Firstly, forgot about the mentioning of-you-know-who. Bloody censors.
But, onto your post:
Why the accusatory stance and the triumphalism, Anthony? It's been open knowledge since Damiana arrived on this forum (quite a long time before you did) that she is Barbara Green. It's hardly a false name because she has no intent to deceive; it might be called a handle, or an ident, or a forum label, or all sorts of other things.
Why so antagonistic?
Babbs is clearly using the thread with an intention to shift product. She didn't initially disclose her involvement with it. You pointed out the slip she made in terms of authorship. Thus, this thread was set up to be an advertorial, not a "news update" as she falsely claimed.That's
why. As I said in the previous post, I'm against such practices. I've reported her to Andrew. It's up to him what he does about it, if anything.
But, there's another reason.
forum was used to hawk HVS wares
. Ditto to the JREF forum. I wouldn't like to see the same thing happen here, that's all.
I mean, are you a fan of advertorials, DVB? Do you actually disagree with my objections?
In the case of a certain ecclesiastical gentleman he used a different name with the presumed intention that people should think he was someone other than himself when he defended the bishop and attacked his critics as if he was someone else. That's different from just using a forum handle, as many (most?) members of this forum do.
It's different to an extent, sure, but both cases deal with self-promotion under a different guise.
Thank you GM.
DVB is Gareth? Hoo boy...
I dont know what the matter is with those two guys to get themselves into such a frenzy, methinks they both do protest too much. What is the harm in telling people about something that might be of interest to some of members of the public and this board ,honestly my mind does not work in such a devious way as their, thinking their is a dickipoggy motive behind it all, it shows the sort of thing they might do on the other hand to project their interests--whatever they might be apart from complaining all the time--onto other people.
Sigh. Babbs, I'm going to have to explain this one to you. Again. Maybe a bit more slowly
Your initial post on this thread claimed you had a "news update". What you didn't do, was disclose your involvement
in the product you're trying to promote. Thus, you tried to make it look like you were merely relating an offhand news story, but you were actually engaging in promoting
the product in question.
Let's refer back to Wikipedia
for a clear definition of this practice:
an advertisement written in the form of an objective article, and presented in a printed publication—usually designed to look like a legitimate and independent news story.
This, my dear, is an advertorial
. It's a deceptive form of journalism or "reporting". Your country's Advertising Standards Authority even "requires advertorials to be clearly marked as such."
Not that I'm expecting such devotion to the law here, but surely you can understand the principle
such things are imposed.
Like I said before, if you're going to promote something, you should at least disclose
your involvement with the product in question. That way, it doesn't make you look so...dikkipoggy, if you will.