Where to begin
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First , I'd like to say that I am happy to have had guys like Noflyzone as friends over at RCG , I realize Ken and others may not have seen eye to eye with him , but i did , and always respected his work with the Newbies . Ditto for the guys of LTUP , who really ARE the only reason I hung aroung RCG for as long as I did . In fact , I'd still be there had I not discovered a couple of ugly truths about the site that made my presence there impossible to reconcile with my morals .
First problem was the overstated menbership numbers . I kept track , and every banned sockpuppet , spammer , and disgruntled user (like me) who have ever been booted there ARE still counted among the members ! ..... Now , If Bourke is using those numbers to base his ad rates on , , isnt that just totally dishonest
And the Shills !!!!!!!!
Here i was , happily reading vendor talk , and a recourring theme kept popping up . Some angry , ripped off HK customer would post a rant , and then be instantly set upon by the likes of guys like KCV6 . He and his gang would goad and taunt the already ired poster into making enough angry posts to get banned . Bingo ! no more negative HK threads !!!!!
Ive since found that Bourke allows these shills full leeway , since , after all , theyre both employess of the same company (HK) . The funniest gag was the reporting of threads to be moved out of vendor talk and into places like site chat , , SURE , vendor issues belong in the second most dead area of the forum , right ? ..... Anyway , the part that really galled me was that KCV6 would start out pretending to help the angry customer , and when he got just enough info , BANG ! , he'd turn it around to be the poor guy's fault who didnt get what he paid for !!! Saw it time and again , reported the most egarious examples , and was thus marked for banning myself . I knew I'd be banned for bumping those 25 threads to the front page of vendor talk , and I did it to make the point that one only has to go back 6 months to fill the front page with such threads .
I just couldnt go on as a member of a site so dishonest , , , , , And thats not to even mention the dishonesty of HK fudging the Customs Declaration value of its shipments to the US . They may or may not be using some legal loophole , and they better hope they are , because I hear a little birdie sent notice to the US state department to look into it ..............
Anyway , Yea , Like mark wood said "Am I init for fun " , , Well , I was , untill i saw the ugly side of RCG , , and now I'll have my fun with more direct model plane activitys , rather than sitting in front of this computer screen all the time .
Best of Luck to all my friends at RCG , and beware guys like KCV6 , hes not to be trusted , nor any of his other little shills . Do yourselves all a favor when you get a moment or two , , cruise through some of KCV6's hundreds of hobbyking posts , and ask yourselves if all seems right there .