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Reminder, ensure your comments are basically relevant and not offensive

Three or so matters landing on my desk this week, are a reminder that KA is fairly prickly when it comes to criticism considered offensive to their Member Protection Policy.

As I said about 2 years ago, be careful what you write. Consider what you want to say against this test:-

Would a reasonable and fair minded person consider your comments offensive?

There's an awful lot you can say, critical or not, without crossing the line.

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GH, based on your above post, I can think of a couple of scenarios of presentation or wording. Which ones could you consider not to be “prickly”?

  1. Someone told me that “KA aren’t doing enough to………………”

  2. I think that “KA aren’t doing enough to…………………….”

  3. KA aren’t doing enough to…………..

Or, of course and as an example only, being more specific on something other than karting:

  1. Someone told me that “Sport XYZ aren’t doing enough to assist their clubs because they are too focussed on the top level and have created a self serving, paranoid, beaurocratic, intimidating & expensive culture………………”

  2. etc

  3. etc

I'm not offended by that................

Trying to shut down debate or criticism is usually the first refuge of the corrupt and the weak, and threats and intimidation is often the second. Anyone who holds a controlling position, whether paid or not, will have to put up with differing opinions, attitudes, emotions and concerns. Membership equals belonging and belonging means you are a part of something, not on the outside looking in, not an employee waiting for direction.  Anyone who knows what they are doing, and genuinely feels that they are doing the right thing will always be prepared to stand in front of a crowd and explain their position. They will always be prepared to lay out their rationale for the direction they are taking, and will accept questions and concerns regardless of the candour and anger of those asking. There is a word we use for these people......leaders.

Well said Phil.  Very succinct.

Phil Clarke said:

Trying to shut down debate or criticism is usually the first refuge of the corrupt and the weak, and threats and intimidation is often the second. Anyone who holds a controlling position, whether paid or not, will have to put up with differing opinions, attitudes, emotions and concerns. Membership equals belonging and belonging means you are a part of something, not on the outside looking in, not an employee waiting for direction.  Anyone who knows what they are doing, and genuinely feels that they are doing the right thing will always be prepared to stand in front of a crowd and explain their position. They will always be prepared to lay out their rationale for the direction they are taking, and will accept questions and concerns regardless of the candour and anger of those asking. There is a word we use for these people......leaders.

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