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Subject: My response to this article on the Turn for the judges website.

Article taken from the TFTJ website
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Date Posted: 12/30/05 4:30:20pm

This article is so very typical of the mindset of these pageant obsessors. The sad truth of the matter is, people just got wise and started to beat the pageant directors at their own game. Lets state some facts: Pageant directors were the very people that initiated these message boards, to manipulate the readers into believing they were "fans" just promoting their favorite girls. For a while they got away with it, until their secret got out. The smart people who have been shafted time and time again by these snide money mongers took notes and wisened up. They started their own message boards to get the truth out and inform everyone of the misrepresentation and unethical behaviors that too often come with the territory of pageantry. And now we have those very perpetrators calling it "bashing" and "poor sportsmanship". Pretty pathetic. This article sounds like someone is just plain pissed off that they have lost control of what is being said on the many boards that have been started. Tuff. Get over it. No one with any amount of intelligence is going to believe that all these directors are running fair and unbiased pageants. Now that there are message boards that give BOTH sides of a story, they start making excuses and putting the blame on everyone but themselves. I like the fact that people who have been burned are retaliating. It is about time! SUCK IT UP

Boycott The Message Boards

Before message boards, pageant enthusiasts met in chat rooms. The chat rooms were a fun place to go, sometimes on a nightly basis. People joined the conversation from all across Canada and the United States, and even from Panama.

Even though we all had “handles” or made up names, we usually figured out quickly each person's identity. Our 'conversations were more personal and fun. We would discuss recent pageant results, from locals to nationals; make guesses as to who would win; talk trivia and more. Our discussions were open to all view points, so few were not afraid to state their views. We even discussed our families, even if they were not involved in pageants.

Chat room participants ranged from directors, to assistants, to contestants, and even merchants. Others were friends and family of those involved in pageants. It was kept clean and simple and FUN.

It seems all good things come to an end. When “pageant stalkers” arrived on the scene, chat rooms participation declined. The stalkers may or may not have really been involved in pageants but posted messages and attempted to stir up trouble. They called people names and tried to start terrible rumors. In short, 'the regulars' fled the chat rooms because the fun evaporated.

So, next we entered the world of message boards. Some message boards had a little more regulation of content postings if the message was sent through a moderator and checked prior to posting. If not, anyone could post what ever they wanted.

Initially, the message boards were used as they were intended. People discussed pageants, trivia, “what was happening”, etc. The fun had momentarily returned. The message boards provided pageant results quickly, allowed a place to ask for help, exchanging ideas, and discussing in general the wonderful world of pageantry.

The nostalgia was short lived as the hate mongers returned. With these delightful stalkers returned the rumors, the false results, and generally negative attitude. As if this wasn't enough, enter the phenomena of bashing. Bashing seems to be a new pastime, either for disgruntled contestants, family, or friends. Bashers feel they can say anything, about anybody, and it is ok. It seems Thumper's mother's advise regarding only keeping mum if you can't saying something nice has gone into file 19.

Some boards became equivalent to a holocaust bloodbath. Directors were verbally slaughtered. Contestants received lynchings about their figures, clothes, and morals. Rumors and half truths would be posted and spouted as gospel, even about individuals not directly involved in pageantry. Others would chime in with their 2 cents, even if they had no first had testimony but rather wanted to join in the mobocracy.

Why do we need such ugliness? Why do we let it continue? Why do people feel they have to be so vicious and try to tear down people who are competing, giving their all? Teens and young adults who have fragile psyches, are not spared the brutality. These poison-tongued linguists need to take a maturity pill and realize that neither they nor those they support can always win.

I'd like to believe some of these serpents are hackers who visit a message board, read a bit of the content and then unload their atrocious commentary to be a royal pain. However, which the frequency of ill will, I'm inclined to believe this is not a large scale outside job. Perhaps it is time to boycott our participation with message boards until the return of decency.

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