Since I embarked on my mission to build myself a nice hive, it has really surprised me, just how many sites there are that make building plans readily available. These are the same sites that sell that same equipment, too. I know of no other industry like that. Most of the time, construction plans are kept more secret than nuclear secrets in the Los Alimos labs. Businesses don't want you to know how to make what they sell, hoping to sell just one more to someone that could have otherwise made it themselves. But the bee business is different. Not only do they share their plans and best practices, they seem to encourage and help even their direct competitors become more successful. What is it about bee keeping and bee keepers that's so special that it makes people put aside their greed and just be better people and better citizens?
At first I thought it must have something to do with bee keeping being a fun/leisure activity as well as a business, but then I realized that fishing is too. But the guy you're competing against in the fishing tournament isn't about to help you do better. I'm now convinced that a bee keeper would though.
So what exactly is it about bee keeping that's so special?