All over the Internet I see people asking for an alternative to Steve Hoffman Music Forums. Well, here it is! The obnoxious behavior of the host and "gorts" (aka moderators) is a primary reason why I created Thrifty CDs. Despite my serious reservations with many SHF forum policies and the disrespectful behavior toward members, I was a member there for over 10 years. I enjoyed some of the discussions and fellow music lovers. Then I was banned last month for trivial reasons. You see, regardless of the contributions you made on the board, if you question any policy decision of the moderators, regardless of how absurd, unfair or ridiculous, you will likely be banned. There's about 10,000 other reasons you can be banned as well. And that's what happened to me, and countless others. IMHO, the host is very insecure, overly sensitive and has a inflated sense of self importance. I honestly believe that music fans deserve a better place to converse and I hope that this website flourishes in the future. In future posts, I will elaborate more on why this forum aspires to be better and also how it is different than Steve Hoffman's Forum.