You say, "You are a friend to me, I don't think I have ever disagreed with you before. I think your post is way out of line. This is Peter's site, his property, his business, and its free to us end-users. It's not up to us to tell him how to run his business or what his motives or future interests are.
We simply need to comply with the few requests he ever asks of his users."
As I read what you've written you believe we are indebted to the owner of this site. I believe the owner is indebted to us, his customers, for creating content which has the potential to make him a very wealthy man. I don't think it out of line at all for a customer to voice an opinion, make suggestions, tell a service provider what they want. The service provider has the option to listen, or not, as they see their best interests to be. We, the customers, have the option of going to other forum groups. Free enterprise and all that.
Frankly, rather than being out of line, I see my above post as a sincere gift to the owner. As you can see from Mel's post, An's post, and in particular Jeff's poignant post, the ability to read full signatures is one of the key, perhaps critical, services the owner is providing. If this site no longer serves the needs of its customers in the unique way it has, someone else will come along and fill the gap. The signature issue may, or may not, be a tipping point. I for one think it not a tipping point, but very important. In the end the owner has to decide, but not to give him honest feedback would be a great disservice.
As for my signature, you're right, it could be shorter and I could combine those 0.02s in one line. But, when I look at other signatures one of the things I'm interested in is the dates of PSA readings, how far apart they have been, as well as the number. I suspect others, at least some others, are also interested.
I'm also not a fan of having signature information appear once in a thread, or be available elsewhere. Often when I read a post I look down at the signature. For old friends it reminds me of their situation, for new members it brings me up to speed.
There is a book called "A Complaint Is A Gift." I've no idea if it's any good or not, but it has a great title. My thoughts on signatures are not a complaint really, more of an opinion. But they are intended as a gift to the owner. I hope he sees them as such, and not as you do --- out of line.
May we still be friends?
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02