Whatever you do, stay out of our streams.
Our streams? Well, I see that it's now tribal council time, and we're deciding who gets to stay on the Island of Self-Righteous Sharing and who gets kicked off. Geez, Eric, could you at least pause long enough to recognize the ridiculous corner you've painted yourself into with that contradictory and inflammatory comment? That's some way to win friends and influence people, pal.
Let's see who has to go (stay out of our streams):
Obviously, Matt has to go for refusing to share a streamer. But wait...he's already gone.
Of course, Shawn has to go. Although he somewhat disagreed with Matt, he made the mistake of erring on the side of less sharing. He probably should have been kicked off first.
And Louis has to go because he tried to support both Matt and Shawn--unpardonable!
Ok, I'm sure that I have to go next for backing up Louis. Oh well, I knew I was going to regret this. Tough luck guys, you're still stuck with me, even in exile.
Rbpcaddis should probably go for being entirely too civil and not being sufficiently outraged by Matt's response to his question. (Oh yeah, and he asked the wrong question.)
Perhaps TripleR should be given the boot for trying to see both sides, but he's new, and maybe he could just stand with one foot on the island and one in the water.
Have I forgotten anyone? Wait a minute...yes, I believe I have.
In case anyone missed it, Eric complained earlier that Jason shouldn't express a political opinion on his own website--wrong kind of sharing. Perhaps Jason would be allowed to stay if he pulled an Arlen Specter and switched parties, but we all know that hell will freeze over before that happens. Sorry, Jason, but it looks like you're coming with us.
(I've heard rumors that Roger might be secretly sympathetic to the exiles, but as long as he has the good sense to keep his mouth shut, he can probably stay on the island a while longer. Sshhh!)
I suppose that hoping that we could perform some penance would be asking too much. Perhaps if we all drew detailed maps to every decent fishing hole we've ever known and promised to donate all of our flies to poor, unfortunate, and downtrodden would-be fly fishers we'd be allowed back on the island.
Can you see how bizarre and silly this is? Just in case you can't, let me point out that one more person certainly has to go, based strictly on the rules established by the moral arbiter of fly fishing:
It seems that there have been hundreds of threads on this site where a certain person could have offered advice, fly recipes, and other information, but he has never seen fit to do so--not even once. Yes, Eric, you have to go, too. If the sin in question is one of not sharing information on this website that would help the sport to grow and flourish, then there is simply no question that you have been the most egregious sinner of all. Next to you, everyone listed above looks like a saint!
A simple apology for having (mis)judged the people on this website would be appropriate, and it would be nice to have it delivered without sanctimony and without causing further conflict. Time to man up....