Topic: 10 years of Whip Basics
yesterday it was 10 years that we exist. 10 years doesn't sound too much in "real" life. In Internet time, 10 years is an Eternity. From the folks who started the whole thing, is - except me - no one left. I think that Tyler is amongst the oldest (in terms of being a member - not of age...) here. Usually nice things are told when there is an anniversary. Nice, colorful and warm words, congratulations and bla, bla, bla.
10 years of WB brought up the best in people and it brought up the worst. People, who started as nice, interested members ended as folks who took a whole lot of stuff from here only to present it in other groups as their own ideas and stuff.
People, who came here, asked for help and advice and received both. Then I kicked them out because they had no intention to do something for the community. They went to other places - Facebook etc. - and told the story, that they left, because WB is not from interest and the members are arrogant and demanding. The amount of those we had here is legion. I took the member count we had in the beginning, the rate everything was increasing and I made a projection. We would be then between 4800 and 5300 members. Terrible idea. How much are we instead? We are 34.
34 members, who know about things like "Please" and "Thank you". People, who know about manners. Folks, who know the meaning of the word "Mutual Respect".
I realized that it will lead nowhere - or better into the dircetion of those groups and forums, who have thousands of nominal members, but only a fraction of people who participate - and hit the brakes. At that time, WB had about 400 members. And I started to prune the whole thing. I cut it down to the point where we are today.
Whip Basics exists for 10 years, now. And we will continue. We will stay the smallest whip forum in the internet. But not because no one wants to join. This is because the Gatekeeper will only accept the good ones. The honest ones. People, who are willing to contribute. To respect the community and the other members. With my video "Electrical tape in Nylon whips is Bullshit" I made a lot of enemies over night. And I saved a whole lot of customers a lot of money. The good, honest and authentic whip makers were grateful for that video. And that is the direction, WB will go on. True and honest.
When you read this and say to yourself: "I'd like to join that little forum with the huge and high standards" please make sure that you are willing to contribute. To serve the community. That you are truly able and willing to say "please" and "thank you". In case you are not sure about that...go to Facebook. They will love you.
If you are willing to follow those rules, I'd like to invite you to create the next 10 years of Whip Basics.
And to all those, who are new members and full members... It's good to have you here.
In the smallest and most elitist whip forum ever.
Therefore i want to say thank you to you all, who built and created this community with respect and dignity.