Mr Man wrote:
Given what is known of Ben's departure this post comes across as extremely disingenuous, in my opinion. And this needs to be said.
Did you want Ben removed as Admin Paul? Did you want that position back?
This post of yours I think is the result of bad judgement on your part.
First, I think that you are reading into the post something which is not there. You judge this post as being "extremely disingenuous". I have read through this post twice carefully and do not yet understand what it is that you see as being "extremely disingenuous". Can you show me which sentence or sentence it is and explain how you see it as being "extremely disingenuous"? Certainly it is not "I understand it as a mark of respect towards Ben - a founding member of this forum who served here alternating between the global moderator and administrator roles for several years."....and certainly it is not "The offer to serve the community as a moderator has been extended to him, and whilst he has declined that offer at the present time, he knows that it remains an open offer..."....and again certainly it is not "Until such time, the Tasmanian Devils are a fitting tribute to his legacy, and a reminder of his contributions towards the establishment and growth of this forum. Furthermore so when you consider the global reach of the internet and how it allow Buddhists in even the most remote corners of the globe to correspond with one another, regardless of whether or not they are blessed with geographical proximity to a suitable spiritual community."
If the excerpts I have listed above are not the indication of "extremely disingenuous" then we are left with:
"He is a beautiful hearted friend and his presence here is surely missed."
"As it stands presently, his account has been de-activated at his request, but it is everyone's hope that he will choose to return some day either in an official capacity as a moderator, or as a regular member, as he sees fit."
Concerning "He is a beautiful hearted friend and his presence here is surely missed." Do you think that Paul Davy's feelings toward Ben is more ingenuously put as being "He is a misanthropic hateful person and I am glad he is gone"?
Concerning "As it stands presently, his account has been de-activated at his request, but it is everyone's hope that he will choose to return some day either in an official capacity as a moderator, or as a regular member, as he sees fit." Do you think that Paul Davy's feeling toward Ben is more ingenuously put as being "I hope he never comes back here in any capacity and we would be better off if he was officially and permanently banned."?
Also, let's take this one more step into the ludicruous and assume that Paul Davy holds an eternal grudge against Ben. What then? What good thing could your post possibly achieve? Do you think that having a shoot out over the change of administration here is going to in some way make things better? Is it going to undo past events? Is it going to improve some future event? Is it going to force that disingenuous Paul Davy to resign in shame?
What the heck do you think you are going to achieve?
In short, what you said does not need to be said....and it especially does not need to be said in the public space.