Old Mar 29, 13, 10:17 am
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kokonutz
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Originally Posted by kipper View Post
My concerns:
  • Threads will turn into blogger bashing.
  • Bloggers will be self-promoting their blogs, turning it into a commercial forum. I can see anything from, "See my blog for details on..." to, "Please visit my blog," etc. There's enough of the blogger self-promotion in signatures and such.
These are the precisely the same arguments used against creating a Travel Tools forum: the threads would turn into gripe-fests against the tool-makers and/or the forum would be nothing but tool-pimping.

I invite you visit the Travel Tools forum to see whether either of those possible-terribles have occurred.

Might blogs be different? Sure. The barrier to entry to the blog business is far lower than the software tool business. But that's all the more reason we need a forum to separate the wheat from the chaff!

Originally Posted by goalie
My question (and also for my education): If a blogger (call them BLOGGER-X) also uses BLOGGER-X as their F/t handle, then they should be afforded all "the protections" under Ft ToS but if BLOGGER-X posts on F/t as MEMBER-Y then I say the BLOGGER-X is fair game "to bash" as they are not posting under their f/t handle. They may be one in the same person but not in my eyes on F/t.

Now with that, you can see that there is a loophole as if BLOGGER-X knows what they are doing , they use both BLOGGER-X as their blogger name and their F/t handle and thus only their blog & blog post can be commented upon/criticized but not them as a member of F/t.
Folks heap criticism on UA while UA Insider watches on. Hell, I *wish* Smisek were a member of FlyerTalk so I could tell him to his 'face' what I think of his decisions with regard to the business he runs.

Once a FlyerTalker enters the world of points and miles commerce, they open their business and business decisions up to full and open discussion about the business they run. So should we be talking about a blogger's 'day job?' No, of course not, unless the blog talks about it. But should we be talking about a blog's tendencies to value revenue over useful information in a pattern that may reveal avarice? Of course we should talk about that, just like we talk about how Smisek puts ancillary revenue over loyalty.

It's not personal, it's business. And we didn't make it that way, the entrepreneur chose to create a business catering to us. All we are doing is talking about that business.
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