|It's so much easier to just give in and make money.
The problem I have with that statement is that it implies that Jude is here to make money. He's not, as far as I or anyone else here can tell.
It's also a bit hypocritical to rant about capitalism and consumerism on a site devoted to, um, buying headphone gear
The point here that so many people seem to be missing is that HeadWize closed down because Chu couldn't afford to pay the bills. He is now tweaking HeadWize on a daily basis to try to keep it functioning without making him go broke. Some of those tweaks have been great, but others have limited access and/or functionality. Why is this necessary? Because Chu has decided *not* to accept any money from any source.
I do not fault Chu for that in any way. However, it's naive for HeadWizers and Head-Fi'ers to think that *any* high-traffic site like this will be able to exist perpetually without sponsorship (unless some very wealthy person decides to run it for us for free).
|Exactly after that thought had crossed your mind you should have kept your mouth shut. If you want advertising space on a forum like Headwize or Head-Fi, then you are the last person who can force this issue. Your rant strikes me as naive as jude's post about the free and genereous Headroom upgrade-service he received for his amp he won at your name-the-headphone-contest.
Come on, Tomcat. There's no need for such invective here.
First of all, I don't think anyone here will claim that HeadRoom's upgrade of Jude's Max didn't have good PR value for HeadRoom. However, on the flipside, MANY people here have reported similarly stellar experiences with HeadRoom. There's no point to be made in bringing this up.
Second, and more importantly, there's no need to take cheap shots at Tyll like that. Your post seems to be saying "since you own a related business, you can't provide any input." You even say that Tyll's "credibility" is blown. Is that fair? I don't think so. Sites like this will need sponsorship at some point -- that's a FACT that cannot be avoided. At least Tyll is trying to work WITH the community to try to come up with possible relationships that will benefit everyone without sacrificing the quality of discussion. If you've read all of Tyll's posts on the topic, he's been one of the most vocal advocates of clearly separating the contributions of "commercial" entities from those of "non-commercial" members.
Your implications here are that Tyll is just doing what would benefit HeadRoom. I've always interpreted Tyll's potential self-interest as more of an INDIRECT one: Tyll wants this community to be as strong and as active as possible because it will increase the popularity and quality of headphones across the board, which will of course benefit him. One of Tyll's proposals was to have a "manufacturer's" area where reps from Sennheiser, Grado, Etymotics, AKG, Sony, etc. can post, respond to questions, etc. THINK ABOUT THIS -- being able to talk, face-to-fact (so to speak) with headphone vendors. Isn't that one of the things we have ALL wished for at some point? Is this going to benefit Tyll? Sure, but it's also going to benefit Jan, Audio Advisor, DJ Mart, and every other vendor that sells headphones. And it will benefit US.
You also said:
|All I tried to say is, that you have this tendency to shoot yourself in the foot with your rants. They don't make any PR sense at all. However well-meant they may be, they cannot be convincing. And the more insistent you become, the worse it gets. Just my professional opinion. I make a living from influencing people. I work in PR.
I think your work has made you too cynical, Tomcat
Your point of view is basically "since you have some degree of commercial self-interest, you cannot be trusted." I completely disagree. I am very suspicious of commercial interests; however, I also have faith there are people out there whose passions and jobs overlap, and that they can logically and philosophically pursue both at the same time without a conflict of interest. Sure, sometimes he may say something purely from his perspective as CEO of HeadRoom, but he has also said many things that, if he were a publicly-traded company, his shareholders would be pretty darned upset at him for saying, because they weren't in the best profit-making insterests of the company.
I just think some of the "anti-corporatism" goes too far, because it is overly suspicious and it verbally castrates individuals solely because they are affiliated with a commercial entity.
Bottom line: I trust Jude to keep Head-Fi great -- I have no reason not to right now. Some of you evidently don't. I also trust Tyll as far as I trust any commercial entity. Some of you don't trust him at all. Whatever you feel, fine. If Tyll, Jude, and some of us want to discuss possible sponsorship arrangements, you don't have to participate. If the site gets sponsorship and you don't like it, that's your right. See you on HeadWize.