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What To Do About Pics Of Inappropriate Tortoise Practices?

Discussion in 'Debatable Topics' started by Tom, Oct 6, 2015.

  1. wellington

    wellington Well-Known Member Moderator 5 Year Member

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    I think that's it, except to also realize, no matter how nice you might be, some will still not be happy and that's on them, not you (whoever the "you" is at that time)
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    Prairie Mom Well-Known Member

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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Ha-ha you get it !
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    I don't get it.
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    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    No kidding here AnimalLady. You are truly part of the "cool kids crowd" and you should know that by now. But, having Tom point this out publicly like he has certainly adds to your credibility.
    I'm thrilled how this thread has continued and flourished as if with a life of its own. I'm normally an interactive human in regard to the other carbon based lifeforms. I find the education and exposure of new life to folks to be a rewarding aspect of my life. I've been doing this for 30 odd years when I'd teach third and fourth graders life sciences as a long haired high school student. I remember one concerned parent went to the school principal and voiced concerns. He said I was doing as service to the students and that if the parent was truly concerned they should volunteer as an aid in the class. I was an active member in the Oregon Herpetological Society (president for 4 years). I lived off the outreach available with the shows and presentations we did because of the opportunity to educate people. Me, I like to be liked. I like people and I like people to like me. I'll educate the best I can but if someone starts getting short with me or disagreeable I just move on. The Forum is my only Internet Machine social interaction and I enjoy it quite a lot. The beauty of it is if I read a thread I don't "like" I don't have to get hung up on it.
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    AnimalLady Well-Known Member

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    I feel special now ::blushes::

    I certainly don't like to be hated, and I'm sure everyone likes to be liked to some degree.

    From what I recall you don't ever come off sounding negative, so you're good there ;).
    And I agree with you, we aren't forced to reply or even read a post!
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Yep ,just like mom always says ( if you have nothing nice to say say nothing at all ) ha-ha
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    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Or…if you don't like what you're hearing, walk away.
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    Did you just say my name!? What are you implying? Are you saying I don't say nice things?

    Ha ha!! Sweet vengeance!:p

    (sorry to clutter the thread, but Mike Taylor had it coming! :D)
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    mike taylor Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    You got me! You !!!!!!!!!!!!
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  11. Cowboy_Ken

    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    Has this thread been closed by you bunch of no-it-alls ?
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    I saw the subject on pictures of "inappropriate tortoise practices," and I opened it, thinking it was going to be a discussion of taking pictures of tortoises mating or tort genitals. I got to say that I was a little disappointed. :p
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    @Aunt Caffy , I would really feel disappointed if you were to be left out.
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    I'm here to help.
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    Looks like this thread has run its course and answered many questions. Certainly helped me both in the way I comment and reminds me to put qualifiers on photos that might give a new person ideas about dangerous practices.

    One thing that would help me , if I get a bit abrasive, or short, would be a PM from any member who notices it. Sometimes I know - and sometimes it is inadvertent or poor wording.

    I disagree about censorship at times , and really don't have sensitivities about euphemisms for words like penis or bottoms , but since I'm not a moderator , it " makes no never mind" , not my choice. I'll watch it.

    But, If children are old enough to read and understand these posts , a few slang words will not trip them up. Have you ever been on a playground ? They throw around much more offensive language than that.

    Good thread. Seems we need this every so often.

    Great forum you all have built over the years BTW.
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    Of course, you see and hear it all at parks. I only bring it up because the guideline for this specific site is "family friendly" with the intention of being open to "all age groups." If that were not the case, I wouldn't have said a word and can completely understand why many people wouldn't even notice or care. For me, just as we discuss and choose what we feel is age appropriate material for our kids, if the overall tone changed on this specific website, we'd simply avoid using it.

    I do totally agree with you about how helpful this thread has been. I think a lot of really going points have been discussed.The biggest thing that I have taken from this thread is to go ahead and speak out more, but I will definitely be practicing "the sandwich approach." I really need the reminder to consider more that there are people behind the screens. My hope is that if they feel welcome and positive about coming here, that they'll stick around and learn to improve their animal care practices even if it takes longer than we would have liked.
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    Cowboy_Ken Well-Known Member 5 Year Member

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    I find what you say here to be most relevant. I try to close my welcomes with the, "soon you'll be helping others yourself." To ideally encourage more Forum reading and asking.
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    I think the best approach is to point it out but with tact. If the goal is to help them avoid health issues with their pets, a tactful advice is the most appropriate response. Maybe you can let them know it can cause health issues but also compliment that their tortoise is beautiful/adorable?
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    My sully has been around my cats and dogs as well. What’s the harm if they don’t mind each other?
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