Normally I ignore comments on other Internet media, but personnel associated with Boquete Ning are making that difficult. When Boquete Ning personnel besmirch my name and character and I cannot respond on Boquete Ning, I will respond the only way I can, and that is here.
I want to cover five items that have been voiced on BN, which I consider personally insulting, without foundation and very hurtful.
- Personal and cordial email from Mr. Hunter.
- Bashing Ning
- Encouraging others to create a Ning
- Interested in driving traffic to Chiriquí Chatter
- Not interested in crime or the current case with Marion.
Personal and cordial email from Mr. Hunter
The new BN Administrator Ambreen’s current comment is what made me decide to respond. Had BN Ambreen wanted to close comments, on that particular post, Ambreen could have closed comments without insulting me.
Ambreen said that Mr. Hunter issued a personal and cordial email “reaching out”. If his email, which I dissected HERE was cordial, then my definition of cordial is much different than Ambreen’s. (Warm and friendly it wasn’t)
BN Administrator Ambreen said that Mr. Walker sent me the email. My email was signed Bob JLM. Am I to assume Bob JLM is Mr. walker?
Ambreen’s post on Ning, banning me from Ning was inflammatory. Of course, like many messages on Ning, it is no longer available to read. A CC reader had captured her last comment on that post, but the original post is gone.
High quality site moderators usually moderate and do not express opinion. Hopefully, BN Administrator Ambreen will learn this skill.
I don’t know where BN Administrator Ambreen lives, but I doubt sincerely that it is anywhere near Panama.
I have been accused of bashing Ning. I did a search for “Ning” on CC and only found two posts prior to my post on being banned.
The first of these posts is HERE. I certainly didn’t intend this as a bashing post. What I did intend was to register a concern about owners, not living in Panama, and wanting to remain anonymous being in charge of Boquete Ning. While the current owner wants to take credit for following in Lee’s ideals for Ning, Lee’s words in my post reflect a huge difference. My concerns still exist. I don’t know who JLM is and why they really want to control Boquete Ning. Until I know that, I have no trust in their intentions.
The second of my posts related to Fran’s being banned and what she had written explaining her reason for resigning. Since her resignation post was removed from Ning, no one could read it. What I read from her resignation was many of the same concerns that others had and were afraid to voice. I still think JLM could have accepted her resignation and let her remain a contributing member.
Encouraging others to create a Ning
If anyone can point me to where I suggested others create a new Ning, I would like to see it. I would have no doubt that I might have said that anyone can create a Ning that has $600 for a membership the size of Boquete Ning. The technology is provided by ning.com. If someone can point me to where I recommended other create a Ning, I will stand corrected and issue an appology. Until then, I think I just pointed out that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to have a Ning Site. It just takes some cash.
Interested in driving traffic to Chiriqui Chatter
Now, of all the accusations, this is the most ludicrous. I started my first Chiriqui Chatter site in 2003, long before Boquete Ning and much before Boquete Guide ever existed.
I have looked at CC’s stats from referrals from Ning and Boquete Guide and they have never registered 1/2 a percentage point. In other words, it is not even seen. I continually get around a million hits a month. It may be higher or lower depending on how much I post and the subject.
I always posted on CC first and if I thought it was of interest to those in Boquete, then I posted on Ning. I always posted the Embassy and Warden information in Ning. People who register on STEP would get most of the notification directly from the Embassy, but I always got emails from people that learned about the Embassy Information from CC.
My current traffic has gone up following being banned from Ning. Go figure.
Not interested in crime or the current case with Marion
This is another foolish attack. All you have to do is look at the CC tags of Crime and Chiriquí Neighborhood Watch to see how much focus I have placed on crime and crime prevention over the years. In the past I set up a Chiriquí Watch site to let anyone record pertinent criminal information for the Chiriquí community. At that time, not enough people found value in it and I shut it down. I would never have set up that site if I hadn’t thought crime was an important item in Chiriquí to monitor.
The attack on my integrality of caring more about stats more than Marion is the most hurtful. Marion is one of my best and dearest friends in Panama. That is one of the reasons I was so angry that Keith (another principal of Ning) created a post identifying Marion as the victim of the home invasion. That was the first time I had seen Marion’s name in print as the home invasion victim. Until then, I had kept Marion’s name private in all my posts. That Ning post, and exchange of comments, was deleted from Ning so it is not available to be seen. I did make an issue of Keith’s copying and pasting the CC post on Ning because Ning is a commercial site and his posting material from CC was violating the Creative Common’s License.
When Marion gets through this ordeal, anyone can ask Marion’s opinion about how much I care about her and her family or the Chiriquí community as a whole.
As I said when I started this post, I usually ignore comments about me on the Internet. However, when officials of Boquete Ning attack my character, then that requires a response.