Daniel @ Tenkara USA wrote:
There certainly wasn't anything coming from me regarding Horn_identity. People go through different periods of activity and may choose to post less here if they wish.
I'm saddened that you perceive this forum as a "my way or the highway" type of forum. I have asked a competitor who was using it as a way to promote his name to stop posting.
Daniel, I think the hard part that people are running into is that everything here has been really open, and the community (here) has grown from it. For the longest time this was the ONLY forum discussing Tenkara that was actually active, and rightfully so since you are the one that introduced the method AND gear to the U.S.A. So many people that are here don't see this necessarily as "part of your business" but rather as a community of like-minded anglers.
The "my way or the highway" perception probably came from the fact that no one knew of any behind the scenes communications about any of this, it was just sudden and happened. I can totally understand why this happened, and it completely makes sense. If you're selling cookies, and someone sits at your booth and starts selling their cookies in your booth, you wouldn't be very happy with that.
I do think it is a loss to this forum to not see Chris' informative posts here though.
Personally, having owned TUSA rods (I still have all the ones that i've bought) and a couple other brands, the TUSA rods are the only Tenkara rods that I still own. I believe that your equipment quality and prices are competitive enough that your sales wouldn't be hurt based on other manufacturers.
I have also seen other forums (namely ESEE knives) where they don't care what you post about, what knives you're selling or posting about and you can see that every forum member there is still purchasing multiple ESEE knives constantly (myself included). But the community there is very tight knit, end everyone (mostly is extremely helpful). That's how I had pictured this forum to be as well.
Sorry i'm too rambly. Bottom line: People should understand the "why" of it; Chris is no longer posting on this forum because he sells many directly competing products. Separating business decisions from friendships is very difficult in the best of circumstances, something I hope to never have to do!