Until now this site has enjoyed the benefits and gracious input offered by some of the manufacturers and distributors of tools and products that we all use. Their presence here and the commentary they offer is done so on a completely volunteer bases. We very much appreciate their contributions.
Keypro has always welcomed and encouraged input from the aforementioned, as well as our members, the users of these products. We all benefit when a healthy exchange of dialog ensues. We would like to maintain a forum with an atmosphere conducive to these conditions.
Lately, there seems to be a trend where a thread is initiated, then members join in the conversation with increasingly disparaging commentary, resulting in the thread turning into a pile-on where the bashing spirals out of control. There are those who seem to be compelled to use this forum as their sounding board to attack companies, products they produce, and even individual employees of those companies.
A belief also appears to be propagating that Keypro is a democracy and a ‘free speech’ arena where the members rule. A forum where no speech should be squelched, regardless of the type of rhetoric, and believe it should remain so.
Rest assured, the Keypro forum is not and will not become such an environment. Keypro is a private forum and like it or not, run as a dictatorship. Every effort is made to run it as a benevolent dictatorship, but make no mistake, the membership does not make policy here on Keypro.
Unfortunately, we have already lost one contributing tool distributor due to negative remarks being posted by members here on Keypro. Others are considering withdrawing their presence here as well, for the same reasons.
The membership needs to realize there is a larger picture. Please put yourselves in their position and ask why a representative from any company who volunteers or is considering volunteering their support here on Keypro, and observes another product, company, or person becoming the subject of ridicule, want to likewise toss themselves on that sacrificial alter? Would you?
The Keypro staff has been discussing these matters and have come to this conclusion. We have always cultivated a strong relationship with representatives of the manufacturers and distributors of products we use. Just Cars was born of this effort. We would like them to continue their support by maintaining an environment for them where they all feel welcome and enjoy a positive and open rapport between themselves and the Keypro membership.
Please understand that Keypro is somewhat unique in the fact that we enjoy this support and information exchange, where other forums are not as fortunate. We believe that this exchange is beneficial to all concerned and we will not allow the negative commentary posted by a few to jeopardize that relationship.
As such and moving forward from this point, the Keypro membership will be encouraged to respectfully ask questions and make comments, as always. If you have a problem with a product, please do not hesitate to ask a question. That is after all, the main purpose of this forum’s existence. But do so respectfully and with the intent of arriving at a resolution.
Disparaging comments directed at any manufacturer, distributor, or representative who maintains a supporting role or is otherwise a member in good standing here on Keypro, will not be permitted.
The offending post will be removed, members will receive a warning notification, and a warning point will be added to your profile for the record, upon the first violation of this rule. A subsequent violation will result in revocation of your membership.
This is not subject to debate or discussion. If you do not agree with this policy and cannot avoid posting this type of commentary because you have an axe to grind with a Keypro supporter, please feel free to remove yourself from this forum or otherwise withhold any demeaning opinions you may have. It will not be tolerated here.
Thanks to Jay Barker!!