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Personal Message to everyone! - 621/1866
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 8th November 2006

Looks like everyone except me has just been sent a personal message by a newly signed up member .... Grrrrr!    If you want to say something to everyone, post it on the forum!    It's PROBABLY a Spam ... I'll check when I finish training

Re: Personal Message to everyone! - 621/1869
Written by Nick Field on Wednesday, 8th November 2006

It was spam - it contained a pornographic picture.  Just deleted my message

Re: Personal Message to everyone! - 621/1870
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Wednesday, 8th November 2006

Leah and Lee were onto it even quicker than I was ... but I've just gone in a bit deeper and deleted the original p.m. source too.

Now if only I could replace every spam email I git with a train through Melksham, it would be almost like Clapham Junction!

Re: Personal Message to everyone! - 621/1871
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Thursday, 9th November 2006

What should I do about people who sign up and post, or send out personal messages, containing unsuitbale material?    Well - I'm used enough so seeing this sort of thing as an admin / moderator of other boards, but some of my readers here may not be, and they may be offended by even one such messages.  But I think we're all adults here (you're supposed to be over 18 to sign up ...) and I do NOT want to have to vet every first time contributor.

Decision / action.  Posting remains available to anyone who signs up from a valid email account - there's enough of us around to spot and delete the crap we get from time to time.  Personal messages, though, may now only be sent by people who've already made a number - but a small number - of contributions on the public boards.

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Save the Train was the campaign to bring an approriate train service back to and through Melksham.

Most big contributors are still around writing at the Coffee shop forum where new members are very welcome.

The train has been saved - sort of - we have stepped back up from an unusable service to a poorish one but it's doing very well. We did that through setting up the TransWilts Community Rail Partnership. That fulfilled its early objectives; it has been taken over by local and regional government types who are now doing medium and long term work. The team from this forun can also be found at the Melksham Rail User Group (which was the Melksham Rail Development Group at the time these articles were written and we had no users.

We mustn't loose sight, though, that the train service remains poor and needs our community support in marketing and campaigning to keep it going in a positive direction ... and all the more so when we're expecting to find a different normallity once we get out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and head for zero carbon via the climate crisis. Yes, it's saved ... it's now a key community facility ... the need for enhancement and the strong and near-universal local support remain, and the rail industry and goverment remain slow to move and provide the enhancements even to level us up with other towns. Please support the Melksham Rail User Group - now very much in partnership rather than protest with the rail industry and local government, including GWR, TransWilts and unitary and town councils. And please use the trains and buses, and cycle and walk when you can.

-- Graham Ellis, (webmaster), February 2021

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