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post Mar 12 2008, 06:25 PM
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Edited from a recent exchange in the General Absinthe Discussion sub-forum, here for the benefit of newcomers is an outline of my philosophy as site-owner and admin:

Forum traffic is growing at the fastest rate it ever has, approaching 200 000 visits per month. New members join every day. We expect new members to have read the registration conditions, to have read the FAQ, to have browsed a little through the past threads, to introduce themselves briefly, and to write reasonably correct and grammatical English, unless they are non-native speakers. That's it. If you feel that that's setting the bar too high, I'm not going to lose any sleep about it.

As for the general tone here: it's an absinthe forum, with all that entails: an online 21st century version of the cafes that Verlaine and Toulouse Lautrec frequented in the 1890's. Robust debate is good. Humour, wit and sarcasm all have their place. If you voice controversial opinions, you're going to need to be able to defend them. If you act idiotically, you'll be laughed at. We value intelligence, knowledge and wit more than politeness for its own sake. I think that's appropriate for the drink and its ethos. Some of the best and brightest minds in the absinthe world post here, and have done so for going on eleven years now.

I bought the forum a few years ago not to for business reasons, but to help out a friend, who was starting to find the whole thing unmanageable. I've tried to run it in the same spirit she did. We don't charge for membership. We don't charge for events we occasionally organize. We don't sell subscriptions. We don't sell advertising. We don't edit posts. Our buyers guide - by far the largest and most comprehensive anywhere - is absolutely impartial, and doesn't necessarily even include all the specific absinthes my company sells. There are discrete links to some of my commercial absinthe sites, but also to many rival vendors. I don't use the forum at all to promote my own business or products, except in the very rare occasions where something is of very general interest, like a big pre-ban absinthe cache. Fee Verte isn't a business, it's a trust I inherited from Kallisti, who created it all. It's run for the benefit of the members, and on my watch it always will be.

-------------------- c’est l’absinthe enfin, la grande absinthe ou la petite, parure chaste des montagnes et des rivages marins, fille des grand vents purs, blé des espaces vierges, emblème de la liberté farouche.
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Oxygenee   The "La Fee Verte" philosophy   Mar 12 2008, 06:25 PM
Provenance   We expect new members to have read the registrati...   Mar 12 2008, 11:17 PM
Oxygenee   Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in au...   Mar 12 2008, 11:23 PM
sixela   Te audire no possum. Musa sapientum fixa est in a...   Mar 17 2008, 01:43 PM
Provenance   Ha!   Mar 12 2008, 11:32 PM
louched liver   Lotsa possum down here.   Mar 12 2008, 11:36 PM
Helfrich   How juvenal. Given my provenance, it's easy f...   Mar 12 2008, 11:38 PM
louched liver   Um, no. Not far enough south for javelina. Sorr...   Mar 12 2008, 11:39 PM
Helfrich   I'd rather have some of them snapping turtles ...   Mar 12 2008, 11:50 PM
louched liver   She's a bit snappy.   Mar 13 2008, 12:01 AM
absinthist   Oh Snap!   Mar 13 2008, 09:46 AM
Head_prosthesis   Oxy, It's a dirty job. But someone's gott...   Mar 13 2008, 04:09 PM
Provenance   I'm just glad the banana is in his ear.   Mar 13 2008, 04:37 PM
louched liver   Or not…   Mar 17 2008, 03:02 PM
Provenance   Which is why there are so many language killers ro...   Mar 17 2008, 05:52 PM
sixela   "In foro" -- brilliant! Who let the...   Mar 18 2008, 01:39 AM
Provenance   Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum sonatur.Ut si...   Mar 18 2008, 02:07 PM
mthuilli   You're on a new drug guyz?   Mar 18 2008, 06:43 AM
absinthist   It's Evolution, I am telling you. Nice Sock yo...   Mar 18 2008, 09:37 AM
OCvertDe   Um… hola?   Mar 18 2008, 10:57 AM
absinthist   PTFA, Socky has changed his avatar after so many y...   Mar 18 2008, 11:08 AM
Patlow   O - M - G ! ! !   Mar 18 2008, 11:38 AM
absinthist   Another sign of Apocalypse.   Mar 18 2008, 11:54 AM
mthuilli   Was getting tired of the other sock, he was full o...   Mar 18 2008, 12:45 PM
louched liver   Can't be YOUR avatar. It has a heart on.   Mar 18 2008, 01:16 PM
G&C   I'm sorry to say that AA looks like hay.   Mar 18 2008, 01:18 PM
mthuilli   A pierced heart, does that count? G&C: Um no....   Mar 18 2008, 01:18 PM
Absomphe   A pierced heart on? About time you let Prince Alb...   Mar 18 2008, 01:43 PM
G&C   I've seen dried A.a. and that shit looks like...   Mar 18 2008, 02:07 PM
mthuilli   I've seen dried A.a. and that shit looks lik...   Mar 18 2008, 02:40 PM
Absomphe   WTF's the Ice Man got to do with this? Neverm...   Mar 18 2008, 02:16 PM
Jaded Prol   Looks like hay -- and not just the color. Nice so...   Mar 18 2008, 02:44 PM
mthuilli   Looks like hay -- and not just the color. You...   Mar 18 2008, 02:59 PM
Shabba53   Definitely like the new sock.   Mar 18 2008, 02:49 PM
absinthist   Haytemisia haysinthium?   Mar 18 2008, 03:05 PM
mthuilli   That's it, we're on some new species here,...   Mar 18 2008, 03:30 PM
Absomphe   That's it, we're on some new species here...   Mar 18 2008, 04:10 PM
The Standard Deviant   I think a parsleymonious approach is best here.   Mar 18 2008, 03:39 PM
mthuilli   Dried Haytemisia haysinthium from Emile Pernot, Po...   Mar 18 2008, 03:41 PM
absinthist   Dried Haytemisia haysinthium from Emile Pernot, P...   Mar 18 2008, 04:22 PM
hartsmar   Mar 18 2008, 04:22 PM
absinthist   You are channelling Kirkenstein…   Mar 18 2008, 04:26 PM
mthuilli   Btw, apologies to Oxy for having screwed his serio...   Mar 18 2008, 04:37 PM
Helfrich   I like your new sock, Marc. It freaks me out but I...   Mar 18 2008, 06:23 PM
Jaded Prol   Now, that ain't hay!   Mar 18 2008, 06:36 PM
dakini_painter   Yes a very nice sock. Congrats.   Mar 18 2008, 07:11 PM
louched liver   Xit, everyone's cummin' on the outside o...   Mar 18 2008, 07:20 PM
mthuilli   . . <--- "I'm wet already LL, xow me y...   Mar 18 2008, 08:25 PM
louched liver   Sure, you assed for it:   Mar 18 2008, 08:48 PM
absinthist   Et merci Tits, Prole, Shabba, Helfrich & Daki...   Mar 18 2008, 08:54 PM
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