> Without being accusatory, I'd offer the idea that your goals and
> those of kitesurfing end users are at odds...
> Here's a thought: I think most would agree that this egroup is likely
> one of the biggest, and best kitesurfing forums available on the net.
> I get as many as 50-80 posts here, per day. Why not mirror *this* on
> your site? This isn't hard to do, using frames. eGroups allows this
> (they want a little $, but you can take that or leave it--anybody can
> do frames).
> That way we'd *all* not only get more traffic, we'd drive more and
> more content to this egroup, for the good of us all. If the current
> "sponsor" agreement between Stefano and his sponsors is a problem,
> well, I expect half a dozen site owners could out-bid the present
> sponsor, for a few pennies per hit, and make Kitesurfing back into a
> "sponsorless" group, ready for inclusion into your web site.
> Stefano, what do you think?
i agree with Dave Culps comments... There are more than a dozen kitesurf
forums around as a kitesurfer i would like them all to be in one place but
thats up to us kitesurfers to do that !
actually i stopped (at least temporarily) the sponsorship of the egroup. My
concept was to get equipment in exchange of the sponsorship so that i could
lend it out to the "not so fortunate" kids at my spot to teach them how to
kitesurf. Turns out this is not as easy as i hoped for, due to a lack of
time on my part mostly.
Therefore I will not ask for sponsors for a little while. The fee to
maintain the group addfree has been paid for the year so we might as well
enjoy it !
I am totally ok with anybody framing the egroup - there are quite a few that
do it already. in any case you can frame it independent of what I think. I
dont see the group as "mine". I like to take care of it but its "owned" by
the web kitesurfing community.
Go ahead and frame away !