E-mail of the day
I'd thought I'd share with you a lovely addition to my in-box this afternoon:
Simply outrageous that you don't accept email addresses from anyone but companies. So typical. Hey if you don't want comments from anyone but companies, stop posting garbage telling us to vote for extremely expensive sandwiches asking for opinions then denying the email address!
Thank you, dear writer, for reminding me why it is that we do not allow site registrations from Hotmail addresses. (Oh, and by the way, Hotmail's a company, too. It's owned by a rather large company, by the name of Microsoft. Just sayin'.)
FTR, we require people who register on TPI to do so with a verified ISP, work or school e-mail address, in an effort to keep hit-and-run anonymous gasbags off the site. Such as this gal.
But anyone can vote in polls and submit attraction ratings, without registering, so readers who want, or need, to remain anonymous can participate on the site. (FWIW, I also have approved a few readers to register using anonymous accounts and pseudonyms, since they showed me that they were industry insiders who would not be allowed by their employers to post.)
We've been doing this for nine years around here, and as much as we can do to improve, I'd like to think that we've got the hang of a few things. Namely, that people like to read intelligent and informed comments from real people, not fan-boy posturing from a bunch of anonymous account handles. We're not all the way to that goal yet, but I consider it a small victory that we are keeping people like this writer off the site.
Oh good, you read my e-mail. Now I can vote on expensive sandwiches.
So just because someone has an email account through hotmail, that means they do not know what they're talking about? That does not seem like a valid reason to me.
I, for one Robert, am glad you allowed me to keep my pysuedonym.....I mean, I could lose my job as the head of creative at Universal if anyone ever knew who I was.
You'd think Jake Rivers would have given up by now....
Yep, is very hard and expensive to get an email account from companies. Jesus!!! but not more expensive than the sanwiches, turkeylegs or free beer from TPI food poll.
I wish I had that most precious of life's gifts which allowed me to express my irrational opinions like the writer did...the glorious gift of PMS...
The only reply I can think of is ...wow! I am constantly amazed at the amount of free time some people have, and the ridiculously irrational ways that they choose to spend it.
Well said Robert.
Could someone please explain to me how that person is an idiot because he or she spoke their mind when he or she did not agree with something? There should be more people who are not afraid to speak their mind. I have respect for the person who sent that email because he or she is not afraid to stand up for what he or she believe is wrong.
This e-mail made me laugh. Someone was actually extremely passionate complaining about something so insignificant. It takes a few minutes to set up a fake/spam/ anonymous e-mail account. "Real" e-mail accounts are rarely anonymous... and we know how paranoid people are about releasing their info on the internet.
Good for you Robert to deny the e-mail address! Ignorance is bliss..... I guess while the person was trying to register, they failed to read requirements you posted for acceptance and/or your requested "guidelines" for registration?
Thanks for indulging me, folks. Every now and then I need to vent.
I'm all for criticism and free speech, but I also shut it down when the speaker is, how you say, an ass.
While I do understand where the individual is coming from - specifically, I use a Yahoo! address as an e-mail, and I've had it for somewhere around 7-8 years - and I think I might have wound up sneaking under the radar as far as that's concerned. It's hardly an ISP or school-related e-mail, by any stretch. Not sure how I managed it, considering I only browsed the guidelines when I signed up.
I love this site, man!!!!! Boo hoo to the people who want to bash Robert and all the things he does to keep this site going!
I would just like to say that I have no problems with a person speaking their mind and standing up for issues and opinions that they value. But when a person decides to do so, it helps if they consider two things: does the relevance of the issue equal the strength of the complaint, and what do they ultimately expect to accomplish by complaining.
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