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#1 JSC

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 11:02 AM

Paulding.com  was always my go to page while I had my coffee every morning. I got to "know" some of the members on here,  wished Happy Birthday, get well soon, kept up with others progress, etc. Caught up on all the county news, etc. 

What happened?  :(


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 12:11 PM

I am going to say politics and FB, in that order.


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:17 PM

Seems hard to get folks to talk about anything they aren't arguing over.

 

I've thought about just writing stories and posting them to have something on the page, just in hopes somebody else might start talking. But me trying to be funny ain't gonna do it. 

 

At it's height it was primarily a local news site. The big draw was it was pretty much the ONLY place to get that local news. The social stuff kinda sprung up around that. At some point the interest of the driving force strayed from news, then the tilt went to politics. The social died away as the arguing escalated. 

 

Now sometimes I'm behind the curve and it may have been there all the while, but I swear I remember there coming a change that allowed for the user to turn off more individual forums. When I found it and turned off the political forum, this place went to crickets chirping. Like the OP I'd sure love to have it back. Tell ya the truth I really kinda need it back. No matter what I'll not give in and consort with the debil (fb).


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 04:57 PM

Pubby let a few of his minions run off folks they didn't agree with. Be it local issues such as the airport or national issues such as presidential politics, if you don't agree with Pubby, you must be wrong and in need of a good re-education.  Hence folks have left in droves...


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 05:17 PM

JSC:

 

First, you're right, we had at Paulding.com a unique and outstanding example of a community web site.  To wit: pcom won recognition as a 21st Century Newschallenge site (including some cash :) and I also won a car :).  At one time we were generating four-million page views a month and there were many days when we had 2500 posts.  There are days now where we don't have any new posts.

 

So yes, a lot of things have happened.

 

Primary among them were things - they are called trends - that were changing things far beyond Paulding ... The biggest, baddest trend is the lust for money which is rewarded best by companies that serve national and even international audiences.  Yep,  facebook, instagram, twitter, etc.

 

That trend is a sunami and it has washed away a lot of competitors.  Hell, America On Line is a shadow of its former self and who remembers 'compuserve' these days.

 

BIG Money is smart and backing companies like Facebook, etc. was a no-brainer because these entities scooped up your information and monetized it by telling those who want in your pocket how to get in it. It is called big data and, as I mentioned here a decade ago, big data, by studying your interactions, can tell you if you're pregnant before you know. (happened). 

 

That is a big trend which is a head-wind for a small entity like Pcom.

 

But as long as we held together as a community, that would work.

 

I think the number of folks who started competing with PCOM ... including AOL (Patch) ... were like a thousand cuts that affected the advertising base.  Pcom was never that profitable (despite what folks may have thought).

 

In my effort to forge a new path, I hoped that bringing video to the community - remember our weekly news, our talk shows, etc.? Well, I self-funded that effort including  national network carriage of streaming video (Ustream?) which allowed us to go live; like when Paulding was hit by its 500 year flooding in 2009.

 

The video product never caught on with advertisers and the cost of entering that field - including rent for the studio - was frankly a bad investment. My background as a journalist and not a businessman, meant I was not playing with other peoples money and I had finite resources.

 

Throw in the 2008 crash where I lost a good deal of money but I kept on keeping on knowing that quitters never win and winners never quit.

 

While I haven't quit ... pcom is still 'up' ... I did have to give up the studio and office in 2015 because I just didn't have the funding to continue.

 

I was also personally rebuked by the anti-airport folks who angled to make me and pcom irrelevant by running Patti Smith in the first contested Democratic primary race in 2014. (I had planned a program putting Todd Pownall and in a general discussion about county government where we talked with pro and con on the airport and other issues of import with what I hoped would be a new kind of political campaign.)

 

That bit of local politics coupled with the further polarization in national politics and the site ceased to be fun for anyone, save the vultures that picked at the site day after day.

 

Despite that, my gut is that the challenges posed by google and facebook (both of which offer targeted local ads) and, locally, patch (which was investing $200,000/yr for two years with an aggressive news and sales operation) were the main blows.  

 

Still, we're here.

 

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 07:30 PM

I have had my fair share at trading barbs over politics, but I realized it was kind of stupid to sit a beat each other up over what? No matter where I go these days I leave that out of any conversation, and if I do run into it I just turn off the computer. When will people learn WE are the BIGGEST problem? Name calling and hate slinging will not change a thing...I still pop in from time to time and I still hope one day Paulding.com will once again be a place where one wants to pull up a chair and sit awhile type place again...anyway I wish you all the best and who knows..maybe one day we will again be the place we miss.


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:42 PM

I think we can all agree that Facebook and other newer forms of social media have hurt forums badly, and P'Com is no exception. While I personally  prefer the forum format for actual discussion, many see forums as an obsolete form of social media. Many forums have gone the way of MySpace (duck face not withstanding).

The more recent factor is that P'Com ceased being a community focused forum, and instead became a bully pulpit for the left wing politics that pubby and his small group of merry men ascribe to. Since this is still a primarily conservative area, the radical left wing stuff hasn't gone over well with the bulk of the membership, and it's been almost universally condemned by the local business community (of which I'm a part). And I won't name names, but 2  or 3 of the members (most of whom don't seem to be around anymore) ran a lot of people off. Even some of the liberal former members couldn't stomach these individuals.


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 09:59 PM

I miss it too. I miss people on here no matter their political leanings. I miss finding out local news re anything beyond politics.

I've been a member on this site for a long time and it's sad to me also.
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Posted 05 March 2019 - 10:13 PM

I was watching Willie Nelson being interviewed recently and his answer to one of the questions made me think about Pcom. It’s no secret Willie Nelson is a little more liberal on a couple of subjects than I am. When asked why he did not use his concerts to further his agenda? He said something to the effect of “I’d be some kind of special stupid to piss off 1/2 of my audience”. Very wise man, that Willie Nelson.
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Posted 05 March 2019 - 10:31 PM

I was watching Willie Nelson being interviewed recently and his answer to one of the questions made me think about Pcom. It’s no secret Willie Nelson is a little more liberal on a couple of subjects than I am. When asked why he did not use his concerts to further his agenda? He said something to the effect of “I’d be some kind of special stupid to piss off 1/2 of my audience”. Very wise man, that Willie Nelson.

Dolly Parton has made similar comments. She said her job is to be an entertainer, not a politician. Smart lady!


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 01:35 AM

I think we can all agree that Facebook and other newer forms of social media have hurt forums badly, and P'Com is no exception. While I personally  prefer the forum format for actual discussion, many see forums as an obsolete form of social media. Many forums have gone the way of MySpace (duck face not withstanding).

The more recent factor is that P'Com ceased being a community focused forum, and instead became a bully pulpit for the left wing politics that pubby and his small group of merry men ascribe to. Since this is still a primarily conservative area, the radical left wing stuff hasn't gone over well with the bulk of the membership, and it's been almost universally condemned by the local business community (of which I'm a part). And I won't name names, but 2  or 3 of the members (most of whom don't seem to be around anymore) ran a lot of people off. Even some of the liberal former members couldn't stomach these individuals.

 

Admitted, I had to select show all new topics in the political forum to get a full page (90 days wouldn't do it :) ) but if you discount the pinned topics, which were mainly rules dating to 2008, posters from the right dominated the posting with, by my count, 16 topics (64%) while those on the so-called left, started only 9 topics (36%).

 

That is really not to far off in terms of the percentages of the folks in the county.

 

It hardly seems reasonable that one-third of the people were so dominant that the other two-thirds who posted felt dominated ... unless of course the 64% are so (fill in the blank) _____________ that they can't countenance anyone who doesn't look, talk, believe and act just like they do.

 

The point is that I reject the notion that conservatives are so sensitive that I should curtail the speech rights of the minority because the majority is so easily offended. 

 

In fact I find such over-sensitivity about political issues patently undemocratic.  And the idea I should censor those folks to cater to the dominant posters, flies in the face of my personal understanding of what being an American is all about.

 

Frankly, I'm proud of the fact that I resisted and continue to resist that kind of Orwellian conformity. That I should adopt that position for money to me elevates money above my love of God, country and the Constitution.

 

This reminds me of the first time money came up in conflict with what I feel is doing the right thing. My first job as an editor was at the Watonga (OK) Republican newspaper in the mid-70s.  The mob controlled a town at a little resort in Blaine County where the mob sent folks to stay when the heat was on. Local lore said this place (Canton Lake) was where John Dillinger came to recover from his plastic surgery. 

 

Anyway, one of the 'guys' said that there would be money in it if I kept his name out of the newspaper. Our paper was a paper of record.  A month later the guy was picked up - I don't remember the charge but it was a minor one ... and the presentation was just a basic police blotter column where the  name and the charge (maybe littering) were printed.  Heck, I put my name in it when I ran into a train in the snow and was ticketed for failure to yield. 

 

Now they weren't going to break my legs or any such if I did, but it was a 'favor' they'd have paid money for if I had just failed to put it in the paper.  The name and charge went in the paper.  Later in a visit to my parents, I mentioned the incident to my parents and their friends over cocktails.  My dad's friend, an accountant, said I was stupid and that I should have taken the money.

 

To this day I DO NOT REGRET passing on the money. Hell, I turned down good money from businessmen for 'exclusives' - i.e. blocking a particular business's competition from this site. As long as I live and breathe and have pcom, it will be for everyone; at least everyone who can half-way behave.  And as far as Willie and Dolly; they are entertainers; I am not.

 

pubby

 

PS: The only topic I started in that list of topics (other than rules) was a notice that Stacey Abrams was at a parking lot in Hiram NOW.  The point is, that is not using this site as a bully pulpit; rather I apparently offended those who expect to not just dominate the discussion but expect me to subsidize my site exclusively for their propaganda.

 

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 05:59 AM

Pubby you just dont get it. You have been SO very hateful towards us conservatives. One previous poster recently decribed one of your recent writings on Facebook as Diary Of A Madman.

But I do realize its your page, your ball field, your writings. Personally I am holding out for Pcom to return to its former glory, where when something was happening in the community we could log in, and read the latest without an attack.

Ive said it before, our best friends are loyal Democrats. We dont discuss much politics, but when we do, we keep it civil. Last Friday another friend gave me a new hat embroided with TRUMP 2020 KEEP AMERICA GREAT. I wore it to my Grandsons ball game in Temple Saturday afternoon where it was WELL received. Had it not been well received, I would have taken it off. When our friends arrived Saturday evening for us to go to the new McAlisters in Hiram, my new hat was on top on the coat rack at the back door. Almost as a reflex I started to put it on. I then thought it might offend my friends wife, my wifes best friend, so I put it under another coat and I wore my Hardy Ford hat.

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 07:10 AM

The owner seems to think the mindless rantings of three leftists lunatics in particular had no effect on the downfall of this site. The constant stream of unnecessary vile posts from these three often making no point whatsoever with little or no consequences from the moderators got old to many members. The owner himself seems to turn every post into some kind of demented jihad against anything considered even slightly conservative. Other forms of social media may be available. I don't do FB nor does any of my friends or family so that is not the primary reason for the lack of discussion on here. It probably made the quest for peoples time and attention more difficult but it was not the nail in the coffin. There are countless options for fast food and most of the chains seem to compete for there fair share. The same should be true for social media. Offer a quality product with a good atmosphere and they will come. Provide poor customer service with a bad attitude and you can close the doors.


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 08:05 AM

The owner seems to think the mindless rantings of three leftists lunatics in particular had no effect on the downfall of this site. The constant stream of unnecessary vile posts from these three often making no point whatsoever with little or no consequences from the moderators got old to many members. The owner himself seems to turn every post into some kind of demented jihad against anything considered even slightly conservative. Other forms of social media may be available. I don't do FB nor does any of my friends or family so that is not the primary reason for the lack of discussion on here. It probably made the quest for peoples time and attention more difficult but it was not the nail in the coffin. There are countless options for fast food and most of the chains seem to compete for there fair share. The same should be true for social media. Offer a quality product with a good atmosphere and they will come. Provide poor customer service with a bad attitude and you can close the doors.

There was once a conservative who posted on here who would insult the heck out of those from the left, when he was insulted.  He was banned from this site.  Cain ended up being a lot worse than the guy I mentioned, yet it appeared to all he was always given a pass.  There were others on the left who were also a lot like Cain who also appeared to get passes on the personal insults as well.  Moderation was definitely one-sided here against conservatives and it was obvious to many; especially when the owner would resort to the same tactics of personal insults when in disagreement with a conservative view.

 

There were business owners on this site who would post their conservative political views who were also insulted by the owner and others on the left.  Those business owners pulled their advertising.

 

I first joined this forum back in 2004, while in Afghanistan.  It was a great site back then to get local news and establish friendships.


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 08:34 AM

Paulding.com  was always my go to page while I had my coffee every morning. I got to "know" some of the members on here,  wished Happy Birthday, get well soon, kept up with others progress, etc. Caught up on all the county news, etc. 
What happened?  :(


I’m sad too JSC. I miss what you miss as well. :(
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Posted 06 March 2019 - 08:50 AM

Political activism on Pcom, hasn't all been bad.  This site was instrumental in getting the word out about local stuff that was coming up in future elections and special elections that somehow never got advertised elsewhere. 

 

Remember "PRDs are Bad", the topic that wouldn't die?   The endless discussions around the school bond programs and the new district building vs schools?  The fire tax fiasco?   

 

All good information, even if wrapped in some hyperbole at times.   Sites like this are still good for that kind of thing, facebook is rather hit or miss for local news.  (At least for me, I guess it depends on what you've found to "like")

 

It's funny to read some of the discussions on other sites now where people are going through the same discussions we had here 10-15 years ago.  It was definitely ahead of it's time.  There was a big discussion on one of the sites about the potholes on the roads when we have high tax rates and I ended up doing the explanation of our tax situation with all homes and no industry from the last 15 years and how it's gonna get worse.  Pcom was there first.    

 

Now even good news on here like the airport finally being used for something good turns into an attack on those that did it. It just get's tiring after awhile.   

 

I vaguely remember a topic from way back called "I want my old Pcom back".  It was a satire piece pointing out that change is inevitable.  I'm hoping that this too was a phase and Pcom can once again move back to a good source of information and fun.  

 

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Posted 06 March 2019 - 08:54 AM

 

Admitted, I had to select show all new topics in the political forum to get a full page (90 days wouldn't do it :) ) but if you discount the pinned topics, which were mainly rules dating to 2008, posters from the right dominated the posting with, by my count, 16 topics (64%) while those on the so-called left, started only 9 topics (36%).

 

That is really not to far off in terms of the percentages of the folks in the county.

 

It hardly seems reasonable that one-third of the people were so dominant that the other two-thirds who posted felt dominated ... unless of course the 64% are so (fill in the blank) _____________ that they can't countenance anyone who doesn't look, talk, believe and act just like they do.

 

The point is that I reject the notion that conservatives are so sensitive that I should curtail the speech rights of the minority because the majority is so easily offended. 

 

In fact I find such over-sensitivity about political issues patently undemocratic.  And the idea I should censor those folks to cater to the dominant posters, flies in the face of my personal understanding of what being an American is all about.

 

Frankly, I'm proud of the fact that I resisted and continue to resist that kind of Orwellian conformity. That I should adopt that position for money to me elevates money above my love of God, country and the Constitution.

 

This reminds me of the first time money came up in conflict with what I feel is doing the right thing. My first job as an editor was at the Watonga (OK) Republican newspaper in the mid-70s.  The mob controlled a town at a little resort in Blaine County where the mob sent folks to stay when the heat was on. Local lore said this place (Canton Lake) was where John Dillinger came to recover from his plastic surgery. 

 

Anyway, one of the 'guys' said that there would be money in it if I kept his name out of the newspaper. Our paper was a paper of record.  A month later the guy was picked up - I don't remember the charge but it was a minor one ... and the presentation was just a basic police blotter column where the  name and the charge (maybe littering) were printed.  Heck, I put my name in it when I ran into a train in the snow and was ticketed for failure to yield. 

 

Now they weren't going to break my legs or any such if I did, but it was a 'favor' they'd have paid money for if I had just failed to put it in the paper.  The name and charge went in the paper.  Later in a visit to my parents, I mentioned the incident to my parents and their friends over cocktails.  My dad's friend, an accountant, said I was stupid and that I should have taken the money.

 

To this day I DO NOT REGRET passing on the money. Hell, I turned down good money from businessmen for 'exclusives' - i.e. blocking a particular business's competition from this site. As long as I live and breathe and have pcom, it will be for everyone; at least everyone who can half-way behave.  And as far as Willie and Dolly; they are entertainers; I am not.

 

pubby

 

PS: The only topic I started in that list of topics (other than rules) was a notice that Stacey Abrams was at a parking lot in Hiram NOW.  The point is, that is not using this site as a bully pulpit; rather I apparently offended those who expect to not just dominate the discussion but expect me to subsidize my site exclusively for their propaganda.

 

Meh, your numbers above are about as phony as your claims of page hits.

Let's talk about threads started. For the last two years plus, your front page was dominated by all Trump hating all the time. Wouldn't have been so bad, but the majority of it was fake or extremely slanted news. Yes, you got a lot of responses from people who were not rabid Trump haters (whom you refer to as the right) because they felt compelled to offset the lies and exaggerations.

It generated a lot of activity, but it was toxic and hateful, and that turned a lot of people off.  Your forum because little more than a conduit for radical left wing propaganda and hate speak.

Oh and there was all the racism here, and not from where you like to think. It was your minions making everything about race, and calling everyone who isn't a loyal Democrat a racist, when just the opposite was more true.

You allowed a mentally ill old man to insult half the forum on a daily basis, not to mention his sexually perverted language and suggestions.

You've been pretty insulting yourself. Treat people that way and they will leave.

Lastly, you allowed your buddy with admin powers to troll the site under hijacked member accounts. Most of us know who that was.

Frankly, pubby, you turned your back on the community in favor of your radical politics. And the community left you because of it. I get no pleasure from your forum dying, in fact I think it's sad. But sadder still is the fact that you're blaming everyone else instead of taking responsibility for destroying your own forum.


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 11:21 AM

I’m sad too JSC. I miss what you miss as well. :(

Why can't we get back what we used to have? Just leave the politics out of it. Maybe create a forum JUST for politics & if someone posts politics on the community page, move or remove it. 

As far as county news, I could hear sirens going down the road or hear a crash. On P.com there would soon be some neighbor around here that would tell what it was & maybe to avoid the area. Or if the people involved was ok, etc.  Or be on the lookout for suspicious vehicle, etc.  It was very helpful. I am on FB but not a lot anymore because it's turned into politics. I don't care if you are a republican or a democrat. You have the right to believes what you do as well as I do.  But I'm not going to hate you for it nor will I discuss it on here at all. Lets just be neighbors again. 


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Posted 06 March 2019 - 11:46 AM

Stop blame game and make forum that you want it to be. Some poster would love this site be shut down. I'm not going any where until owner shut place down. I take bad with good.

 

Now anyone know where I can fine good use car please let me know.


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Posted 07 March 2019 - 12:48 AM

Stop blame game and make forum that you want it to be. Some poster would love this site be shut down. I'm not going any where until owner shut place down. I take bad with good.

 

Now anyone know where I can fine good use car please let me know.

I honestly don't know anyone who "would love for this site to be shut down". I've been hearing that paranoia and blame game for a good while, but it's nothing but a cop out.

Now, I will say that there are plenty of people in the county who have gotten very tired of the lies and propaganda that has been intentionally promoted here, but to my knowledge, no one has tried to shut this site down.

 

The biggest enemy of this site is how it's been mismanaged and used to manipulate people.

It really is a shame, this place used to be a lot of fun. But frankly, the fun started to go away after Johnny J, AKA Boss Hog passed away. Johnny appreciated humor and having a good time.

Since we lost him, this site has put political aspirations ahead of integrity and the good of the community.


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Posted 07 March 2019 - 05:48 AM

Maybe I am over anticipating a revival of Pcom.
I think I see a little resurgenance of the Good Old Days.
I’ve set my viewing to topics discussed in the last week.
In the last week we have seen and or discussed;
2) Merchant Ads (a very interesting place to visit & shop)
2) Death notifications or news reports
1) Missing persons report or question
1) Request where to recycle glass
1) Sad about current state of Pcom, where the discussion has not yet gotten ugly.
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Posted 07 March 2019 - 08:36 AM

So to bring this back to life we need 2 things:

 

1) Interesting Topics

2) People to discuss, but not freak out and attack other peoples opinions when the topics are opened. 

 

Well, I know we have a great possibility of topics since the Ga Legislature is in session, but truly, I've not wanted to start anything political here as we all know what any attempt to discuss the facts of bills being considered at the gold dome would degenerate down to.  (violation of #2)

 

With the final(?) collapse of the commercial air traffic at the airport, I've heard little about local politics.  

 

We all know the roads suck around here in the spring, this year's rain has made them much worse, much earlier than usual, but complaining about the potholes won't go far and isn't really an "upbeat" topic. 

 

Trying to find something local that is also up beat to start a topic about has been difficult lately.  Even the Berry Eagles have had a terrible year. :(

 

I love to discuss the progress at Richland Creek Reservoir, but the county hasn't updated the schedule since it started.  It's still showing the water treatment plant going on line in July.   However, since the pipeline down US 61 is now 5 months behind schedule, I have my doubts that construction of an Earth Dam nearly a mile long (4000 ft) was able to be done on schedule in the downpours of the last year.  The lake is supposed to be full by July as well.  The weather has been a major pain in the project for that last year or so.   Hard to discuss when the county won't update the site. 

 

The old topics on how Dabbs Bridge Raceway drivers suck have been run into the ground. 

 

Pubby, reasonably, doesn't like businesses being in topic headers when he's trying to sell business memberships, so that makes it difficult to have topics on the newest restaurants and stores that might interest people. 

 

Ain't *even* going into religious posts, I remember *that* disaster!!

 

Maybe I'll go read the commission minutes.  Might be something of interest there. 

 

Somebody got a topic?  Even community yard sales announcements are being curtailed by the rain. 


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Posted 07 March 2019 - 09:09 AM

There was once a conservative who posted on here who would insult the heck out of those from the left, when he was insulted.  He was banned from this site.  Cain ended up being a lot worse than the guy I mentioned, yet it appeared to all he was always given a pass.  There were others on the left who were also a lot like Cain who also appeared to get passes on the personal insults as well.  Moderation was definitely one-sided here against conservatives and it was obvious to many; especially when the owner would resort to the same tactics of personal insults when in disagreement with a conservative view.

 

There were business owners on this site who would post their conservative political views who were also insulted by the owner and others on the left.  Those business owners pulled their advertising.

 

I first joined this forum back in 2004, while in Afghanistan.  It was a great site back then to get local news and establish friendships.

I can only imagine that being in Afghanistan (Or stationed any where like that, away from home, that being able  to get on a community site & kinda visit  your county would be very nice. (at least the way we used to be)


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Posted 07 March 2019 - 11:17 AM

Seems hard to get folks to talk about anything they aren't arguing over.

 

I've thought about just writing stories and posting them to have something on the page, just in hopes somebody else might start talking. But me trying to be funny ain't gonna do it. 

 

At it's height it was primarily a local news site. The big draw was it was pretty much the ONLY place to get that local news. The social stuff kinda sprung up around that. At some point the interest of the driving force strayed from news, then the tilt went to politics. The social died away as the arguing escalated. 

 

Now sometimes I'm behind the curve and it may have been there all the while, but I swear I remember there coming a change that allowed for the user to turn off more individual forums. When I found it and turned off the political forum, this place went to crickets chirping. Like the OP I'd sure love to have it back. Tell ya the truth I really kinda need it back. No matter what I'll not give in and consort with the debil (fb).

 

 

I'd read your stories.

I'd bet you have some doozy tales.

You might be the only one who could salvage this mess...

 

I've been a member since 2004 and I've seen a lot of stuff go down.

I'm not interested in placing blame, cause I know exactly what happened.

 

But it would be nice to see a phoenix rise from the ashes...

And I know that you have the talent to weave a good yarn...

 

Think about it.

 

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Posted 07 March 2019 - 11:56 AM

I honestly don't know anyone who "would love for this site to be shut down". I've been hearing that paranoia and blame game for a good while, but it's nothing but a cop out.

Now, I will say that there are plenty of people in the county who have gotten very tired of the lies and propaganda that has been intentionally promoted here, but to my knowledge, no one has tried to shut this site down.

 

The biggest enemy of this site is how it's been mismanaged and used to manipulate people.

It really is a shame, this place used to be a lot of fun. But frankly, the fun started to go away after Johnny J, AKA Boss Hog passed away. Johnny appreciated humor and having a good time.

Since we lost him, this site has put political aspirations ahead of integrity and the good of the community.

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 12:09 AM

I have been missing the old P.Com for a long time and a lot of the old members.I have got to where I just don't come on here as much because of all the fighting over politics.I just don't want to see it.I miss seeing everybody getting along and talking about everyday stuff.


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 01:46 AM

So to bring this back to life we need 2 things:

 

1) Interesting Topics

2) People to discuss, but not freak out and attack other peoples opinions when the topics are opened. 

 

Well, I know we have a great possibility of topics since the Ga Legislature is in session, but truly, I've not wanted to start anything political here as we all know what any attempt to discuss the facts of bills being considered at the gold dome would degenerate down to.  (violation of #2)

 

With the final(?) collapse of the commercial air traffic at the airport, I've heard little about local politics.  

 

We all know the roads suck around here in the spring, this year's rain has made them much worse, much earlier than usual, but complaining about the potholes won't go far and isn't really an "upbeat" topic. 

 

Trying to find something local that is also up beat to start a topic about has been difficult lately.  Even the Berry Eagles have had a terrible year. :(

 

I love to discuss the progress at Richland Creek Reservoir, but the county hasn't updated the schedule since it started.  It's still showing the water treatment plant going on line in July.   However, since the pipeline down US 61 is now 5 months behind schedule, I have my doubts that construction of an Earth Dam nearly a mile long (4000 ft) was able to be done on schedule in the downpours of the last year.  The lake is supposed to be full by July as well.  The weather has been a major pain in the project for that last year or so.   Hard to discuss when the county won't update the site. 

 

The old topics on how Dabbs Bridge Raceway drivers suck have been run into the ground. 

 

Pubby, reasonably, doesn't like businesses being in topic headers when he's trying to sell business memberships, so that makes it difficult to have topics on the newest restaurants and stores that might interest people. 

 

Ain't *even* going into religious posts, I remember *that* disaster!!

 

Maybe I'll go read the commission minutes.  Might be something of interest there. 

 

Somebody got a topic?  Even community yard sales announcements are being curtailed by the rain. 

 

SG:

 

I'm not  worried about new business  discussions provided members are making the posts; not the businesses self-promoting. I do frown on members extracting payment for posting about a new business as well ... although that was very rare. 

 

Fact is, it has always been fair for members to talk about new businesses, restaurants, etc.; the issue being that to repeatedly post advertising by the new business without a business membership cheats those who do and have paid for the privilege.

 

You also mentioned the general assembly. Did you know our state senator is the majority leader? (Mike Dugan)  Saw that in the Morning Jolt in a topic about the state taking control of Hartsfield-Jackson airport from the city of Atlanta presumably over the procurement scandals in city government. That connection is germane enough to make one wonder if there might be some local connection to the passage, by the state senate, to take control of that public property.

 

Other topics might be the lead story on 60 Minutes Sunday about the case Juliana v USA.  Other topics that could spur conversations are shows like the Sundance channel's "Ministry of Evil" about Tony and Susan Alamo (my in-laws at one time were the only non-cult members living on the Alamo's mountain in Arkansas in the early 1980s), Miracle Workers (TBS) with Steve Buscemi and Daniel Radclivve, "The Good Place" on NBC, the Conners on ABC or even CBS' "God friended me"

 

I've considered taking photos of what I consider unique yard art such as the now fallen 8-foot wide fiberglass superhero on Hitchcock road. The idea here is to take a snap shot and see who might correctly identify the location first.

 

But where this all breaks down in my mind is when some posters come on here and say the most outlandish propaganda and then expect me to keep silent expressing, in essence, acquiescence to utter BS. They project back, accusing me of perpetrating propaganda but, if you look at that responses, you see they never address the criticisms; they only attack me.

 

Makes me want to revisit Janis Joplin's song, me and bobby mcghee ... you know the line about freedom being just another word, for noting left to lose.  It kind of encapsulates my feelings.

 

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Posted 08 March 2019 - 07:47 AM

Pubby and his ramblings...makes me wonder if he and the Postman were one and the same. 


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 08:12 AM

(snip)

 

But where this all breaks down in my mind is when some posters come on here and say the most outlandish propaganda and then expect me to keep silent expressing, in essence, acquiescence to utter BS. They project back, accusing me of perpetrating propaganda but, if you look at that responses, you see they never address the criticisms; they only attack me.

 

(snip)

 

pubby

 

And that, folks, is a classic example of the psychological behavior known as "projection".   

 

You, sir, are the purveyor of the most outlandish propaganda this side of AOC,  and with a credibility rating on par with Whoopi Goldberg.


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Calling an illegal alien an "undocumented worker" is like calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist".

 

 

I guess you haven't been to Detroit recently?  Or, Newark or East St.Louis or Gary, IN, or Stockton, CA?

 

You know, those bastions of liberal Democrat government that have been so successful in attracting wealthy, educated leaders and businesspeople.  Progressive people,  who have uplifted the poorer of their brethren, so their city can be that bright example of how well Socialism works.


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 09:39 AM

I can only imagine that being in Afghanistan (Or stationed any where like that, away from home, that being able  to get on a community site & kinda visit  your county would be very nice. (at least the way we used to be)

It was a great way to keep informed of what was happening back home.  It also allowed me to establish friendships with quite a few people posting here; friendships I still maintain today.


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 04:58 PM

It could be a start if we could use this room just for chit chat and Good gossip Lol got to have the good gossip and that sort. I miss Blondie and the ducky stories.hell I miss everyone..But  save the other stuff for the rooms that are there for it? just an idea?? And sadly some of us aint getting any younger. we have already lost alot of good folks..wish we could try. If we want to beat someone up I say let's all go goundhog hunting! Mother Nature sure has been in a tizzy this season!


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Posted 08 March 2019 - 07:25 PM

Pubby and his ramblings...makes me wonder if he and the Postman were one and the same. 

 

 

And that, folks, is a classic example of the psychological behavior known as "projection".   

 

You, sir, are the purveyor of the most outlandish propaganda this side of AOC,  and with a credibility rating on par with Whoopi Goldberg.

 

Good to see all the sweet, civil, ever so polite, let's get along people back on p.com


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Posted 09 March 2019 - 11:39 PM

 

 

Good to see all the sweet, civil, ever so polite, let's get along people back on p.com

 

CC:

 

Surely you gest :)

 

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Posted 10 March 2019 - 11:40 AM

 

CC:

 

Surely you gest :)

 

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Obviously. 


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Posted 10 March 2019 - 12:33 PM

 

CC:

 

Surely you gest :)

 

pubby

 

 

Uhhhh....it's "Jest".   

 

But, you knew that, being the brilliant "journalist" you are.

 

Trolling, were you?


Calling an illegal alien an "undocumented worker" is like calling a drug dealer an "unlicensed pharmacist".

 

 

I guess you haven't been to Detroit recently?  Or, Newark or East St.Louis or Gary, IN, or Stockton, CA?

 

You know, those bastions of liberal Democrat government that have been so successful in attracting wealthy, educated leaders and businesspeople.  Progressive people,  who have uplifted the poorer of their brethren, so their city can be that bright example of how well Socialism works.


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Posted 10 March 2019 - 05:09 PM

 

 

Uhhhh....it's "Jest".   

 

But, you knew that, being the brilliant "journalist" you are.

 

Trolling, were you?

There you go projecting again :)

 

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Posted 16 March 2019 - 09:53 AM

Whatever the reason, I think the current enviroment is working. Some time back I had set my viewing to post commented on in the Past Week. I was seeing on average about 7 or 8 topics that had been commented on in the past week. Today I see 17. If this pattern continues to grow, I might switch back to topics commented on in the last 24 hours.
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Posted 16 March 2019 - 12:17 PM

I still like to come in here from time to time. :) 


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Posted 22 March 2019 - 12:45 PM

Paulding.com  was always my go to page while I had my coffee every morning. I got to "know" some of the members on here,  wished Happy Birthday, get well soon, kept up with others progress, etc. Caught up on all the county news, etc. 

What happened?  :(

I check in on extremely rare occasions. Those instances become ever rarer as time goes on. This is the first post I've made here in ages.

I left pcom because despite being an advertiser and an active contributor for a long time, I was personally and unapologetically directly insulted by G. Patton Hughes, a man of more vocabulary than character in my opinion. My departure was made easier by the unceasing flood of incoherent ramblings by a mentally disturbed "postal carrier."

I am still active on a number of sites that have survived the advent of Facebook and other social media. They survived because people feel welcome and valued even when they had different perspectives.

I haven't missed pcom a bit, and when the last post is made and the site finally goes the way of Circuit City and Blockbuster I won't shed a tear. Not even one. I'll raise a glass to the good people I met here -- most of whom were also regularly insulted and impugned -- and I will let the rest of my recollections of pcom and its publisher finally drift completely down the memory hole to the obscurity and irrelevance they deserve.

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Posted 23 March 2019 - 07:10 AM

When the local funeral home hasn’t posted a notice in 1-1/2 week and I’m still getting steady email notifications from them... that’s not a good sign.
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