Open Letter to PaPa Chalk
Dear PaPa Chalk,
First, I want to say how much I enjoy coming to these forums. It\'s nice to be able to discuss music and related matters with so many gifted and intelligent people. I\'d like to thank you for that.
Lately there seems to be a lot of rancor and ill will on these forums, people sniping at each other for whatever reasons they\'ve been able to rationalize -- none of them particularly compelling. I admit I\'ve participated in a couple of these exchanges myself and feel no pride in that fact. But such exchanges are common when a diverse group of strong-willed people is thrown together.
I am disturbed, however, by the recent \"commercialization\" of these forums. There was a time, not that long ago, when people could freely and openly discuss their opinions of various products and, while the debate that followed could often get heated, everyone was treated with a certain amount respect. Now, it seems, with the sample development business being such a small one, some of the developers (and their True Believers) on this forum have gone into attack mode. Should anyone say anything contrary to the established PR, they are jumped on with such venomous vigor that several of these \"naysayers\" have been scared away.
Now I would be the last person in the world to tell a developer how to run his or her forum. If he looks at it merely as a sales tool and feels compelled to ban some of those who criticize his product, then that\'s his right. I would even say he or she has the right to ridicule and intimidate such posters, if that\'s how he wants to run his business.
I do, however, think it would be nice if we had a forum here that DISCOURAGES ALL DEVELOPERS from participating in it. A place where anything can be said, any opinion can be shared, and the developers -- and anyone associated with them -- is prohibited from responding with the usual propaganda -- and sometimes -- hurled insults that serve only to belittle the opinion proffered and promote their product.
If someone prefers Raisin Bran over Cornflakes, it would nice for him to be able to say that without the Cornflakes makers jumping in and accusing him of having a hidden agenda.
A forum that bans BOTH Cornflakes AND Raisin Bran makers -- and Corn Pops and Cheerios and even Hostess Donuts -- from disrupting the flow of honest opinion would be welcomed, I believe, by many people here. Maybe this forum, \"Sample Libraries Discussion,\" could fulfill that need.
Anyway, this is just a suggestion. I have no intention of telling you how to run your board. But I thought I\'d put the idea out there for discussion.