QUOTE (rudedog @ May 28 2009, 11:45 AM)
Let me just ask one last question. Whomever can respond however they wish.
Let's say Jason, had NEVER posted this thread or the info contained within.
Now, let's say that during my hourly perusal through many different websites, I came across this info and cross-posted it here. What is the main difference, between how it went down, and my hypothetical way of posting? The plain and simple fact that he himself didn't get to pm everybody individually, that's it, plain and simple.
I mean honestly, you act like I KNEW what Jason had in store for us, and that simply is NOT the case. I got lucky or unlucky however you see it, that it just so happened to be the same info. As for any relation with Ford, I don't see where I messed anything up. If I did, have them contact me personally, and I'll take care of it personally. It's that simple. I'm certainly not above mending something I messed up.[/b]
The difference between somebody 'stumbling across' something and cross-posting it is that, in this case, Ford sent a specific invitation to TCCA through 'official channels'.
It is much easier for me to just post the info than to PM everybody. But, again, in the interest of making sure that nobody at Ford got pissed off I made the call to not just post it since I was given the impression it was an invitation only event with a limited amount of space.
In this particular case, thankfully, nothing was messed up with Ford (at least not that I'm aware of). BUT our relations with Ford have been strained in the past due to incidents similar to this and I go out of my way to prevent it.
You must understand that with a member-base of 20k+ people it is very easy for somebody to become inundated with correspondence and it is important that doesn't happen so that Ford and other companies will continue to want to work with our club.
Most people don't realize the volume of correspondence generated from our website by members and other visitors to the website. We get an extremely high volume of traffic by many different guests everyday, so it only takes a small percentage of people to do something to create an issue.
This whole discussion is not simply about a handful of people or a single event, but lessons learned from various different happenings involving the club over the years. I hope you guys can appreciate this broad perspective and realize this isn't targeted toward any individuals.