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  • A Yahoo! User Aug 29, 2006 19:17 Flag

    Open letter to Ian Harris

    Dear Ian,

    Traveller is clearly trying to wind you and others up. His views are so extreme, its silly. I dont comment on views like his or indeed the wind ups from Liverpool and Chelsea supporters.

    However, I get the impression that there is a brain under your skull and that you are a genuine united fan. You are also easilly the biggest contribuer to this forum, so you are in a position to set the tone for this board.

    What has happened now, is that you are not just policing Chelsea and Liverpool fans on this board, but fellow genuine united fans. I have seen so many good intelligent posts by united fans including myself being slated by you.

    If you disagree with a point of view, then you can just make an argument, in a respectible way that doesn't insult the author. You NEVER do this Ian. You language and tone are always full of spite and hate.

    I think this forum among united supporters should be full or banter and friendly argument. Sure there will always be people who lower the tone, but do you have to be one of these guys Ian?

    The recent post on race is a good example Ian. I am half chinese and half English and have lived in 10 different countries around the world. So I would be as sensitive as any to racially insensitive remarks. I promise you there is nothing racist about discussing race or nationality.

    Please allow intelligent discussion to flow freely Ian. If there is a word that for some unmittigated reason you dont like, don't slate the author for using the word, just understand that everyone won't have your sensitivity about that particular word. Let it go, and try and make a intelligent comment about the general thrust of the thread. If not, leave it alone. By posting that an author shouldn't use a particular word, the thread turns into a abyss of bickering, and the whole point of a thread is lost.

    Please dont be an Orwelian big brother by trying and moderate all thought to your parameters.

    Commando or no commando Ian, no one would survive in this world with a tongue half as acid as your pen.

    I hope I have written this letter in a tone that is not insulting, but in a tone that is more pleading in nature. I like this forum. I like the banter. But I hate to see intelligent discussion being truncated by you.

    I believe I speak for quite a number of genuine united fans Ian. (not including the bigots and idiots)

    Thanks for reading.

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