Thank you, Norma, but actually, I am disappointed. I would have hoped that more people would try the recipes and report back on their results and, in the process, give something back to the forum or at least become active members on the forum and enter posts that have value to the members. However, it looks like too many people are only looking for recipes and little else. I view clone recipes as being different than most recipes in that they are created out of whole cloth and not likely to be found anywhere on the Internet or in any book that I am aware of. I think that that makes the recipes more valuable. I don't have to tell you but you know from our own collaborations that it takes a lot of work and time and research to reverse engineer and clone famous dough recipes and pizzas, and occasionally even some out of pocket expenses. Seeing that the forum has not benefited from all the work that has been done with cloning efforts, and certainly not in any economic sense, I have been rethinking my strategy on doing this sort of thing. I may do it but not post my results on the forum and look for other ways of sharing those results with others. I am not anxious to create formulations for strangers who are only looking for clone recipes and who have no interest in the well being of the forum.
I belong to the demographic you refer to; I joined in 2008 and this will only be my 35th post. I found the site after it came up in the search results when I was on the hunt for a clone recipe to be used in a family pizza bake-off. I found the recipe I was looking for, but I also found a forum and small group of talented and experienced pizza enthusiasts such as yourself. I've often referred back to the site, but most times felt like my knowledge level was too small to add anything of value to the threads. I suppose what I'm trying to say is that there is a countless number of people out there who haven't posted but have benefited from your trials, a countless number of non-posters who enjoyed the taste of a better pie due only to the fact that you were altruistic enough to share your knowledge and experiences.
Before the internet age, people with your level of culinary influence and power were those lucky few who appeared on television or print. But in today's age you and the other PF elite have an influence on the population comparable to the Prosper Montagnť's, Urbain Dubois's, and maybe even Julia Child's of the past. It would be a terrible
loss if you were to reduce your activity on these forums; a terrible loss for me personally and honestly a terrible loss for society. Your posts will be on the internet long after we have all passed away, people who will be born 75 or 100 years from now will be using your recipes and your hard work will put a smile on their faces. That must be a tremendous feeling, its the type of feeling that led John D Rockeffeler to give away vast amounts to medicine in his lifetime, it's the type of feeling that led Bill Gates to establish his charitable foundation. I'd venture to say that most of humanity wants to experience that feeling, but few have the means and ability to do so. You have that ability Pete-zza. And I sincerely hope you reconsider reducing your activity level on the forums.