I just went back and re-read Joe's post to the "Mudcat FAQ - Newcomer's Guide" and I have to say it's pretty damn good. Maybe you could tweak it here and there, and maybe Joe will, after things cool down a bit, but overall, I think he's right, and what he said needed to be said. I DO think it belongs in the FAQ.
I only wish it had been put there long before the habit of starting threads about whatever popped into someone's head became so deeply entrenched. It just goes to show, if people get away with something long enough, they will eventually come to think of it as their inalienable right.
May I remind you folks that Joe has never proposed actually enforcing his suggestions? By enforcing, I mean deleting offending threads. Yet you people are making him out to be some kind of would-be dictator!
You seem to want absolute anarchy, and clearly there is absolutely nothing stopping you from practicing it, yet you whine because Joe, the "authority figure," won't give you his official blessing for practicing it! Instead, he has the AUDACITY to make SUGGESTIONS about how you ought to behave more civilly! Am I the only one who sees the irony in this?
SDShad, your story about how you took your forum underground is fascinating. I wonder if a group of music lovers could do the same thing with Mudcat?