I used to post A LOT at CREOL…in fact, I think my collective posting on REI sites is greater than that of anyone here, with the possible exception of Tony. I do not say that as a “look at me” sort of statement - rather, I mean to point out that I know whereof I speak when it comes to posting. Why do people stop or minimize posting? Couple of reasons, from experience:
Life happens. For example, my kids are at an age that demands my time, time which I am quite happy to give them. They were not so needy when they were drooling little infants, which happens to be when my posting was at its peak. Other things happen…economy, love, health, you never know. I would not assume too much when someone who used to post much slows down. I would be especially careful of imputing some sort of base motive, as opposed to simple “life happens”.
Posting gets old. Answering the same questions over and over gets old, no matter how passionate you are about the issue. If one more person asks me about choice of entity…
The rewards are internal, the hassles real and immediate. If I had a nickel for every ingrate that whined about some less-than-perfect aspect of the FREAKING FREE information they were getting, or a dime for each person who calls my office (RE-centric tax/law practice) wanting to set up a free appoinment…
I have seen one post taken down here that I might have left up…no big deal, my judgment differs from everyone else’s, that’s part of dealing with a community composed of many different sorts of people. The admitted benefit of censorship, to the extent it exists here - this place is not a zoo, as CRE sometimes tends to be.
Dale & Rolf, I do not agree with the tenor of your posts, though I have no intention of discussing it or arguing it in any depth…too many other useful things to do. People post on what they will, when they will, for reasons unknown to others or for no reason at all. If find the idea of an old boys club laughable, people here are helpful in general. I do think it human to more readily help those who provide valuable contributions on a consistent basis, so “who” asks a question does have some relevance, for very good and very human reasons…but an old boys club? I do not think so.
And by the way - I am very open to constructive and polite feedback on desired items for MOM in Ft Wayne, within reason, emphasis on “reason”. But seeing as how it will not be the best use of my time if only the economics were in question, you will find me extraordinarily unreceptive to whining and downright hostile towards any sort of “you owe me” mentality. If direct monetary profit were the object, I’d bill hours or speak at a “platform” event somewhere, instead of hosting the event, as the former would generate significant and certain profits. Just a warning, I’m happy to run the event and will do what makes it a good one in my judgment, those who are inlcined to whine at the result are most welcome to get out of the critic’s chair and host next year’s event, which involves this thing known as “work”.