Ooh-ooh, Mista Kotta (I mean Bob): I don't know if you should welcome me back quite yet, as I'm still not sure if I'm back for good or if I'm just here today. Believe it or not, I'm still pretty pissed about the "leaders" of this web site wiping out that one thread several weeks ago. And in case I wasn't clear in my "Kindergarten" thread, I'm not pissed because they wiped out MY posts, which I'm pretty sure were not responsible for getting the thread deleted. Rather, I'm pissed because they showed such little respect for the time and effort of everyone who contributed to that thread
, which wasn't even close to being offensive (from the perspective of any reasonable person).
In fact, after I spoke my mind in "Kindergarten," I received several PMs from people expressing their agreement that it was pretty ridiculous for any mod (or owner) to even consider zapping that thread. And these PMs were from people who probably don't reside on the same side of the political spectrum as me. Also, these people made it very clear that they value my contributions to these boards, which is the exact opposite of the message the mods/owner sent to everyone
who contributed to the now-deleted thread. One of the people who contacted me (who is a very important pizzamaking.com contributor) even took the time to write a reasonably long email to me, urging me to stick around and try to forget about it.
Which is very cool to me. I appreciate that these people took the time to contact me and let me know they appreciate my contributions. But I didn't get anything like that from a mod or owner, nor do I have reason to believe anyone else received anything like that from them. No apologies and nothing saying "It wasn't you" (which wouldn't have been an acceptable response, anyway, considering my issue is not a selfish issue). Rather, all I got from the mods was censored. And that's exactly what some of the people who contacted me got from them, too.
And that's wrong. Not just a little wrong, but very wrong.
I would understand if the moderator (or more likely the web site owner) chose to delete or lock a thread that had become vicious or dangerously counterproductive to the mission of this web site, but the thread in question wasn't even close to that. It was merely a discussion that had become somewhat argumentative. If the mods/owner had just stayed out of it, this thread would have died on its own within a couple days, and everyone would have forgotten it.
But apparently ONE PERSON believes his ability to censor the people who have made this web site successful is more important than the valuable content and the valuable time those people DONATE to this web site.
So if my contributions are so unappreciated that one person believes it is acceptable to selfishly wipe out the product of the valuable time I spent writing them, and if other people's contributions are so unappreciated that one person believes it is acceptable to selfishly wipe out the products of the valuable time they spent writing them, why should I even consider giving that person more opportunities to steal another second of my valuable time? Why should YOU consider giving that person more opportunities to steal another second of your valuable time?
I mean, how do I know this post won't be deleted, even though I think the people who have the power to delete it should be extremely interested in considering the point of view I'm expressing here?
That's the same question that goes through my mind EVERY SINGLE TIME I consider donating my valuable time to writing a new post on these boards now, even several weeks after it all went down. So why should I even think about contributing here? And why should anyone else?
I don't need pizzamaking.com. Rather, pizzamaking.com needs me... and Scott... and Craig... and Bob... and Nick... and everyone else who participates on pizzamaking.com.
I still value pizzamaking.com, and I appreciate that it's here. I want to participate on pizzamaking.com, and I've missed pizzamaking.com since I stopped participating. I even link to pizzamaking.com pretty regularly in the blog I created after I stopped participating here. And I say great things about pizzamaking.com on my new blog, too.
But I want to make it very clear that my interest in pizzamaking.com is not a result of decisions made by the owner of this site. If it was, then I guess I would have become a member in about 2003, rather than 2010. But I wasn't a member in 2003 because pizzamaking.com wasn't useful to me until years later.
Why not? Because the members are what make this site useful to me, and most of the members weren't around for the first few years.
This site is what it is because of the members. And if the owner thinks otherwise, then someday there won't be any members. If the owner doesn't appreciate the valuable time we donate to his web site to make it appealing to others--if the owner continues to censor us because he thinks these boards are all about what he wants, rather than what we want--then someday these valuable members will disappear and start a new place to share their valuable knowledge and discoveries about how to make pizza.
So if anyone hasn't noticed that I've started a pizza blog (which I think is a very good blog), you are officially invited to participate on A Snarky Prick's Guide to Making Amazing Pizza
. If you choose to comment on this blog, your contributions will be respected, and they will never be deleted by the blog's owner. That is, I will not treat you like you are a kindergartener.
So that's where I am right now, Bob.