Context is a wonderful thing.
I was specifically addressing a post before mine that implied Bay Area (Northern Californian) Head-Fiers would have a hard time challenging the size of CanJam SoCal in terms of event organization. As such, I invited all Californian Head-Fiers to share in the fun and glory of being gracious hosts to our fellow Head-Fiers, who are travelling in from all over the world, including Japan and Oceania.
As for banners and ads, I'd like to note that Jude and Joe have continually front-paged this thread since we first announced it, as well as featured it in the sidebar. We'll also be running ads on Head-Fi for unregistered and logged-out users. However, I personally disagree with heavy ad bombardment towards registered or logged-in members... even if it is for a good cause near and dear to my heart like CanJam SoCal. And so, I ask those interested in doing such, to help spread the word... as I have for every event I've helped organize. I believe in the power and the strength of this community, to which I volunteer my time and service, to rally itself. And having us all share CanJam SoCal avatars and signatures helps to amplify the marketing, advertising and social media efforts that we are already engaged in. I realize that asking people to sacrifice some avatar and signature may preseny an undue burden and hardship, and so I only suggest it to those who are ready, willing and able to help. My apologies for the imposition to those who are not interested in doing so, and my gratitude to those who have sacrificed their avatars and signatures.
They're calling my flight now, I'll have to post the rest of my reply later. Back in a bit!