First, I want to apologize for not being around the forum lately. I have been really busy lately.
Because I don't have the time to administer the forum effectively, I have assigned a moderator to help with these functions.
Active forum members will be familiar with Richard, who had posted frequently in the forums. Richard will be able to delete duplicate threads, edit topic subjects that are too long that they cause display problems, and delete/edit inappropriate messages.
Regarding the latter, I think most you will agree with my opinion that Richard is a proponent of free speech and opinion. I believe he will be fair in this role, and true to the spirit of open dialog.
Generally speaking, I think you, the active forum members should decide the guidlines for appropriate behavior, not me. Here are my opinions of suggested guidelines:
-No abusive or insulting comments. Constructive criticism is fine, but name-calling is childish and I don't think this is the place for it.
-Profanity is okay, to a reasonable limit. This seems like a place for adult discussion.
-Completely off-topic threads and advertising spam should be be deleted
Many people have emailed me recently, expressing their concern about the direction that the forums have taken. I hope that Richard can help address some of those concerns by being an active and fair moderator. As ever, I want this to be a place for open and civilized discussion.
Please join me in welcoming Richard to this new role.
For forum-related issues, you can email Richard at email@example.com. You are welcome to continue to email me as well, though it may take me longer to respond.
Comments and feedback is welcome, as always.