I've got 27 years in as a Steadicam Operator. I've also taught over 1,300 Steadicam Operators worldwide. Those of you who trained under me know for a fact that " be an abusive bullying jerk " to the community and to each other is about as far from what I believe as is possible.
The thread referenced in here that Garrett started has been deleted. Russian Revisionist History is really not what allows our community to thrive. I personally feel that it should be re-inserted into the timeline intact. Dave started a thread recently along these lines and now Brooks has been good enough to share his well-articulated thoughts.
Enough. Nobody is better than anyone else here when it comes to humanity. Nobody gets to muzzle another - and the Moderators have done a superb job of Moderating without muzzling except in the most extreme situations. I encourage them to continue in this vein. With a member- any member- whose posts are continuously reported and whose abusive comportment is detrimental to the positive supportive tone that we know the worldwide Steadicam community wants to be, that member should face a clearly articulated series of disciplines, including eventually a permanent ban.
I'm a member of a few other message boards, one of which is titanic in terms of volume of posts and active members compared to ours here. I've never seen a board that didn't have written rules that were applied evenly to the community. And when needed, with finality.
For those of you reading this thread- and others on this topic- who are relatively new to Steadicam and are wondering of this is the way things are, allow me a moment.
We are members of a community worldwide. We support each other, even as we compete in a respectful and honest manner for the same jobs in the same markets. I've loaned gear to strangers, I've borrowed gear from titans well above my experience level ( back in the day ), I've loaned gear in an emergency to someone who was on a job I lost out to them.
That kind of behavior does not make us weak. It makes us strong. It shows respect, support and professionalism.
This mind-set extends beyond gear. It is what those of us with quite a few years in have always found in this forum- and wish to continue to find. ( This applies to the AOL Message Board that pre-dates this Steadicam Forum as well. )
Everyone can do their part to maintain respect, professionalism and common courtesy.
And yeah, this has for many years been a very fun place.
As I wrote a month or two ago on the Facebook Steadicam Group, Nobody likes a bully.
Best to all,
Peter Abraham, S.O.C.