Our longstanding mentions of the lack of quality and expertise exhibited on price's website, particularly by the posts he creates, have been in the past and are presently acknowledged publicly on their website by the inner circle of founding partners, and even by price himself.
Today we were informed the following was posted there (underlines added for emphasis, ed.) --
"My take is a little different.
The folks I hear from most frequently who are (interestingly) both disappointed in our efforts here, but who also seem to have aspirations for us, simply complain about the quality of much of what goes on on(sic) ****.
They want us to be what they envision we might be if we would just listen, study up a bit more, and generally raise the level of discourse. (They are not interested in contributing to this effort, but they are willing to "hold our coats" and to continue to advise.)
Further, they advise that if we cannot metamorphose(sic) into the image they have for us, it would be better for us to go out of business because we are currently mostly just polluting a too "public" venue and are in the process somehow "hurting the rug world...by too frequently giving bad advice." (I am trying to remember instances in which we might have done the latter, but think that we are actually quite careful about such things.)
Now I don't agree with any of this, but I don't think it's as simple as more experienced folks not wanting to risk the "fray" here. It's more a reluctance to be associated with an effort of the current quality.
Now the interesting thing to me is that this seems to be a largely self-selected elite (although they often have good experience, demonstrated achievements and other ruggy credentials), absolutely certain of the rightness of their views (and of their evaluations of rugs), whose views of **** (and of rug aesthetics) seem not open to modification based on rationale argument. They simply hold a view of which they are sure and argue by reasserting it. One said to me yesterday in an email "Sorry, but that's how things are..." I find the utter certainty behind that sentence breathtaking. I would hope that we might be able to achieve a little more modesty in stating our respective views.
But to repeat I think most of our critics have more complex positions and dispositions than those you have suggested (I would not claim that there a no such).
R. John Howe"
It is truly amazing after this was posted on their board the only thing steve price, the chief clown and buffoon extraordinaire, could do is to accuse RK of being the source of the "...polluting a too "public" venue...". We surely agree but since we have no discourse, either public or private with howe, price of any of their other partners, such an accusation in print is not only misquoted but borders on liable.
So listen up steve price and listen up well -- Your refusal to face reality your website is nothing but an ego driven platform of mis- and dis- information, dumb as rocks opinions and idiotic vain posturing is further proof of what RK.com and many others have told you .
In defense of howe's breaking ranks and publishing the fact many people, besides RK.com, have complained of the quality and yes, even the relevance, of their website price wrote the following:
"Six years or so ago, several of us who weren't satisfied with the then-current rug discussion forums opted to generate our own.
It met our wants and continues to do so for me.
Would I like to see it improve? Sure.
But it still serves me better than any alternative of which I'm aware.
My advice (yeah, I know, but this isn't advice to a novice, nor is it about rugs) to the folks who want something better and know how to make it happen is - create one.
Web space is inexpensive, and it's easy to limit membership to folks that they believe can make meaningful contributions.
Typical mish-mash from an intellectually challenged pompous clown who can't realize, or is it just face the fact, even his own supporters and partners believe something is seriously wrong.
Bothering to duke it out on the internet with a cretin like price is a waste of our time but allowing him to continue his charade of being a rug expert and moderator of a website where “collectors can connect” is even more abhorrent.
The only connections we see in price and his group’s efforts are the ego fulfillment they receive by seeing their names in print daily.
Perhaps price's partners, who we note are silent most of the time and especially when any soul-searching like howe's posts appear, should take his advice and start their own website for "collectors to connect" and leave price to play with his tiny, impotent pud alone.
To say price and all his valueless efforts on the internet (he even has a site for "african art") are sub-standard, even for the rug world where drek like pacquin's discovery or a fiasco like the LACMA/dodds rug are accepted and lapped-up by ruggies galore, is one fact anyone can hang their hat on.
Get off the net price, you fool. Your own partners, besides for RK.com and legions of others, all know what you can't seem to grasp -- you and your website are a joke of major proportions. Too bad it ain't funny, actually it's too pathetic for anyone to take jokingly.