Iâ€™ve heard it said that life is 50% facts and 50% personal perception. I wonâ€™t argue with that.
A day or so ago a post popped up on my companion forum, www.rodbuilding.org. A user claimed to be having trouble getting in touch with a specific component supply dealer.Â Nothing sinister about the post whatsoever. However, in short order the thread began filling with equal numbers of supporters and detractors of said dealer. Exactly the sort of thing I donâ€™t like seeing on the forum. Once the correct contact information was provided, I closed the topic lest it turn ugly, as these things have a way of doing. The original topic starter emailed me shortly afterwards to let me know that all had turned out well between the dealer and himself.
Shortly after that, another user started a new thread along the same lines, about the same dealer. This one was a direct complaint accompanied by a somewhat harsh comment. I quickly caught it and clearly stated that I didnâ€™t want that type of thing on the forum. I said that I understood his frustration but pointed out that there are two sides to every story and then closed the thread. The point was made and that topic didnâ€™t rear its head again.
However, within minutes the private emails began pouring in. About half chastised me for â€œprotecting the dealer and preventing the builders from learning about his bad business practices.â€ The other half chastised me for â€œallowing a good dealer to be trashed.â€ Both sides were adamant that their perspective was the correct one and in either case, I was the culprit. Â So there you have it – completely different perspectives on the same action. Take your pick – some days you canâ€™t win.