinion, a place where the AFOL's of the future may be residing, and I think it's important to encourage that. When I first entered the LEGO community I was far less mature than many of the members there of equal age.
I'm not saying the said events did or didn't happen but as Bruce said, we're all part of a community - We all love LEGO. Why can't we all work towards building a more cohesive & friendly community, than work towards further separating it?
I don't have a problem with YALFs simply because I don't frequent them. I was ignoring iBricks until I was alerted to a thread for posting prayers which included people praying for someone to be 'saved'. Now that, in my opinion, is a pretty strong suggestion that the forum is strongly biased towards Christianity of a certain variety. I very much doubt a non-Christian would find that thread 'Safe and Friendly' nor a forum that hosts it. That is not a problem per se
but it is a problem when the forum does not advertise the fact.
My suggestion would be that the forum identify itself openly as Christian and be done with it. That has the added advantage of positioning itself in a new niche which may keep the YALFers happy
Anyway, my two cents.