Thanks Hermine! I've received quite a few private notes
with similar sentiment.
I just felt it in bad taste to "dump on" anyone within the
plant community, especially with such vile language. Whether a person is
well liked, or not, is little justification to say vicious things in an
open forum anyone on the net can read. I posted a very brief note on that
particular thread which apparently caught the website owner, and others, off
guard. I simply said in my personal conversations with Dr. D. I found him
to be generally pleasant. I am aware there are others with a differing
The entire thing turned into a "freedom of speech" issue on
that board. But the bottom line appears to have been, the only ones with
any "freedom" to speak were those who agreed with the site owner who appears not
like Dr. Darian. As a result of demands from the site owner I call to
explain my actions I simply said I was leaving the forum permanently. That
did not sit well. He made the demand at least three times.
Never fear! I'm not worrying about this. I simply
received three separate emails warning me something might be attempted with the
screen name "ExoticRainforest". I did not recognize the name of any of the
three. A fourth email almost screamed at me "its a joke".
Perhaps. I just couldn't take the chance. Although my website is far from
being anything to rave about, I now consistently receive close to 1000 visits
daily from around the world. The idea someone might use the name of the
site to post nasty notes anywhere was most distasteful.
Thanks again. And I do hope to meet a bunch of you in
less than two weeks!