Why I've grown a new appreciation for the HTF

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jon_Are, Aug 18, 2002.

  1. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

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    Over the past year or so, I've had moments when I'd get a bit peeved at the perceived dictatorial stuffiness of a few of the moderators and their occasional chastising of a member who may have challenged the sacred HTF rules. I’d often wonder why some topics were forbidden, why a member was admonished for speaking negatively of another member, or why some threads got padlocked for no apparent reason other than that the debate got a bit heated or the discussion has simply run aground.

    HTF was the first forum I’d paid any attention to and the only forum I’ve ever joined. Having had no exposure to other forums, I guess I assumed that all others were likewise populated by (primarily) thoughtful, mature members.

    Recently, though, I’ve ventured elsewhere, just to see what’s on the other side of the mountain. My eyes have been opened.

    I was astonished by the immaturity, the hostility, and the absurdity running rampant through these other forums. Many of these posters seem able to muster only single sentence responses, some often limited to three or four words of rebuttal. Frequently the puddle-deep observations are of the ‘sez you!’ or ‘Braveheart sucks!’ sort. Rare is the discussion of any significance or depth. Ignorance, lack of insight, and plain old rudeness rule the roost.

    So as my title says, I’ve grown a new appreciation for the friendly confines of HTF. I may still ponder the odd lockout, but I hold Ron and Parker – and all the administrators – in high regard for their efforts and their vision. Keep up the great work!

    Jon
     
  2. Max Leung

    Max Leung Producer

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    The HTF is the best and most well-patrolled gated community I've ever visited! Sorta like a Mr. Lee's Greater Hong Kong franchise community. :wink:
     
  3. Michael*K

    Michael*K Screenwriter

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    Yes, I admire the tight rein that generally keeps religious and political overtones out of the discussions. Also this forum isn't peppered with the vulgarity that is rampant on other sites.
    But I'd still like to find out about that cheap electronic stuff. [​IMG]
     
  4. Bruce Hedtke

    Bruce Hedtke Cinematographer

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    You know, it may be a small thing, but having real names goes a long way with me. I can't respect opinions coming from someone calling themselves "Onionhead" or "Cheeseballs" or whatever else they think is clever. That, plus the fact that there is no better place to discuss HT is what makes it so worth being a member. There is never a shortage of thoughtful responses and intelligent debate.

    Bruce
     
  5. Ronald Epstein

    Ronald Epstein Founder
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    Gents,

    Thank You so much for the kind words. It is
    not often that we hear them these days.

    I am happy to hear Bruce bring up the username
    issue. You would be surprised how many people
    give us grief over this policy when they don't
    read the signup guidelines during registration
    and sign up in an inappropriate manner.

    Real names are important here. It puts us at
    a more respectable level because people tend to
    communicate more intelligently with each other
    when they are addressing a real name.

    It's kind of sad to see how many times this
    board is badmouthed on other websites for our
    policies. It's kind of funny when you think all
    the badmouthing is being done by those troublemakers
    we have ousted, and its the membership that have
    remained appreciate of what we do here.

    We are going to continue beefing up our policy
    of removing those who come here to be disrespectful
    to others. We want our membership to be able to
    come to this forum, not have to worry about being
    flamed, and be part of the best Home Theater group
    around.

    Thanks for the kind words.
     
  6. Jon_Are

    Jon_Are Cinematographer

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    Cheeseballs, eh???
    (scratches chin)
    I like it!
    Jon
    -heading off to the registration area
    [​IMG]
     
  7. Tim Hoover

    Tim Hoover Screenwriter

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    Jon, with HTF's name guidelines, you'd be Cheese Balls [​IMG]
    Seriously, I also enjoy the maturity of the posters here. It's a nice change after dealing with forty-year old children at work.
     
  8. Charles J P

    Charles J P Cinematographer

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    I agree with everything that has been stated, but you havent seen nothin until you vist an import car forum.
     
  9. PatrickM

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  10. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

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    A few years ago I undertook the building of my first PC. As such, I hit the various newsgroups and BBs for PC enthusiasts. While the one I found and frequented (arstechnica) was civil and helpful for the most part, I was awed at how downright insulting quite a few of the other boards got. I quickly thanked my lucky stars for HTF and as soon as I had enough info to successfully build my PC (and two others since) I barely venture outside of HTF's boundaries.

    And this is still the only "online" thing I do where I've actually met people at (no online singles chats or anything like that). And the people I've met are all wonderful!

    Long live HTF!
     
  11. Rain

    Rain Producer

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    I totally agree that the use of real names lends immeasurably to the feeling of friendliness and respect here.
    I actually joined up on another HT forum, which shall remain nameless, and I have a grand total of 1 post over there. I'd much rather spend my time here with Jon, Max, Ron and Bruce, etc. than with Eggbert, DVDMan, Bubba and Onionhead. [​IMG]
    Whenever I hear this discussed though, I can't help but chuckle over the fact that my initial HTF registration was declined as it was thought that "Rain" was a nickname. [​IMG] No hard feelings, though. [​IMG]
     
  12. Ronald Epstein

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    Rain,
    I remember that signup decline.
    You had to do a little convincing for us
    to let you join. [​IMG]
    In any event, I am glad that you came aboard!
     
  13. Parker Clack

    Parker Clack Schizophrenic Man
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    Guys:

    Thanks for the kudos on the forum and not only understanding but appreciating our guidelines on forum usernames. Ron and I from the beginning made that rule number one. When we came over from Prodigy to start up HTF a lot of us used a nickname. It made it hard to get to really know the person on the other end of the keyboard. Less personal. We didn't want that here.

    All of us appreciate the fact that you each take the time out of your day to spend it here with us. That is what makes it all worth while.

    Parker
     
  14. Neil Joseph

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    I wish I had seen this earlier. The credit has to go to the owners Ron and Parker. We just try to do the best we can. One of the tings that attracted me to this forum years ago was the civilized atmosphere around here. I too had been on other forums and lets just say that things were not as... good as they were here. I would always expect this forum to be this way and I will operate diligently to ensure that it is so. Thanks for your observations and insight.
     
  15. Allan Petersen

    Allan Petersen Stunt Coordinator

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    I found this forum 4 years ago through Steve Tannehill's now-defunct DVD Resource and I've been a follower ever since. I was impressed with the serious discussions that mirrored my own interest in movies and the emerging DVD format.

    I really appreciate your efforts in trying to maintain the same level of seriousness, although I miss the "spirit" of the forum circa 1999.

    Thank you for making it one of the most friendly and informative movie-related forums on the 'net.
     
  16. Cees Alons

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  17. Rain

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  18. Charles J P

    Charles J P Cinematographer

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    I tried to register as CJ, even though its a nickname, everyone, even my professional contacts call me CJ. I still get a little bummed every time some one says "I agree Charles, but..." No one calls me Charles.
     
  19. CharlesD

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    I must say that I don't always agree with the decisions of the admins, but as the saying goes "the proof of the pudding is in the eating" and I for one wouldn't change a thing here at the HTF! Keep up the good work guys!
     

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