Yesterday I got a great reminder of why, and how much I love this place. The leadership here is phenomenal. Seriously, this isn't about sucking up.... it's about learning the hard way that not all message boards are that way. It takes great leadership & active participation by thoughtful moderators to make a message board get REALLY good. This board is exceptional. I was reminded yesterday because I was booted from my first message board, EVER. It was a hog hunting board, not another catfish board if you were wondering. I spoke my mind, in a very tactful manner (no really, I was thoughtful & considerate when I typed it all) on a subject & the owner of the website through me under the bus on the open forum.:angry: Helllooooo.... there is a PM feature on every board I've ever been a member of, and common courtesy says that if you've got a problem with somebody you take it to pm first (i learned this the hard way once). Instead, because the owner/operator of that website had no reading comprehension skills, I was being attacked on the open board ***by the owner of the site!!!! Weird. I PM'd the fella a few times asking for clarification & got chewed out, threatened, and spoken to like I was a 5 year old child. I saw the writing on the wall, so I said my goodbyes & said my piece, and was flung out the door. :tounge_out: Well, that's alright. Evidently when I said my piece it caused some serious discussion amongst the leadership of the board. I think they're doing some serious soul searching. Whatever. I hope everyone who is a regular on this website understands just how much the leadership of this board means. They make this thing tick. If a message board doesn't have good leadership, then it'll just fizzle right out. Good people join, figure out how crappy things are run, and move on elsewhere. Here at the BOC, good people join, kick up their feet to stay, and then are made even better. This is just the best site I've ever seen in my life, and I'm not begging for reps or thanks or brown-nosing. Just stating the facts. Well done mods!!!:wink: It's not easy to manage a message board of this size, and I now recognize just HOW BAD things can go when good leadership isn't in place.