Thank you, Barista Exchange community.

Hi all,


In light of some recent comments regarding the continued usefulness of online discussion communities, I wanted to take a second to say thank you.


Thank you, Barista Exchange community, for continuing to make this a place where we can come together to ask questions, discuss (and sometimes argue) with each other, learn from each other, and grow together in our understanding. Together, we've created a great and truly accessible resource for each other - a place where people can come any time, from anywhere, and have a seat at the table.


Yes, we can sometimes be a rowdy mob, but disagreements that are discussed openly often breed deeper mutual understanding.  Yes, members come and go and we often discuss the same things many times but, in the dynamic world of coffee, old questions often yield new answers.  Though these things can sometimes seem to be liabilities, they are all aspects of an active, healthy, and vibrant community.


So thanks.  Thanks Matt and team for making this happen.  Thanks to our "panel" of regulars that come back day after day and post instead of doing the things you were supposed to be doing.  Thanks to our posting members for providing the constant stream of thoughts, questions, answers, and ideas that keeps this community alive.  Thanks to the sponsors for keeping the lights on.


Thank you all for continuing to believe in the value of this online community.



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Comment by Jay Caragay on February 4, 2011 at 6:45am


When considering those "comments" regarding the "usefulness" of online discussion communities, consider the source of those comments.  They're from people who routinely "circle the wagons", engage in cronyism, discourage critique and want to tell you what to think (and how to think it) rather than encouraging open discussion.


Open discussion is healthy and important for a community, and it is absolutely necessary for a community to grow and thrive.  Disappointingly enough, these same people who deign to quash open discussion are the very people that benefited from it during their earlier years in the coffee business.  Their desire to quash open discussion is equivalent to what is going on in present-day Egypt.



And a definite thanks to you for keeping bX open and relatively moderation free, as well as the sponsors.  Lots of great discussions have ensued here without the self-gratification (coffeegeek) or the outright censorship (coffeed) that we've seen elsewhere.  There's lots of talk about openness and transparency in the coffee business and it's great to see that it's not just talk here in bX.

Comment by Matt Milletto on February 1, 2011 at 8:04pm
Thanks Brady! I want to also thanks all of our sponsors, moderators and members for making this community so great. It makes me happy to know people have a resource like bX to further their coffee careers as well as communicate on how to best succeed in this industry.
Comment by Paul Yates on January 30, 2011 at 2:38pm
And thank you, Brady, for reminding us of what is great about bX. Thanks for being a voice of reason and experience, and for being so welcoming to newbies like me. Thanks to all of you, actually. Too many to name have helped me in my quest to understand coffee just a little better. Peace.

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