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An Offer We Can Totally Refuse


Feb 27, 2006
So I just got PM'd with an offer from Irvin Martinez of GroupBuilder to buy WCP (no price named). A bit of googling suggests GroupBuilder's business model is to buy existing community forums, then "grow them" by saturating them with ads, which typically results in most of the founding members of a forum fleeing. So GroupBuilder is to community forums as Rolling Stone magazine famously described Goldman Sachs: “a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.”

I wouldn't have considered Irv's offer anyway, but I'm under no financial pressure to do so thanks to the generosity of all of you who either sent money directly or via the GoFundMe button. So thanks again everyone for that. Now I just have to decide whether my reply to ol' Irv will be polite or will include gratuitous advice on travel and sex...
I was thinking more about equestrian activities.