My friend Nate Coe called me a couple of days ago asking why I had stirred up such a "kerfuffle" (his word). I love that word. I didn’t stir anything up, I just got caught in the vortex. Those of you who know me know that I am rarely at a loss for words, but I was silenced during the whole dustup. Now that I am free to post again let me try to explain a few things.
First, I am working with Andy on another web community. The idea for the new community was born over 5 years ago, a long time before this web community was sold to VerticalScope. My idea for that community was to build a home for all riders of any brand of cycle - two wheels or three. It was to be run under the same guidelines (standards of behavior) I developed for this community, but not sharply focused toward any particular brand or style of rider. It was simply to be an “Enthusiast’s Community”. Enthusiast Communities, LLC is the partnership we created when we built www.bmwlt.com
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. Right there I have misstated, we didn’t build the communities, we just put the foundation down. The members, all of you, built the communities. The new community was never envisioned as a replacement for this great community. We didn’t want to draw people away, because the focus of the new community was to be clearly different than this one.
When the decision was made to sell these two communities we chose VerticalScope because they had proven themselves good shepherds of other communities they purchased. My first and foremost goal was to protect the two communities and provide them with the stability to ensure their future. Despite some of the overreacting by VerticalScope from the beginning of this kerfuffle, I still believe they are a good organization and plan to leave this community running as it always has for the last decade. I am still an Admin on this site. I have and will continue to respond to anyone who sends me a message about any issue they have with the operation of this community. You can PM me or email me through the contact page.
I do not want to get into any of the nuts and bolts of the dustup that Jeff is desperately wanting to bring to an end. I do not want to address who did what to whom and when. I do want to state unequivocally that I have no desire to drive people away from this site to the new one. Those of you who know me know how hard I worked to grow this community as well as growing and managing the Curve Cowboy Reunion which grew from the beginnings of this community. I was a strong voice and founding member of both entities. To try to drive you away from this community would violate my desire to keep this community whole. It also violates my desires for the new community because I really don’t want it to be populated by a bunch of BMW enthusiasts, even though that is what I still ride. We welcome any of you to visit us “over there”, but it is not a replacement for “here”. If you want to join a community that is attempting the daunting task of putting motorcycling first and putting brand allegiance on the back burner you might like it over there.
For clarification, VerticalScope gave me full reigns to mention the new site by name but I will leave that to the others who are already doing so. We welcome any of you to stop in and visit and if you like it better you can make it your home. If you like both, visit both. If you want the preeminent BMW Luxury Touring site in the world we hope you remain here and continue to grow it.
In closing, I remain available to help any of you here, just drop me a message. Jeff should be your first point of contact for issues relating to this community and he has pledged to honor the “gentle moderation” guidelines of the past and if there is ever a problem in the future he promises a much more measured response. They have no problem with the free and open discussion of competing communities of any kind. We both have a problem with any effort to spit a community. I honestly believe this kerfuffle (I really like that word) was not the result of an effort to do that. I think it was grossly mishandled by the management of this community, but it will remain a “teachable moment” and they will unlikely make the same mistakes again.
In closing, do any of you find it odd that Ken Meese was the one with the measured and balanced responses in the original thread? Did the earth’s poles shift recently and I slept through it?