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01 October 2012 - 11:17 PMIn all my years on these forums I have never seen shag (or the Rake or Crockett or Strategy or in fact most other contributors) be anything other than respectful to the other people on these forums. The fact that shag says that he affords you the same respect as other posters like Strategy of Crockett is not disrespectful to you at all and I cannot for the life of me see why you see it that way. Perhaps you could go and look at some of the House vs Christ discussions and compare . . .
You seem to feel that you deserve some extra level of respect because you write for the main dailypeloton site. I do not see why. You have no legitimate authority on this site. I would imagine that you have not established relationships with most posters on this site so you have no referent authority. Many posters on these forums have been members longer than you have been following cycling so you no-one is going to afford you any expert authority. You cannot coerce or reward other members either. In saying all that shag has offered you the same respect that he gives to other members, which is welcoming and shows respect, not just to you, but to all the other posters here. From your post that does not seem good enough for you, and if I were shag I would think that you've just thrown it back in my face.
There is a great headline in one of the education supplements in the newspaper a couple of years ago. "Show respect, don't demand it." It discussed teachers reliance on legitimate and coercive authority rather than them spending the time to develop the relationships with their students and classes that would give them referent authority. The point was that real respect is built on relationships and mutual goodwill. So I would urge you to take the time to stick around and develop those relationships - you'll earn the respect that will follow and over time I hope you discover that most of the posters here are great people to be around. Perhaps we can even share a ham one day.
Ok, yes, Vaughn and Janna should be given respect in accordance to their history with this site, but I'm an "author" or staff member at this site. That doesn't mean that I should be given exclusive respect, but I do feel like I should get a good amount of respect. Not the same level that you give to Vaughn or Janna, but a good amount.
In a little over a month or so it will have been 1 year since I met Vaughn and started writing here. I've spent a lot of time, energy, etc. for the site over the year. No, I have not been here for 6 years or 12 years or however long, but I've been here for a year and worked a lot. I think I should be given some respect for that, especially since that I usually comment on these conversations to unfog many of the members thoughts. I don't come in here with disrespect to you or anyone else, I come in with respect. I expect to come in and get respect as I give it.
It comes in accordance with the famous saying of "treat others how you'd want to be treated". If you and the other members want to treat me with no respect, disrespect me or at best show very little respect, then expect to get that back and don't get offended if I do.
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