Gentleman, im sure that given the emotion of today that this letter is the last thing you would care to deal with..Let me assure you that it will not be adversarial in anyway. Those of us who love your site, have a great deal of respect for you two.. Were all aware that a nominal fee could (and maybe should) be charged for membership. One of the "givens" here is that the site represents the best free value on the Webb given our particular avocation..
If you remember some months ago when i decided to have that cross put on my avatar i sent you gentleman a pm (requesting no response) the point of which was to reassure you that i would be careful dealing with the subject of religion, to reassure you that i would not proselytize, or in any way do anything that could alter the site. I made it clear at that time that if you had any issues with this, then or in the future that your wishes would immediately and discreetly be addressed..
I did that because something really special has happened on this site.. A core group of 25 individuals spend an average of 3 hrs a day on the site. The give and take between this group of regulars, is i believe (this is constantly reinforced by new members) the reason the site has the hits it does.. Last year at this time there was NO advertisement.. The assumption can only be made that you have a large enough market share to now bring those advertising dollars in..
The future of that group is now in danger.. Please know that this is not a threat, anyone who has management experiance knows threats are divisive, and unproductive.. On top of that a prime axiom is "no one is irreplaceable".. With all due respect.. That honestly does not apply to the core group here at Gunslot.. The fact is Sam is considered by a factor well in excess of 95% to be the most important part of your site..
We have discussed many times that Sams position should be salaried, fact is he's very much the Editor in Chief.. The amount of posts that Sam puts up everyday, the type of posts that Sam puts up, and his day to day "guidance" of the subject matter are the primary reason we all show up everyday.. There is NO way to underscore this enough.. Sam will subtlety change the subject matter based on the interest shown (or not shown).His contacts on every subject make him a virtual expert source for what ever the subject happens to be.. And perhaps his best or at least wisest skill is the ability to take himself OUT of the center of conversation, and let the members voice there openion.. By doing that he allows and at the same time guides the really bright and humorous conversations that the site is known for..
If you asked, and i think you will see by the response to this post the membership at random what THE single most important part of gunslot is.. The answer would be Sam.. Were not sure what happened, except some verbiage that some of the monitors authority has been curtailed.. All of us are aware of an event that occurred perhaps two weeks back. Should this be the source of the problem, let me assure you its a NON event, and nothing Sam has ever done has been counter to one goal.. His clear desire to be the president of the most enjoyable web site on the net related to our hobby, and believe me so much more.. I can assure you that all of us KNOW he has succeeded..
Gentlemen, can i ask on behalf of the members of Gunslots that you rectify this issue.. I have not spoken to Sam on this.. But i know a simple email, phone call, or pm, with a simple "pls return to prior responsibilities" would do the trick.. I'm going to tell you two the honest truth, Sam is NOT replaceable to us... Thanks guys.. Will do our best to support you two, we sure would appreciate your hearing our wishes here..
a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.
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