Join Date: Feb 2008
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Hmmm. Not to be a contrarian, but I don't think you should resign. Obviously you need to do what you believe is right, but you seem to accept that Sailnet did not do anything unethical or inappropriate. As you say, "they" made a business decision, and one that probably made sense. Being in that business of suing and getting sued, I can say that your estimate of tens of thousands of dollars in legal costs probably is off by a zero. Or two. No joke, the cost of litigation absolutely can crush a company, particularly one that is not very well funded. It happens all the time, and if you can't afford the fight, your only choice is to settle, regardless of how right you might be. From what you say, the culprit clearly is Tartan, and these kinds of things have a way of getting out, so I wouldn't worry about sailors not getting the word on this or future similar occurrences. Indeed, Tartan probably just ensured that this gets more attention than it otherwise would have gotten.
But more important than all of that, you can't do anything about it if you resign. The only way to have an impact is to stay in the fight, so to speak. If you resign, they win.
Anyway, as you know George, I have great respect and fondness for you, and whatever you decide you'll hear no criticism from me (at least not any that isn't followed by a smiley face). You're a great moderator and a great asset, not just to Sailnet but to sailors. That's why I would prefer not to lose you as a moderator. Of course you still can help by simply participating, but you can and would do more by moderating.
So, that's my pitch for you to stay on.
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