Recently in our annual "sheep wars" rash of threads, some personal comments were directed at me, together with accusations and attributions of a personal nature. In a forum this size we expect to see some of that kind of sniping now and then, as anyone with access to a computer has the capability of expressing themselves on this site. Though we try to watch that sort of thing, we make an effort to preserve a climate of diverse opinions. We certainly do not censor posts for accuracy, nor do we expect folks to toe some party line with respect to the issues that face us as a people interested in the Alaska outdoors. So we have never taken a heavy-handed approach in our moderation of these forums.
On the other hand, we do not allow posts that are intended to insult, demean or otherwise attack other members. I have recently allowed some posts to stand which were in violation of our rules. If they had been directed at any other member besides myself, I would have dealt with them immediately, however in this case I was attempting to allow people to vent a little, and it just went too far.
I do not generally consider it to be anyone else's business what any of us do for a living, how much money we make from our various activities, or other things of a personal nature. And when posts start to intrude in those areas, they are usually deleted. In this instance I considered answering accusations concerning how much money I make or stand to make from my position on guided sheep hunts, but I realized that the answer would make no difference to the accuser. But for those who may have been influenced by some of this rhetoric, I will reveal that I have not guided a sheep hunter in close to ten years, and when I did, I was working for a very respected outfit who takes a very conservative number of hunters each year. If I were so inclined, I have an open-ended job opportunity with them, but for various reasons I am not interested at this time. In short, I stand to gain absolutely nothing from taking the position I currently take with respect to the guiding profession. Although I have GMU 23 on my license, I have never guided a sheep hunter there, nor have I ever hunted sheep in the Brooks Range on a personal or a professional basis.
I don't know if that makes any difference to anyone, but there it is. If you find the information of value, great.
The offending posts have been deleted and I think the situation is now under control. I apologize for any inconvenience to anyone who has had to endure this rhetoric, however it finally got to the point where we will no longer tolerate it.
Back to our regular programming...