I posted this in a specific thread, but given the multiple threads that I could have posted it in I decided to copy it here and give it its own thread. I've paraphrased a bit for clarity in an independent thread.
I'm reading through several threads to see what I missed while trying very hard to have 2 days home with my family in between trips and then what else I missed while flying across the country today. I'm honestly at a loss. I could go through and edit every inappropriate post, but I don't have that kind of time. I could just close the thread, but between all the unnecessary posts there are actually some great posts.
I've said it a thousand times before, but I guess it needs to be said one more time. The "Ignore" feature is there for a reason. I'm not choosing "sides" if we can call it that because quite frankly there is plenty of fault to go around. To the few who chose to post in a thread and stay on the original topic, thank you. To those of you who chose not to stay on the original topic... why? Don't answer, that's a rhetorical question.
This forum is going through something, something that started with the announcement of the forum knife and it's only continued from there. Any guesses on my opinion of a forum knife after this one? Now, I've seen the forum go through these things before. Usually there is a trigger, the holidays, summer vacation, etc. But we always pull through the challenges and we will this time too.
My Mom (funny to post this on Mother's Day as I sit in a hotel nearly two thousand miles away from my own kids) always said "if you don't have anything nice to say than don't say anything at all." I can modify that a bit, perhaps apply CQI, and say "if you don't have anything productive to say than don't say anything at all." That doesn't mean there cannot be disagreements or debates but we should be mindful of how we disagree/debate.
This forum is NOT like others. It's SPECIAL. It always has been and it always will be special. No, you aren't going to like everyone or agree with everyone. No one is asking you to. For those of you who can't ignore a post here, please tell me if you were in Spyderco's atrium (we'll call it Spyderco's living room) would you get in someone's face and say what's been said here recently? Is it because it's a faceless medium? Again, rhetorical question.
We have members from all around the world. Members of every race, every religion, every political affiliation. We have members who range in age from 14 to 70+. Not everyone is going to get along, but we do ask and expect everyone to respect this place and each other.
In the 8+ years that I've been an Admin for this forum I've seen it go through many things. I've encountered some amazing people and some people who have proven to be a challenge. Some of those challenging people have actually turned into amazing people given a little time and encouragement. Sal himself has been a part of some of those transformations. Not every challenging person turns around. We know that, but we try to be fair. We do not judge others based upon things that happened elsewhere. We do not assume that someone is going to fail.
Also please remember that very few people are aware of what's going on behind the forum. Trust me when I say that I have been actively involved.
We, all of us at Spyderco, appreciate ALL of you more than you know. We spend a great deal of time involving ourselves in this and other forums for a reason. We listen to you, each and every one of you. You wouldn't believe some of things we've heard, but we still listen. This isn't just about a business or just about knives. This is about people. This place is about people. We do this because we genuinely care. Believe me, I wouldn't spend the time it's taken to write this if I didn't care.
There is nothing more important than this one day.