>If you post something like "We are having a tournament next month" or "We
>are a new dealer, give us a call to receive our catalog," or if you want to
>give us the address for your web site, fine, nobody would object to that,
>quite the contrary. But in this case we have seen a steady stream of
>blatant adverti***ts from this one dealer. If he wants to yack about
>paintball, great, he is more than welcome. But if his real purpose here is
>just to sell stuff, then let him take out an ad in APG like everybody else,
>not use a newsgroup intended as a public forum for discussion of this sport
>to sneak in free ads, much less clutter the place up with messages to
>specific customers. A couple of years ago this kind of spam would get him
>flamed to a crisp; it was in bad taste then and it is no more appropriate
I agree wholeheartedly. The difference between the group 2 years ago (or
more) and now is that the percentage of newbies is going up. Way up.
Local shops are out. Mail order from the cheapest place possible is in.
I've posted regarding my dislike of these commercial postings several times,
and I tend to get flame mail from, well let's say, the maturity challenged.
These people want these posts. They love them. They save them from paying $5
for the APG catalog every month.
These people must not remember when this forum was actually educational. For
those who don't remember or were not a part of this group, industry folk
used to post here. Oh yes. Sounds nuts when you look at where we've come,
doesn't it? Bob Long....Glenn Palmer....Zander of the Ironmen....etc.
Pro-players, technology pioneers, magazine editors, league organizers, and
the list goes on. All of these people were in the position to spam the
newsgroup with commercial posts and/or plugs for their sponsors. NONE DID.
By their actions, they gained respect.
Sadly, these people are no longer regular posters to our forum. Oh, I'm sure
they're still out there. Listening. Lurking. Shaking their heads at the mess
this has become.
Do you want them back? Would you enjoy Glenn Palmer discussing barrel
theory, or Bob Long speaking of winning tourney tactics? I would, and if you
wouldn't you can only be ignorant.
We can get them back. *They* are waiting for *us*.
Show respect for your fellow paintballer.
Realize that you have a lot to learn.
Read past articles regarding your current question.
If industry people *do* post. Don't spam them. Respect their space. Let them
offer their advice and help. They don't owe it to us.
Lurk before you post.
Well, this tirade has gone on long enough. I hope this has sparked some
thinking in our collective.
As always, open debate is welcome.
Spam Email will result in one hell of a mail bombing.