There's plenty of information on this topic if anyone is interested. It is commonly mandatory that college students have some sort of practical experience in the area of their studies. This may require them moving to an unfamiliar area, get lodging of some sort, perform duties as prescribed etc. There are abuses, and it starts with the universities who require a fee to be paid to them for this requirement.
A few years back, while reading the forum topics, something became apparent I hadn’t noticed previously. Some posters/members of LinC were typically not one to start a conversation, but would join in with brief comments or sometimes just an image. Usually these took the form of a bit of teasing or direct harassment.
What I began to notice was the number of likes these posts got. It was obviously a form of cheering on the member who liked to stir things up. The result seemed to be these posters, not really joining in the conversation, were becoming quite popular. In some instances, it was like a tag team with buddies cheering each other on and trying to out do each other with witty "sarcasm"
I also noticed a lot of misogynist comments, racist and other sorts of unpleasant comments being carefully worded so the poster wouldn’t directly be accused of breaking a rule. Again,mthese were cheered on and tolerated by the moderators.
Some might say this is no big deal, just having some fun. If a member took offense, then that member was accused of being thin skinned or a snowflake such as that. It saddened and amused me when members would ask to be removed from the forum. Seemed like they could remove themselves. I suspect many have, especially newbies who are unsure of just what constitutes a dumb question.
This was quite noticeable when moderators were even sometimes involved in being the harassers. Kinda like a referee interfering with the play of the game.
I don’t know any member on a personal level. Not intended as a slight, it’s just that I don’t consider the forum as a social activity. Again, not being judgemental of those who do. After all, the forum membership is probably largely based in Cebu and environs, so a ferry trip and hotel is in order for any Wednesday coffee for myself.
Some of the members commenting in this thread about the lack of activity aren’t necessarily active themselves.
I read the forums but contribute little. The forum has lost much of the luster primarily because in the past it was the social event following the social event. That is as simple as it gets. There were boating events sponsored by Big Rob, Paul monthly events, and the weekly outings at various locations. We all shared things that happen and were fun. It also has lost many larger than life people recently all good people Paul, Lee and Bob were great. They gave of themselves and life to living in the Philippines. I knew them all and in 2007 when I joined it seemed like a tight community. I would assume because of these two things it has taken a slide.
I read the thread and this question was asked. When Paul met Whippy in Bamamban, there was a party and Whippy handed him an ice cream cone. I have the picture somewhere. It was a fun time at Gunthers place. Whippy is a funny guy in person and a jackbutt online.
Enjoy guys it be over before you know it.
Just stopped by to see whats going on here. Sad to see so many people have passed...lifes been busy here but might slow down as I drew my retirement. I'll see how well that works out lol..headed back to Cebu for the month of November ( maybe a bit longer)
Just thought I would drop by and say hi (finally remembered my login )
Just a quick update and to report that rumors of my demise have been grossly exagerated.
While I will never be back to 100%, I am doing quite nicely, or better than expected
There are several things I am not able to do and one is to fly for more than about 4 hours due to cabin pressure, and that really pisses me of as the Philippines has been close to me for nearly 50 years.
The other is I can no longer play the piano, which was my means of relaxation and stress relieving.
I strongly believe that being active, in good health and reasonably fit has enabled me to get back this far.
BTW, I am 82 in a few months and going better than many younger than me.
Cheers and Keep safe guys