Your sincere apology is accepted and I will be more than happy to lay this matter to rest.
My thanks to the moderators especially Timothy who had taken some effort to resolve this matter. For his benefit and those who are like minded to create a great community of likeminded collectors, I would like to share a thought about how Forums become great Forums that are admired.
The two key component of any great forum is the strength of the common interest (in this case, Sinn Watches) and the strength of the community itself. I am sure many are familiar with the many forums which began and sustained itself as backslappers and congratulators.
How can they grow to become more than that? The forums that grown to be influential and respected are the ones that have strong and wise moderators who are able to influence its members to behave gentlemanly - like in a private club so to say which results in an environment of mutual respect where those who can contribute can do so with ease and comfort Ė and without fear of being personally attacked or being flamed.
In forums where words are exchanged without due consideration and value, members leave and do not come back.
How would/should a forum manage the exchanges in a civilised way to keep the community happy? Oddly enough, statistics would show that communities that self regulate first and foremost have the greatest esprit de corp and association to the group.
By this, I mean to commend Raffles in his effort in keeping his peers in line when an error in judgment is clearly needed to be corrected. If the majority of this sub-community stood up to stop silly posts, you will find that silly post will soon disappear. The dynamics of like minded and upright community members will shine through.
However, when you have members like SJACKAL of this sub-forum telling Raffles to stay out of the discussion, when he knows that the post was morally incorrect, well a lot of respect is lost for that community.
I am the first to admit that it is our nature - and some would say our Singaporean propensity- to "stay out of trouble". But I would put it to those who believe in this philosophy - what value would there be in making a real contribution to the community if the community does not look to hold what is correct and just?
Saving that, it would be the moderator's time and effort to keep all in line is the last line before everything breaks down. In that respect, I am so glad that both Martin and Timothy had been exemplary in dealing with what has happened here in this thread. Its through them I have faith that the Sinn Forum as a whole will continue to grow.
For the Singaporean sub-community of Sinn collectors, I hope things will change for the better. Simply put, treat your online community as you would your own household or even village. This will serve to bond the ties within it. I wish you all the best for the future.