I've been getting the impression lately that Your'e tired, Paul.
well, how do i say this? I've been getting a hostile feeling from you lately. I know you don't mean to (or maybe you do i guess) and i assume you're a pretty decent guy, let me give some examples though.
"This forum is more about the economy etc. NOT a place to discuss etc. if you want to then you better be very respectful of etc." you know this line? I didn't quote it exactly... But I'm a little concerned that it might alienate people. Can i suggest a new category for that then? for people to discuss an alternate economy (or whatever it was) it seem right up permie's ally. I dont' know the ins and outs of your website (from an admin point of view i mean) and i know your'e a very very busy man, I... I don't knwo what i'm trying to say i guess. well, i guess thats my only example at this hour... I know, this website is not a democracy. I know that you have a specific way of running it, but it seems you respond to any criticism very harshly.
i suppose if I were to come to your house and say "Paul is wrong, and an ass" you should throw me out. If i say "Paul is wrong" ...
I don't know Paul, what i'm trying to say i guess. I mean, as far as Tinkering with the site is concerned... i might make a suggestion which is...
Lighten up a bit.
Not to be an ass, but just to let you know i guess, that at least one person feels a bit of hostility.
Just a heads up i guess...
a separate note, i'm excited for the podcast situation.
Just my thought, but it seems in general that if the owner of a website wants to do things a certain way, then he can -- and indeed should.
I for one was very happy to see the post that you seem to be referring to, in which Paul shut down some discussion about economy and alternative economy, etc.
Too often, discussions in other contexts about things like organics and permaculture and the economy seem to me, at least, end up unrealistic about money. Or to get down on people for wanting to earn money from the farm. That makes me uncomfortable, since it's my goal to make a living, and that includes generating cash. Rich, not necessarily, but something for sure.
I am going to appear to be hostile when people try to take threads or forums in a direction I don't want them to go.
In the example given, I felt that the direction that some of the stuff was going in was disrespectful to not only my overall direction, but the specific direction of that forum. To me, that sort of disrespect seemed hostile. And I felt I kept my cool really well.
Further, when that topic (and a few others) comes up, I feel that the advocates tend to speak in absolutes - their position gives no room for my position. Which I don't want to publish. So I am nipping it in the bud early.