Wednesday morning mailbag


Notice posts way way down on previous two weeks.  I suspect
due to Pete’s heavy-handedness banning/blocking over the last week.
Not a good time for posts to be seen to be down.  But that’s okay
because Pete said that those of us that have not been too naughty can
come back after the election.  What Pete somehow has missed is that
most of us are just here for the election cause; whatever the result
is we probably wont be back, especially after having been banned for
the main thrust of the last two weeks.  Bad bad business practise to
alientate your core customers.  Dumb and very stupid in fact.  I only
hope you all weren’t stupid enough to ban those who had recently
donated.  I received my annual bonus last week and had intended to
donate 25% as I was so passionate about what you guys were doing,
saved from that thank you – will replace the windscreen and covers on
my boat for summer instead.

Oddly enough, the most vocal and, erm, less desirable commenters hardly ever stump up.  Most donations come from people I have never seen comment here.  People who understand it’s the articles and hard work that needs rewarding, and that it also is important for Whaleoil to survive past the election – much more important than just two weeks.

Whaleoil isn’t a chat room.    If you can’t comment that’s one thing, but that doesn’t change the good work we’re all doing.   I’m not sure why you would have donated 25% of your annual bonus simply so you could talk people’s ears off for another two weeks and then you’d leave anyway.

But then, logic never was one of my stronger suits.

Oddly enough, as Pete explained to me, we’re not looking to have more and more comments.  That’s actually a bad thing.   We rather have less good comments than more bad ones.

And with 285,000 readers, the fact Pete took some people’s access away that were clogging the place up with nothing comments, I think he’s got the balance right.


NB:  where commenter writes “posts”, means “comments”.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.