Right, I’m not in the best of moods as it is. Mainly because its a Monday and I HATE Mondays. My mood was turned even more sour after I was banned (yes, BANNED) from the RadioDaddy forums today because apparently;
You set up a secondary account for the purpose
of posting additional messages/requests in an effort to bypass the limitations set for free accounts.
Did I? No. I requested a sweeper for the show, in an attempt to test out the service before deciding whether to subscribe or not. Quite happily, I’d posted the request and was waiting for a response. Got an email yesterday with said response, went to reply and BAM. The stupid forum “security” system stopped me from replying to MY OWN TOPIC. What use is that? Some kind hearted soul had replied to my request asking how my surname was pronounced. Natural thing to do was to send a PM to said member explaining what had happened and that I couldn’t respond to him because of the retarded system in place.
You are not permitted to send Personal Messages to that group
Damn it! What is the use of not being able to PM OR reply to posts made by other members?
I then sent a PM to RadioDad asking if this was meant to happen. After about three or four hours, I got impatient so created a second account simply to reply to my topic and fill in the needed information. That didn’t get an email sent to it because either a) I put in the wrong email address or b) It wasn’t validated.
So this morning I wake up and see I have a topic reply notification Gmail from the RadioDaddy forums. “Goodie” I thought, some progress on my super shiny new sweeper.
Your account has been temporarily suspended. This suspension is due to end on Apr 24 2005, 01:15 PM.
Which is, again, suckage because I can’t view the reply to my topic. I then received a PM saying;
As a free member, you shouldn’t even be able to PM
Now THAT is the most retarded thing I have EVER read on a community. To be so restricitve, so elitist, so damn unhelpful is something I never would have thought I’d see on something to do with podcasting. The service they are providing seems amazing. One free voiceover per week, per station. Genius. What isn’t genius is the way its being run. If a MAJOR change in the way a forum works is implemented, surely FAQs should be updated, members emailed and new members generally made aware of what is going on. I’ve never posted a request for a voiceover, so how do I know what to write?
I let my buddy Antonio at Heart FM in London in on what was happening, and he himself kind of went off on a rant, just to see what would happen. He’s now been banned too. No email, just a straight ban.
It seems to me that the staff over at that site (if there is indeed more than one) are just concentrating on giving all the praise to the members that decide to pay, which is damn wrong. Why advertise a FREE service if people can’t take advantage of ANY other standard features on a forum without paying?
One of the replies I got from RadioDad just pissed me off even more. It went along the lines of this; (can’t quote it word for word because I’m BANNED)
If you want those features why don’t you just pay for them?
That was the final nail in the coffin. I really do despise people who think they’re above everyone else in communities like that. For all he knows, someone could have worked uber hard on a sweeper for me, only to be told (erroneously) that I was trying to cheat the system.
If any of you know of any other sites offering free voiceover work for podcasts, please send them my way.