I used to be a member of RFF. Well, I was a lurker on their forums who posted every now and then. I thought I’d found a community where people with an interest in cameras could come together to discuss their love of old and functioning equipment. Apparently I’d stumbled into an exclusive camera club that insists that you follow their rules or risk being banned.
I had merely written a letter to them, asking that they tone down their disdain of lomophiles. I dislike lomo myself, and everything it stands for. However, the way they were dealing with it belied any maturity on their part. In one case, someone from lomo manila had joined under a pseudonym, and once the jig was up, they pounced on the poor fucker and made his username read “homolomo something or other”. Sure he was a douchebag, but the way they dealt with it made them look like bigger douchebags for it.
They claimed they were open for discussion, so I wrote an open letter telling them how I felt about what they were doing. I said that the way they were dealing with things was rather immature, and that they had a way of condescending towards newer members. I told them that if they wanted an exclusive club, then they shouldn’t open the forum up to members.
So they banned me.
I imagine them patting themselves on the back and saying “well, you asked for it! Haha! High 5!” They left me with a lame parting message to boot:
Sorry Ryan Sumo, you are banned from using this forum!
At times like this the Japanese would fall on there(sic) sword but self deletion of accounts is not available anymore. So once you’ve read this, say Bye bye!
Christ, the immaturity level of people still amazes me at times. It always irks me when people don’t bother to back up their actions with reason and logic, so maybe it’s best I wasn’t involved with them anyway.
Update: I have been sent a letter by the admin of rangefinderFilipinas, explaining why he banned me. In it, he calims that I sounded like a lomomanila brat having a hissy fit. I wish I could post my original letter, but since the thread has been locked and I’e been banned, I see no way for me to obtain a copy. The following is the admin’s letter:
Let me get one thing straight, your post is unwelcome and consequently
I banned you so that another fight would not break out.
If you felt that way you should not have made a public statement
without first speaking to the Admins. If after you feel that it gave
you no satisfaction or you didn’t get your point across or you welt
you were still treated in the infantile manner you refer to in your
post then fine, you could have posted that and closed the door as you
left the room.
But, somehow I feel you are trying to draw attention to yourself, like
those spoilt children from Lomomanila your having a hissy fit and want
You say you have thick skin but your post doesn’t not show this. Try
the Rangefinder Forum or APUG or DPR. There most fools don’t get to
make a second post and are eaten alive by the old twisted vultures
just waiting for some foolish comment or question to be asked. Here we
are actually quite civil though we do have an edge.
An edge that you know nothing about as you don’t know the history
between Lomomanila and the old TKP/RF Yahoo mailing list.
So in that aspect your post is a bit miss informed.
One guy has PM’d me to say you have some (SOME) valid points and he’s
been around long enough to know the history. However I had 10 other
people telling me to get rid off you.
Your post could not have come at a worse time, I don’t want anymore
fighting on this board. Thats why for now you are banned so that this
does not build into another full scale battle.
I’d make jokes here about the spelling of certain words, but maybe it’s best I do that stuff offline.