Great Members of the Past and the Policies Changes they Inspire (#2 - RodH and TNRabbit)
I first came to know RodH on this site because I needed advice finding some capacitors for a project at work. I asked for advice and he asked for my address. He bought the capacitors and sent them to me from Canada. He would not take a cent of my money. A total stranger. This is the kind of guy that this site is all about.
He responded to me one time about a sad song about a pet that died. He had recently lost his great friend, a dog, and was going through the process of dealing with that. I didn't know how to help other than to try to understand. When we all lost our dear friend Bill, he was among the first to step forward to say we should do all we could to do good in his honor. As far as I'm concerned, Rod is one of (if not) the most selfless and sincere people I've encountered on the internet. Certainly not a troublemaker.
One day, he was just gone without a trace as if he had never existed.
Rumor was that he had asked to be deleted.
I thought that perhaps he had fallen into a depression and dropped out. I was sad to see that he was gone. I really liked that guy.
Recently, I found out what actually happened to him. It upset me enough that it inspired this post.
He said that he was sticking up for some other members who he thought were treated unfairly.
"If this is how longstanding members get treated, please delete me from this site."
And 'voila' he was gone.
Now, I know some other members have been eliminated and those situations are what they are, I can't stress enough that Rod was exactly the kind of guy that represents, to me, what this site is all about.
One sentence and no one tried to get him to reconsider. no sitting in a corner for a while. Just poof.
Would it have been good for the site to put in a little effort to try to understand the problem?
The guy had thousands of posts.
I'll agree that some form of control is good. Let's face it, there are people who just want to sabotage anything that has anything to do with Rich. I am in no position to say whether their hostility is justified or not. I'll agree that some of it is simply disruptive and has no place here. However, that is not that case with RodH. And It'll take quite a bit of convincing to get me to believe anything else.
That brings us to TNRabbit. What to say about Gary.... I guess it's only fair to say that I cannot be anything but subjective about this guy. He is my friend. He is a friend to lots and lots of people. And he has an opinion about everything and he's not afraid to express it. He might just be the most prolific poster in the history of audio forums. He is also the guy that brings these communities together. He's the first one to give out his phone number. The first to call the new guys and bring this experience out of the digital realm and into the world of reality. How many audio shut-ins has he dragged into the light? Who can know. Me for one.
Anyway, enough fawning over the guy's forum greatness. The point is, he got canned (or retired) and I say, like RodH being eliminated, it's simply not a good thing for the community. These are the two easiest, most black-and-white cases of this kind of thing. I suspect other members who are gone run the gambit from justified to unjustified.
However, I'd like to see policy change on this.
I'd like a discussion.
I'd like a vote.
I'd like Rich involved in it.
I do really like this site.
I also see lots of truly good people being hurt.
(Again, this post will be copied to the other forum to ensure it's integrity is kept.)