Lets take all the emotion we can out of this situation and look at this objectively. Can everyone agree with this idea or should I just go nuclear and make poor Gary have to play cleanup? OK now that we can get past this point lets look at how this went down.
Before anyone jumps to conclusions I was in Denver at a trade show completely detached from the Internet as I refuse to get the VS App on my phone and get sucked into any drama that transpires here. I even ran into Vince from NS and none of this was mentioned to me. So once you all realize I had no clue what went on we can move forward with this.
What did happen was I came back from SIA and was attempting to play catch up on my website bullshit as well as seeing if anyone had posted up news on 2014 product and what have you. Basically just checking through the forum as usual. That's when I sat down and read through the countless pages of SBF vs NS vs Snowolf vs Rationality or as it should be called, "How I Learned To Hate The Forum and Start Loving Power!" So I read through it and there were just a ton of complete and utter bullshit responses in there and a few great points made by people not personally attacking people but attacking the idea of the concept. There were also a slew of horrible responses by people that should have been better stewards to the brand/site. Once again can't stress this enough, I was not involved but I had formulated some serious opinions after the fact on it and my consensus was potentially awesome idea with poor implementation and serious repercussions.
So I wrote a tiny post stating this has bad idea written all over it and then sent a PM to the head of the program. Now if you people are so inclined and want to see the actual message I'll post it I suppose, but it was sent in confidence to help the situation. Now why this is even being brought up by others that shouldn't have seen it should be more indicative of other factors involved. Or it's a sign that the person that was running this program realized the implementation was bad and decided that when shit went south to look for a scapegoat. Hell for all I know bits and pieces of my original message were pieced together to form a whole other interpretation. I can't make people decide how what I said in confidence to one person should be interpreted all I can do is question why I'm even in this conversation or having to devote my time to it.
The only people that ruined this and pulled the plug are the people directly involved. Contrary to popular belief by members that have an agenda against me I didn't call up the company and say don't do this nor did I tell the guy putting it together to kill it off. It's strange to me that a conversation I had in private suddenly is the topic of discussion and others know about it and is being used as the reason for this ideas demise. Evidently assuming someone you've talked to for years and even gone riding with as a friend goes out the window when they're Internet persona is struggling. So lets say a bridge was burned. It's more pathetic than anything, let alone if I had anything to do with NS they have my number and know how to call me they're big boys. This concepts demise were damaged from the very start due to implementation and then the pathetic nature of the people defending it touting their power to "delete/block sections" and "get the fuck out of here". Not exactly what a brand should want from someone putting a program together for them. Basic logic would say if an idea goes south like this pull out to preserve the brand and re-evaluate the situation.
What everyone emotionally involved with this site is failing to see is the bigger picture. The simplistic beauty here is the lack of influence by brands, albeit there are bias's, and a few players have hook ups. When you enter into a program like what they attempted you change the dynamic. Essentially you are paying for reviews with free gear. Sure there's the premise of good, bad, indifferent being allowed but eventually the wild beast becomes tame and doesn't want to bite the hand that feeds if you catch the drift. Complacency sets in and you're going from reviews to advertorials, something that has been to prominent in snowboarding for years (Good Wood). Then there's the whole who controls what you say, you are now whether the company or yourself admit it become a representative of the brand.
The only thing I can say about this is don't bother trying to help people because their weakness will get in the way and you'll be the one getting thrown under the bus. Pretty much sick of having to spend my day dealing with this due to the fact a bunch of pathetic people are offended their bad idea is now going to hurt them getting freebies. Like others have said the damage is done to this forum and the effects will be remain to see for the future. One more thing I will say is maybe people should take a look at the people pointing fingers and realize they've done this before to cover up their short comings. Anyways this is my take on it flame away I'll be off snowboarding as usual.
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