Hello again Luca (Hangman)
Yes, I just found our emails again. Sorry I could not find them quickly enough yesterday. I was not trying to be disrespectful to you, I simply could not remember specifically what subject we had talked about. But now I do. You understand.
Luca.... It is MUCH nicer to call you by your real name. Hangman means nothing at all – in fact it only gives a possibly dark impression of you – because of course HANGMAN is not a nice thing at all, whereas in reality you are a good person – not someone who murders people with rope around their neck!!!
Hangman wrote to Greg: Your feedback is much appreciated, but I feel like disappointed: you just wrote me to point out the “identity” matter. Well, I’m sorry but it’s totally useless because it won’t lead anywhere. Me and all the other users of the QZ board and all the users of the whole internet forums won’t change the way to relate to boards: you use nicknames.
I accept this but I do not agree. If you have something to say, anyone at all, then just be entirely honest and open. If what you have to say is so bad or controversial, or likely to inspire adverse hate email or such like, then you have to think about whether you really want to say this thing or not. If you go ahead and say or write something bad just because you know you can not be traced, that is cowardly and inexcusable.
If you feel strongly enough about making the point, then fine, go ahead, but don’t hide behind a false identity, as if wearing a mask. We all must have the courage of our convictions and views. We should all be accountable for what we say and suggest and do – not only in face to face, one-to-one, but in letters, emails and fax. If you will not stand up and account for your own words, then you do not have the true conviction of what you say. Imagine if Nelson Mandela tried to be the great spokesman he was/is, if he also tried to remain nameless and faceless. I hear what you say, but it is completely without firm, solid basis.
Hangman wrote to Greg: I have to give my 2 cents about all this matter. You are a very lucky guy, as you have access to the QUEEN archives. Queen are one of the best rock band ever surfaced on the earth and you have such privileges..
Yes, I realise I have a privileged job. I know this – you are correct. But that does not mean I am without my own opinion. When I am attacked, I will defend myself. I spent 16 years teaching Shotokan karate to children and adults and I taught that when someone comes at you, you stand your ground, stand upand be accountable, do what you have to do, and stand proud. Do not hide behind someone else. Never hide.
My job, and association with QPL does not insulate me from the occasional nasty fan and email. I am most often attacked, Luca, by nameless faceless people too feeble to tell me who they are. I respect anyone that says to my face “Sorry Greg, but that project was rubbish” or “Your comments were not good”, etc. I simply expect the common courtesy of knowing who it is that is saying it.
Hangman wrote to Greg: why wasting your time on hard fights on an internet forum?
Sometimes I like to have ‘a go’ myself. Sometimes Luca, I piss people off like they piss me off. You should see some of the immature emails get from some very silly and annoying people who truly do not know what day it is. Emails from people who got into Queen in the 1990s or later – AFTER Queen had finished!!!!!
You are correct, I agree with you here, we usually regard the pointless arguments and debates on these sites, as a waste of time. But sometimes I like to be vocal and annoy those who do not think I should have a strong opinion.
Usually I avoid such sites, but occasionally, like you guys, I enjoy a heated debate too. Why should I sit silently and take the (sometimes) unfounded crap that uninformed people accuse me of????
Lots of QZ people say constructive things, while others do talk crap and are regarded by other fellow Q
Greg Brooks (Queen Archivist)