Re: Locked out of Iwindsurf.com!
- Well said Dave!
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Dave Culp <dave@d...> wrote:
> >Hard to believe
> No, I don't find it hard to believe, at all.
> >Kite surfers are at this stage, still a relatively small community.
> >In the interest of growing this new sport, contact and
> >are essential. Here on Maui as well as other places around the
> >we face a number of issues, some of which threaten access and the
> >future of the sport itself.
> You've put your finger right on it, Vern. The community of
> kitesurfers *is* small. In fact, it's too small to spread it all
> the net, trying to cover all the "good stuff" out there. Just like
> search engines, it's important for kitesurfers to find everything
> available, in *one* place on the net.
> Look, I understand why sites (like yours--and like Iwindsurfing)
> to include forums, chat, etc. You want traffic, right? Well, the
> actual *users* of your site, and others, don't share your goals.
> want everything, in one place. OTOH, sites like Iwindsurfing *do*
> share your goals--more traffic to their site. So, in a very real
> you are a competitor of theirs, and just another time suck, for the
> rest of us (no offense--your site's pretty cool, in fact)
> 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
> one of the biggest, and best kitesurfing forums available on the
> 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
> 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?
> Dave Culp