The subject line says it all—I want to give a great big thank you to all the very friendly people here who make this forum such a great place to visit and I especially want to thank all the unpaid and probably overworked staff who help keep things civil and gently nudge things back into place at the first hint on uncivility.
I have recently had an indirect experience on a completely separate forum where someone hijacked another person’s account and made them apparently say some extremely disgusting and inappropriate statements about themselves. My co-worker was understandably upset and while things ultimately ended fine, it stood in stark contrast to the atmosphere I have grown accustomed to here at Permies.
Since I first joined about two years ago I was impressed by how friendly Permies is and while we sometimes disagree, we do so respectfully. On the occasion that we might steer a little off the rails, the staff here does a wonderful job of putting out fires early while they are small and prevent any hostility, so far as I have seen.
My co-worker, understandably hurt, has now recovered, but the experience reminds me of just how wonderful this site is to visit. I have been on other forums where insults and bullying is common and I basically don’t go there anymore. This site is truly special.
So thanks again to the moderators who guide this forum for the rest of us and thanks to everyone who earnestly tries to make both the moderator’s job easier and the general atmosphere healthy, welcoming and so very friendly.
Agreed. This site embodies many of the virtues I now live my life by : non-judgmental, willingly sharing information, helping novices without ridicule, disagreement in a civil fashion, respect for other people from different cultures and ethic groups, tolerance of different ideas and methods.
Yes, the staff does a great job! They and the benevolent dictator who oversees his site, are much appreciated.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
Indeed, it is such a rarity to find a site with so many benevolent people.
When I found this site I was amazed at how friendly, helpful and nice the people were, I then started to share what knowledge I had and offer suggestions to others.
This has become the only site I use for soil and gardening knowledge.