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Forum topic by Clint Searl posted 03-25-2013 07:43 PM 1987 views 0 times favorited 62 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Clint Searl

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03-25-2013 07:43 PM

Why is the representative of a paid sponsor, Baileigh, who’s never even posted a project, permitted to advertise via a Forum topic?

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been


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Mark Davisson

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#1 posted 03-25-2013 08:03 PM

Clint, I have wondered the same thing. It’s not clear to me what being a “sponsor” of this website even means.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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Mainiac Matt

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#2 posted 03-25-2013 08:25 PM

um… probably because he sends Martin money

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#3 posted 03-25-2013 08:29 PM

Would you give it a rest? The guy is a representative of a paid sponsor, is promoting a contest where he will give $1600 worth of product to a LJ winner, we should have more like him!

-- To surrender a dream leaves life as it is — and not as it could be.

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Mainiac Matt

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#4 posted 03-25-2013 08:30 PM

I have no problem with it….. just stating the obvious

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 03-25-2013 08:33 PM

I don’t see a problem. I’d bet he would also be able to be a liason, should someone have problems with one of their machines, tech support, sales & service. Sounds like a symbiotic relationship.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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OggieOglethorpe

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#6 posted 03-25-2013 08:35 PM

I’ve heard that anyone who doesn’t like a paid sponsor participating, as in offering free stuff and contest prizes, in the forums, is entitled to a 100% refund of their LumberJocks membership fee.

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gtbuzz

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#7 posted 03-25-2013 08:55 PM

Because it keeps the lights on?

Doesn’t really bother me. Their posts seem to be kept to a minimum, and, at least in my opinion, are value added. It’s nice to have a manufacturer’s rep active in here. Don’t think anyone is really using their tools yet, but when people do I can really see it being beneficial if he’s still around.

If the alternative were to have LJ start charging a fee or just shut down, i’ll take this any day of the week.

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DS

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#8 posted 03-25-2013 08:57 PM

I think they are even sending out free hats when you order thier catalog. (And get on thier mailing list, I presume)

Imagine that…. free hats—the nerve of some people. ;-)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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Mark Davisson

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#9 posted 03-25-2013 09:10 PM

It would be helpful if we could see a listing of all paid sponsors.

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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nwbusa

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#10 posted 03-25-2013 09:13 PM

Why is the representative of a paid sponsor, Baileigh, who’s never even posted a project, permitted to advertise via a Forum topic?

For the same reason that you’re able to post topics like this one—Martin allows it.

-- John, BC, Canada

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scarpenter002

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#11 posted 03-25-2013 09:40 PM

I am with the others, as long as the funds from this advertiser keeps LJ up and allows for improved features, I am all for it. Sure beats those pesky ads on other sites that expand across your screen.

-- Scott in Texas

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NiteWalker

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#12 posted 03-25-2013 09:40 PM

I’d much rather have a company rep on the forums for when the inevitable lemon makes it through the assembly line and warranty service is needed.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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shampeon

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#13 posted 03-25-2013 10:04 PM

It’s not like he’s shilling for his products while hiding who he works for or anything. It’s pretty easy to avoid his threads as well.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Mark Davisson

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#14 posted 03-26-2013 12:31 AM

James, thanks for asking.

A listing of all paid sponsors would allow me to see who is providing financial support of this website.

And, no, whether or not I know who is financially supporting the costs of maintaining this website has no impact on the way I use the site.

Again, thanks for your questions!

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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Mark Davisson

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#15 posted 03-26-2013 02:13 AM

James, you fail to see my point, and I fail to see why it’s so difficult to see my point.

I’ll repeat, though, that I can’t imagine how knowing who financially supports this site would in any way change the way I use this site. I answered your question in my previous post.

The impact of knowing the identity of this site’s supporters (paid sponsors) seems obvious to me. Right now I have an order (online) ready to submit to Klingspor for consumables (a couple of TS blades, a resaw blade, glue, etc). The prices of those items is pretty consistent among online retailers. My order could just as easily be placed with 5 or 6 other retailers. If I learned that Highland, for example, is a sponsor and Klingspor is not, my order might be submitted to Highland instead of Klingspor.

In my experience an organization identifies to its patrons (in this case, jocks) those who are paid sponsors. And sponsors like being publicly acknowledged/thanked for their support.

Okie dokie?

-- I'm selfless because it feels so good!

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