Well, I don't mind if you continue discussing the topic.
I guess it's a brilliant example why I hestiated to write about German ant community.
. At first, I wanted to avoid the topic, because there are often problems arising within the community, when someone voices critism.
I just have to agree with drtmiller:
I don't even have to read all the replies to say that this discussion should not devolve into a debate between differences of opinion regarding ant trade. That was not the intention of the reasonably objective first post.
The OP posted here to state a few facts and observations, having spent time in both German and North American forums.
This thread was not meant to be a discussion or debate about anything, much less the merits of regulating or deregulating ant trade. Such a discussion, in light of the very clear laws we have in place within the US, would be pointless.
Just one more thing, Teleutotje:
You probably read Merkur's ideas about my post in ameisenportal.eu (http://ameisenportal...c887e00a#p5751). For all those of you who don't understand German (google translator won't help you, I was told) here is a quick translation:
Recently I had raised awareness for the new American forum www.formiculture.com. Meanwhile I am a bit disappointed (I myself am only reading, but never posting). Owner "dspdrew" seems to mainly use the forum in order to advertise his ant keeping equipment. Beside that, the content does not differ a lot from German and French forums.
One user of German forums however is now carrying resentments against me into this American forum:
http://www.formicult... ... t-keeping/
One of the major participants of those discussions even claims that he is bullied and hunted by a "mob of people" that try to silence him"
Nobody of those currently leading the discussions seem to care that this is only a try to scare away the last professional myrmecologist from German forums. Just take a look at the discussion at the formiculture-forum!
Just for your information!
I don't really want to comment on this, I guess it's quite clear that something went horribly wrong. According to his statement I am currently trying to scare him away from German forums by posting threads that aim to talk about ant keeping in American forums.
Just for your information:
The reason why I wrote a neutral article was not that I am not capable of using judgemental adjectives. I just wanted to avoid such an escalation of the discussion.
Edited by Colophonius, January 12 2015 - 11:45 PM.