Haunter112, a few months ago another subject had Larry and I on the phone discussing the subject long into the night. It was also discussed why this forum remains getting daily attention. I used to go into tyrants like that quite often and to some degree it might have been funny to some but mostly I would imagine to Jim Warfied. Larry was wishing the content we reacted to or how we reacted to subjects was way more professional and restrained. He thought it would offer much more. My opinion was that rather than it being a deterent or some kind of topic by topic sabotage that people were infact coming to also be entertained, not just to collect dry data about haunted house issues.Originally Posted by haunter112
It is a democracy otherwise Larry would be the highest poster. This sight has eveolved to being who all is on it and who participates. This includes what issues and complaints people might have with any portion of service or supply all the way to media about haunted houses. The fact is, for a great majority, haunted houses are a massive undertaking and do not bring in millions annually and so levity, sympathy and interaction are all part of what makes this forum tick.
It is natural for the newer to take up the reins where they see opportunity but it is too easy to consider that what is posted are more discussions and interaction rather than some Rogettes Rules of Order board meeting. This board has no chairman and if it was based on number of posts, it must be Jim. If it is based on number of Topics it must be Jolly Roger that is in charge. This is the only forum that has achieved well over 2,000 members and maintains them all. Although going through the 34 some pages of members maybe only 60 have a substantial number of posts, no one is really in charge as long as it works. And it is working, certainly not the way Larry had truely intended but yet quite the unique community.
All the way from veteran haunter to cyber punks are offered here. Any one can post with out having to be pre approved. And so you have a resillient environment here. very few topics are taboo and no one can speak for Larry or assume what he has in his mind. What is developed here is something futurists refer to as interacting, evolving and so on.
If you ask a bunch of 3rd graders what should be done about certain world issues the first thing a majority will say is there should be a law about it. With maturity it becomes obvious that not every issue can be policed and restraint should be offered so that the resources of society are somewhat in balance. Same goes here. No one can go over each and every post in real time 24/7 365 days per year. No one can afford to do this and still have a forum and so what has transpired here is very unusual and unique.
Even though there is not one spectrum of agreement among all of the members here, this is infact the secret of why these resources become helpful. You get a wide spectrum of perspectives. Every one is to some extent in charge but not necessarily in any manor of control. There are no needs for other forums because this is the best. People are still laible for false claims and frankly having to go 15 places to keep informed just plain sucks. And so most of it has gravitated right here, good or bad and somehow we must keep it in control only by opinions posted or derailing a topic. A really good topic cannot be derailed.
And so it goes.
If I had $17,000 I wouldn't give it top anyone unless I drove away the same day with the product. Real competition among vendors will force them to have it in stock, provide warranties and proper service only if it is a community opinion and action, not one guy getting ripped. There are vendor coilitions that attempt to qualify or make light if flaky customers and so should there be customers venting their concerns.
Other forums have this little Nazi Blurp at the top about what will ad will not be posted here. Every post might in fact be challenged by a moderator and they are dry, not the slightest entertaining and perhaps frustrating. There may be posts but no real responces beyond Wow, that's great, let me know how that works out for you. I've had more pleasurable conversations with the tellers at the bank.
And finally when I see someone making up little rules and trying to justify them, something snaps in my experience. No reason to quell a resilient environment. Other wise it becomes like the other lesser forums.
Okay start waving the flag and sing the Hauntworld song.