Thank You and a Sad Farwell to Many.
Let me start by saying thank you to Mark Solomon, for creating this site, and to the many fine individuals with whom I have had discussions. We may not always agree but I always respected those who would engage in a dialog on a subject on which there was a difference of opinion rather than resort to the infantile rating system.
I have been a die hard supporter of PDO for some time now. I have ignored many a campaign by those individuals who would use the rating system out of a personal grudge or anti agenda. Many I believe have used it to punish based on a simple difference of opinion.
I have been campaigned against in the past and ignored it. I spoke out against those who spammed the forums with their personal message for days with the single post of "Ignore them and they will leave." Then I followed that advice. Most of the spam, "death to PDO", posters are now gone. In the past two weeks though I seem to have kicked over a major anthill. I have had a difference of opinion on a matter involving a LEO.
From Sept 4 to Sept 18 (14 days) I have accumulated the grand total of ONE HUNDRED FORTY NINE (149)ZEROS. That is almost 15 a day.
Like I have said, I have been attacked here and there. Ten zeros for this, 8 for that. This though has been an organized effort at an order of magnitude increase. Please note, and if you question review, that not once had I been vulgar, engaged in personal attacks, or in any other way violated the basic accepted polite behavior of the forums.
Looking back, and reviewing my own advice in the past on this subject, I have come to a conclusion. I do not enjoy being here anymore. The bottom line is the rating system does mean something to those new here. Those who come looking for info and see a person held in disregard, as explained by this very site's guidelines, are likely to either not see the post or disregard it. I had sent many a new person to PDO in the past but I can not do so in good conscience now. If I can't send them here, and I am unhappy as well, I might as well move on.
None of us can or has the right to force Mr. Solomon to change the site to our preference. I am not going to demand him to do so. I have emailed him with my opinions and personal wishes for his and PDO's success along with thanks for the help this site has provided me. I have also told him I would be happy to participate in the future if things change. I will look in, and PM when I think it is appropriate.
I see no need to post though and provide an outlet for those sad individuals with nothing else to do but hammer away at those they disagree with.
To those who continue to post in spite of those attempting to destroy the system, I respect your efforts and hope you win. Unfortunately, looking at the effort those out to destroy this site are willing to expend, I no longer see a chance of victory in simply ignoring them. My belief now, and it is only my own, people should make up their own minds on the matter, is only a complete collapse of the forums here will lead to change.
You will find me on other sites. I will not name them here as I think that would be ungentlemanly to Mr. Solomon's site given the rest of this post. I hope to see many friends at those sites as well, some are already there as the web community for our interest is not that big when you get right down to it.
Good luck to all and thank you for the conversations we have shared.