I agree with IMR. Surely there’s a way this poster can be spam filtered or something? Sarah110 is listed as a member, so surely it can be deleted/revoked. It’s not as if it’s a real person (or rabbit), but merely a moniker used by ticketl**t.com to sell their brokerage services. Thanks.
It certainly is blatant advertising, but the feel of the post left me ambivalent about deleting it.
It seems written by a young person connected to the Carr Performing Arts Centre and posted innocently enough -- perhaps not. I'm generally inclined to give the benefit of the doubt. Where is the harm? Really? We certainly advertise our own work here whenever it is to be produced and there is money, hopefully, collected at the door. I am wondering how many actors are employed by this obviously B or C class traveling production? I'm wondering how much of the proceeds goes into their pockets and to the Performing Arts Centre in Orlando? This isn't a pitch for selling Viagra, is it? 'Though God knows I could use some! Would not removing this post put us on that proverbial slippery slope towards commercialism? Honestly, I don't think so, but the reverse might be applicable.
The problem, for me and me alone, seems to be the naive tone of the post and its Googled history of the play. But, I did learn a fact or two I didn't know. By the way, did you know that the Divine Miss M was in the original Broadway cast? There! Because of this post some of you may have learned something hitherto unknown. Useless trivia perhaps, but something nonetheless. After all, the post is about a play.
Yes, Paul does have a strict rule that is to be rigorously enforced and it should be: There shall not be any advertising--and I have quickly deleted many before most of you ever got to see them. And, he may delete this as well. But, there is something about this post that leaves me reluctant. Perhaps I'm just thinking with my gut (which is getting smaller by the day).
I will wait for Paul to make the final decision and hope that when I promote the opening of my play, Off or On Broadway (it will happen), it is not swept into the ashcan of solicitousness (if that's not a word, it is now).
The problem for me is that this is not some innocent posting about a show they’ve seen and enjoyed and benevolently decided to recommend to the world at large, but rather this is a company called ticketloot.com that hawks tickets for theater, sports events, etc. Place your cursor over the highlighted play title and look what shows up as the address in the bottom of your browser window. Or simpler still, click on the play title and be taken to the ticket brokerage’s website. This has been the case of every other posting for various shows being posted by this “member.”
This person is clearly employed by ticketloot.com to find new avenues to sell their tickets.
Personally, I think this is the thin end of the wedge and sets a bad precedent. If this is seen as kosher then we could soon see “The Stage” section filled with thinly veiled ads from companies like Ticketmaster, Telecharge, Ticketliquidator, etc., etc.
Forum members “advertising” or announcing their own productions here is great and what it’s all about, which is supporting our community. But providing free advertising space for a commercial enterprise does not, to me, seem in step with what the forum represents.
Just my opinion, and of course I defer to the opinions of forum godfathers.
Ah, I missed that and I stand informed and corrected. The devil's advocate got his due. You and IMR are absolutely correct. I hadn't realized there were prior postings of this nature and I didn't think it through far enough nor did I see the link. The writing was rather "youthful" though and could lead one to misconstrue it for "innocence."
Thanks for the congrats on the gut. Over 60 pounds of it has bitten the dust leaving only another 40 to bite the dust (with fond memories of Freddy Mercury).
As for what's okay and what is not--there doesn't seem to be a clear line any longer. It now appears that it is perfectly acceptable to call for the death of our President (and his children) from the same pulpit by a preacher who espouses to preach "The Word." That ought to shock me, but it only lessens the anxiety from knowing I'm on my way out--but not too soon I hope.
"Personally, I think this is the thin end of the wedge and sets a bad precedent. If this is seen as kosher then we could soon see “The Stage” section filled with thinly veiled ads from companies like Ticketmaster, Telecharge, Ticketliquidator, etc., etc. "
And then, why not promote soda pop, rock concerts, automobiles, toohpaste, etc? "You will watch a 30 second commercial before you can get to the stie."
Any of the actual members' information could become overwhelmed with this stuff.