A couple of days ago, I decided to start looking for work as a trim carpenter, as it's a lot closer to woodworking than lugging steel about- I thought it might help to speak with some contractors on line to see what they look for when hiring, just to make sure I knew the proper ettiquette (something I hadn't bothered with as an independant), and I tried posting to alt.building.construction to ask. One guy helped a little, but the rest started ranting and raving about how Mexicans and women were destroying the US. It was like some sort of clan rally. Normally, I'd expect a flame war over something that nasty, but they all just kind of joined in.
Anyhow, it threw the quality of this group into sharp relief for me, and I figured I'd post a thanks to all you folks, even the ones I just don't agree with, for being mainly decent human beings. It's nice to have a forum on Usenet that works without flying apart or completely degenerating into bizzare forms of insanity at the drop of a hat. Especially with the return of everyone's favorite "family-friendly" troll, I just felt like it needed to be said.
So thanks. As far as I'm concerned, this place (along with the woodturning group) is an oasis in Usenet. I may not always agree with everyone, but you guys are all pretty much all right in my book.