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21. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

The posts were flagged as promotional and I understand the reasoning behind it. I contacted Admin. for their input on how to proceed before removing the flags. Given the situation, I have "unspammed" everything and still expect Admin to take a look at everything at their convenience.

It may have been better to post a link to the website which contained all of this information instead. Members could have checked it out and it would have saved everyone time and comment.

22. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Who flagged my posts.
It sure did not give members from dictatorship countries a very good example of our freedom of speech. Shame on u.

Also if the Burmese government have not stopped internet access to the outside world (which they probably have), information is still coming out via internet chat sites etc. This is a popular travel site.....
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/09/28/MN8QSFFUD.DTL

23. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Mel.

Who flagged my posts.
It sure did not give members from dictatorship countries a very good example of our freedom of speech. Shame on u.

That information is not public knowledge nor should it be. The reasoning behind the flagging was sound as there are a lot of links, etc. listed that can still be considered promotional. Actually, the flags also play into the freedom of speech aspect as other members are free to voice their opinoins about certain posts by flagging them. This whole "exercise" has just shown that one was free to say this is wrong, another was free to agree/disagree and another was able to post again. A dictatorship would have dismantled the website and/or destroyed the computers.

So, back to Myanmar. Thank you.

24. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

Actually, the flags also play into the freedom of speech aspect as other members are free to voice their opinoins about certain posts by flagging them. This whole "exercise" has just shown that one was free to say this is wrong, another was free to agree/disagree and another was able to post again. A dictatorship would have dismantled the website and/or destroyed the computers.

Wow, I'm confused and I only just came across these posts now.

If I came across them earlier, I would have flagged all of Mel's posts as spam. Then I would have made a comment of my own regarding Mel's posts, flagged that as spam, flagged Isa's as spam, flagged Sander's as spam, flagged the spam as spam, flagged Sam I Am as Sam I Spam, and then gone to the pub.

I hope that clears things up

25. Posted by kombizz (Full Member 1416 posts) 9y

how about protesting about American invasion to Afganistan, Iraq or Africa?

26. Posted by opospa (Travel Guru 1836 posts) 9y

Quoting kombizz

how about protesting about American invasion to Afganistan, Iraq or Africa?

Off Topic...

27. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

It's all fine as far as I'm concerned, but moving to Off Topic since it doesn't really have anything to do with travelling.

There were tons of people wearing red in Oslo yesterday!

On a slightly different note; is it Burma or Myanmar? We were discussing this yesterday because Norwegian media refers to it as Burma. I was zapping by CNN later on and they talk about Myanmar... is this a US only thing? I see the name changed in 89 from the travel guide here on Travellerspoint and we are referring to it as Myanmar there.... perhaps this should be changed?

28. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Heh, that's a really contentious issue there, Sam. The Burmese government wants it called Myanmar, but the UK/US don't recognize that name change. (The UN on the other hand, does.) (Weird that CNN calls it Myanmar then, though.) See here for the BBC's take of it all, or read the huge discussion on the wikipedia talk page for which name to file the article under. (And they do it again further down the page. Even Jimbo Wales weighed in at one point. (Saying that he didn't have a preference, but applauded everyone for the constructiveness of the debate.))

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 29, 2007, at 2:59 AM by Sander ]

29. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 9y

Quoting Sander

Heh, that's a really contentious issue there, Sam. The Burmese government wants it called Myanmar, but the UK/US don't recognize that name change. (The UN on the other hand, does.) (Weird that CNN calls it Myanmar then, though.)

Though the US government does not recognize the name change, the American news organizations are using Myanmar and Burma interchangably. ABC World News, in an article, gave this example:

Thursday, the Washington Post carried the headline "Burma Meets Protests With Violence" on its front page while The New York Times exclaimed, "Myanmar Attacks Protestors, Arresting Monks."

Such headlines aren't demonstrating support for the name Myanmar by one paper and Burma by another - no decision has been made as to which should or should not be used by the press. (Nor should a decision necessarily be needed.) It's each organization's opinion of political correctness in the use of a country's name. Sounds as though CNN chose Myanmar for that particular report and odds are they will use Burma in another report at some point. I do know that ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX are all switching back and forth depending on the newcaster.

As a side note, maybe TP should chose to use both for the moment. List it as Myanmar/Burma or Myanmar (Burma) or Burma (Myanmar).

30. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Quoting Isadora

It may have been better to post a link to the website which contained all of this information instead. Members could have checked it out and it would have saved everyone time and comment.

Oh yeah.
Sorry about the lack of linkage.;)
The information came from my friends facebook and there was no link provided there.

Mel