If we have to use the same criteria for here that we use with people we know or see face-to-face, what's the point of the Internet?
Heh, true, but the way that I see it is despite the extremely poor way that Andy has handled this, that it's obviously a cry for help. And though i've never physically met anyone from this site, there's a certain connection that keeps me coming back here, and that's a respect out of having similar musical tastes and some things that I can talk about and agree on that the average person in my day to day life wouldn't give a shit about (fuzz pedals, heavy stuff, etc).
From the day that this forum was enacted, it's been handled in a way where you can feel like the hostilities from the SR.com forums generally haven't been transferred over. I've seen enough meltdowns to know when someone's serious and when someone's not serious, and in this case, Andy feels like he's devoted his entire life to something that has caused him to be broke. And in fairness, there's alot of lessons that you learn that you don't figure out until you've been on the road and have survived all the petty shit on a day to day basis that threatens to do your band in. I've seen it myself, and i've seen it in other bands.
There's alot of really crazy things that happen to touring bands, and although that doesn't explain why Andy struck out at his supporters, I think that there's definetely something between the hostile demise of Black Pyramid--one of the most well known in the genre as far as up and coming bands--and Dan's slightly bitter walking away from SR.com due to a lack of support, overall. That much I know. Judging by Black Pyramid's buzz and even looking at their LastFM statistics in terms of fan support, you'd be hard pressed to think that they were broke. He'd said that they'd failed MeteorCity and a whole bunch of people, and that's a bit concerning.....if that's where "successful" bands are these days, that's pretty crazy. Mind you, when you read about the Black Flag stories and their tours with St. Vitus, it was rough then, too. I'm not sure what the answer is.