I've been a part of a number of forums over the years and this one in particular has been at the top of the list. I think it's Steve, our beloved moderators Peter and Bill, and the members who make it special for me and time worthy. I have taken occasional breaks but keep finding myself back here for some reason. It's the sense of comradery, the feeling of belonging to a worthwhile community, getting help and helping others that make me feel good just to be here.
Of our members, there are a handful of people who I can think of who consistently go above and beyond in their contribution to the forum. One of those people is Scott123. There is no doubt that he has helped countless members improve their pizza with his posts on NY style pizza, various ovens, baking stones and steel, flours, and just general pizza knowledge.
I want to take this opportunity to highlight Scott's Contributions to the forum and it's members and possibly be able to do something nice as a token of appreciation for just being an all around great person. Now it's no surprise that Scott and I have had our differences in the Blackstone thread and a few other topics, but I have said on several occasions that I consider Scott a friend and it's okay for friends to disagree.
What I haven't said, is how Scott has helped me in my pizza making efforts and why I appreciate him. I joined the forum a few years back when I was rather green in my pizza making skills. Of the very first members to reach out to help me with my dough formulation were Peter (0f course) and Scott123. Not only myself, but I have seen this scenario repeat itself countless times. Over and over again, Scott reaches out to strangers looking for help and guides them towards better pizza.
And in the past, I have been so frustrated with this forum for one reason or another that I have wanted to quit participating entirely. This has happened to me several times and during those times of frustration, Scott123 was among one of a few members who reached out to me privately and provided support and encouragement. If it wasn't for the efforts of Scott and the few others, I probably wouldn't be posting this right now and I would have stop contributing long ago.
NY pizza tours. I am aware of at least 2 NY pizza tours whereby one of them, I witness Scott's kindness and generosity to the participating members. During the most recent one that I had the pleasure of attending I saw Scott organize the entire thing, picked up members who didn't have transportation, made sure everyone got to where they needed to be even when it wasn't part of the pizza tour, and introduced us to his passion of NY pizza. He was just as kind of a host as you could ever want. Scott again, went above and beyond and he did it cheerfully. For the love of pizza and the forum members.
I know I can't be the only one who appreciates Scott and his membership here. If anyone wants to share how Scott has personally helped them, this is the place to do just that.
But beyond sharing our appreciation for Scott, I want to see if the forum members would like to pitch in and do something nice for Scott as a small token of appreciation for his efforts here. I'd like to see if we can raise $370 or so and get Scott a Blackstone Pizza oven. Scott was very modest and hesitant about this idea, but I can't think of another member more deserving. For now, this is just an idea, and we still have to get approval from Steve. If this little project is approved, members can post their pledge or send me an private message. I will post a list of members who are contributing to this project and also post how close we are to our goal. Don't worry, I won't be posting the specific amounts contributed. If any member wishes to contribute and remain anonymous, that would be great as well. I will count them in the number of people who have contributed while keeping them anonymous. Just specify that in your private message to me.
If we can make this happen, which I believe we can, I'm sure Scott would really appreciate the gesture of kindness from the forum members. If not, then just the thought alone and the posts will mean a lot to him I am sure. Monetary contributions are not necessary to this thread. Again, just a word of thanks to Scott and how he has helped you will be more than enough. The rest will take care of itself.