I Know My First Name Is Stephen
I'm glad this thread has been demoted to the main forum.
I agree with pretty much all of Chris's original post, mainly because it addresses some things that have concerned me, due to my own preferences with regard to posting. But I admit that when I read this:
I had a feeling that would come across to some like a direct criticism, one to be taken personally ... and it appears that has indeed been the case. Can't unring that bell now.
Just to be clear, I didn't mean to imply that you meant any deliberate harm. I know that was nowhere in your intentions. But it seems that no matter what, even when we try our best to be clear, words and intentions can be misinterpreted. I think you did your best to state your concerns. And, as I said before, I agree with pretty much all of it. It had not become stifling to the point that I felt compelled to leave, as has been the case for me elsewhere. I think your initial post was just a good reminder to check over our musings before posting, just to make sure that while expressing our own heartfelt opinions, we are being considerate and respectful of others. We need those reminders sometimes.I apologize if I hurt anyone's feelings, as I think I should have delineated this a little better. This was more in general a reaction to the multiple posts about the same things. It seemed for a while we were getting into these long-winded and very opinionated discussions, for instance surrounding the solo album where there was a reiteration about the same points. It was becoming a little stifling.
Portlander, please share your experience!GaryAlan, after the dust settles I hope you will continue to enrich us with your excellent research skills which provided this site with never been seen before articles, quotes and videos. As a dedicated fan who had the opportunity and honor to meet the Carpenters in a private setting, I thought I knew just about everything concerning their career and music. Thanks to your due diligence, I have picked up bits and pieces of neat information that I was not aware and I will sincerely miss your posts. Best to you and thanks!
Having said that, I left a Facebook forum a while back because it really seemed to me to be veering in a Richard "bashing" direction, and that seemed to be supported by those in charge of the page. I just was not comfortable with that.