The ridiculous compartmentalism of Babble

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The ridiculous compartmentalism of Babble

 

downtime

I haven't been on babble for some time, but no matter how much I sometime enjoy it, the eastern,
urban, simple conceptualisation, always shines thru. There is such a thing as regions in this country. The usual divisions are BC, the prairies,
the northern territories, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

No matter what some little urban Toronto twit designed the sections in babble, these are accepted designations, responding to shared, to some extent common values reinforced by the environment. Alberta is somewhat of an anamoly because of the massive influence of US immigration
going back to the northern movement of cattle ranchers and later oil industry workers, but northern Alberta is definitely canadian prairie.

As a Manitoban If I want to appeal to prairie people in babble, I have to post to 2 sections, which for those north of the Sioux (an abandoned region) and those in western Alberta is of marginal interest, not to mention it's engulphment in posts from southern Ontario or Quebec. Even including these 2 populous provinces along with Manitoba shows a certain contempt for all 3, and ignores any sense of Quebec as a nation.

Downtime

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Well said and quite accurate. On a separate but related note... why no catergory for LGBT -- I realize we have a tendency to misbehave, but I am sure a net nanny will do their best to straighten us out [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

oldgoat

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No matter what some little urban Toronto twit designed the sections in babble,

Well, I guess I could get defensive about that, but I guess the best comback I have is "who ya callin' little!?"

The initial compartmentalisation probably represented a compromise following a long and tedious discussion way back in the day, and has evolved a bit over the years, and I think we always try to see it as a work in progress. Constructive input is actually welcome. Personally, I like simplicity. I also like to be able to find things. We try to keep it practical rather than political.

Were your initial characterisation true, it would simply be Toronto and everywhere else.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Consider it constructive input then. Convention has it that the regions are: B.C., the North (3 Territories), the Prairies, Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic.

(Frankly, I am surprised that it wasn't a British Columbian pointing this out... they separated from the other western provinces years ago... the news finally made it over the mountains... I guess it is caught in some sort of time/space tidal thingy surrounding the black hole that is the center of the universe.) [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

Michelle

We have discussed changing the regional forums in the way suggested here. However, the issue is that we'd have to go through seven years of threads and move them to the new forums. And with this software, that means moving each thread individually. If we didn't move them, then we wouldn't be able to find threads from four years ago very easily.

So far, the money hasn't been raised for the extra 5,000 moderating hours this would take. [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img] So we figured it would just be easier to leave it as is.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Thanks for the explanation.

Michelle

P.S. Just to ridiculously compartmentalize some more...I'm going to move this thread to rabble reactions.

Wilf Day

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Originally posted by Michelle:
[b]However, the issue is that we'd have to go through seven years of threads and move them to the new forums.[/b]

However, I see we can go back and read archived threads in the archived sections:
rabble podcast network
auntie.com
the best of babble
election 2006
international peace movement
the NDP
rabble columns
in cahoots
USA
the middle east and central asia

So why not similarly archive the old provincial sections after opening the new ones?

Michelle

I had thought about that too, but I figured it might be messy and wasn't sure whether the problem was so pressing that we'd be required to archive so many threads. There's no sense archiving stuff if you don't have to.

al-Qa'bong

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(Frankly, I am surprised that it wasn't a British Columbian pointing this out... they separated from the other western provinces years ago... the news finally made it over the mountains... I guess it is caught in some sort of time/space tidal thingy surrounding the black hole that is the center of the universe.)

I dunno; most of us prairie dwellers consider BC pretty much an exotic, if not quite foreign territory.

Malcolm Malcolm's picture

As a person who has lived in Nova Scotia, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC (though some of those very briefly), I've always thought the way the regional fora were divided was frankly nutty.

There are two options that make sense:

1) separate fora for each province / territory, or

2) generally recognized regions - Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, BC, North.

(Separating Prairies and BC makes more sense to me, but putting them together as West would be fine.

Putting Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba together is stupid beyond words.

Open the new ones, Michelle. Archive the old ones. Copy the small number of threads active over, say, the last month.

Louis Riel Trail

For historical, social, and geographical reasons MB, SK, and AB belong together.

Its always been my position that to create three provinces out of MB, SK, and AB was a historical absurdity... I'd love to see it fixed here.

al-Qa'bong

It might be fixed here, although keep in mind that the mods live in the Toronto area. From there we're somewhere waay out in the west, and thus pretty much all the same.

oldgoat

Yeah, that's how I feel about anything beyond Mississauga. As well, maybe a seperate northern region for anything north of Eglinton Ave.

Maysie Maysie's picture

Dude, you live in Oshawa. I'm not sure you're allowed to impersonate a Torontonian like that.

And I try to not go north of Bloor, man. Yonge and Eligible is for suburbanites playing at living in the city. [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img]

Michelle

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Originally posted by al-Qa'bong:
[b]It might be fixed here, although keep in mind that the mods live in the Toronto area. From there we're somewhere waay out in the west, and thus pretty much all the same.[/b]

Not to get too defensive here, but FYI, neither oldgoat or I came up with the current configuration.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

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Originally posted by Michelle:
[b]

Not to get too defensive here, but FYI, neither oldgoat or I came up with the current configuration.[/b]


Embrace your guilt Michelle, embrace your guilt. [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img]

al-Qa'bong

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Originally posted by Michelle:
[b]

Not to get too defensive here, but FYI, neither oldgoat or I came up with the current configuration.[/b]


I guess the configuration is the fault of some different southern Ontarian.

Sorry to raise your defences, by the way. I've caused the mods enough trouble lately without adding false accusations to my list of trespasses.

Left Turn Left Turn's picture

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Originally posted by Michelle:
[b]We have discussed changing the regional forums in the way suggested here. However, the issue is that we'd have to go through seven years of threads and move them to the new forums. And with this software, that means moving each thread individually. If we didn't move them, then we wouldn't be able to find threads from four years ago very easily.

So far, the money hasn't been raised for the extra 5,000 moderating hours this would take. [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img] So we figured it would just be easier to leave it as is.[/b]


Michelle, would it be possible to revamp the configuration of the regional forums when we move to the Drupal software? As long as we are not moving the old posts to the drupal software, it should be easy to set up the regional forums on the Drupal software to be:

BC
The Praries
Ontario
Quebec
Atlantic Canada
The North (the three territories)

Michelle

It's still not completely clear to me whether we're moving all the old threads over or not. I think we probably will be.

I hope it will be easier to move bunches of threads from one forum to the other in Drupal!

GOD

I don't think Body and Soul should be under one forum. Let's have a Body one and a Soul one. I can volunteer to moderate the Soul forum if you like.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

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Originally posted by GOD:
I don't think Body and Soul should be under one forum. Let's have a Body one and a Soul one.

Let's ignore the Almighty and keep things as they are. [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img]

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I can volunteer to moderate the Soul forum if you like.

This isn't a conflict of interest to you, being the Almighty and all? [img]biggrin.gif" border="0[/img]

Lard Tunderin Jeezus Lard Tunderin Jeezus's picture

If we broaden the scope a bit, I'm all for it. Let's make it: 'Soul, Funk and R&B'.

(I've been hooked on [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Meters]The Meters[/url] lately.)

downtime

Well ignoring the facetious attempts to be humorous by those from the "big smoky" this IS an issue with most prairie people. It has an historical context to many of us out here where most of the overpriced manufactured goods arrived from Ontario and was also the seat of financal power which caused the ruin of many homesteaders.
It is also the root of the animosity to Ontario and especally Toronto.

It was out here where the Co-op movement and the CCF was born until it was taken over by Ontario social workers and the trade-union elite to form the NDP. Many of it's tenets were adopted by northern Ontarions who still don't feel comfortable with the southern region, which shows in it's different voting patterns.

Joke however you like, but there is a cmmonality of common interest between peoples of the prairies and to some extent northern Ontario and which excludes the proto-American oil-kings of southern Alberta.

I posted an URL of a prairie journalist's articles, of necessity, to 2 different sections and was accused by Michelle of "duplicate-posting". How else, pray tell, can I get a message out to like-minded progrssive "prairie people" who live in this region of Canada.

Similarly, the presently urban-dominated NDP has yet to issue any really comprehesive rural agricultural policies to appeal to the prairies despite the roots of the CCF in this region and the disatisfaction with such polices as the Conservatives attempt to kill the Wheat Board (even the local conservative is, of necessity, against it)

Oh, and just to put myself in categories some people on this forum seem comfortable with:
I am a "white, over-50 male". But I have children and grand-children "of color". Shades of Black. chew on that. I declared them "Irish" when confronted with the question of national origin on birth registry forms, as is traditional in canadian decent from the male parent.

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RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

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Originally posted by downtime: How else, pray tell, can I get a message out to like-minded progrssive "prairie people" who live in this region of Canada.

I thought you might have a point until I read this:

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Oh, and just to put myself in categories some people on this forum seem comfortable with:
I am a "white, over-50 male". But I have children and grand-children "of color". Shades of Black. chew on that. I declared them "Irish" when confronted with the question of national origin on birth registry forms, as is traditional in canadian decent from the male parent.

It's descent BTW. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]

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downtime

Did I lose my "point" because I was a white over-50 male of Irish descent or because of the bad spelling ? Strange criteria for logic. :^))

I'm sure in this enlightened forum it wouldn't be because the mother of my 4 sons was afro-american. I find it a bit amusing in an ironic way that all my "Irish" progeny should forever-on be labelled as "persons of color". Perhaps my great-grandchildren will be able to pass inspection in this supposedly "tolerant" society.
Who in hell wants to be "tolerated" anyway.

al-Qa'bong

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Well ignoring the facetious attempts to be humorous by those from the "big smoky" ...

Oh, [i]that's[/i] what was going on. I admit I've been puzzled by statements like this:

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And I try to not go north of Bloor, man. Yonge and Eligible is for suburbanites playing at living in the city.

Ya mean down east you give your roads names, just like they were pets or kinfolk? If that don't beat all.

I heard stories, rumours really, that you even have a way of covering your roads with a mixture of gravel and oil to make them waterproof, so that when it rains your buggies don't sink up to their axles in mud.

kropotkin1951 kropotkin1951's picture

I think that we should have the Atlantic Region, Central Canada, the Prairies, BC and the North.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

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Originally posted by kropotkin1951:
[b]I think that we should have the Atlantic Region, Central Canada, the Prairies, BC and the North.[/b]

Has the last 141 years taught you nothing? Ontario and Quebec need separate rooms, otherwise they start accusing each other of one taking the other's stuff... don't you remember the last car ride, they shouldn't even be allowed to sit together.

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RevolutionPlease RevolutionPlease's picture

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Originally posted by downtime:
[b]Did I lose my "point" because I was a white over-50 male of Irish descent or because of the bad spelling ? Strange criteria for logic. :^))

I'm sure in this enlightened forum it wouldn't be because the mother of my 4 sons was afro-american. I find it a bit amusing in an ironic way that all my "Irish" progeny should forever-on be labelled as "persons of color". Perhaps my great-grandchildren will be able to pass inspection in this supposedly "tolerant" society.
Who in hell wants to be "tolerated" anyway.[/b]


Feel that way if you'd like, I'm just not sure why you're trying to make a point of it here.

This is bigger than your immediate family.

downtime

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Originally posted by RevolutionPlease:
[b]

Feel that way if you'd like, I'm just not sure why you're trying to make a point of it here.

This is bigger than your immediate family.[/b]


I included that as a "point" of the existence of ageist, racist(anti-white overtones are also racist), and urban arrogance, which occurs in many of the sections of forums unopposed.

I included my family history in case you were implying that I was a white, over-50, honky, thereby invalidating any valid "points" I might have made.

Makwa Makwa's picture

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Originally posted by downtime:
[b]Ontario and was also the seat of financal power which caused the ruin of many homesteaders ....
I have children and grand-children "of color". Shades of Black. chew on that. I declared them "Irish" ... I'm sure in this enlightened forum it wouldn't be because the mother of my 4 sons was afro-american. ... I included my family history in case you were implying that I was a white, over-50, honky, thereby invalidating any valid "points" I might have made[/b]

Your family history is of little interest to me, except to engender some sorrow that non-white family members have had to learn to survive with someone who displays so much ostentatious white privilege with such obvious pride. To declaim the mythology of the 'benighted homesteader' who has profited for hundreds of years off land stolen from the First Nations, and to callously describe your unfortunate progeny as "shades of Black - chew on that!" while bragging that you thereafter deemed them to be "Irish" thereby casting aside their unique histories as multiracial Canadians, suffices to invalidate any point you may think you are making. All I can do is ask you please, please never to post in the Anti-Racist forum.

Caissa

Amazing thread drift.

Stargazer

Class act that downtime.

BTW, I think it is a big mistake to put Alberta in with any province. Alberta should have its own forum. There is nothing similar between that province and Manitoba politically and I don't think the people from Winnipeg would like to be lumped in with Alberta.

Caissa

For historical reasons, Newfoundland and labrador should probably not be lumped in with the Maritime Provinces.

I'm waiting for the changeover when we get a forum specifically for the Centre of the Universe (TM). [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img]

MegB

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Originally posted by downtime:
[b]It was out here where the Co-op movement and the CCF was born until it was taken over by Ontario social workers and the trade-union elite to form the NDP. Many of it's tenets were adopted by northern Ontarions who still don't feel comfortable with the southern region, which shows in it's different voting patterns.
[/b]

You make some very valid points. Too bad they come with a lot of loaded assumptions about the moderators and organizers of this board and where they're located. Okay, yeah, I get it - you have nothing but contempt for Toronto and anyone who lives there. Totally understandable, since where one lives is somehow revealing of character, or lack thereof.

Now, if I believed that, then everyone from the prairies would be an angry, defensive blow-hard who exploits his racially diverse relatives to add some kind of 'cred' to his membership in the overwhelmingly dominant culture of this country.

Well, gosh by golly, that would hardly be fair, would it? Especially since I know it to be quite untrue. Mostly ;)

Personally, spewing bitter vitriol and insulting the people I'm asking something of has never gotten me very far. Perhaps you've had more success with this tactic?

At any rate, the moderators here - despite being crippled by proximity to a large city in Central Canada - are quite helpful, hard-working people who, I am sure, will do whatever limited time and budget will allow to continue to improve the quality of this site.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

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Originally posted by Stargazer:
[b]Class act that downtime.

BTW, I think it is a big mistake to put Alberta in with any province. Alberta should have its own forum. There is nothing similar between that province and Manitoba politically and I don't think the people from Winnipeg would like to be lumped in with Alberta.[/b]


Can we call it the room of ritual shame?

Stargazer

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oldgoat

I think Stargazer would be in agreement with most Albertans.

Golly, how does that feel Stargazer?

Stargazer

Ugh. [img]wink.gif" border="0[/img]

Tommy_Paine

There's an "Alberta" now? When did they sneak that through? Must have been in some omnibus bill in the 70's.....

downtime

Wow ! If I could possibly comprehend what you are trying to express it might empower me.

However, my "ostentatious white privelege" was of a railway working class person dealing with racism from both sdes of the racial divide, with even more problems of obtaining housing than most "people of color". My pride is not of my pigmentation but of overcoming that criteria which you would have me decry. Of the struggles to support and transmit to my "non-white" kids when they came home crying about being called "blackie" or later "Zebra" or "Oreos" that
it was simply ignorance or racism which was hurtful and divided working people who created the "wonders" of Thebes. And many times succeeding in my explainations. One of my greatest feelngs was when one of my sons was into a brawl when we lived in Montreal and because he returned the basketball to the french school next door to the protestant school he went to.

I don't know whether or not your login name suggests your racial origins. You could be simply
a poseur. My anti-racist history is impeccable and
in the Toronto SUPA march against the events in Selma, Alabama, My wife and infant son were the only afro-americans in it. When I later brought that up to afro-american friends, they admitted there was a fear of stirring up the situation.

Later on the largest black march in canadaian history, following the assassination of Martin Luther King, took place in Montreal, and was initiated in my front room.

Those like you attempt to gain power by evoking guilt. I don't play your game. I remember slick characters who would follow Stokely Carmichel around and gain sexual and financial favors from
self-abnegating students. They were very slick, your an amateur.

Do you really know anything about frst-nation culture or attitudes ? It's a crock. I was born out here and like many areas of the world it was invaded. It was about power and native people were decimated by it, includng Louis Riel, a "white" man. At one time it was inconceivable that a person could own the land, much less the air or water. Now many cheifs do own that, while many of their people starve.

And of course in Africa most of the slave trade was maintained by chiefs and Muslim traders.
Do you also take that responsability ?

I guess your challenge to not post to the anti-racist forum is based on your own questionable validity. Sooner or later, i'mcumngImcummnggg.
Out with the phonies.

This post and topc has obvously no relation to the thread, but I'm sure Michelle will transfer it to where it should be, however troublesome I mght be. These quebecois ladies are cool.
At times.

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Originally posted by Makwa:
[b]Your family history is of little interest to me, except to engender some sorrow that non-white family members have had to learn to survive with someone who displays so much ostentatious white privilege with such obvious pride. To declaim the mythology of the 'benighted homesteader' who has profited for hundreds of years off land stolen from the First Nations, and to callously describe your unfortunate progeny as "shades of Black - chew on that!" while bragging that you thereafter deemed them to be "Irish" thereby casting aside their unique histories as multiracial Canadians, suffices to invalidate any point you may think you are making. All I can do is ask you please, please never to post in the Anti-Racist forum.[/b]

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Makwa Makwa's picture

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Originally posted by bigcitygal:
[b]And I try to not go north of Bloor, man. Yonge and Eligible is for suburbanites playing at living in the city. [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img] [/b]

Bahaha. As a North Yorker from waaay back in the borough days, I could only dream of being cool enough to hang out at Yonge and Eglinton. For me, the epitome of cool was playing pinball at the bowling alley just south of Yorkdale - Yorkdale, I tells ya!

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Maysie Maysie's picture

Dude I went to York University before there was Downsview Station!
For eight years!

We took an "express" bus from Wilson! Wilson I tell you! Wherever I lived in the city while going to York (Mimico, St Clair/Dufferin, Bloor/Christie, the Annex) it took me a frikking hour and a half to get there. That's time I'll never have back! I got lots of sleep and readings done though. Well, mostly sleep.

Back to the topic:
I agree the way the provinces are divided on babble make no sense. And I feel vastly underqualified to moderate the Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec forum, btw. Good thing those provinces are so dull nothing ever happens there. [img]tongue.gif" border="0[/img]

oldgoat

Akshully, I grew up at Lawrence and Yonge, and did feel sort of semi-suburban. Very quick hop to the subway for me though which in the day was just from Union To Eglinton. I considered North York to be totally the sticks.

Tommy_Paine

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Good thing those provinces are so dull nothing ever happens there.

It is said that durring the long tenure of Bill Davis as Premier of Ontario, a reporter remarked to him that his style, if a winning one, was rather bland. To which Davis responded, "Bland works".

Now, around that time things were not terribly dull or bland at Fleck manufacturing, where Bill and the terrible tories were using the OPP as a private strike breaking force, but to the pundits, everything was dull as dull could be.

Anyway, old story not terribly important to anything. May we all live in interesting times.

Strikes me though, and has for a long time, how we on the left of things like to organize ourselves into finer and finer distinctions.

We could have province specific forums, but I give it thirty seconds before someone complains that Nordern Hontario should have it's own forum separate and distinct from dose guys in Sudern Hontario.

Then, I am a cult of one on this. I've always thought "Forum" kind of implied that, through discussion, we find how our regional or individual concerns fit in the context of the whole, thereby finding strength through common interest.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I remember that comment from Bill Davis - it was widely reported. [img]smile.gif" border="0[/img]

jrootham

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Originally posted by bigcitygal:
[b]Dude I went to York University before there was Downsview Station!
For eight years!

We took an "express" bus from Wilson! Wilson I tell you! [/b]


I used to visit my sister at York before there was Wilson. Bus from Lansdowne. Now THAT was a haul.

Tommy_Paine

Perfect spin, too. During those bland times, Reed paper poisoned the Native people of Grassy Narrows with mercury. And Bill Davis wanted to reward Reed Paper with the largest clear cut to that time ever given by the province.

Make no mistake, that bland, cuddly old guy with the pipe is a mean, nasty, viscious psycho.

Instructive times, though. Many of the rights workers have today came from that era-- thanks to the Stephen Lewis opposition in a minority government. And it was the same NDP opposition that scuttled the Reed paper clear cut. And introduced rent controls.

More than five years of NDP majority government under Bob Rae ever did for us.

I'm rambling. But it's instructive on the nature of political power, and how it doesn't all rest at the legislatures.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

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Originally posted by Tommy_Paine:
Perfect spin, too. During those bland times, Reed paper poisoned the Native people of Grassy Narrows with mercury. And Bill Davis wanted to reward Reed Paper with the largest clear cut to that time ever given by the province.

Ah, I had forgotten about that. [img]frown.gif" border="0[/img]

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