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.