Reg Prescott

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Many institutions are plagued by what is commonly referred to as an "Old Boy Network" wherein the top brass engage in a program of mutual protection and self-interest; overlooking -- perhaps even encouraging -- each other's transgressions at the expense of stifling merit and creativity in the lower ranks.

 

Have you had any first hand experience of this?

 

Discuss.

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15 minutes ago, Reg Prescott said:

Have you had any first hand experience of this?

Never. But some clubs suffer from people wandering in off the street, refusing to read or follow the rules and then sh*tting on the carpets.

The management, with the support of the regular members, then have to clear up after these delinquents and, in some cases, throw them out. 

Sadly, some of them keep coming back with a false moustache and a fake name. 

Does this sound familiar, “Reg”?

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I have, both at school and on online forums.

It is less noticeable in school but the teachers like to support one another, even if the others are complete nobs. They don't necessarily stifle the students because of it but they do like to overlook one another's transgressions and support nonetheless. 

But I have found it quite prevalent in online forums. You go to have a calm conversation about a subject and then some blowhard that's been there since Noah went to Las Vegas with Jesus and OD'd, comes along and starts throwing pointless facts at you that don't even pertain to the subject at hand.

it is quite disturbing to find groups and individuals like this. 

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3 hours ago, Acreator said:

I have, both at school and on online forums.

It is less noticeable in school but the teachers like to support one another, even if the others are complete nobs. They don't necessarily stifle the students because of it but they do like to overlook one another's transgressions and support nonetheless. 

But I have found it quite prevalent in online forums. You go to have a calm conversation about a subject and then some blowhard that's been there since Noah went to Las Vegas with Jesus and OD'd, comes along and starts throwing pointless facts at you that don't even pertain to the subject at hand.

it is quite disturbing to find groups and individuals like this. 

It is far more disturbing as Strange has hinted at, when some join these clubs/forums, with a specific agenda in mind and to conduct some sort of crusade re these deliquents. Obviously most are religious of one sort or another, or have some unsupported, unscientific notion re some mythical Intelligent design, and then scream blue murder, spit the dummy when their threads are closed.

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16 hours ago, Strange said:

The management, with the support of the regular members, then have to clear up after these delinquents and, in some cases, throw them out. 

This old boy sure does appreciate the help we get from all those who like it here. Our tiny volunteer staff would be hopelessly outnumbered by the negative extremist delinquents if it weren't for all of you.

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