Dharma Gossip

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Silent Bob
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Dharma Gossip

Postby Silent Bob » Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:59 pm

How about a forum specifically for "dharma gossip", dishing all the dirt, real or fictitious, on teachers and organizations? It would draw the Bottom-Feeders and might clean up the board a bit for everyone else. ;) ;) ;)

Chris
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dharmagoat
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Re: Dharma Gossip

Postby dharmagoat » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:01 pm

It might just bring in more bottom-feeders to feed on our bottoms.
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Re: Dharma Gossip

Postby Jikan » Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:48 pm

Like the three-story outhouse, an idea ahead of its time
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Indrajala
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Re: Dharma Gossip

Postby Indrajala » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:10 am

If only such people spent as much as on the meditation cushion...

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Re: Dharma Gossip

Postby tomamundsen » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:24 am

Huseng wrote:If only such people spent as much as on the meditation cushion...

Yea. One can always exercise their right to dismiss posts and threads they aren't interested in.

adiliu88
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Re: Dharma Gossip

Postby adiliu88 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:18 am

Huseng wrote:If only such people spent as much as on the meditation cushion...

yeah dude you are absolutely right.. :popcorn:

HelloKitty
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Re: Dharma Gossip

Postby HelloKitty » Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:23 pm

i think it's a good and needed idea. make the forum private so only members can see it. i think threads like these are necessary to help steer people clear from certain teachers/groups that may not be practicing what they preach.

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Re: Dharma Gossip

Postby Johnny Dangerous » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:05 pm

On other forums with this kind of thing has actually worked out quite well when moderated correctly, at least in terms of making fraud, etc. demonstrable to new people. It can get out of hand and become a kind of blind crusading though.

There have been a few martial arts forums that implemented a (very well moderated) sub forum for fraud and abuse that have ended up directly being used as a resource in a positive way. I assume the key is good rules for moderation. usualy what happens though is the aggrieved party shows up to "defend" themselves online, and often in the process it's easy for people to suss out where they stand. I don't think it's a bad suggestion if it can be moderated well.

The more you do stuff like this though, the more it requires transparency on the part of users and moderators, things like asking people to use real names etc...I imagine it's harder to moderate with a more transient and anonymous user base.
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Silent Bob
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Re: Dharma Gossip

Postby Silent Bob » Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:59 pm

Silent Bob wrote:How about a forum specifically for "dharma gossip", dishing all the dirt, real or fictitious, on teachers and organizations? It would draw the Bottom-Feeders and might clean up the board a bit for everyone else. ;) ;) ;)

Chris


For the benefit of those who didn't 'get it', my suggestion was made in jest, hence all the emoticons. I was making reference to the unhealthy fascination that such gossip seems to hold for so many. So, once again--it was not a real suggestion, merely a reflection of my distaste and I should perhaps have kept it to myself.

Chris
"All the sublime teachings, so profound--to throw away one and then grab yet another will not bear even a single fruit. Persevere, therefore, in simply one."
--Dudjom Rinpoche, "Nectar for the Hearts of Fortunate Disciples. Song No. 8"

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Re: Dharma Gossip

Postby Sherab Dorje » Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:05 pm

On that note:

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