Prologue Well, it's been an interesting week hasn't it? Our safe little world of Netrider has been invaded. Everyone's got their back up about something or other, and no-one seems to be having any fun anymore. I don't know if you've been there or not, but there is another motorbike type forum out there in cyberland called Ozbiker, and they seem to think alot differently to the good folk at Netrider. Maybe it's a state thing, maybe it's all in the bike we choose to ride or maybe it's a genetic experiment gone wrong (as the picture of Ramnad illustrates). It doesn't matter. What matters is that Netrider has a bunch of new members and it looks like they're here to stay. Whilst their profile might say Newbie or Lurker, don't be fooled, these guys (and gals) are seasoned forum posters who like to spend their day insulting and belittling each other. Don't believe me? Go visit Ozbiker.org and have a read through the Spleen Vent forums. There's some truly disturbing stuff in there. That being said, there has been the occasional nugget of wisdom pop out of their mouths, and if we take the time to get to know the folks, you never know, we all might actually learn something from each other. To my Netrider brothers and sisters: Children please, if the big bad Ozbikers are scaring you, easy, don't talk to them. If they start a new topic and you don't want to get into a slanging match, don't read it, don't post to it. If you do read it and you get mightily offended, click on the blue button on the top right hand corner of the box, then let Vic or Jason sort it out. That's why we have Moderators. In my opinion, they're just people, people from a different way of life to most of us here, but still people. I think that they might actually start contributing some valuable feedback and advice eventually, if they're given the chance. Just don't bite when they throw out a fishing line, and we might one day accept them as valued contributors to our forum. To my new friends from Ozbiker Well it hasn't been the most auspicious start now has it? Let's be honest here, you guys came here to stir shit (censor that!), and you've done a bloody good job of it. Congratulations. What you need to understand is that when you turn up somewhere and start kicking people in the shins, you're not going to make any friends. As for this whole censorship thing you're all on about, what do you expect? You come here, no-one knows who you are, you start insulting people and generally being rude, and you get censored/banned/insulted back. Please remember that this is a PRIVATE forum, there is a set of terms and conditions that you agreed to (Mods, could you please post a link to the T & C if you read this, ta.) when joining, and if you don't like it, don't play. On the other hand, if you want to stay here and be a bit more civilised to your new friends, you're more than welcome. Who knows you guys might learn a thing or two from us? Just remember, you're new here, and we don't know you, give us some time to get used to your slightly rough around the edges ways and we might all end up getting along quite well. Epilogue Well that's my rant. I tried to keep it as civil as possible, I tried not to offend anyone. I don't want this topic to end up as another slanging match, so please let's try to KEEP IT CIVIL. I won't be posting to this topic again, as I have said my piece on the matter. Now let's get back to talking crap about motorbikes and having some fun, eh?