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Don't bend the rules, change them

20 October 2017

I'm basically a law-abiding kind of guy.

I drive at or below the posted speed limit (haven't had a speeding ticket in almost 40 years), pay for the stuff I carry out of a shop door and prefer to resolve conflict by way of reasoned discussion rather than violence.

In a modern democratic society it's usually pretty easy to live within the frame work of rules and regulations that are created to protect us from ourselves and others.

However, sometimes you come up against laws, rules or regulations that are ill-conceived, poorly written or just plain daft.

Sometimes these rules are made by people who are out of their depth in respect to their understanding of the problem they're trying to solve, other times they're just members of the small group who live by the mantra "what good is having power if you don't abuse it".

Fortunately, in a free and democratic society, there are mechanisms put in place to allow those affected by the rules to have a say in changing those rules -- and recently, I've been earning my "activist" crown ( as awarded to me by Wikipedia) by setting out to have some of the worst rules and regulations changed for the better.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkroxs when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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