I’m not saying they are rules anyone has to abide by. I’m simply saying that they work for me and so I’m offering them here to others who might find them useful.
Nick’s Rule #1: Only mention someone personally if you are complimenting them or trying to be funny. I try to never attack anyone personally. I don’t even know who makes up ASHI’s or NAHI’s B.O.D and I don’t want to know. ASHI’s new 2007 President Frank Lesh is one heck of a nice guy and if he wants my help with his membership woes or anything else over at ASHI, all he has to do is ask and I’m going to help him, and not because any of ASHI’s problems are NACHI-caused… they aren’t. In just the few seconds I met with him, he made me feel like I could count on him for help when NACHI needs it.
Nick’s Rule #2: If you see another association doing something right, say so! When ASHI came out against preferred vendor schemes I must have complimented them 100 times on this message board. I complimented them again when I had the stage at the recent ASTM meeting. And I compliment them when I’m speaking at NACHI events every time the subject comes up. They were right and their Code of Ethics is something that they should be proud of. I don’t mind telling the world that I’m proud of them too. If you see anyone doing anything good in this world… cheer them on!
Nick’s Rule #3: If you see another association doing something wrong, say so! ASHI not having any entrance requirements other than send a check is something that warrants public riducule. And scumbag NAHI deserves to be bashed from all sides for permitting their members to work to correct defects they themselves find on their own inspections. Unconscionable! All inspectors have a duty to humiliate NAHI with their own COE (or should I say lack of one).
Anyway… perhaps these are of use. No one start goofy threads saying that Nick is instituting censorship on this message board which has and continues to protect free speech, I’m not. I just offered my personal rules (which I am guilty of bending and breaking myself) here tonight in hopes that others find some value in them. I fully understand that some arguments get personal and that some topics, especially those that affect one’s livelihood, are going to get heated… so exceptions to these rules are reasonable in a free society.
Just try to remember that we’re all in this inspection industry together.