I was going to post a long, drawn out entry citing every statement made with the actual unbiased facts (I can do this because unlike "some" who have posted here, I see first-hand what really goes on behind the closed doors) but I then I realized it will fall on deaf ears to those who don't understand the grand scheme of said topic or the intricacies of this business (non-profit, of course).
It won't fall on deaf ears, I'm listening.
So go ahead and believe that RS has pictures up first, always.
Never said always. I've seen JD scoop them several times. In fact, I actually started watching for it after I made a similar claim awhile back and Matt (I think) asked me to keep my eye out. So yes, I do notice there are times when JD is first with the news and I know you guys take pride in that when you are.
Believe that sites don't steal each other's news.
I never made any mention of that. I do think that all of the collecting sites post the same news within a short amount of time, so it makes sense to assume it originates some place and often does not get credited to where it originated from. That indeed sucks if it happens.
Continue on believing that back-stabbing, underhanded behaviors don't occur in this hobby and that everyone is a friendly competitor.
I'm not sure I know what you're talking about here....
Go forward believing that this large "traffic" is a blessing (without having market research on the demographics of said "traffic").
I never said it was a blessing, I just said it's the big reason that things like classifieds and store reports are more plentiful there. I also pointed out that their being big is what brings all the noobs, trolls and assorted yahoos to that site. They flock there because it's the big one....and I think RS's biggest problem is they don't have the staff to deal with it. If they had the kind of staff you guys have, that would be a very different place. It'd be a "best of both worlds" kind of situation.
I simply ask that you don't come to my site and tell me how that site is some martyr.
I think people here throw a lot of crap RS's way, but I don't think that makes them a martyr. They probably have no idea half of it is being said anyway.
I'll give you that they have a lot of nice features, good pictures, nice coverage but if you knew any back story whatsoever it would make you sick. Or would it? I'm not so sure there are people that could care less and simply want the fastest, main stream thing and don't care how it is obtained, what was done for it and who runs it.
You have no idea.
I guess I can't comment on that one...because you're right, I know not what you speak of.
There are some things I know....I know several years ago the staff there banned a lot of my friends here for expressing their distaste for the place (on this site, where it should have been ok to do so), and that sucked. I also remember there were some people who were banned for nothing but being members here and that was also wrong. Eventually, most folks who wanted to were allowed to return. That seemed like a good start towards ending the drama. I also know RS doesn't treat JD as "the name that shall not be mentioned" anymore. In fact, I've seen them credit JD quite a few times. I always thought that was a good sign that they were over all that stuff so many years ago. It seems like this thread is the only place the drama still lives on.
However, if there's some seedy underbelly, or "site war" still raging behind the scenes, I guess I haven't heard about it. Knowing that, I hope you won't hate me for not hating them.