The Magic Cafe' is deleting more than just the recent posts that point out that Magic Makers (Rob Stiff) has blatantly ripped-off Lee Asher (http://www.LeeAsher.com
) and many others.
I wrote to the manager's section of Magic Cafe' asking what I could do to keep these threads open. I thought that "I" had committed some breach of etiquette, perhaps.
My post was deleted. So, I reposted. Again deleted.
A "wise man" (OK, it was Lee Asher) told me not to expect any fair treatment, since I don't feed The Cafe with advertising dollars.
I guess that's undestandable. The Cafe' is protecting its advertisers, even if the advertiser happens to be a mass of 'mucilaginous goo.'
BTW -- Here's the letter that I tried to post in the manager's section. This is the request that was deleted TWICE:
[To the manager of The Magic Cafe']
I am a little confused.... (some say a lot),
I tend to post at The Caf, when someone has hurt someone else by outright stealing original material.
I never post, unless this can be proven 100%.
So far, I am listed as having posted only once. All the threads where I join in and support the true artist seem to be deleted.
Could you help me figure out how to "stick" on the Magic Caf?
I think it was Ashleigh Montegue who said 'not to judge a person (group) by what they say, but rather by their actions.'
The Cafe's 'action' is to delete threads.
Is the Caf closing these threads, because:
1. I use euphemisms instead of the real name -- for example, if somoene's name were "The Magic Giant," I might change it to "The Magic Midget." I would do this if this person did something very 'small and distasteful.'
Is this why the threads shut down? Should I just use the proper name? No sarcasm allowed?
2. Are they shut down, because the topic is too scary for that particular moderator to handle?
3. Does Magic Caf have some link to the companies that are ripping people off? And I just don't know who is sleeping with whom? (I could be criticizing a moderator's best friend and not know.)
4. Do the moderators like the image that magicians promulgate when they rip off others' material?
I think I am looking for guidelines on how I can accomplish my goal, whch is to raise magic as an art form, quickly shut down sleazy rip-off artists, and teach the public that we aren't all bad, and out to fleece anyone who will buy anything.
I am not joking -- I want guidelines on how to keep these topics open -- even if it means posting a warning that the thread is drifting into dangerous territory.
Please help me to understand why the posts that end up supporting the true artist get squelched.
Kip Pascal, a caring magician
PS It could really help the Caf's image if folks truly believed that The Magic Caf had a high moral standard and didn't support the thieves. Show support by leaving threads that identify the true rip-off artists, but be quick to close the threads that are just plain attacks without any 'empirical data.'