It seems we are living in the past, so keep in mind that many of the few posters were the most ignored on DBR message boards with stats to prove it. Others were booted for good.
What gets me is that a rep of DBR has said this is okay. The key thing they said was that I *sometimes* come off as schilling. They clearly said let it go, but then you come in and refuse to without your two cents.
Two cents of opinion or a message that could have easily been sent to me via private message.
I am aware of a certain e-mail group where I am the topic of discussion and guess what? I do have thick skin for it doesn't bother me.
You say that other posters here run pay sites, yet how often do they post? Who are they? Have they contributed 24 plus articles to DBR as I have? Can you type in their name in a search engine and see the many contributions or references to this site?
Another thing is that I do not hide behind annonymity. I put my name out there and put up with attacks from a *few* for doing so. We have mods here that never release their name, acting as if their is a double secret reason. Well, there is an advantage to that - you don't put up with personal attacks as people who use their name. No, you put up with the crazies and I am not talking Cameron Crazies.
What I am saying, is that a name adds credibility IMO.
As for how I run my site, well you seem far to worried about that. It is indeed a lobor of love, but my subscribers are glad to pay in order to get better, detailed recruiting and ocasional inside information. Add to that my knowledge of the subject matter be it history or present and you have a good delivery of the subject matter.
Now, do you tell these other posters that run sites what you have me? Okay, I advertise in the most popular forum out there.
Do you think my contributions have brought DBR hits over the years? Do you think that helped grow the site in a small way? Could you not get where JK just said that our sites compliment each others? Are you aware that i refer to this message board as my unofficial one, nor do I plan to ever get one becaue of my relationship to DBR? Can the other site owners claim this? Is it not possible for my free section to grow and get this place more hits? Do the other site owners have a long history of working with the DBR? Do they know the owners personally or better yet, get along with them? Do they intentionally direct traffic here in any way? Do they claim to have gotten part of their start here or show appreciation as I do?
Just because you feel one way or your group of friends do too, doesn't reflect on DBR posters as a whole. Also, how do you know what long time posters think? How do you know who they are? I mean some posters names have changed.
Are you living in the past? Is DBR not growing into something new, attempting to be bigger and better, reach more people? This is the board as it is today and this was my reason for being upset with throaty's antics in that he invited the group of ten or less people to jump on their soap box and tatter the evil, supposedly self serving watzone.
I am baited for a response from what should be a dead issue, despite the word from the owners. I would consider the stance of the critics a lot more if they would approach this is a more up front manner, by putting their names out there or handling the situation with a little more professionalism.
Please do not tell me how to run my site though. If you want that kind of control, get your own The service I provide is somewhat necessary and has been well recieved. There are people from other sites that will gladly come here and continue with the pot shots for their annoymity allows them the oportunity as does an open forum. I understand thats the way it is.
I am not against annonymity, it serves its purpose. Some posters are abusing that, not having to put up with the repercussions, literally hiding behind a made up name. They could be opposing fans, people who judge me from my beliefs, an old classmate from school who thought I wronged them... you get it in that it could be anyone.
Still, it was a moderator who really got the ball rolling and the thread deteriorated ever since. Go figure.
Lastly, it is not like pop ups, it is not all the time. It is within a post and peolpe say things that are far worse than a link my site. You avoid them, hate you read it, etc. Oh, and there are plenty of references to sites in signature lines and I have been told that is okay, but choose not to do it.
Again, if it involves subject matter, I may link my site. That has been okay'd by the site owners, so is it asking too much for you to overlook it as you do an offensive post? Can you use the block feature if it bothers you that bad? Most of all, can you and certain other posters let this go as you have been asked to do. Can you accept the DBR's explantation or do you speak for them?
How about this! If anyone else has a problem, send a message through the system. Clean this up for it is not a trial. If you disagree, fine. It's America, but show the members a little respect and quit baiting me for responses.
With a thread that has gotten so off topic, it may be time to just let it go.