For starts, you have to understand that at one end of the spectrum we have forums like Quatloos! and scam.com - ("a vibrant online community that exposes scams on the internet - Multi level marketing and Get Rich Quick schemes legal and illegal").
On the other end of the spectrum are the MLM proponents like Len Clements, who usually begins his posts with a long winded introduction to himself along the lines of "have 30 years of industry experience, the number one income earner in three different network marketing companies, been a corporate consultant for industry giants like Bain & Co., Amway and Franklin Covey, an award-winning author and publisher, and have even been an industry expert witness on 11 different court cases", etc. etc.
Now you wouldn't think there would be much of a connection between Clements and a forum like scam.com, would you?
Well, you would be wrong if you thought not.
See, there are currently two lengthy threads on scam.com about Lenny and the current MLM company he's with - Yoli.
Lenny apparently didn't like the information being dug up and published on the "Len Clements - Who is he anyway?" thread, so he somehow managed to weasel his way into getting a position as a Moderator on the forum.
Shortly after assuming the position of Moderator, the "Len Clements - Who is he anyway?" thread mysteriously vanished. Lenny swears up and down that it was just a coincidence and he had no part in it. Whatever the truth, Lenny soon found himself permanently banned from the forum and no longer a moderator.
You would think that would be the end of the story. Right?
Just the other day Lenny returns - but this time with full Administrator privileges!
How he managed that is open to conjecture, but shortly thereafter, either by himself or at his behest, Soapboxmom, one of the finest Moderators ever to moderator a forum, and one of Lenny's main detractors, finds herself banned! (As well as a number of regular posters so far).
Who banned Soapboxmom?
An "anonymous troll", or someone willing to take responsibility and acknowledge their actions?
I did, do you want to join her? If not, drop it.
Here's an individual that has put in countless hours keeping the scam.com forum free of spam and promotional links, handling day to day issues, all without pay, suddenly no longer welcome - all because she was doing what the forum owner assigned her to do!
But here's the funny part - if that's the right word. The owner published this notice a while back:
Ok, listen up folks. Scam.com's daily visitors have dropped 35% this month and I am blaming the harse treatment of our members. Scam.com is an open forum, for ALL points of view. This board was founded on controversy and debate. It is now becoming what it was trying to fight against, censorship. These are the only things I don't want to see on this board: posting people's personal information, death threats, hate posts, harrassing the mods, pornography, and spam links to affiliate ids or trying to steal our traffic to promote your own site. Aside from that, I want arguments, debate, and runaway threads. If I don't see an immediate decrease in unprovoked banning and thread moderating, I will be forced to make decision that will not be liked. Thank you and have a nice day.
Does anyone else see the irony in the whole debacle?
Thanks to Clements and his minions (the pro-MLM moderators over there such as sojustask), the forum has become the antitheses of what the owners wished to avoid in the first place - censorship!
Just too funny in my books!