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Girls only? No wai!


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Time to blow the dust off the old blog...

 

It's been brought to my attention that ASCUK has a girls only forum called 'The Bird's Nest', and that it might be an idea to bring it over here. Personally, I don't think this is a good idea.

 

There have been plenty of previous threads posted in general and newbie discussion asking such questions as "I'm female, wil camo/ tactical gear fit me?" or "I'm a girl, what gun should I get?" They've been answered time and again along the lines of:

- They make BDUs for children, of course you'll get some to fit.

- Try different tactical gear on and see what fits, it's not difficult.

- Go to an airsoft shop and buy whichever gun you like that you can comfortably use.

 

I don't know what the female population of ASCUK was like in terms of size, but on here we only have about five or six female members who regularly post. We've never really been anything of a cohesive unit, either; I doubt having our own forum would change that. If I wanted to ask them a female airsoft related question, I have a few of them on msn, so personally I wouldn't find having a forum useful.

 

While I can see a reason to offer seperate forums for discussion of CQB, woodland, sniping etc., I don't see how gender is a good reason for seperating us from the rest of the forum population. My vagina does not dictate my tactics.

 

R22master raised a very valid point about the password, so I shall copy it wholesale:

 

Firstly, passwords would have to be given to all the female members - How on earth would we figure out who was who?  Any blokes masquerading as girls just to get the password would likely end up ruining the concept, detroying trust, and have most of the females label them as some kind of sex-pest.

 

And if it wasn't passworded, there would be many adolescent blokes who would think it was some kind of "target rich environment" and just end up pestering the girls.

Call me overly brash, but if I felt like starting a thread to ask the opinion of the other female members of the forum then I'd have no problem posting it in General discussion or whatever forum is most appropriate. If it was really necessary I'd put a stipulation in the first post along the lines of "please keep everything relevant, and if you're a guy only post if it's really, really necessary".

 

If there's a sudden influx of 20 or so new female members who all want to have their girls only forum back, fair enough. But I still see no valid reason for having one, and can't really think of anything worthwhile that could get posted there that can't be posted elsewhere. As far as I've been told, it was a girl that asked for it, so it's not quite sexist but I would really have issues if I had basically been told "you go and play in the girly forum now..."

 

Thoughts, anyone?

 

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Forums aren't necessarily created with anymore aim than having a bit of a chat. Team forums are a good example.

 

The girls wanted to chat to other girls about girly stuff presumably without an audience of blokes.

 

As for the password the instructions for the forum tell you to PM the mod responsible for the forum to get access. Stopping people abusing the system is the same as any other forum related problem, down to good moderation and timely reporting from users.

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As I undertsand it, team forums are used for such things as arranging trips to skirmishes and discussing loadouts etc. - the rules for team forums are that anything that's not specifically related to team discussion should be put in off topic.

 

Maybe I'm just missing the point of chatting about "girly stuff" on an airsoft forum.

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I didn't know there were rules for Team Forums on here! :S

 

Generally on ASCUK the team forums contain all the intra and inter team banter as well as the usual loadout organisation type stuff. That certainly wouldn't be appropriate for off-topic.

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I don't know where they're written exactly, but there was a little bit of trouble with off-topic posting in the team forums which is kinda seen as using spam to boost your post count.

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I didn't know there were rules for Team Forums on here! :S

 

Generally on ASCUK the team forums contain all the intra and inter team banter as well as the usual loadout organisation type stuff. That certainly wouldn't be appropriate for off-topic.

 

 

I don't know where they're written exactly, but there was a little bit of trouble with off-topic posting in the team forums which is kinda seen as using spam to boost your post count.

 

Originally, yes, the team forums were for both banter and orginisation - and in a sense, they still are.

 

However, if the topic under discussion is not team related then it gets canned or moved. We've had teams creating discussion threads for current movies, for example, and they tend to get moved or merged pretty quickly.

 

Spamming is spamming, wherever it takes place wink.gif

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"my vagina does not dictate my tactics" rofl.gif Aw mate, that's just freakin' quality.

 

As far as seperate forums go, it seems like an idea that will only encourage segregation, which is against the whole idea of community. It shouldn't happen, its like the `hall of lame` in fact - it panders to the whims of elitism.

 

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As far as I've been told, it was a girl that asked for it, so it's not quite sexist but I would really have issues if I had basically been told "you go and play in the girly forum now..."

 

... now if someone actually said that too you i would pay good money too see the result happy.gifrocket.gif

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