|a few months ago, i received an email from audiogonís management with the intriguing subject line "got a minute?" in it, i was asked whether i had any interest in helping to develop a dispute resolution system for transactions emanating from audiogonís website. hours of telephone conversations and countless emails followed. and, eventually, a dispute resolution system was developed, which is now an integral part of this site.|
in working through various dispute resolution issues, i became more and more involved as a lawyer to his client. additional legal issues arose that i was asked to review and resolve. all during this time, i continued to post to discussion forums as a "member" of the audiogon community. i tried my best to avoid even the appearance of impropriety, avoiding conflicts in my roles as legal counsel and "member."
over the past few weeks, it has become apparent to me and that i can no longer wear two hats. so iíve had to chose how i might best serve this community and those who allowed it to begin and to evolve. iíve chosen to continue and expand my legal services to audiogon. my long-term goals as legal counsel are many but two are of greatest importance: to assure that audiogon remain the fairest, safest and most dependable online market for audio and video gear; and to help construct bridges over that chasm that now exists between the manufacturing and distributing sector and those who use the internet as a marketing and informational tool.
the decision to end my participation in the audiogon discussion forums was not an easy one. iíve loved being a participant in these threads. and i truly treasure the many friends iíve gotten to know here. i invite your private emails, whether you seek advice, a shoulder to lean on or just want to vent.
as my favorite band sang, "what a long, strange trip itís been." so, my fellow denizens of this cyberspace pub, i bid you a fond farewell.
-F. Kelly Smith (a/k/a cornfedboy)