My problem is not that there is a competing board or site, geez, not at all. I've seen many sites over the years come and go. Some fantastic sites that provide great information for fans and a few wannabies that just copied tons of content, without asking, so it happens. The internet can be a great thing of great original ideas and copies. That's what's so wonderful about the countries most of us live in. Our governments allow us the internet, unlimited. Not all countries do that you know. Sites that allow public registration should allow people, including myself, to join, read or post as long as rules of that site are not broken. It appears though, that what is being implied, is that I have a problem with people posting elsewhere and for them to pick sides. That is far from beyond truth. Please do not put words in my mouth, just read my words and don't add anything to them. Also, please don't misinterpret internet courtesy, ethics, or etiquette as barbaric rules imposed by the evil man at MC. Hey, don't take my word for it, just join any administrator mail-list or board and ask if it is cool to join an established site, start an identical site and using it's private messaging feature, to solicit membership for your new board. I suspect you would be banned for asking such a stupid question, just after you get dozens of responses flaming you as a newbie, some may point you to read this and that, you may even get a straight answer, something like, NO.
Think of this scenario, you want to start a competing store a few miles away from Wal-Mart. You go check some prices and start up a small store with some stuff at lower prices than Wal-Mart. In other words you setup something highlighting what is weak at Wal-Mart. Then you go back to Wal-Mart, and watch for people going to those particular sections. You pick out some people you think you like and target them. You engage in private conversations asking them to come to your new store. Some do, some don't. Don't you think at some point, someone would complain about this solicitation, do you think Wal-Mart would condone that activity or have rules against it? Would Wal-Mart be mad at their patrons and demand them just to shop at Wal-Mart, no, that's silly.
That is what I have a problem with is the method. Nobody asked me before hand, is this ok to do this. I would have said no, and say "good luck, and may have even put a good word in or two as I have done in the past for others.
Again, let me make this perfectly clear. MACCA-Central does not have any rule against members participating on other sites. MACCA-Central does have rules against people coming in and attempting to steal membership for things like spamming, identity theft or starting competing sites. Please keep in mind that this community of McCartney & Beatle friends has been growing on my blood, sweat and tears, the thoughts and emotions from fans for over ten years. Over the years people have come and gone but as always this community is not about me, or anyone's agenda, it's always been about a place for fans to come and grab a chair for while. Be it a few weeks, months or with some, years. As we are now in 2008, a year that may include another Paul tour, we look forward to reading so many wide range topics and insights this fan base offers to this site, it's members and visitors.