In addition to Aroid l, I post on another site (which there is no need to
name) using a different screen name. I also post on one or two plant boards
using the screen name "ExoticRainforest". I did also post (upon occasion)
on one "plant site" using the screen name "ExoticRainforest" but was never
comfortable over there. The name of that site is totally unimportant and I would
not encourage any of you to try to find, or use the site.
Some weeks ago I noticed the "language" on the last site was far too strong
for my use or interest. Then it became increasingly popular to call other users
by slanderous terms. There was little actual discussion regarding plants, just
the apparent enjoyment of slapping each other around. They appeared to
think it was humorous and fun. I dropped off the board sometime in early June.
But then I received a request to come back and answer a few aroid questions.
As many of you can read here, I'm sometimes overly anxious to provide good
information. I have a desire to get to the bottom of questionalbe
statments, especially regarding aroids. While there to answer the question
I noticed one thread I just could not understand. Mardy Darian had announced he
was selling his land and entire collection via a local newspaper. I've spoken to
Mardy several times, I just don't know him. Many in that group almost
stood up and cheered. The name calling was ridiculous and of no value. I am
aware of some of "differences" some have had with Dr. Darian, but my phone
conversations with him have been generally pleasant. I suspect if that
type of slander was sent to this board, it would have never appeared, and
the writer banned.
I told the site owner I would not be back and explained why. He went,
well shall we say, "ballistic". Made numerous email demands I call him and
explain my actions. He called the posts a "freedom of speech" issue. I did
I'm now told (I haven't tried to log back on) I'm being personally trashed on
that site. One reader also informed me it was suggested that someone claim
the name "ExoticRainforest" and use it in order to try to slander my name by
using the same techniques as many already use on the site.
I would like for it to be known I would NEVER use foul language on a plant
board. I don't use it period. And I would certainly never slander another human
being in a public forum. Certainly not someone who has proven his skills as Dr.
Darian. Its just not my style. I just enjoy talking plants.
So if you run across a quote by someone using the name "ExoticRainforest"
somewhere after August 29, 2007 and it does not fit the style on Aroid l, it was
not me! And if you run across one prior to that date, consider it has
likely been edited. I have too much respect for other growers and people
as human beings.
I trust you understand. And I hope to meet many of you in Miami in two