Oh you are walking into deep waters, I suggest you either turn around or jump on a boat cause you are drowning in your own stupidity and ignorance.
I take great insult to your accusation that ANYTHING done in this forum is for commercial or analytical reasons. You are fortunate enough to find a place on the Internet that refuses advertising of any kind, offers a place where members with any opinions can express them and all that is asked is to be friendly, and you look for the worst in something that is rare and respected. I refuse to drop to name calling, I would label you an ungrateful idiot if I did, but that is not my style and I will not go there.
It is not my problem if the majority of the membership have conservative ideals. It likely represents the beliefs of beekeepers as much of beekeeping comes from the heartland and not the bordering blue states. But no one is suppressed in their expressions of Liberal ideas, and everyone here welcomes opposing thoughts, or conversations would be very boring at best with everyone agreeing.
Back to the forum for a minute, I'm still thinking how irritating a comment you make on the reasoning behind the forums "commercial free" promise to it's members. I have been offered so many times over the years, from many of the well known supply companies, authors of books, and others who think our group is a great target audience and NEVER have I said yes. This site is commercial free and will remain so, LONG after I am dead and turned to ashes - that is my promise to our members. To you it seems to be some kind of scam, which would insult me more if I thought you to be a credible member, but you are here to stir the pot - it is what you thrive on and what gives you your jollies.
From the way you quote people, to the words you use, reading your posts is like crawling through fiberglass insulation to many members, including me. I just feel the need for a shower, but know somehow even that won't stop the itching you leave behind.
Probably the most grief I took in the forum was to STOP all SALES POSTING in the Trading Post forum. Every other forum allows that and it is OFTEN a goodservice to the members. But, I know most members belong to other forums and can find such info there, I decided that our forum should stick with our theme of non commercial for because: I can not vouch for any on other than me - I have always used the theory "just because I get great food and service at an eatery, doesn't mean you will" so recommending things is something I reserve and use sparingly. I don't want members who have bad experience with people in the trading post to come to me - it is not worth negative feedback, so I chose no sales in the Trading Post.
Many members did not like this at all, but it was for the greater good and I knew they could easily find such service elsewhere - but I still assume you think there is some great marketing scandal on my part for not even allowing THAT kind of advertising?
I'm not wasting any more posts on you, not on these topics at least. So go and QUOTE each of my paragraphs as you do, I swear you are beach sand caught in our butt cracks, but it is your style. But I really suggest you be careful at how speak of the forum and any hidden agendas you believe it may have, that is a sore spot I have with you and I promise, you don't want to go there again.
One person in a PM referred to you as a mosquito on their arm just sucking way and it's best to smack them after they're filled with blood cause they can't get away as easily cause they are too heavy. I understand that more every day, and although I would probably choose a different bug to compare you too, likely a Deer Tick) but the feeling is very much the same and I've been through Lyme's Disease before, I won't allow that to happen again if at all possible.
Enjoy your reply, I think I've given you enough fodder, so fill your liberal and biased cannon and shoot away, but be careful - I am a member too, a bit more thick skinned that I expect the rest of the membership to tolerate, but don't keep stating "there is an agenda" to this forum - I can't say it any plainer than that.