Tead Off wrote:Chip, a word please. It seems you jump into these things way before you need to. I realize your the moderator and don't want posts to veer off in directions that get too personal, but sometimes interesting discussions can develop if you give it time and let posters go the distance.
I do NOT act hastily in such instances. I observe and keep a watch on potential hot spots, study, and after much consideration take needed action when I feel it is necessary. My initial posting was simply as a member. When I act as Moderator of the forum, I make it very clear by bolding and coloring. I do this so there is clarity in what hat I am wearing at that moment.
There are non moderated forums out there. I check them out. They are often little more than shark feeding frenzies. I do not expect 100% satisfaction when I take such an action, I realize that I cannot satisfy everyone. I just try to do what I feel is best in each situation ... after much careful observation and consideration.
I always endeavor to do the right thing, and then I then must take responsibility for my actions.
Tead Off wrote:2 posters came up with studies that refuted what Kevin said. I'm not blaming Kevin for believing what he did. Often we have wrong information until someone points out the correct information. Did you really feel that it was insulting? Was he wrong saying sometimes money and truth are not easy bedfellows? Most would agree with this statement. This is not to say Kevin has a vested interest in keeping the truth from people. The thought never occurred to this poster (me). I would love to hear from Kevin to see whether he can come up with studies showing that his statements were accurate. I want to learn, too.
Actually, he did not say "sometimes," he used the words "always be suspicious ..." TBH, it would not surprise me if this troll has a vested interest. Or did he just want to get members riled up.
Kevin can sell low grade sencha if that is where the demand is. I do not buy into the vested interest in this case at all. Kevin has stated numerous times, he inventories relatively little tea, focusing on freshness versus huge inventories. So, he can switch directions pretty easily ... if he wanted to.
We all want to learn, but nobody wants to be insulted nor vomited upon ... and really, at the end of the day, would this troll change your thinking about what tea to drink. This "pebble" sank to the bottom. Except for one poster, it is really a non issue.
If we really want, someone can post a catechin topic, and we can post test results back and forth. At the end of the day, would there be any concrete conclusions that would satisify everyone? I don't think so. I think we are years away from any concrete conclusions.