[Ansteorra] Talking in court

Faelan Caimbeul faelancaimbeul at gmail.com
Tue May 1 07:18:00 PDT 2007

People also forget that no-one forces them to attend court. The King will
not send the royal guard out and have you thrown in the stocks because you
know you're not getting an award and you'd rather stay outside chatting with
your friends.

Personally, I would really appreciate the ones that don't want to be there (
i.e. the people yacking away) just don't attend. Go to your tents, your cars
or even the parking lot and chat away all you like. That way you're not
being extremely rude to everyone else. If you're going to attend, then sit
quietly and pay attention for everyone's sakes. The one exception I would
make is like Hadassah said, Master Robin quietly explained what's going on.
This is perfectly acceptable if you know how to do it. Imagine you're in
church, and act accordingly.

I can tell you from working the other side as a herald, it's just as
frustrating for the royals, heralds, and everyone actually doing the court
to have to try and talk over the masses of chatterers, even in the back of
the room, that drown us out more than 10 feet away. This is especially bad
inside where the dull roar tends to be amplified. Strained vocal cords are
very common because of this and I have known people that couldn't talk for
days afterward.

So please, I beg everyone, remember your manners and be respectful of what's
going on and to the people involved and those that want to attend.


On 5/1/07, Judie Willey <littledragon0861 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Personally I feel that there is only 1 reason for talking during
> court...well 2...you are speaking QUIETLY  during any lulls in the
> action...maybe congratulating someone sitting by you who just received an
> award for example...or you are explaining QUIETLY  to a newcomer what is
> happening.  One of my best court experiences was last year at our first
> Warlord. We had only been here in Ansteorra just over a year, it was our
> first major event here where awards were actually being given, and Master
> Robin was explaining to us, very quietly what the various awards were, and
> what the equivalent award was in Caid.
> While I appreciate the idea of a short 1 hour court to keep things
> moving...I also have issues with keeping court that short because things
> get
> overlooked. I do understand that there are some issues which the sitting
> nobles and crown must discuss quietly, but for the most part, people
> really
> need to make the effort to be heard by everyone sitting at court. When
> court
> is held outside...maybe we should try to set a perimeter of how far back
> people sit, so those in the rear can be heard...while inside...people need
> to make a conscious effort to not sit and chat. If you are that bored,
> then
> don't attend court...sit outside...away from what is going on  and have
> your
> conversation so you dont distract the people around you. All of this falls
> under the simplest and first rule of why we are here in the first place.
> Chivalric behavior.
> My 2 shekels
> Hadassah
> On 5/1/07, James Crouchet <james at crouchet.com> wrote:
> >
> > Wile I understand your frustration, I can also tell you this just is not
> > going to happen. People were talking in court long before I joined over
> > 2 and a half decades ago and they are still talking in court. Various
> > people have ranted and railed about this and at most got some temporary
> > attention. And the fact is there are plenty of sites and situations
> > where there is little place else to go.
> >
> > Rather than pointing the dread finger and flogging people with guilt I
> > think we would do better to set up some reasonable guidelines. For
> > example:
> >
> > - If you wish to chat while court is in session then move to the back.
> > - Keep your voices low.
> > - More interested parties should move to the front of court and keep
> > quiet.
> >
> > I think if we find a way to live with what we cannot change then life is
> > more comfortable for everyone.
> >
> > Christian Doré
> >
> >
> > Isobel de Kirkbryde wrote:
> > > Frankly people talking is one of my pet peeves.  I understand the gift
> > of gab -- have a touch myself.  However, I am hearing impaired and it is
> > hard enough to hear what is going on in court without the competition
> from
> > the back row talkers.  I'd like to see the talkers leave court, go find
> a
> > nice corner somewhere and talk.  But, if you are going to be in court,
> > exercise enough chivalry and manners to let others hear even if you
> aren't
> > interested.
> > >
> >
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