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New Administrator

Posted by Gaufrid on April 23rd, 2009


As of this week there is a new administrator at Fifteensquared, myself Gaufrid. Chatmeister will cease to exist, instead any relevant  comments will be posted under my pseudonym. My aim is to make this site successful and I hope you will help me in this endeavour by complying with the Discussion Policy, that is to say by avoiding significantly off-topic comments in posts related to a specific puzzle, whilst retaining the friendly nature of the site.

If you have any concerns about the way I run this site please comment in the Site Related Issues post in the chat room.

30 Responses to “New Administrator”

  1. Paul B says:

    Well, AFAICS that’s one level of anonymity exchanged for another (see ‘Bloggers’ list).

    Don’t you think that, as the effective new owner of the site, you could manage to be a bit more forthcoming?

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Paul B
    I am not the owner of the site merely the administrator. About what would you like me to be more forthcoming?

  3. Paul B says:

    Who you are.

  4. Paul B says:

    I mean, Neil Wellard was always completely open about it. As am I.

  5. Gaufrid says:

    Re #3 I am Gaufrid. Who are you?
    Re #4 ‘Paul B’ tells us nothing so how is it “as I am”?

  6. Paul B says:

    I would have thought you’d some idea, given the number of e-mails relating to your various misinterpretations of my postings I’ve sent to Neil.

    I’m Paul B#######. Who are you, ‘Gaufrid’?

  7. Paul B says:

    So, silence. Anon then, Deare Master Sovereign. I’ll await your honest reply in the morn.

    By the way, thank you for thanking me for an explanation of what the term ‘SI’ (pretty much basic Manley) means back on the 18th Nov. And thanks too for failing entirely to grasp the cryptic potential of ‘surprising’ as quoted by me (just for fun, and in a Libertarian kinda way)) on the same day.

    Gawd luvvus. Please brother, just stay out if you don’t geddit.

  8. Gaufrid says:

    I am Gaufrid, administrator of Fifteensquared, that is all you need to know.

  9. Paul B says:

    All I need to know, pretty obviously, is determined by the fact that you feel unable to reveal who you are.

    As a result I have no respect for you whatever. At least your predecessor was prepared to be conversed with one-to-one. Alas, those days are gone.

  10. Gaufrid says:

    So, we were both writing at the same time.

    “Gawd luvvus. Please brother, just stay out if you don’t geddit.”

    Why do you persist in these personal attacks when they don’t do you any credit?

  11. Paul B says:

    I think it’s a bit rich for you to characterise anything I’ve said in relation to your abilities as a personal attack.

    It’s clear from what you’ve said recently that you simply do not understand what’s being said about puzzles and their context half the time. And that’s worrying for anyone who, for whichever reason, finds himself targeted by your often aggressive remarks that seem to amount to some attempt on your part to regain lost ground.

    I wish you would see that it’s not my fault you don’t get what I say – and leave me alone!

  12. Gaufrid says:

    “As a result I have no respect for you whatever. At least your predecessor was prepared to be conversed with one-to-one. Alas, those days are gone.”

    I do not seek your respect. I am quite prepared to converse one-to-one as indicated in this post and when I set up a new post to continue our discussion that originated in the recent Virgilius blog. Unfortunately you declined so to do because you felt that the post had been “hijacked by idiots”. You seem to have a very low opinion of fellow contributors to this forum.

  13. Paul B says:

    I wouldn’t ask or advise anyone to seek my respect.

    It would come about, I feel almost sure, from some basic mutual honesty (not available in our relationship) plus the thought that I might be conversing on equal terms about the subject at hand (not as yet available in our relationship).

  14. Gaufrid says:

    Again we have been writing at the same time.

    “It’s clear from what you’ve said recently that you simply do not understand what’s being said about puzzles and their context half the time.”

    That is a generalisation. Would you care to offer some specific examples? I have been solving and understanding puzzles for the last forty five years so I think I can comprehend what is being said about them.

    I also note that you have not yet accepted the invitation to continue our discussion in the Site Related Issues post. Why is that?

  15. Paul B says:

    I feel we’re doing well enough here, don’t you? And I stand in any case by the statement I made to the effect that your SRI thread has been hijacked by idiots, including a particular individual whom I think only recently you yourself had occasion to chastise pretty forcefully. So let’s carry on here, where the coast is as yet clear, if it’s not past your bedtime.

    To return to the point, your ‘would you care to offer specific examples’ (of your ignorance) is utterly ridiculous: I don’t know how your memory is just now, but if you recall the reason we are arguing at all is due to one specific misunderstanding: to wit your failure to peruse thoroughly the Virgilius and Araucaria threads before deciding that my remarks were somehow harmful, and launching your bullying attack. After it you were made to look stupid, and I have to say that there’s only one person at fault – especially since, at that point, you could have made an apoolgy and ended the matter, as any self-respecting person would.

    To that, by all means add – if you care to – any other items (such as the ‘SI’ and ‘surp-rising’ incidents) which you were unable to fathom (each a matter of record), and I think it’s fair to say that your lack of knowledge, charming though it may have been before your recent outbursts, is clearly evident.

    I wouldn’t dream of calling you a total dunce, but there’s a level to which any 15/2 policeman, or administrator, or whatever, ought to aspire – even if he started life plodding the beat as a Telegraph solver.

  16. Gaufrid says:

    I will ignore the insults and just point out that if I have made mistakes in the past (we are all fallible) I have admitted them, such as the oversight a couple of days ago when I failed to see the last part of Derek’s comment when rereading it late at night.

    As for the SI and surp-rising ‘incidents’ (as you call them), the former was a case of my asking you to explain an abbreviation you use that doesn’t appear in any of the usual reference dictionaries and the latter was a question you posed “As for SI, have you heard of a SURP? I’m trying to get one of them ‘rising’ in a down clue, so watch out.”, to which I replied that I had never heard of the word and had no idea what it could mean.

    Since you are not prepared to join me in the Site Related Issues post, for whatever reason, I will repeat a question I asked you there (you did say yesterday “If in future you don’t quite understand something, just ask.”). For the benefit of those of us who don’t understand it, perhaps you would explain what the following comment meant and how it was relevant to the Virgilius puzzle:

    “Dupin_1 another setter yet to be honoured by the Queen? God, I know the feeling.”

  17. A N Other Setter says:

    I am sorry about this row, but I too have had experiences in the past with Paul B, a new(ish) setter who likes to tease or cajole to the point of extreme irksomeness. My advice to Gaufrid is to turn the other cheek and just get on with the very good work he is doing. The comment just referred to is meant to suggest that Araucaria is beyond criticism by virtue of having been honoured with an MBE. Much as the amiable and talented John Graham’s award is deserved, it’s used here as a nasty means of defence by one of his much less amiable acolytes. I dare say this posting will lead to more bile from PB and he’ll probably work out my identity, especially when I say ‘over and out’. Keep smiling, wise owl!

  18. Al Streatfield says:

    I agree with the criticism made against Paul B for his incomprehensible “in” stuff about Araucaria (depending on the reader knowing the rather obscure and unimportant fact that John Graham was awarded the MBE).

    However I would be much happier if I knew who Gaufrid, Chatmeister, ANOther Setter etc. were…

  19. Paul B says:

    Close, but no cigar.

    The comment was meant to suggest that Dupin_X might, like some AN Others, be working to a certain well-worn agenda, and – I’ll say it again – I can’t understand why a comment that characterised such an excellent puzzle as ‘parochial bullshit’ was allowed to stand at 15/2. Keep policing like that, Deare Owle, and you’ll have the Met looking responsible.

    What is irksome is to see Another Setter inserting himself into a ‘row’ which is not his to be sorry about. Mind you, he’s done exactly that many times before at other websites when the tide of opinion washes over his sandcastle. Sour grapes, I suppose.

    Roger and out, if that’s not too oblique for anyone.

  20. Testy says:

    So long as people stick to just using one ID and don’t use multiple ones simply to cause confusion or to avoid being held to account for bad behaviour then I’m happy. Guafrid is Gaufrid is Gaufrid (at least from now on) and Paul B is Paul B is Paul B (except when he is Tees for understandable reasons when replying to comments on his own puzzles). I don’t feel I need to know anyone’s real name.

  21. muck says:

    15sqd was once very friendly, but is now becoming nasty. Shame!

  22. Paul B says:

    Most people with false beard and glasses behave themselves well, don’t they Testy, but upon those very few occasions that they don’t, there’s the niggling problem of accountability. And we should remember that even the resentful opportunist Squires, on putting the boot in, was so gracious as to leave his stamp (so to speak) clearly enough.

    Muck old chap, I’m sorry, especially as you are so very nice a fellow, but because someone in a position of ultimate authority here didn’t understand some references, I was accused, abused and threatened with exile for no good reason.

    That is has been a difficult and protracted task to communicate to that person that he was wrong on all counts isn’t really my fault, and like you I would have preferred to avoid the public confrontation. To that end I offered him an e-mail outlet, but (I’m supposing) because of his need to keep his identity a secret he declined, and I was forced to defend my honour here.

    I’m hardly perfect, and people know that if they want a fight they’ll certainly get one from me, but at least I gave my opponent the option out – very early in the game.

  23. smiffy says:

    I’m blissfully unaware of the previous bones of contention that appear to have fuelled this thread, so I should probably steer well clear. However, here’s my two penn’orth…

    Having just read this thread, and regardless of the wherefores and whys, it strikes me that Paul B’s attitude is chippy in the extreme.

    Perhaps this persecution complex is fully justified, but it boils down to the thorny issue of perception vs reality.

    The reality is that he’s probably a perfectly decent fellow, with plenty of honour that’s well worth defending.

    The perception, at least to this passer-by, is a little more regrettable. By tilting at windmills so persistently and indignantly above, he leaves me with the impression that if this website were a bus, he would be the injustice-spewing weirdo on the top-deck that nobody wants to sit next to.

    I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, and side with reality for now. I just hope he doesn’t prove me wrong.

  24. Paul B says:

    Well thanks. I think.

    I was told that I’d received a ‘final warning’ for the posts Gaufrid didn’t understand, but perhaps I was wrong to get so upset about that.

  25. Tees says:

    I should have thanked you for the consultation while I was at it. Sorry. Perhaps bill me next time, uh?

  26. Gaufrid says:

    Paul B / Tees
    I think we have had enough of your sarcasm. If you cannot contribute something positive then don’t post at all.

  27. percy says:

    dont be such a dick paul

  28. Testy says:

    Can this thread please be moved? Having all this bile in such a prominent place on the site gives a very bad impression.

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  30. Wendy says:

    I agree with Testy. Those of us who are fortunate enough to be able to solve a good-quality puzzle (such as The Guardian) should consider themselves above all this backbiting. Please let it be removed.

    I notice with sadness that nobody has, as yet, congratulated Gaufrid on his new position as Administrator.

    So here it is: Welcome Gaufrid, whomsoever you are – I don’t envy your job in the least!!

    Kind regards


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