It has two likes now.(I have been a bit inactive lately)
I have no problem with your "end note" either. It was as can be expected and taken as a normal "tongue-in-cheek" comeback, not to be taken too serious.
I DO agree with John that foreigners should be taken serious to ensure a varied and independent forum, where not only the opinions of US Mariners with largely the same background and experience mainly from an American environment are the ONLY one allowed to voice an opinion.
I believe I have contributed with some opinions and facts that, shall we say; "has met with a certain degree of resistance" among the forum members.
Most of it in a good natured form, but some so outlandish it could not be taken serious. Only rarely have I been personally attacked. One of those times resulted in an entire thread being removed.
Luckily I have thick skin and do not take offence easily. Neither do I deliberately use words or terms that is insulting to others in retaliation from such attack, although some may not understand my sarcasm, or sense of humor.
Shipping and Offshore Oil & Gas are international businesses, with people from a wide range of social and cultural background serving both on the ships, rigs and in management.
A Maritime forum should reflect that fact, otherwise it becomes irrelevant to people other than of a certain nationality, with a set of opinions that only apply to a very small part of the shipping fraternity.
PS> Congratulation to Fraqrat as the first to be "flagged". It shouldn't be long before c.captain catches up, unless the automatic censoring system is tweaked. (Maybe me to??)