Dear Members, The past few weeks there have been rumors floating around about myself, LawnSite.com and it's members. I thought it would be a good idea to address the community personally. First, a few members were unhappy with the rules that we are trying to enforce at this site. Unfortunately, this forum would not be able to operate without rules that are hardly any different than any rules any professional would abide by anyway. However, the question is, have these outspoken members been banned simply because they disagreed? The answer is DEFINITELY NO! Second, it has also been stated on this forum that members are being banned because they "belong to other forums". This is ludicrous. The banned and/or suspended members are spreading these rumors because they are upset they were not above the rules of this site. I actually feel that the more sites the merrier. If it has a positive impact on the industry, I say go for it. Third, banned, suspended and a few cowardly members are claiming that LawnSite.com and me personally are bothered by the existence of other sites. This also is untrue. My number one concern is LawnSite.com. What goes on elsewhere in cyberspace does not concern me unless it directly deals with my company or the sites in which I operate. Fourth, it has also been said that I "do not care about members" and I am "only in this to make money". As all other falsehoods being spread, this is also untrue. The members of this site are my number one concern. Many members can testify that I am quick to respond to emails. It is obvious I am more than patient with those who have a blatant disregard for the rules. And I am working hard to bring new sponsors and new members to the board to make LawnSite a great educational tool as well as a powerful voice in this industry. If making money was my only concern, There would not be a "three strike rule" and I certainly would not be taking the time to even write this message. I do not hide or avoid anyone. My email address, and office phone number is available to anyone who requests it. I am open to new suggestions always. I must make it clear that this is a board to learn and share experiences. Childish behavior, disrespectful behavior towards other members and purposeful disregard for the rules will not be tolerated. There are members who felt that these rules and expectations did not apply to them simply because... The false accusations, threats, libelous information, and attempts to steal from this site have been documented. In due time, those who have been a party to this sort of behavior will be contacted. In the meantime, let's get back to being professionals who share this industry with oneanother. 99% of the members of this site act like true business-owning adults who never need told to follow the rules. It's a shame a few bad apples consistently try to spoil the bunch. That's not going to happen at LawnSite.com. I genuinely appreciate all of the members, moderators, and sponsors that make LawnSite.com what it is today - the Original and Largest Online Community In The Green Industry. Thank you for your time, and if anyone has any questions, e-mail me any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.