Yep, been here awhile. I still remember the night I discovered this place and it's honestly one of the few places I visit on the web. I don't post much, but read a lot.
I realize after reading my previous post it sounded sorta like a call out to you, Aimless. It wasn't and I apologize for the tone if you took it as such. No, I don't recall seeing stuff like you currently have in your sig line. I hardly pay attention to such thing, which reminds me I probably need to change mine. I don't even remember who Echo Hotel is/was.
I know there is always people who get burned or otherwise unhappy with companies on the web or on here in particular. Heck, most everyone on here swears by a certain company I started a thread about, but was left unsatisfied. I have no bone in this fight, but would assist if asked - though I have no affiliation with OSOE other than as a happy customer.
The gear really is that damn good. I'd hate for someone to discount OSOE after reading this thread, because I feel that despite what has happened in the past with OSOE and in John's personal life (and how he comes across often times on Facebook), they are truly dedicated to making a quality product at a fair price and making customers happy. Maybe he treats customers who are downrange differently than customers who are not, I don't know since I've been downrange since I've started dealing with OSOE.
I guess there was a ban or something and he can't or didn't successfully defend his side of the story. I feel for the customers who feel they were robbed or jilted...and as I've said I will email John and see what he says if asked to by the parties in question. Other than that, I just wanted voice my experiences and my opinions of the quality and the customer service provided to me by OSOE.