>> What is becoming of BPL?
"I've seen monkey sh*t fights at the zoo more organized than this."
- The Replacements (one of the best movie lines ever)
Here's hoping we have a general improvement in the civility of threads. As an offender, I will try to do my part.
>> Would certain individuals be as "high and mighty" and rude if these were genuine face to face conversations?
Unfortunately, yes. My wife says one needs to build a tolerance for me. She's a saint (who thankfully has never realized she could have done better).
>> You have to be in darkness to appreciate the light. Now we have seen one extreme here it is up to us to show the other. Helpful responses, PIF threads, trip reports. They are still here, but seem to get buried here at times. Promoting the positive.
+1, and Amen.
>> Wow impressive that you can type out of both sides of your mouth.
Here I was hoping we could let sleeping dogs lie. Jennifer, you seem like an intelligent and caring person. I don't agree with some of your opinions, but I do hope to leverage some of your knowledge and experience to better my own outdoor life. I hope you (and others) can find it in your heart to stop looking for fights.
>> hEY i'M NOT PERFECT EITHER.
Well, duh! Still haven't figured out that CAPS Lock key... ;-) I kid, I kid!
>> And Rog, you can read this four times and feel like a jerk.
Was this the dry humor you were talking about? I think you're correct that you're intent and inflection doesn't come through on the internet posts. I would have read this negatively if it were directed at me. Hoping it wasn't intended that way.
>> That ending...
Wasn't. Oh, that it were.
>> I want the lightest pack.
Me, too. BPL place has "enlightened" me to the tune of about 10 pounds, with a lot of critical introspection along the way.
>> The long-term members (paying or not) on here are so rude that newbies don't want to post. I've seen so many replies be "look in the archives" or "here we go again"
I disagree. There have certainly been a few threads gone awry lately, but generally, I still see lots of good information passed forth from the veterans (both members and non-members alike). I still consider myself a newbie. I spent a couple months lurking, then a few months posting as a non-member. Never once did I feel unwelcome, even though I've had disagreements and unpleasant exchanges with some.
>> A guy posts about a lightweight gun and people jump on him like he is going to shoot up the place and their dog.
Ok, but maybe he was. Maybe he's a cat person (evil, evil cat people...). And a non-place person. (tongue planted firmly in cheek).
>> Ok, Jen, I say we go for a fresh start.
Good call, Kat. Jen, welcome to the neighborhood. May you find what you're looking for, and may it come with an uptick in civility from everyone involved.
>> I know that Mike C. continually advocates no TP when reviewing gear lists.
Talk about "think skinned"!