- Apr 2, 2019
Why would it make anyone feel like an 'outsider' though? Everybody here was new at one time. Taking the p**s out of Cromer (or whatever) is hardly going to stop people wanting to join the forum.Although it is not always deliberate, "in jokes" are a form of shibboleth. They help to differentiate between those who are "in" and those who are not. If this place is to remain lively and entertaining, we need new people and fresh insights. Anything that tends to make new people feel like outsiders is a bad thing. Personally, I don't mind the Cromer jokes, but I can see that too many of them may be harmful to the interests of the forum.
You get to learn who's who and what their preferred threads are, what hobbies they like etc and anyway, if you really don't like what they say you can always just ignore it/them.
There's always going to be references to certain events that have been posted by certain members over the years and if you think that I'm going to let the 'upstairs understairs cupboard' thing go, you're very wrong young man.
Trev and the incident with the goat, no, that won't be mentioned again, granted.