TinLizzy wrote:Carl is/was a valuable member of this forum. He did an amazing job of fixing up his boat. I don't know why he left or deleted his content. Let's just hope that he feels compelled to come back and share his knowledge.
As a relatively inexperienced observer, I have to disagree with you. Neither I, nor anyone else who has come on the forum since he left knows anything about what kind of a "job" he did to his boat. His "content" is nonexistent, and therefore has zero value. He might well be "well respected" but that respect clearly goes one way only. If he had any respect for everyone else, he wouldn't have deleted all his content, and then replaced it with an
. If he had any respect for anyone else, he would have left his content up, and available for all to learn from.
It goes without saying that expressing that unpopular and potentially inflammatory opinion is going to get me criticism, but it is still true, and is the elephant in the room. I for one was okay with not registering, continuing to lurk, and learning everything I could from posts on the forum. The main reason I registered was in the hopes that that symbol meant that it was information only available to members. Turns out, it is only available to the person who deleted it, and benefits no one else.
Further, since he apparently left no explanation, no reason, or no qualifications of the reason why he left, it is clear that he intended to prevent anyone else from benefiting from his experience, and didn't care a bit about the value of the information on the forum, or it's benefit to the people belonging to the forum. Else, he would have said why he was going home and taking his ball with him.
We may not like it, but that is what it is.