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This is kind of like watching a couple of tattle-tells bully another kid in 6th grade. Seriously. It's sad.
I went through a week's worth of posts and only found two instances where Andy posted a link to his blog. (only ONE the way you guys are griping about) This argument and attack is a little ridiculous and uncalled for.
I understand the rule about posting/promoting a personal "event" in the event area, but this was wedding related just as much as related to any other board. Personally, if I were attending WPPI, I would be glad that he posted this where he did. Big freakin' deal. One forum or another, it still gets posted. The show will be over in no time and this will all have been history - for the next year. It's not like he's giving this workshop every weekend; but if he did and continued to post ads, then I'd see a point. I just think this lynching was a little premature.
Now, about this thread and rule changes... my opinion (and it's just that) is it's even more ridiculous that we cannot link to our blog/site in a post. (if this is indeed true) That's just dumb and I'm fairly sure this would be the only forum on the net with such a rule. What's wrong with saying "see the rest here..." and posting a link? Let's face it, most of us are not going to go clicking "www" just to be faced with having to click through at least a couple more links - and then having to find the blog post, that actually may be old. Kind of stupid, huh? No linking to blog posts or sites would kill a lot of interaction in my opinion. It would probably kill the wedding forum.
The bottom line - if it's such an issue, then let Fred go to Google and turn off the indexing on FM. It's that freakin' simple.
And not linking a site that's talking about us? Again - stupid. If it's a blatant advertising, that's one thing - but in general? Personally, I didn't see anything terribly wrong with Andy's once-a-year promotion. And, what if (insert your fav photog magazine here) puts us on the cover and says we're the best thing since sliced bread? You don't think any one of us wouldn't be proud of that and want to post it? Again, if it's an issue, visit Google and turn off FM indexing. At this rate, you're just going to have buddies PMing each other, asking them "do them a favor" to get around the rule.
So, what is it with some of the members here? I seriously feel like I'm in elementary school sometimes with the way some members act here. Sorry, but it just seems like we have some bullies (and rude smartasses) here. Enough of the dumbass threads and smartass comments already. I found a forum I enjoy participating in, and I gotta see this kind of crap half a dozen times a day? Give it a break. How about an off-topic area for that crap?