For my own peace of mind, I need to ask you this. (smiles)
I noticed that the YesServices Newsletter was deleted from your forum. And it was recently remarked by a friend of mine that his notice about a New England YES fan club website was also deleted from YesTalk.
Is this because within those posts there were referrals to activities at YesFans.com, and is this because you consider it a "competitor forum"?
Before joining YesTalk, I did take the time to read the rules for the forum, and they said:
"Rules? We don't have any. YEStalk is an open forum, and everyone is encouraged to say whatever is on their mind. All we ask is that you have respect for the other members, treat them as if they were your own family."
...which, of course, is what YesServices has endeavored to do for the past three years -- help unify the fanbase, and provide opportunities for fans to meet one another, participate in YES-related activities, wherever they happen, without respect to forums or websites or affiliations of any kind.
If it has perhaps seemed like there are a lot of YesFans.com referrals, (for example in the pre-show party section), it is because that forum has been the one that provided the information. The newsletter distributes information acquired from ANY source, as long as the invitation is open to everyone and is not a private event.
If there had been YesTalk threads to use, they would have been listed. Same with SoundChaser.org Even the YesWorld hub, which used to be such a hotbed of activity, has pretty much ceased to be effective. Very little seems to happen there any more. The newsletter just has to go where the news is.
But this is not a recommendation that any one actually participate elsewhere as an active member. Anyone can go to an open-invitation party without joining a forum. And frankly, I find the YesFans forum crowded, poorly organized, and very over-crowded with non-YES junk that -- to me -- is of no particular interest.
But unfortunately, that seems to be the forum where fans actually plan to get together with other fans, and open the invitation to anyone from any forum, or from no forum, to join the parties.
There will never be one forum on the internet that is right for everyone. There is not one single "type" of fan. And there are over 80 YES conversation sites on the internet where fans gather to talk about the band.
But YesTalk is the ONLY one which -- for reasons I do not understand -- is deleting the YesServices Newsletter and not allowing its members to receive it, and seems to be making an effort of sorts to close its doors to "outsiders." ...at least, "outsiders" who make mention of YES activities that may be happening outside of this forum.
I hope that I am very wrong about this. I would love to be misinformed about this one. (smiles)
On the other hand, I understand completely, and acknowledge, your right and privilege as the forum owner to shut out anyone or anything that you think is not in the best interest of your members.
But if that is the case, I would like to know what aspect of the YesServices Newsletter you consider to be against the best interest of your members. The objective of the newsletter is to increase fan unity globally, to build enthusiasm and support for YES, and to help make people feel a vital part of a larger objective.
If YesTalk is not a part of that larger band-support objective, just say so and I will understand. This was just the first time I have ever encountered a forum that deleted YES news and fan news. I've seen deletion of bad language, of sexual inuendo, of wild political rantings, and so forth... all of which seemed appropriate candidates for censorship in a public forum. But discovering that a forum also withholds YES information from its YES fan members was a new thing.
I just wanted to respectfully inquire about this, because it has never been my desire to "break any rules." I do my best to always behave within the guidelines of any YES group or forum to which I belong... and I belong to over 60 of them. This situation was just a first.
If I have violated some unwritten rule, I do apologize. But my curiosity forces me to at least inquire about this. Thank you for allowing me to ask.
Have a wonderful day!