posted on Mar, 15 2010 @ 04:06 PM
I had not expected my post in the introduction forum to get so much attention, and I think that's led to some unfortunate misunderstandings.
I've been on a few unrelated websites where you need to post X number of times before being able to fully participate. In those cases I usually
avail myself of the introduction forum (as I did here) to get my first post under my belt. As I have time I then try to contribute meaningfully in
other threads. I've never been a, "Me, too." kind of poster. As in my real life, my online nature is to speak only when I feel I have something
of significance to contribute, and otherwise just observe. I had expected my participation here to similarly grow slowly, over many weeks as I got to
20 posts, got a sense of the personalities on this site, the audience in general, and shared what seemed appropriate and natural. I had understood
from previous readings of this forum that it had seen its share of former military, government, and aerospace contributors; and that gave me a false
sense that perhaps I would "blend in". In retrospect I should have kept my background to myself until I was ready to engage as fully as some people
here want. But I think it was a natural mistake to not fully appreciate how others would view something which for me has simply been my normal.
You all are responding at a rate faster than I can respond with the work commitments I have. I have not had a chance to even read more than half the
responses, and I apologize for that. I will endeavor to catch up tonight. I will say that the impression I get from reading some of the responses is
that in general I am surely not going satisfy many of you, and it's best I not allow that to become my goal. There seems to be an expectation that I
will be able to respond quickly, provide proofs positive, and provide insight into things of which I (specifically) have no knowledge. I can
appreciate the desire for answers, and the desire to have them now. I wish I had them to give, at the speed, in the way, and in the areas people
want. But I know only what I know (even that I'm still coming to terms with sharing), and my fingers only move so quickly.
To those I am unlikely to satisfy, feel free to take no notice of me, dismiss me as a crank for now. If what I say merits your attention or attack,
I'm sure there will be ample opportunity for that when I've had the opportunity to share more (information or ammunition).