I recently received your email concerning "lack participation with members who only lurk (read) and do not contribute with answering a thread, posting info or helping when another P4P'er is asking for help."
While I do agree with you, I feel as though I need to explain my reason to you and other members. Maybe (and I'm hopeful) it will launch some additional contributions as well.
I think I had mentioned this to you before, but you need to understand that some members need to be extremely careful in what they communicate or post in forums. For example, there are actually warning signs posted all over my work place. These warnings indicate that we are to "be careful" what we post, blog, email,etc. In other words, posting may lead to "misrepresentation of the company" and even "cause for disciplinary" action (yes, up to and including termination). While I am uncertain if you have actually see any, I can tell you that throughout my travels to businesses within our geographical area, I have seen quite a few. Not on the sales floor, reception or showroom, but in the administrative area and employee break room.
While I had expressed to you a few months ago that our business has drastically changed -- many of us continue to "be careful" and not put our careers, family, or livelyhood in any type of jeopardy. With the economy and industry changing so rapidly, many of us are reluctant to speak freely.
I am curius to see if other members agree or if you have received similar feedback. For all you do, thank you. I appreciate that regardless of my circumstances you continue to keep it real!