OK. I'll respond once, then I'm outta here.
First, lets get the chronology and the motivations straight. Nick & I started this forum 18 months or so. Up until last week I was one of the main supporters of this forum as a new improved medium of communication.
Last week Dust asked me if I could dump all his posts. I saw nothing wrong with it, since he owns them, (and I now read that Jon agrees) but felt I should run it by Jon rather than just do it. Not having messed with the new version (to save treading on each other's toes) I asked Jon if dumping the posts to a text file would be an easy task. Jon responded with something of a tirade in his PM which ended with the question "What am I missing?" Disgusted with his protective attitude, I responded simply "Pretty much everything". At this juncture I had no thoughts of starting a replacement forum, or of launching my corporation so early. I had planned to wait until I have the 40hrs flown off and would be ready to travel for business.
Big mistake. It is just this sort of attitude, and downright insulting behavior, that made me decide that the forum under Jon's command (word choosen carefully) was not something I wanted to remain involved in. I founded this place and built an airplane. Jon strolled in 6 months ago and, to my knowledge, hasn't even made a bulkhead yet. Who knows best what is better for the community? The internet has added tremendous tool for airplane builders, and the more we can centralize the information the better. This said, this medium is not about copyright, control, power or ownership. It's about helping other people have as much fun as you're having, openly and honestly.
As an administrator I could have cut off Jon's account, or Nicks, or Marcs at any time. Would I do it? Never in million years. Why? Because it would be wrong, and it would be an in-your-face insult since it pretty much says "I think you are going to deliberately damage the forum in some way. I don't trust you, and I'm cutting you off before you can harm us".
If had a problem with a "co-administrator's" behavior I would speak to him/her about it and discuss the issues openly, not simply cut them off without any warning, email or phone call. My mistake, I suppose, was that I thought I was working in a team. I think it is this kind of "leadership" that we're over in Iraq fighting against, but that's just my opinion. I could be wrong.
Anyway, when Jon objected to dumping Mikes posts, and then cut me out like a bad apple, Mike suggested that we make a new forum and do it our way. At that point the idea made sense to me. We needed a server, so I ordered one, brought forward my corporate annoucement and allowed Mike and LP to install the forum under it.
As was said in the email the guys sent, enough is enough. I think we have created a happier place with, as Joe P would say, good karma. Many people who had gotten fed up of the BS here have apparantly "come out of the woodwork" to join us. This will be my last post on this forum. If anyone wants to know how my exploits are progressing they know where to find me.
As for you, Jon. I wish you the best. You are embarking on a wonderful journey. I hope you complete it, and I look forward to flying alongside you in a Cozy formation one day soon - Just not too close, if you don't mind.
Regards, and may the winds always be at you're back (except during takeoff and landing)