Both myself (Swarm the Banks), and Shame the Banks have visited loan safe forums in the past.
Once I got past the embarrassing amount of ads that proliferate all over loan safe forums, I registered. I then decided to add signature links in my posts via the control panel that every loan safe forum member receives when they sign up. In other words, I used a signature link option that loan safe forums makes available to their members. But when I did this, I was accused of poaching loan safe for "traffic" to my sites.
Since I have no forum of my own, and loan safe is a forum based web site, it is basically impossible to poach members because the services each site offers is different from each other. If I was offering a forum based website about home loans, then loan safe's concerns would have been valid. However, it did not seem to matter to loan safe what type of website I had, if loansafe members went to it, then that made me a poacher! (not their words but close enough)
My concern today is loan safe's use of a news story involving a couple that committed what looks to be foreclosure suicide. The foreclosure suicide story is being used by loan safe to recruit membership.
Besides this being a tacky way to recruit members, isn't loan safe poaching members of other internet sites by using news stories they had nothing to do with, so they can gain members?
Why is it ok for loan safe to use other news agencies stories to drive membership to their site, but if other site owners such as swarm the banks or shame the banks try to get the word out about what they are doing, suddenly we are not welcome at Loan Safe? Especially if we cross link and even do write ups about loan safe on our own blogs!
The answer is, many blog and website owners who are over the age of 35-40 basically don't get the concept that sending traffic elsewhere is just as important as the traffic they receive.
Which brings me to my book, The Cat Who Ate Chase Bank, which I have now postponed twice. The first postponement was because I upgraded to Apple's Snow Leopard (specifically because I was writing the book!) but snow leopard basically rendered my camera worthless for FIVE MONTHS because Apple put no provisions for Canon's Power shot cameras to continue working with Canon's software on the Apple Snow Leopard platform.
Instead of just stewing about Apple's arrogance, I decided to stew and change the focus of my book to internet consumer advocate heroes. However, I ended up postponing that idea because prospective heroes I found appeared to be unwilling to share their spotlight, to share links back and forth with other consumer advocate heroes to create a bigger, stronger consumer advocacy network.
Creating a bigger network of people to fight for logic and fairness is one way to achieve a worthwhile goal, and I'm sticking to that plan.