I must comment here.................
It has been apparent to me for some time that a few folks are "stealth" members of the CR list or read the Archives daily, and then frequently these peripheral members "let loose" in antagonistic private e-mails to those posts they read from forthright, contributing members. This forwarded message I just read is just the tip of the iceberg in a flow of similar anti-social messages.
It was in exactly such a situation a few years ago that I received a lot of criticism from some list members when I embarked on a rarely exercised disciplinary action and booted a CR member. The circumstances were that a female CR member had received an absolutely obscene, vitriolic and threatening e-mail from another CR member, off list but in response to what the sender perceived as an on-list zinger! I was criticized by some because this message was "private e-mail" and I was being a despot and "Hitler-like" because I took deep offense and appropriate action...
So.... Let me say here as clearly as I can, that I consider ANY attack on a member of this group, as a result of their participation in the forum, as a direct attack on the whole; whether it be on list, off list, in person or in e-mail.
I have little power to distance myself or my friends (That's ya'll!) from these attackers except through this list, controlling the access to it and being able to make pointed condemnation on list. I will use those methods when it becomes necessary! Hopefully that will not be necessary and the idea of being exposed to nearly a thousand vintage bike buffs, world wide, will inhibit the behind-the-curtains back-biters!
Whew! Let's get back to the fun part, eh?
Dale Brown List manager Greensboro, North Carolina <A HREF="http://www.classicrendezvous.com/main.htm">Classic Rendezvous</A>