That some posts have been removed/amended. I have been in discussions with the owner of BirdForum and one of his moderators over the past few days and I have come to the following conclusions: that while I felt my comments were witty they have caused grave offence to owners/moderators of BF and a large number of their members. It was never my intention to personally insult anyone at or on BF and for the simple fact that I have, I am truly sorry. It wasn’t meant personally but I can fully understand why it was felt to be personal. The reasons for my jokes about BF were as an angry response to posters who invariably hide behind pseudonyms attacking the finders of rare birds and potential rare birds without any good reason.
As we all know it is very easy to sit back and fire off a comment (however ill-advised) and wait for it to descend into a slanging match, something I have certainly learned at great personal cost this week. What some posters might fail to realise is that the finders of rare birds or probable rare birds face a lot of dilemmas before releasing news. Access is usually a thorny subject. Identification is always going to be tricky as no-one is seriously going to put out news of a Locustella Warbler, probably rare and not expect flak. If you find a clear Empidonax Flycatcher no matter what it turns out to be you’ve found a mega and the only thing you can then be slagged off for is sitting on news.
So, as I sit here typing this apology, just remember we are all human and we all make mistakes. You might get slagged off for not releasing news of rare birds as quickly as some might like but you won’t get slagged off too much if you’re a bit slower with that derogatory comment.
There may be some out there that think well great, thanks for that but what about apologising to us for having a pop at us on your blog. To those people I would say this, put your head above the parapet and be prepared to be shot at (metaphorically speaking before some of you think that should be a literal interpretation). I’m more than happy to have people make fun of me in return, in fact do it on my blog. Life is too short to stay too serious. Also if you see me out and about rather than try and take my head off as some have threatened why not come over and chat, we won’t always see eye to eye but I don’t hold grudges and I’d rather try and have a laugh and a chat than not.