Typical bait and switch. I wanted to send a messages to people who posted complaints on a particular company but was told by my3cents that I had to become a member. After becoming a member I get "This feature is not available on your account" every time I try to communicate with other users.
I know My3cents would always be interested in assuring their site is valuable. What I want to convey is that what makes My3cents one of the best advocate (a.k.a. ** sites) is the open and uncensored exchange. The administrators only delete what should be, foul language, or offensive material. You guys do not get involved with playing judge and jury on who is right or wrong. I for one appreciate that.
If someone wants to come to a public site and trash an individual or company, then they opened their affairs to the public. If people agree or have helpful suggestions, then the intent of the site is being fulfilled. If their complaint is unwarranted or ridiculous, well then they will be told. They were so anxious to bring it public to start with. Can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen, right?
What I am stressing is don't be afraid to let readers post negative comments to complaints as long as they don't cross the line. Someone posted as anonymous a complaint about our Safford ** friend and stated they were no longer visiting this site because of him. If that is how they feel, "don't let the door hit you on the way out." Sure, Safford is not adding any value here while he trolls, but there are still people with NCO and other concerns that are getting their complaints heard and even getting helpful feedback.
I know I have done my share of flaming, mostly as of late since Lenny from Of Mice and Men has been around, but before I only would when it was a "ya just can't help it". I also just read, vote on occasion and when I feel I can help, add positive information.
The abusive threads really are all starting AND being fueled by one **. Pull his complaints and all his rambling add ons to existing posts down. He'll lose his steam and go away. Remember, his whole complaint is about something that happened a year ago anyway. Leave the way you run this site as is. You do it well and fair. If you kick everyone off who flames a bit, you'll lose loyals and be just another gripe forum - boring! Just my 3 cents. :)
I think this website has shown us what people are made of. This is people's outlet to complain. Listen to all the people whining about their horrible problems like, "I didn't get greeted with a smile or a hello when I walked into Wal-Mart." I know what kind of people write complaints on this site because my family has owned a retail store for 25 years. Even after all these years it amazes me how high everyone's expectations always are. It's obvious that retail stores will never be able to meet people's expectations, which is why sites like this exist.
I have heard people complain because their merchandise took too long to get here. I've heard people complain because their merchandise came in too fast and they were not ready for it. The main thing I have learned is that consumers DO NOT LISTEN! We tell every customer the same thing when a sale is complete about returns, delivery, policies. But people always demand that we told them something different, or that we promised something totally different than what we tell every customer.
I have read many complaints on this site and it really upsets me how impossible our business has become. I hate going to work sometimes because I know I will get cussed out or yelled at or accused of something by a customer. We have so many people who show up to work every day and work so hard to make people happy and keep people satisfied, but I know they feel like they are trying their hardest for no reason. Customers are relentless many times and make employees feel so bad, usually for no reason other than to throw their weight around and show that they are in charge.
Please consider that businesses are made up of people just like you, who have good days and bad days. People who are doing their best to make sure you are taken care of. Also consider when you are complaining about policies and rules that, businesses had to create all of those policies and rules because of people who complain and try to take advantage of businesses. That's my 3 cents!
Why is it so necessary to belittle people about spelling and grammar? I find it usually happens when there is nothing else to say. Some post/reviews are just bad and are so bad that it needs to be pointed out. These are not the prime reason that it is done. We have all done it, yes me as well and I am not above it as many think they are. There is not one among us who hasnt been caught doing it and I mean telling someone else they did it or caught in the act of using bad grammar and misspelling words.
I see it when and this to me is the most offensive, when people cant use their brain to see through the misspelled words or the wrong grammar to understand what is being said. Then the stupid comments start: why dont you use a spell checker? Well spell checkers dont always work the way we think they should. Then, you must go back to school and the person saying that should learn what respect means. It goes on and on you all know what I am talking about and I know this will have little to no effect on this at all but I just wanted to say it.
When I see this being done by people that think spelling and grammar is the be all and end all to communication, I see small-minded people that would never make it out in the real word. There are so many different dialects, slang, and ways to spell things. Its not funny and thats just the English language. Most of the grammar I see on here would not work if we were to use the Kings English and most people would be beat to tears if confronted with people that use the kings English.
I see a lot of the so called, self proclaimed SMART PEOPLE on here who think they know a person by what they type and how they type it, I see them type big smart sounding sentences that I can google up in a heart beat and the same people want to say they know you are plagiarizing.
I could go on but if you dont get the meaning of what I am saying then maybe you need to go out in the world and experience it for yourself. Some people will never get it and will always equate intelligence with the only ability they have, they can spell but havent a clue how to communicate. Please respect other members when posting your message. Thanks!
It seems My3Cents administrators have taken it upon themselves to decide what you can and cannot believe and/or talk about. Today on the community forum one of them decided to delete comments about God and Jesus Christ. I for one dont care if you are a believer or not. I will not condone nor condemn a person for their own personal belief. But I will fight you to hell as gate to defend my right and yours to say what you believe and not have it edited.
Here are a few of the comments and at the end the letter I wrote. Please read and remember the point here is to be able to speak what you believe, within their rules and this was well within their rules. Thank you.
Stew (03/03/2007) I'm a strict creationist so lidman your use of the word evolve is troublesome. You may spit on the bible and want to spend eternity in Hades but don't expect the rest of us to follow down your Darwin trail of doom. Lidman, why do you mock the lord?
Lidman (03/03/2007) Then Stew you should read the book and start at the beginning: Genesis contains the historical presupposition and basis of the national religious ideas and institutions of Israel, and serves as an introduction to its history, laws, and customs. And learn that Jesus is your Lord and savor.
Stew (03/03/2007) Well Liddy, it seems proclaiming Jesus as your Lord kind of conflicts with one of the ten commandments. "I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me." Seems pretty simple to me so please don't hang your Christ on me... as I said before I'm not following you to Hades. Lidman, why do you want stew to burn in hell?
Lidman (03/03/2007) Stew you must let go of your stupidity that man has taught you and open your mind to God. It is written, " Your thoughts are not my thought's and your ways are not my ways. So how can a man come before the Father except by way of the Son" -- GOD
The letter I wrote:
To whom it may concern, On the community forum "Another star project" By Stew there were comments deleted that were not only within your rules but were of a very personal believe of mine and who ever did this had no right what so ever to delete these! These comments made reference to God and Jesus Christ yet, someone took it apron them self's to get rid of just these comments. I demand you reinstate these comments with an apology for deleting them in the first place. You have crossed a line and I find it very offensive and a directed violation of my right to free speech as a citizen of the USA. What do you think?
This review was and is resolved thanks to the Admin and my self. Why do people like chow and HappyASAclam want to start trouble I don't know but if you must carry on. This REVIEW IS RESOLVED.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- Simply a few suggestions...
1) It doesn't matter how long you've shopped at K-Mart/Walmart/Sears, etc. Any store worth a dang will be as concerned about the fellow who just walked in for the first time as they would be about the people who have been 'loyal customers' for 50 years.
2) And the same goes for how much money you supposedly spend per day, week, month or year, at this store. No one really cares, and it gets an instant roll-of-the-eyes when it's mentioned.
3) If your complaint has nothing specific to do with the fact that you're handicapped, a war veteran, a victim of disaster, or just in financial straits, don't bring it up. It's a sympathy bid, and it's pathetic.
4) Make an effort to know a store's return policy before you buy something. It's impractical to expect the cashier to recite the whole spiel to every customer when it's probably either right there on the check-out counter or on the wall or on your receipt or all of the above. Finding out store policy is YOUR responsibility. Finally, don't be mad at the store about policies that you find ridiculous; be mad at the customers before you who made it necessary for such policies to exist.
5) Please don't immediately assume that because you are **, Asian, Indian, etc. (or even, gasp, **) that the people who acted rude to you did so for racial reasons. Some people are just equal-opportunity jerks.
6) If you get an e-mail or hear a rumor calling for a boycott on a certain company or product for whatever reason, do a little investigation first to find out if it's even true. There are many hoaxes circulating the e-mail universe. Chances are you're pouring out the Pepsi or tossing the Q-Tips in the trash under false pretenses. There's a good site (www.snopes.com) dedicated to urban legends and internet hoaxes.
7) Here are a few points I cannot stress enough: Capitalize, Punctuate, Form Complete Sentences, and, if you have a lot to say, there's this thing called a Paragraph. Make a few. Clarity is a good thing and tends to make people take your grievance a lot more seriously.
DALLAS, TEXAS -- I just discovered this site today and let me tell you this is great. I know so many people this site could have helped had they known about this. I advise anybody who is aware of this site to tell your friends and family about it because this is the best way to compliment the people (businesses) that go out of their way for you and to stick it to the businesses that really get under your skin by the poor quality of service they provide. You always hear that the best referral is by word of mouth and that's no lie, so PEOPLE USE THIS SITE!!! We can help each other not get ripped off and taken advantage of, we don't have to take it sitting down anymore....
Thanks for the kind words!
CALIFORNIA -- I find it very interesting that my3cents posts links to the vendors that receive poor critical reviews on the same page as the critical review. I found links to the very product I criticized on the same page as the criticism. So, in a way, I am advertising for the very co. that I will no longer do business with. Hmm... sounds like a scam to me authored by businesses and my3cents. After all, in the business world, "There is no such thing as bad press". Anything that gets your company's name out into the public is 'Good' Press. I think we've been duped once again!
I just recently found My3cents and I am so glad I did. I love it! Most of the reviews are well done and informative. Some members can get a little harsh with their comments and some a little off color, but, even so, It doesn't take long to know who those folks are and I just ignore them. I enjoy the interaction with trusted members and I have learned a lot on this site. Thank you, my3cents.