I did not visit any forums Friday, because I've been very busy. I wish I had seen NotTheOnly1's post in the other thread, because I could have saved us from at least some of the argument here. <br><br>First of all, using NotTheOnlyOne's name was never an issue. I had put his name in the bio I wrote (see below) but had asked him to edit what he didn't like. I was perfecly happy to remove his name. We had made the decision to remove his tile before he ever even mentioned the name issue to me, and in the context of the time, I didn't even know that was what he was referring to. Let me give you a window into my little corner here, and maybe you will see what happened.<br><br>First of all, I've been the one doing the bios for the Mosaic. What started out as a request for me to write the PR ended up with my soliciting personal stories from the artists. Soon, I saw that the real story about this mosaic was the people. The pictures are great; it's a wonderful art project, but the people's stories just added so much to it that it seemed a crime not to tell them. So, I volunteered to write Artist Profiles for all 35 of the artists. I freelance, so it's possible for me to juggle my time, and I knew I could do a good job of it. So, NotTheOnly1 is right in a sense that it seemed like people just decided they'd do this and that, and started asking for information. But everyone else jumped on the idea; the support was almost unanimous. I told everyone to send what they were comfortable with; I'd make them look good, don't worry about writing it, just send some info. I stated the kinds of things I was looking for, very clearly. Part way through this task, I needed a title for the work. It was clear that with the web page's format, a title was needed for the individual artists' works. I asked people to send titles. <br><br>In the case of NTO1, the first info he sent me was a little on the satirical side, maybe even sarcastic. I immediately began emailing him and asking for a little more info. Something to work with. No reply. I needed a title. No reply. I PM'd him in both forums. I sent him emails. Nothing. I looked at his bio one day and decided, "I can do this. I'll write him a really nice bio, and he'll be happy with it." NTO1 is a friend of mine, and I know a good bit about him. So I was able to parlay that into a very nice artist profile that even included some humor. As I've done with every artist's profile, I sent it to him the moment I finished it for him to proof. I said, "make any changes you want in [color:red]red</font color=red>, and send it back to me." I was concerned that I would not hear back from him at all (I hadn't heard a word after a week of asking for anything he could give to help me out) It wasn't an hour after I sent the "finished" bio that he fired it back to me. About half of what I wrote was cut out. He said, "your words were nice, but those aren't the words I choose." <br><br>I thought, "great! At last he's written me something," and I prepared to paste it into the file. Then I continued reading. He had turned it into a platform to complain about the forum split, censorship, and his dislike of having his words edited. Then he said, "if you don't print this, then I guess I was right about the [ censorship in ] forum." Then to top it off, he said, "I'm on vacation and will not discuss this any further."<br><br>First I was angry. I wrote him back and told him that the mosaic is not about forum politics but is about people and charity. This booklet will be printed for people who bid on the pictures at auction, not for forum members, though the entire world will be able to read the artist profiles at the web site. I told him he was being immature, and called him a "twerp," and asked him to grow up and rise above this silly vendetta. <br><br>No answers to my next three emails. Looks like he wanted me to print what he sent, and he's not going to discuss it. So, at this point I had to decide what to do. Time is running out. I can't debate this for weeks, not even days. We have printing deadlines. I wrote to several other members of the Mosaic team, including Nebosuke, the founder. At first they thought about my writing his bio differently, editing out his offensive tone, but when I sent them the correspondence to read, they changed their minds. NTO1 had made it clear that he is not a part of the group and that he did not care about this thing, and that he had done all he was "required" to do, so leave him alone and print what he wrote. The decision in the end was a painful and reluctant one, but a unanimous one: Replace him. We did not need this kind of attitude working against our deadlines, against our image, against us personally. It had nothing to do with him not fulfilling a requirement, but everything to do with his turning it into a platform to get more public air time about forum politics. He even named his picture, "Rolling UP the Red Carpet." If you saw his picture and remember it (palm trees, ocean and sky), you'll know that has nothing to do with the picture, but is a statement about his attitude toward the forum.<br><br>We removed him and I contacted Ed Riehl, known as Soulotomy, who I know to be a professional artist, a giant talent, and a man of great responsibility. The artist would have to blend his work into four borders—very limiting—and do it fast, for the Mosaic was already going to press. He agreed to do it, and within hours had completed his artwork (and it's great), sent me a bio with everything I needed (and I had not even asked for it yet), and taken care of all the other little details. One gets the feeling that he never broke a sweat. <br><br>While it made us all sad, and while I personally felt responsible for this whole uproar, the truth is that NTO1 dug his hole with his own shovel. Given the chance to fix it, he dug deeper, insulting us directly in the process as well as disowning us. Now he claims that it was about something else entirely (his name), and that we had just kept adding demands. You be the judge. Somehow 34 artists (plus myself) have now completed their work, sent bios, and have been most helpful to me in my writing. The moods and attitudes have been very cooperative, very encouraging, and very prompt. If we were demanding so awfully much, I believe we'd have heard about it long before now, and probably would have chosen to eliminate whatever demands people complained about. Instead, people have been very excited about it and most willing to work together. <br><br>I think we made the right decision. I'm so sorry it had to be this way. But I'm putting this behind me. I simply don't have the time to debate it. You all can do that if you like, but I must get back to writing your artist profiles. I'm looking ahead, forward, and in that light, I'm delighted to have Soulotomy on board. He's done a wonderful tile, a great bio (which I added to), and he made my writing job easy. He's also finished with everything, and it took him less than 12 hours from the time I first asked if he might be available! <br><br>NTO1, I'm so sorry. It's really not the way I'd have liked to handle it, but you wanted to debate emotionally charged issues at a time when we just had no time, and when my personal energy was already insufficient to meet the demands of my contributions to the project. I was as kind and open about things as I know how to be, and never made demands on you, but always just asked for your cooperation. You stated that things would be your way or we'd be guilty of censorship, and that you would not discuss it anymore. I know I got angry in the end and called you a twerp, and I apologize for it, but in defense I must say that I'm only human, and everyone has their limits. You just pushed past mine. This will settle, and perhaps you'll have a change of heart and care to rejoin us at some point. I hope you will be my friend when you do that. Meanwhile, I wish for you some solace and introspection; it's a good chance to learn some things.<br><br>Shooshie<br><br><br><br>Shooshie's Stuff
great read, well written, and thanks for the other side of the story...<br><br>now if it pleases everyone, can we drop this dicussion over here at MacMinute?<br><br><br><br><br><br>simplex veri sigillum<br>
"In the old days, you'd finish a day's work and announce, 'I'm done.' Nobody ever does that now. There's never enough time." -- Elliott Masie
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>now if it pleases everyone, can we drop this dicussion over here at MacMinute?<br><p><hr></blockquote><p><br>Hear Hear!!<br><br>And that's true too.--Shakespeare, King Lear
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The reason why you haven't seen Shooshie post my original bio is for one of three reasons. <br><br>A. He hasn't seen't this post.<br>B. He has and chooses not to respond to the request.<br>C. He doesn't wish to post the original bio, because you'll see it's perfectly acceptable and isn't as 'satiric' as Shooshie infers, at which point, his entire argument falls apart.<br><br>I don't have my Mac with me on vacation, and so I can't reprint it. I basically answered Shooshie's provided questions. I made a comment about the picture being of Santa Monica, that I was new to photoshop, and that I have always used Macs and always will. Unless I'm becoming an old man, I don't think there's a word about MC in my first bio.<br><br>That was both intentional and respectful. When Shooshie then rejected this bio I wasn't obliged to write in the first place, he not only embellished it a little, he embellished it a LOT. IT WAS CHOCK FULL of stuff about how I was a vocal member of MC.<br><br>That's past tense, and offensive to me. I'm NOT a vocal of MC any longer. THAT IS WHY I DIDN'T RESPOND TO HIS PRIVATE MESSAGES AT MC. Another reason I didn't respond to the 'one' at MM is because I've BEEN ON VACATION.<br><br>I've been posting these messages against my interests at this time to defend some sense of honor that having my tile NEEDLESSLY AND VINDICTIVELY removed from the Mozaic infers.<br><br>Again, as SIX ON ONE notes over and over, I contributed to the Mozaic as asked. Afterwards, when SteveG asked for my name and address, I said, "Wait.. this wasn't part of the deal." When Shooshie rewrote my bio that I didn't wish to give in the first place, it included my name and many ideas that I didn't wish to include.<br><br>Shooshie, write all the flower baloney you want, but the issue ISN'T how acceptable or non-acceptable either bio is.<br><br>THE ISSUE IS can a person stop participating in an event ONCE HE'S PROVIDED what was initially agreed upon? My contract with the MOZAIC was OVER when I promptly provided a tile.<br><br>THAT'S IT! FINITO!<br><br>I don't have to do jack after this OR explain why I won't. I did provide a perfectly usable BIO, and if you were my friend, you'd understand why I wanted nothing more to do with the Mozaic after the MC split. You don't have to agree with me, but a friend would respect this, apologize, and drop it.<br><br>Now I know you can quote the above sentence and say, if you want nothing more to do with the Mozaic, why are you complaining with are pulling your tile? I wanted in the Mozaic and contributed as asked. None of you had the right to change the requirements, pretend I had a choice, and then remove me from it. <br><br>That isn't fair. It's just MacCentral as of recently.<br><br>Sorry MM folk, and I sincerely mean this, but I posted this here not to just vent, but to suggest what life is like over at MC, and how 'joyous' a Mozaic it really is.<br><br>Do you rhumba? Excellent! Now pick a rhumba and sit down.. GM
Personally, I don't care how things are over at MC..since I don't go there, what goes on there matters to me not.<br><br>So with that I suggest you take all this ranting over there...it's about MC and the mosaic, so that's where it should be. Please. That would be like me bringing my cat litter box over to your house and showing you how much it stinks....I'm sure you wouldn't care.<br><br>So with that said...how about someone <hint hint> locking this up? <br><br><br>Oh yeah..you actually check boards while on vacation?? I stay away from computers when I'm gone and try to have fun.<br>
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