I just had a rather unpleasant experience with a forum owner. I’m not going to name names here. If you know me, you’ll know that isn’t my style. I firmly believe that If I can’t say anything nice about a person, I shouldn’t say it. So if I’m writing something negative, I leave the person’s name out and I try to put a positive spin on it for my readers.
I am considering using one of those paid forum posting outfits to help me grow my forum. I’ve actually worked as a paid forum poster for forumsfirst.com and enjoyed the experience. I also believe in shopping around. I went looking at some of the other forum posting providers and pretended that I was looking for a job as a forum poster. I believe that if a company treats its employees right, then they’ll treat me right as a client. I also believe that if a company is nasty to the employees then I will get bad service. So I applied at this one company and apparently they are a real stickler about people applying for the forum using the same username they use somewhere else. I must have missed it in the terms of service using the smallest font in the world… So the forum owner gets all snippy with me about this huge infraction I made with the username and says I blew any chances of working there because I made that one mistake. The forum owner didn’t even give me the chance to correct the mistake and was consistently rude during the whole exchange. I told the owner that they lost a potential client because of the bad attitude they exhibited and they responded by banning me from the forum. OOOH! I am so hurt!
Now I bet you are wondering what the moral of this rant is. The moral is this: Be polite to everyone you encounter. This includes job seekers, salespeople, and telemarketers. You never know who is a potential client. You never know who has an audience of 5000+ people that they can share their negative experience with. Remember we are in the age of social media where anyone can ruin a company with a few keystrokes. Just be nice!