Yesterdays story on the Tarp Find Prototype Cobra erupted into a back and forth about an insulting comment made regarding the quality of wood and craftsmanship of the work being done on the Cobra. The reason why it became somewhat contentious. Is the tone that the comment was made. Not that it may have been a Knot, or is a knot.
Also near the end of the day, some of the regulars from the lake chimed in. I know that the comment struck a nerve of sorts. And was not fare since how it was worded. “That wouldn’t fly in my shop” tone is important.
You can of course can go back and read the back and forth. BUT, here is the point. I applaud and thank the good folks that send us their work. They put it out there for the comments and arguing. And that is amazing. This boat as have others, has been done out in the open, like making sausage. The little details are part of it, but also the courage to allow that exposure to happen is amazing, and we are grateful. We always encourage others to show their work, after all, it’s one of the corner stones of why Woody Boater is here.
We also applaud people that make comments and use their real names. As painful as this may seem, it does make this community better. But, as I said before, tone is everything. If its a knot, or not a Knot, is really not the issue with social media. TONE!
After 40 years in business, I have learned the hard way, that tone is more important than facts. Facts are facts. But tone is emotion. Here is a possible way to have made a comment when you notice something. After all, you may be wrong.
1. A private email. Call, etc. I get tons of them, and adjust accordingly. If you notice, if a comment is made about my error, I leave the error, because its part of the issue and at this point cant adjust the error as respect to the comment. But a private email or text. Allows me to fix it. So in reality, a comment about an error is designed by the reader to embarrass the writer. Not help.
2. If a comment is made. Like the one made. It could have gone like this. “I see in the photo what appears to be a knot in a frame. Is that a stain? Is there a knot on the other side of the frame? I realize its in a strange place to notice? I realize this is a photo, but you may want to look into that? This allows the reader to look helpful instead of jealous or spiteful, and the writer, and participant to have a way to check, instead of a battle.
3. I make lite of battles, but they take a personal tole. They can create feuds that do not end. They make the entire community look like children. And for the people involved, stress! This should be fun. No one wants to do business with children. Note that in an argument, both parties look like loosers. For the record, Seth never made a comment, or got involved. In fact we laughed over it, it sure looks like a knot. And part of the issue was confusion regarding the stem. Classic Boating is a stress release, not a stress maker.
As to the knot, or not a knot. Or why a knot. We are getting new photos and will deliver that news as soon as the investigation is over. STAY TUNED. The Cobra Prototype Story is heating up.
Thanks for reading and commenting. Without your participation it would not be the same.
By the way, we have WHAT KNOT? Shirts on Sale? Ya. I went there. Who knew this would happen in a million years. gotta make lemons.. Well you know..