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Old 02-20-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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Old 02-20-2012, 04:37 PM   #2
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does it matter? or should i be wearing my tin foil hat when i'm on this site too???
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:04 PM   #4
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They own a lot of very popular forums. Seems to be a decent operation.

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Yea, it matters. Most internet forums were started by an enthusiast, and run by and for the enthusiast group the forum is "about"

The other admins / mods are also enthusiasts, "promoted" to this unpaid volunteer position due to their forum activity.

As these forums get more active, they get more complicated. Hackers, software "stuff", bandwidth, servers.... more complicated and more expensive.

At some point of "success" the original owner will sell the forum to an advertising company, who's one and only goal is operating for profit. They hav deep pockets, and professional programmers, and bandwidth out the yingyang.

And things are never the same. They frown on relationships, on politics, on anything controversial.

Note my remarks are my own, and refllect my experience at camaros.net, where I was a mod, before and shortly after they were bought out by autoforums.

The thing that really bugs me is, while it is the admins and mods who "make" the site, just by the strength of their personalities, these advertising companies still expect them to do all this on a volunteer basis, out of the goodness of there hearts.

I quit team camaro. I don't work for free.
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Jim i understand where you're coming from. I'm a mod over on one of the secondary Falcons message boards. NOT the main 'official' one. that one is, as you refer to, just a spot they want to draw a lot of hits so they can sell advertising too. the secondary board i frequent has no ads whatsoever.

i don't mind being a mod, was asked to by the man who actually created the site. nope it doesn't pay anything, i never expected it to, and as i spend a lot of time there, i certainly don't mind helping to keep threads on track and banning the spam bots. and we have a system there in place that makes a users first post only visible to the mods, who must approve it before it's seen. keeps the spam bots out.

my 'tin foil hat' comment, while made in jest, can actually apply to the fact that i totally disregard the ads along the top and the sides. so they pay for the site, all well and good to keep it free. if it wasn't, i'd go somewhere that was
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Just for the record, Andy not only owns Social Knowledge, he owns an Airstream.
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Next time I'm around Dallas, I'll stop by McKinney and see if Andy R. really works or not.

By the way, anyone that registers a Domain name becomes public information. It is all out there and the information is not a secret. Now it could be that the information is "different" than what it should be, but it's out there.

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The original owner of the forum is "Warpath" and owns RV Upgrades, a sponsor here. He is a RV enthusiast, but decided to iRV2 and pursue his main line businesses.

Andy is an RVer and his right-hand man is "Janet", also an Rver. He owns Airstream Trailer & Motorhome Owners Community which is dedicated to Airstream trailers.

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By the way, anyone that registers a Domain name becomes public information. It is all out there and the information is not a secret. Now it could be that the information is "different" than what it should be, but it's out there.
There are ways to hide the registration of a domain name. Domain registrars offer this service, and charge for it. Basically, the register it using a "shell" company that the registrar owns.

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Just for the record, Andy not only owns Social Knowledge, he owns an Airstream.
Well, he can't be all bad then!! My parents used to own an Excella 500 Airstream, their Wally Byam # was 8008.
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Next time I'm around Dallas, I'll stop by McKinney and see if Andy R. really works or not.

By the way, anyone that registers a Domain name becomes public information. It is all out there and the information is not a secret. Now it could be that the information is "different" than what it should be, but it's out there.

Happy trails.
Can't you have a private and hidden domain ownership? Seems to me I've seen that when I've bought some of mine.
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Can't you have a private and hidden domain ownership? Seems to me I've seen that when I've bought some of mine.
That's up to your domain host. GoDaddy.com - as one of the worlds largest - certainly offers that service for a couple more bucks on top of the $10 or so annual domain registration/hosting fee they charge.
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There are ways to hide the registration of a domain name. Domain registrars offer this service, and charge for it. Basically, the register it using a "shell" company that the registrar owns.

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Yes, I know that, and that is why I stated that the information could be "different."

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Can't you have a private and hidden domain ownership? Seems to me I've seen that when I've bought some of mine.
Yes you can.

Just like you can use a META Tag to ask the search engine robots to not index or follow the page. That doesn't mean that they will not index or follow, and hiding a domain registrant does not mean it will be totally invisible. And with any little tidbit of information, it could lead to more information. It depends on how much time and money one wants to spend to retrieve the information. Some one once said, "Once on the Interent, information stays on the Internet."

p.s., Social Knowledge owns about 165 Domains.
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