Good day all… This is my first post from the glorious Republic of China… The Portugese called it “Ilha Formosa” (The Beautiful Island)…. but it’s normally known as Taiwan…. It’s a beautiful 80 degrees here in January and I think I’m finally over the 13 hour time difference from Toronto.
Well folks – I’ve got an announcement to make. We here at Hamsexy are well known for our collective dislike of QRZ.com. Some of it was well founded, a lot of it was… well.. material for the site. However, a lot of people are getting tired of the whole deal, myself included. We run the risk of being made as a “one trick pony”, in that we are only known as a ‘QRZ-bashing’ site when Hamsexy is much more.
So, effective immediatley, myself and our front page staff are stopping our ‘assault’ on QRZ.com. Although we do not agree with a lot of what has been done on QRZ on behalf of it’s moderation team, we are teetering dangerously close to the idea that this site serves but one purpose – to call out the shortcomings of QRZ, which simply is not the case.
Running a site such as QRZ.com, the largest, oldest and most popular ham radio site on the internet, cannot be an easy task. First of all, sheer numbers make this a daunting task. Mix that in with the twisted mentality that a lot of hams seem to possess, and you’ve got a recipie for a thankless job moderating.
Hamsexy is *not* family friendly. While we aren’t nearly as filthy as some think we are (we are not a porn site, nor are we dedicated to filthing up the hobby), we do use some language and subject matter that some might find offensive. Granted, we post what’s on our minds – it’s a very real site. Some might not find it acceptable, and some might not agree with our viewpoints. That’s fine, it’s a free country. The management of QRZ is free to decide what they deem acceptable for their audience, and they are free to determine that Hamsexy isn’t something they want to be associated with. As I said, their methods leave some to be desired, but it’s their site.
I have been in contact with Fred AA7BQ (founder of QRZ) and we’ve had a very positive dialog. I think we both see eye to eye on certain issues, and have come to a mutual understanding. This impasse on QRZ bashing on this site is *NOT* a concession by any means, nor was any deal struck between us. It was just two grown, mature men coming to an understanding. It’s not a detente, more Hamsexy “moving on”.
Besides, I’m sure I’m not the only one who was getting a little tired of it all.
While I cannot change the minds of those who have been wronged by QRZ’s moderation team, nor would I endeavour to, I just wanted to let you, kind reader, know what’s been going on here. We will not be forbidding discussion either on here or the Hamsexy Forums of any sort of discussions about QRZ (QRZ bashing or otherwise). You just don’t see it here on the front page.
Thanks all – and thanks for making Hamsexy a great enough site to actually show up on QRZ’s radar screen!!!