ENTRECARD, ENTRECARD, ENTRECARD, WHAT'S THE MATTER WITH ENTRECARD? ENTRECARD USERS: HEADS UP!

The following may not mean much to non-Entrecard users or even to non-power users at Entrecard. I've placed it here though as a public service. Entrecard needs to deal with this and handle it so I may give the all-clear alarm.

The following will be self-explanatory to EC users. I submitted it from my EC dashboard to EC Support:

Hi It's OK to be WEIRD!,

The following is a message that I'm copying you on that I sent to Scott McQueen of the "Just A Thought...":

Hi Scott,

The Entrecard system says that right now the RLCC ad is supposed to be running on your blog site. However, I visited and refreshed a number of times and the only ad that came up was for "It's OK to be WEIRD!"

Entrecard responded to my trouble ticket about this sort of thing happening to the RLCC ads over and over by saying that it's a bug but that the RLCC ad will run, just not on time.

Your site gave me the highest click-through rate per EC spent of all the ads I ever placed. If I get zero click-throughs from your blog, I don't believe Entrecard has stated things correctly (that the ad will run or will have run but just not on schedule).

Will you check on your end to see if Entrecard is telling you that the RLCC or "It's OK to be WEIRD!" is supposed to be running right now (04/26/2009 a little after 9 PM Pacific Time) and let me know please?

Thanks, Scott.

God Bless,

Tom Usher

P.S. I may be dropping Entrecard altogether if they can't get it together better than they have. (Is that their plan?)

xc: It's OK to be WEIRD!

OK to be WEIRD!: Will you please let me know what your Entrecard ad schedule shows you concerning any of this? Thank you so much for your help in this matter.

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  • Tom Usher

    About Tom Usher

    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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    • I guess you didn't hear anything back from Entrecard yet? It's like a ghost town there now, the mods don't care, everyone is leaving and the forums are locked :-( Graham seems to have disappeared, is he on holiday?

      • Hello John, http://entrecard.com/details/100344

        I would have left my Entrecard calling card at your blog but I'd already reached the 300 maximum for the day. You have a soothing blog. I'm nostalgic for the green of England. I think I would have loved parts of it a couple of generations before 1066. I'm no fan of William "the Bastard," nothing against children born out of wedlock but the negative connotation intended by the word suits that William's actions. From my reading of history, he, more than anyone else, ruined the commons.

        Take a look at the Christian Commons Project, will you? I'm close to the Diggers but intend to buy the land and to not take "no" for an answer from the system.

        I'm not one who subscribes to the British Identity Movement, per se, although I don't disbelieve that the Celtic Christians were proselytized by Joseph of Arimathea starting in AD 63.

        Joseph had been a member of the Sanhedrin and a wealthy tin trader who, it is alleged, had traveled back and forth to the British Isles to trade long before the crucifixion of Christ. He, along with Nicodemus (also a member of the Sanhedrin), took Jesus's body down from the cross. It was Joseph's tomb where they placed Jesus's dead body. Joseph reputedly took with him on his AD 63 journey to Britain many sainted people who had known Jesus firsthand.

        I also quite like the hymn "Jerusalem," famous for, among other reasons, its connection with when Clement Attlee became PM – a high point in British politics (perhaps the highest) in my view – much higher than with Winston Churchill (beloved of the neoconservatives over here), which Churchill I consider to have been insufferably racist and violent (even enjoying terrorism).

        Well, I digress but happily so.

        As for Entrecard, Graham is stunned. He can't understand why all the people are so utterly uncooperative with his vision that he believes is only good for them. He's young, and does not know how to not be bullied while not bullying.

        What should he do? He needs to make up his mind.

        Look, all capitalists are in truth asses. Everyone knows it in the depth of his or her soul. So, if you are a capitalist, why be in a popularity contest to appease people who are costing you your vision?

        Graham is paying in bandwidth and equipment, etc., to allow a huge group to continue on without contributing to the capitalist profits necessary to bring them that very network. So, if Graham were wise as a snake, he would not ask anyone anything but rather simply decree, as all top capitalist decision makers do, that in one week's time, all Entrecard widgets will be carrying paid ads half the time and then not look back. He should just send out an email to all users to that effect – no debate, no feedback, no long explanation, just capitalist dog-eat-dog survival.

        What would happen is that a bunch of people would quit, but costs would drop while the percentage of net profits would shoot up relatively speaking. So be it – Many headaches gong. Then, build from there.

        Then, if he wants to do the right thing, he would earmark all net profits (over and above a reasonably comfortable life and growing the company – plowing back) to the cause of bringing forth what will end the greedy system.

        If he takes my advice short of helping afterwards, he'll be doomed worse than if he just folds his tents now. That's a fact. It's all or nothing in the end. God is watching and so is Satan!

        Is this antichrist advice? It is not antichrist at all. Graham has to start somewhere. In fact, this advice ought to put many in mind of the teachings of Christ. Translate the system of mammon into its opposite.

        Decisions, decisions

        Peace

        Wise as a serpent, harmless as a dove,

        Tom Usher

        Come again, John.

    • Tom

      entrecard doesn't have paid tech support from what I've heard; so waiting is a part of the game, it appears.

      • Hi RE,

        That's my understanding too at least concerning the entry-level staff. However, Entrecard hasn't grown so much that suddenly they are unable to respond in a timely manner, unless many of the volunteers have fled or are not putting in the same amount of time. Entrecard was one of the most responsive sites around not that long ago. I assumed at the time that they wouldn't be able to keep up the pace or would slow down responding to cranks who refuse ever to be contented with anyone's efforts, but now they are not responding concerning highly valid problems/bugs and for weeks on end. That's really bad. Even intelligent music-on-hold has the occasional voice-over (every few minutes is enough for me). Entrecard could at the very least say by email "working...working...." It's called automation. (Sarcasm can be effective if not overused).

        I hope you read my comment reply of last night. I care.

        Peace (non-violence always; really reality),

        Tom

    • Kicking us out of the forums might be the last straw for me. I stated a petition to open them.

      • Hi Jen,

        Yes, I saw that. He knows.

        He is just barely out of his teens though, you know.

        Of course, Alexander is a prime example of someone young who can cause many, huge problems.

        We shouldn't exactly equate Graham with such a huge ego based upon what's happen with Entrecard. It's not enough. Some of Entrecard indicates a desire for integrity and to hold forth with a spirit of generosity. There are signs of redeeming qualities.

        We are not to judge, condemn, and punish. We are only to warn. Keep the possibility alive for souls to turn rather than burn in the Hell of their own making.

        The general direction that started Entrecard is nevertheless of genuine concern. That's why I discuss the mixed-economy issue.

        Mercy,

        Tom