I didn't say I had lied to. I believe we just aren't being told the whole truth.
Answer me this. Did the former moderators not have a right to capture and delete posts that they themselves had authored? You act like their works were not theirs to do with as they saw fit. Face it, they were treated as badly, if not worse than the rest of us as we were going to them for answers and they were given non. Wouldn't you agree that would be upsetting. I know they had to be getting very tired and frustrated. So what do they do? They started another forum? Why? Because Puff didn't care about it's greatest asset. Us the members.
Yes, I do believe the former moderators had a right to delete posts they had authored, and especially if they had some type of personal information in them they didn't want on the internet anymore. I do think it is really in bad taste to do though, because deleting info like that can ruin threads that other people have also posted information in.
I 100% agree they were not treated correctly and it would be upsetting. I've said that numerous times.
After the site came back up though, if they didn't want to stick around fine... go... but to continue to spam the competing site, to post links everywhere possible even where it doesn't fit is akin to spraying graffiti on the walls of a business you just quit. Can you do it? Sure... is it in good taste? No.
Like I said, people were upset and I get that but it isn't something we can allow.
The old mods whom you have banned were at the top tier of what made Puff such a great place. Should they not let their friends know that many of their friends had moved? I think that is only natural and I am greatful to have found them.
Face it John, if you had been an active member here, made a host of friends and suddenly everything disappeared without any notice or explanation to anyone, wouldn't that leave a Dog Rocket in your mouth? (ask your cigar smoking buddy what a dog rocket is if you don't know). See if he really knows cigars to help run this joint.
You say you understand our deserved frustration! Do you? From all you have said you know forums from the business side and making money. You should easily see the passion we share about this hobby. I don't see your passion other than damage control and making money. Who is right? The outpouring from members and former members should make that answer very clear.
Personally you seem like a pretty stand up guy trying to make a buck. But this being treated like crap by the bodies that be just doesn't sit right for most of us. We the members are the greatest asset Puff has and that has been forgotten by the owners for a very long time.
I am sorry that Jon died, which apparently happened quite some time ago. Then after several weeks we get an email just now telling us about the death wanting our sympathy for treating us like crap just rolls another dog rocket IMO. Why couldn't they send us an email when Jon died? You can't believe the support that would have gotten here on Puff.
Enough of my rambling. I am going back to the forum I know really cares about us and is run by those who stepped up when we got NOTHING from Puff.
Can't blame you for feeling the way that you do. All I can say is that over time I think you will see that we are passionate about making this place work and grow and making it a place you can trust again. I'm not expecting you to take my word for it, just asking you to check in once in a while and let us prove it to you.