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Discussion in 'Fred's House of Pancakes' started by amm0bob, Sep 9, 2011.
I'll try to keep smiling as 3/5s of a poster/member... I just gotta find the store that sells these.
Maybe all these posts do not count, but all your base do are belong to us.
Oh yeah... that doesn't count either...
I agree, and I actually like this rule. HOWEVER...
Here's a picture of a cute kitten.
Thanks... but... that kitten doesn't count either... nor does my post saying the kitten doesn't count...
The control panel says 2163. After this will it say 2164? Tap tap. PhhhPhhh. Testing, testing ...
It's just here in Fred's Bra...
If you want to post in the environazi section... it still counts... go figure...
Ah, but Thanks in this forum still count. Whatever.
Interesting. The needle didn't budge.
Well. In time this will produce the disorienting phenomenon of posters having more posts thanked than they have posts:
Total Posts: 100
Thanked 1490 times in 1360 Posts
This will give all new meaning to "Thanks For Nothing".
SO fricken true Bra... so fricken true.
Very true but you also need to think about the value of a web site like Prius Chat - sure there is a great deal of time invested in it, and some software to run it, but the real value is in the community which is made up of each and every one of us. Heck, while there is content on the front page most of the interesting info is here in the forums - virtually all of it user generated.
An online forum is like a flower. To work it needs bees, and to get bees it needs to be attractive. So certainly it is Danny's forum, and he can do as he likes, but to keep the forum successful he must please the users.
It's a lot like being king. A king is all powerful, but only because the people say he is all powerful. He can do anything he wishes, so long as the people agree, or are at least not excessively annoyed.
I'm not making this post to attempt and serve as a spokesperson for Priuschat (perhaps I should switch to my non-Mod "Priapus" persona...nah) but here's my thought.
Whoever said, "the customer is always right" was wrong. If it's true then as a customer, I should always be right. And as a customer (and rewards member) of Hilton hotels, I should get my next stay for free, in a suite, with free room service. If, in fact, I'm always right without exception then these things should be laid before me without question.
I've never attempted to make these requests but I'm pretty sure I would find the limit to "the customer is always right." Or prove that it's not true.
Running a business is not about making everyone happy. It's about making most people happy. PriusChat receives new members on a regular basis but it's the returning members who build the community and give those new members a reason to join. Right now, the front page is reporting 3,567 active members, of which each of us represent 0.000028%. Considering that the bulk of the new members don't even know about Fred's House of Politics and the bulk of the long-term members stay out of it, I'm not convinced that losing the 0.000150% of active membership if we jettison the forum would really hurt PriusChat as a whole. In a few months it wouldn't be missed. And I was probably being generous in my stats.
Keep in mind that customers buy things. PriusChat is a free site. What do you call non-customers? And what rights are extended to them? When a non-customer voices an expectation how much consideration should that request receive?
I used to be a public school teacher. I also used to run a before/after-school daycare program. I couldn't choose my students but I could remove disruptive children from my daycare program. My logic was simple: I had more than a hundred children - and twice as many parents - expecting me to do what I had to in order to ensure a pleasurable and safe environment. If removing a disruptive child (less than 1% of the children) would improve the experience for the remaining 99%, it was a no brainer. And when presented to each and every parent, no one ever complained. After all, if it was their child I was protecting they would have asked no less of me.
Again, just my take and not necessarily the opinions of PriusChat.
Sometmes the aphids have to be removed so the flower will remain healthy and attractive enough that the bees want to pollinate it.
I think that is simply a matter of semantics - we are hawked stuff from the Prius Chat store - does that make us all potential customers? What is the difference between this and browsing in a b&m store? Ads are served to us on each and every page that we view - that ads to the CPM and click through revenue - no matter how small each and every page view does generate the site revenue. Honestly, the folks that chime in here are far more important than the "customer" of a tangible business - we not only drive the revenue, but also create much of the content (ie we make the product) - without the uses, customers or whatever they are called there really is nothing - just look at My Space as a great example of what happens when the folks running an online community loose touch with their user base.
The difference, I think is that we're talking about the posts made in Fred's House of Pancakes and Fred's House of Politics not counting towards someone's total point count.
There is nothing in the PriusChat Shop for the politico. There is nothing in the PriusChat Shop that supports the random threads in Fred's House of Pancakes. The PriusChat Shop and the GoogleAnalytics ads that support this site are almost entirely car related because this is a car-related site.
I don't know what a b&m store is, but I know that if I walk into an AutoZone, they will tolerate me talking about vacuum cleaners until that point where they explain they don't sell vacuum cleaners and I should either talk about cars, buy something car related or go find a vacuum store.
Anyone who thinks the customer is always right has obviously A) never had to deal with customers, and B) has never seen this site.