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Post by witchfinder on Fri Oct 07, 2011 1:40 pm

First topic message reminder :

Around the autumn of 2007 I came across the MSN message boards and found one entitled "UK Politics" which I joined and enjoyed for over three and a half years, then around April 2011 MSN decided in their wisdom to close down that particular message board.

Over time the MSN message board posters had become like friends, and though I had never met any of them, they became as familiar as the regulars I have a pint with in the local village pub, one or two were fairly nasty and quite vile, most were very pleasant people.

Fortunately, one of the redundant MSN bloggers (Ivan) decided to start his own political blogging site, and many of the old MSN posters followed him to his newly created site, and after a competition to find a name, it was agreed to call it "Cutting Edge".

I have to point out that Ivan ran things in a very fair and democratic way, the members decided the rules, they chose the name and logo, several of us were appointed as moderators and common sense prevailed.

Unfortunately the host of our board was "ProBoards" whom I would definately NOT recommend to anyone, they pulled the plug and closed Cutting Edge down saying that we had broken the rules.
To this day we still do not know what rule(s) were broken, and by whom, we wrote very polite emails to ProBoards asking for an explanation, but we got no answer other than "you broke the rules".

And so here we are WELCOME

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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Shirina on Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:39 am

Actually... I don't have an accent... but you all do.

LOL! That's what I tell all the Americans when they comment on mine ... even though I live in the US. They're the ones "talking funny."

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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by moonbeam on Fri Nov 18, 2011 2:48 pm

I had a couple of Brits working with me. One has moved back to Texas - which is good for him because he was living in my state and his family wasn't. The other works nights so I really don't speak with him other than to say hello. However, there are a couple I deal with over the phone - one British and one South African - that I enjoy. Actually, there may be more than one from South Africa now that I think of it, but so much of my work is done via IM, I don't get to hear them..
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by blueturando on Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:15 pm

Hi All,

and good to be back with you again. I was hoping Ivan would start up another forum after the Pro boards fiasco...so thank you very much! I am sure we will get a lot more people joing us in the next few month, but it's good to see many familiar faces here from Pro boards and the MSN forums.

I am going to send an invite to one of my very best friends to join, even though he is an ardent leftie. We disagree on everything, but he is a good debator so i think he could add value here

Much love from the Channel Islands
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Shirina on Wed Nov 23, 2011 4:37 pm

Greetings, blue ... glad to see you have found your way here. Very Happy
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Marshabar on Thu Dec 01, 2011 9:52 pm

Greetings.  I'm finding this format a little difficult.   Is the private messaging disabled?
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Ivan on Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:37 pm

Is the private messaging disabled?
I've now discovered that this forum was pre-set so that private messaging cannot be done by members who have only posted a very few messages. Clearly this was arranged to make it more difficult for spammers who, with no intention of participating in discussions, might join the forum, send messages to all members, and then disappear. I intend to leave things that way.
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by moonbeam on Fri Dec 09, 2011 12:12 am

Just dropped by to say hello to all of you. Smile
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Shirina on Fri Dec 09, 2011 1:45 am

Hello to you back, moonbeam. Very Happy
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Hi

Post by Hermes on Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:53 pm

I am a regular poster (for my sins?) on another debate forum, UKDebate, was recommended this forum and here I is.

Interested in more less everything...I have views...especially about the big questions...the real whoppers...like whats it all about...really?....love all that.
But I am probably more infamous on the other forum for my political and religious opinions...which I assure you are suitably bombastic and offensive to a goodly proportion of people  Wink (Oo lots of smilies, we don't have those.)
But I mean well.  What a Face

Anyways...
I look forward to reading contributions and er contributing.

Peace!
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by oftenwrong on Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:32 am

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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Stox 16 on Sun Dec 18, 2011 11:57 pm

Hi everyone, my friends call me Stox, I Look forward to posting with you all[i]
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Ivan on Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:00 am

Welcome, Stox. Thanks for responding to my invitation.
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Stox 16 on Mon Dec 19, 2011 12:04 am

Ivan wrote:Welcome, Stox. Thanks for responding to my invitation.

Your most welcome and thank you for your invitation. hope you will enjoy my posts. now just need to think about what post to made first ha ha
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by moonbeam on Sun Jan 01, 2012 2:59 pm

Hello good people from Cutting Edge Smile

I hope all of you had a good holiday season. For me, I'm just glad it's OVER!!
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by oftenwrong on Sun Jan 01, 2012 5:35 pm

moonbeam wrote:Hello good people from Cutting Edge Smile

I hope all of you had a good holiday season. For me, I'm just glad it's OVER!!

Yeah? With what's in store for us we shall be looking back on 2011 as THE GOOD OLD DAYS!
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Benofthenorth on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:14 pm

At last i have found a forum with lots of my old MSN bloggers. It is good to see so many names that are familiar to me, some i have crossed swords with but all that had an oppinion with good debate.
I look forward to joining in your debates and wish you all a very healthy and prosperous New Year.    Ben.
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by sickchip on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:15 pm

Hello Ben - good to see you here.
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Benofthenorth on Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:22 pm

Hi sickchip, i was just logging in to another site when i received an "e" mail from Ivan who told me about this site. I am so pleased to have found you all again and it is good to hear from you.
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Greetings

Post by oftenwrong on Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:34 pm

Some of the changes have been seamless, but not without incident along the way, Ben. Welcome indeed.

MSN fell under the control of trolls and nuns. Sometimes called a coalition.
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Post by Benofthenorth on Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:40 pm

Thanks OW, and i may add good to see you here; I wish i was I.T. literate enough to have saved all the threads that i was deaply involved with on MSN such as "Bring back the act of Treason" etc, because there were comments made on there by Mandelson and Dr Appleton etc that are coming to fruition or that have caused controversy with the EU. You mension MSN fell under the control of trolls and nuns, i think more like a steamroller  Twisted Evil
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by oftenwrong on Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:14 pm

Ben, you may find that all of your deathless prose is still available to you on MSN.

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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Redflag on Fri Jan 06, 2012 12:53 pm

Hi everyone my board name is Redflag looking forward to posting on this site
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Ivan on Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:49 pm

Welcome, Redflag. Thanks for joining us. I hope you will enjoy the forum.
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hello

Post by roifield on Fri Jan 13, 2012 9:05 am

Ivan told me about this forum so I thought I would give it a go.
My interests are US politics, the media, the Archers, F1, urban living and comics you can follow me on twitter [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by moonbeam on Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:02 am

Looks like your site is gaining ground, Ivan!

wooohooo!!



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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Penderyn on Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:10 pm

When I first posted on here I tried to write something under 'Welcome and Introductions' and wasn't even allowed to access it. Since then I rather gather it is composed of people who already know one another from somewhere else. I find it a bit unwelcoming, really. Apologies for breathing! Smile
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Ivan on Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:04 pm

Penderyn, my sincere apologies.

On the entire welcome board only the staff can start threads, and (for rather obvious reasons) only the staff can write on the posting rules thread. Of course we wanted members to be able to write on the welcome and suggestions threads, but the required settings were rather complicated and I didn't get them right first time.

Yes, some of us knew each other previously. Some of us were at MSN before those discussion boards were closed, and some of the members here know each other from UK Debate. There are, however, quite a few members who haven't been on either of those forums and came here on their own or by personal invitation. And what does it matter as we're all in this together? Now where have I heard that before?
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Post by moonbeam on Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:06 pm

Penderyn, I really don't know hardly any of the posters here. I've seen a lot of the names around, here and there, but that's about it.

You do have to be logged in to view this thread, and only admins can start a new topic on this board. Perhaps one of those is what happened to you?

I'm sure Ivan has a better answer. Cool
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Post by moonbeam on Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:07 pm

Speak of the devil, there's Ivan now! hahaha
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Post by Ivan on Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:18 pm

Devil? LOL. Twisted Evil

You could be right, moonbeam, but there was certainly a glitch in the early days, and it was all my fault.
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How's your forum doing these days? Keeping you busy or ticking over nicely? I appreciate how you take the time to visit us, and if you ever want a job here, please let me know!!
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Post by moonbeam on Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:59 pm

My board always keeps me busy. Sometimes busier than others, of course. Just like here, I'm sure. I wouldn't worry about past mistakes, btw. There's always a learning curve. I'm sure no one expected you to have all the answers then, and probably don't now, either. We all just do the best we can. Smile

I'd post here more often but I'm not known for following current events, politics, etc. I look smarter by keeping my mouth shut! LOL.
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Ivan on Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:06 pm

moonbeam. Would you have time to be a Moderator on some of our non-political boards? I'm planning a substantial reorganisation and a Deputy Administrator.
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Post by moonbeam on Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:31 pm

I can always find time, if you really think I can be of benefit. I am on a computer 12 hrs a day for work as is. I often have down time.
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Ivan on Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:37 pm

Thanks, moonbeam. I'll send you a PM.
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Post by moonbeam on Mon Jan 16, 2012 11:44 pm

You're welcome.. I'll look for it.
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Post by Macbeth on Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:37 am

Hi everyone....I'm MacBeth and heard of here thanks to Moonbeam.....I hope everybody is well and I look forward to popping along and posting a comment or two if that's ok ?
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Ivan on Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:56 am

Hello and welcome Macbeth (or should we call you 'the Scottish play'?). I hope you'll find the forum of interest to you, and should Shakespeare be to your liking, we have just the thread on our 'History Channel'....I spent hours writing the opening posting!
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Post by Macbeth on Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:00 am

Hi there Ivan....I feel we may have spoken some time ago on the old UKMSN boards under a different ID which I shall PM you....

I'll go take a look at the HISTORY Channel....oh....and thanks for the Welcome !! Very Happy
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Post by Macbeth on Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:03 am

Ooops ...apparently I haven't reached the posting target figure yet to be able to send PM's.....well considering I've only been here a few minutes.....hahahaha !!

You'll just have to wait a little longer before I can contact you Ivan ! Smile
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Post by Ivan on Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:21 am

Macbeth. You're not brownboots1, are you? No, you can't be him, he didn't laugh (he was just a laughing stock).

You have to post ten messages here before you send PMs (called MPs, because this is a French site - all of the buttons were in French when we arrived!). It's to stop spammers from nipping in and filling everyone's inbox with junk and then disappearing again.
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Re: Welcome and introductions

Post by Macbeth on Tue Jan 17, 2012 2:24 am

Who ?!!

Never heard of brownboots1.....sorry......


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