"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning."
"Sir, there is something amiss with the gauges! It appears as though we are rapidly losing altitude!" This was only the co-pilot's third flight, but he instinctively knew that something was desperately wrong. "Everything is under control young man, remain calm."
He couldn't believe what he was hearing! 'Under control?,' he thought...'but it ISN'T under control.' He turned and yelled back to the navigator, "How are your instrument readings? Are they on course?" The pilot grabbed him by his shirt collar, "I told you, everything is fine." He let go and the young co-pilot sat back in his seat...stunned and baffled.
Once more he turned back to the navigator, "Jones! How are your readings?."
The pilot had enough. "That is enough of this rubbish! We are not losing altitude! Everything is fine! You will do yourself a favor in remaining quiet!"
The young man simply couldn't believe what was happening. Every indicator was showing a serious malfunction, yet the pilot was choosing to ignore it! He waited until he could wait no longer and grabbed his chute. "I hope you guys make it!," he said to his fellow airmen.
I've personally always been one to 'question authority,' even if only in thought. I learned at an early age (thanks to organized religion) that there are simply 'certain things one does not ask.' EXCUSE ME?! If I have a question I am going to ask it. If you don't want to tell me the truth, tell me you don't care to respond; if you don't know the answer, then tell me that! However, don't lie to me or tell me to be quiet and stop asking questions, as it is not going to turn out well.
I made a business decision last fall that, for all intents and purposes, resembles the story at the beginning of this post. All the while, there have been things I've questioned, and when I've posed those questions, regardless of if it was via email or a forum post, I've pretty much been told everything will work out. Well, here is my next question: for whom? (Honestly, I would love to get an answer to that one, but I know that isn't going to happen.) People (well, most people any way) need more than a sugar cube on an outstretched hand that keeps backing up. Sooner or later, the horse is going to lose it's tolerance for the game and you are going to either end up on the ground or with one heck of an equine dental impression on your arm!
I have a seriously wicked sense of humor, but quite frankly, I fail to find anything humorous about this Charlie Foxtrot! (Thank Heaven I decided to venture out on my own not long ago! If I hadn't then, I certainly would be doing so now!)
No -- I am not naming the venue. Why? 1) Odds are, anyone reading this already knows it; 2) I have numerous acquaintances who sell there and I truly wish all of them the best of luck!; 3) anyone with questions is always free to contact me via this site.
'Closing' a forum so that only members of the 'community hub' can see it is simply a bad business decision, in my personal opinion. That was one of the first places I looked when I did my investigating! So much for that idea for perspective new shop-keepers! As a matter of fact, PAYING SHOP OWNERS who had not formerly been a member of the hub, now have to join it in able to be able to read the updates for the re-build that is slated to now launch in June. As an alternative to joining the hub, when the CEO closed down the thread with my question as to if, or why this was done, he offered that they can refer to the weekly newsletter for updates. So...in a nutshell, if you are a paying shop owner, you will need to join the hub, as many are well aware of exactly how effective the 'weekly newsletter' is (said with tongue in cheek!).
What is being hidden? The questions? The vague answers? The unfairness of the forums? (Yes - unfair! One of the guidelines states that cursing will not be allowed. If that is the case, then ALL posts with it should be removed!) And I'm not bashing anyone here for using a curse word every now and again; in fact, this angel has been know to throw a few out there herself when not in the hub! What I AM saying is that the rules should not be biased -- what is a rule for one should stand for ALL!
If I were placing a bet, I would bet that this move was made in hopes of getting the venue out of the rotten limelight it was being presented in on various places around the web. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but one simple word will sum this up for all involved:
Having a venue turn on you after you have not only hung in there, but worked your ass off promoting their site is the ultimate slap in the face! How do I figure that is the case? I've been told not to ask questions! That, my friends, is my answer.