Whats with this site...grrr. Just spent an hour writing a post and it said it wasn't valid and dissapeared...grrr. No one like me anymore...
I'll write a shortened version but I'm exhausted already.
I was booted apparently for good b/c weeks went by and I couldn't post. No explanation as to what I did for over a week. I was totally clueless. No warning even. I was never kicked out b/4 either. I was then told I made a racist post!! ME...racist? So much for the moderators knowing a thing about whats going on in their own site. Even cops know the MO of people in their hood.
I used to frequent a site that was new. Was about timber framing. That led me to another site that was very well established and I think as big as BT if not bigger.The Forestry Forum
They wouldn't allow me to post so I wrote the owner of the site and he actually called me on the phone. I was shocked!!! He spent a little time explaining to me that the little new site "he saw me in" was started by someone they were having legal problems with....I got it! I was so impressed that he took the little personal time he took to smooth things out. I've directed scores of people his way ever since. a little goes a long way. I love the saying...tell five people you love their product and gain ten more people....tell five people how bad the product is and loose a hundred.
Too many people..especially in this economy get too big for their britches and treat good customers like they don't mean anything. I think thats a huge mistake.
One of the things they do in the Forestry Forum that I think is GREAT...is they have a sort of Board Room folder where the owners/sponsers and some members go into to help the forum keep on a positive track.
I originally was sold on FHB when I discovered the Forum. The people that ran the place from the mods to the editors all seemed to me to be caring creative people. People I related to. JLC was a great "trades" rag and TOH was fine for old house DIY'ers but FHB seemed to be trying to take things further. They seemd to be reaching out more then the other rags. I really loved that about them. I suppose that was then and this is now...huh?
I'm not about looking to hurt anyone...with a boycott or whatever but I'm also not one to let someone toss me like trash without having some kind of say in it....some kind of way. Some people most certainly deserved to be tossed but I think most didn't...especially the way they did it. I had a mix of emotions...from sad to mad. Like a lot of you,...I was part of the community for a decade.. I offered help to folks and got help in return. It was another incredably valuable tool. Made me sad to see it tossed in the trash so easily.
I don't wanna be where I'm not wanted but its a pretty sad day when the higher ups treat people with so little regard and respect.