As 2016 is fast approaching its end, I am writing to each and every member with my hopes for the new year.
For way too long, there has been an "Us vs Them" attitude here at FECC between what could best be described as two warring factions.
Each side believes that they are right, and the other is wrong. Each side takes some enjoyment out of winding up the other side. Whether this is done solely out of the enjoyment of "pressing a members buttons", or to disrupt the forum. It doesn't matter.
This has to stop. And it has to stop now.
The constant personal attacks, derailment of topics, and petty "button pushing" frightens new members away, as well as long-standing members from participating.
It is no secret that FECC is the largest Elvis forum on the internet, with the largest base of members. Members who come from all corners of the world, and bringing with them unique perspectives of the "Elvis World" - if only they felt "safe" enough to share them, without getting caught in the middle of the above mentioned squabbles.
I ask each and every member to consider the following...
Think of how great FECC COULD BE if we all could get together within our community, unified, with a common interest. With a sense of brother/sisterhood. I am not delusional in suggesting this. As this is how it once was, not too long ago.
I am asking each member to put aside their differences, no matter what side of the aisle they may be on. I am asking each and every member to AT LEAST TRY to make 2017 the year that FECC began to heal and came together as a whole, and became united. If this could be done, we would all be part of something truly great. No more would members fear giving their opinions. After all, we are all different with differing perspectives on a host of Elvis related topics.
This can be done. It should be done. And with each members help - it will be done.
The best part is, that to achieve this - all one has to do is think "Is what I am posting, being posted to push someone's buttons?" If so, then, should you be posting it?
FECC surely will not survive with the way things are currently going. So this is not just a personal plea on my behalf. It is a plea to keep FECC alive and kicking. To strengthen the community of Elvis fans, that we all are.
2017 can be a great year for FECC. We can become one, we can heal. But it cannot be done without your help.
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