Originally Posted by Paul Carleton
There seems to be a lot of bashing of HTS going on here as I have had several emails requesting that I step in and say something.
A lot of bashing? Really? Did you read through the entire thread? I just reviewed it and out of 137 posts there were 4 negative comments about Home Theater Spot, and most of those were people merely stating that they no longer visit the site. Everything else in this thread was either a rebuttal of Chad's post or an extension of the codec debates that have been going on around here for years. So that's hardly the scathing indictment of your site that you are making it out to be.
I am not sure why but the only reason maybe because we don't allow such vicious and slanderous/libelous comments to be slung about on our own forum and those that do try to pull this crap are asked to leave.
That's a pretty strong statement, and I would remind you of the rules and guidelines on THIS forum; you should report inapproriate posts to the moderators. You're making it sound as though the moderators here don't care about what is posted on the forum. I'm sure that isn't really what you meant, but that is how it reads.
(Someone was referencing that they were banned. BTW out of 60,000 members in 6 years less than 100 members have ever been banned. We don't make a habit of doing it, so those who say they have probably have a notorious reason for why they were. I can say of the forums our size we have less banned members than anyone else.) On the flip side when we get disgruntled AVS members over at HTS upset about something here and they come on to HTS to use it as a weapon against AVS we don't allow that and more than once over the years we have, at the request of Alan or David, stopped such obvious attempts to slander AVS as is being done here against us. I consider Alan and Dave to be my friends, who don't deserve such treatment. It is a sad reflection on those of you that make such broad unsubstantiated statements about HTS as has been done here, since we would not allow such a thing against AVS over there. Having a preference for one site over another is one thing but to take it to the point of slander/libel, as some of you are doing, is taking it a bit too far.
This brings us to the crux of the matter. You have a real problem with Jeffy's comment. I don't necessarily blame you for that. However, you aren't helping your case with the above diatribe. You are making broad statements yourself about AVS Forum, on the basis of one person's post, when it may have been better to quietly report that post to the moderators and let them deal with it.
For crying out loud, it is one persons opinion about one review and he even came on and clarified that it was not a blanket criticism of a format in general if people were taking it that way. Maybe you should just take him on face value on that, instead of making stuff up.
Yes, it is one person's opinion. Most of the posts in this thread directly challenge that opinion and there is nothing wrong with that. Sure, there are a few borderline posts. I also would agree that the topic title was chosen by the thread starter for no other reason than to manufacture controversy for the sake of dramatic impact. So I will ask the moderators to change the topic title.
I agree with Gary, but hold out hope that cooler heads will prevail.