New Tone on the Seed Exchange Forum
I have always liked the way new folks were embraced on the Seed Exchange Forum-that's why I stayed around even though I probably did not follow all of the protocols the first couple of times I posted. It can take a bit to get acclimated and learn the "rules" here, but everyone was nice to me in spite of my ignorance.
New traders bring different seeds, different experiences, different personalities and reinvigorate the community.
With very few exeptions they are a good thing.
Recently I have noticed that once a new person posts on the exchange they are almost immediately called out, chastised for perceived shortcomings and labeled as a risk. Once in a while a veteran who recognizes someone unscrupulous who has reinvented themselves does it: that is a valuable service and is not the problem.
Discouraging people who are brand new to the point that they never return and leave with a negative impression of this community because they are unfairly labeled or treated rudely is a problem. If someone new turns out not to be an ethical trader they will reveal themselves and the affected members can alert everyone.
A bit of gentle probing and helpful direction is always in order and should be all that is necessary unless a member has direct knowledge of an issue.
I am at a loss to explain this new tone the Forum has taken on but if I were new here I would probably just move on.
Please, do not post anything here pertaining to individuals or so controversial the post has to be pulled. There is an epidemic of pulled posts here, which I think is another symptom of our dysfunction.
What can we do to fix this?