I posted on one of of the other ATS recap thread's here
but I don't think
it was seen all that much, the thread was slowing right down as it was. Since this thread seems to be getting more attention right now though and I
just want to share an opinion I have I'll post something quite similar to what I posted there..
First off though let me say that yeah, I actually do like the recap shows. I do watch them and I appreciate the PM's letting me know when a new one's
up and ready to be viewed - Without the PM there's a good chance I'd miss them in fact and as I said before.. I enjoy them thus want to watch them
thus appreciate the PM's. That's just my personal opinion of this issue..
But, with that being so, I actually don't think there's anything wrong with a lot of what people here are saying. And I think they have a right to say
it too. See, if something on ATS was being advertised and it was something which I happened to have no real interest in, I know I'd rather not receive
a couple of PM's a week about it - Especially if I didn't talk with many other members via PM thus making those PM's some of the only one's I receive.
That's why some are calling these Recap PM's spam as well I imagine, It appears that way to those who don't ever enjoy/watch them. In fact, just
imagine if someone disliked you and to bug you they decided to post a couple of annoying PM's every single week about something you'd rather not read
- sure it could be deleted easy enough, and as some here have pointed out it just takes a few seconds to do so. No problem, right? But to be truthful
I think we can all agree that such a thing, with time, would certainly get old and fast too.
So sure, at first it may not be too much of an issue but I really don't think anyone here can deny that after a while, thing's like that do become a
pain. And that's the key to all of this here.. People can of course very quickly delete those PM's, and have done, but the fact that they're doing it
time and time again is becoming an annoyance to them and they're now speaking up about it.
After all, just imagine if you, for example here, had no real interest in the shows, or anything else for arguments sake, and yet you're receiving
multiple PM's about it time and time again - I know I'd start to get annoyed over that. I'd maybe even go to the trouble of actually asking for it to
be stopped somewhere as well - Sure.. it has to be highlighted once again that It's all still not a big deal or anything and It's hardly going to
affect my life, what I do and post on ATS and so on. But the point still remains, if I find something annoying and I'd like for it to stop.. I'll try
and make it stop. As we all would when faced with something annoying to us, personally.
So I do appreciate the PM's, but honestly, I can still see where some people are coming from here. If they find it annoying then I don't blame them
for complaining about it. Like I said, we all complain about stuff that bugs us. Nothing wrong with that at all really, it's just what we all do and
It's something we've all done at some point in our lives. For that reason I think there should be some sort of "Opt-out" feature - But not a feature
where members can Opt out of really Important PM's from Admin and staff, like a change in the Terms and conditions for example, but instead a choice
where those members, like myself, who enjoy the shows can still be informed of them and those who aren't maybe so keen on them, such as the OP among
some others, can still stay happy and not receive PM's about it - Let's not forget as well that videos are advertised on the recent posts page as well
as some others as well so It's certainly not like the Recap shows would be completely removed for those opting out - They're just opting out of these
PM's they would rather not receive time and time again. The choice for them to watch at some point would still be there for them.
But anyway, like I said, I'm just throwing out my opinion. I like to think I can see both sides of the argument here and I really don't think anyone
can doubt that a lot of people would like to at least have a choice to view these shows instead of having it "forced" upon them - Forced in the sense
that they're being forced to be made aware of it, of course however they do still have the choice of watching or not.
On a truly final note though I just want to point out that yeah, this is a free site and we're all appreciative of that, or we all should be anyway,
as well as the fact that the admin can do as they please here. It is after all their site, their home etc. and we do play by their rules. No problem
with that at all really. We signed the T&C's when we registered. But I'm just saying, a compromise, as far as I can see anyway, would at the very
least be appreciated by many, many members and some sort of PM Opt out should be something that is seriously considered as a viable option.. and
please remember, this is coming from someone who actually enjoys the shows and wants to be informed of them so It's certainly not like I'm just
looking to complain or anything like that here. I just like to think I can see where some people are coming from when looking at this issue in
particular and I know that If I was in their shoes I'd most probably be asking for the exact same thing I imagine.
edit on 11-3-2012 by Rising
Against because: Just adding little bits to my post here and there