iRV2 – Banned forever

As a tech nut, operator of a few forums, and moderator of a few others, I’m no stranger to the potential headaches of managing a forum and keeping things civil and helpful. I also recognize and commiserate on the desire to protect members from spammers and scammers or those just there for commercial profit. There is, however, a bit of logic that should be kept in mind when maintaining these communities. iRV2 appears to not subscribe to this logic.

Today, friend, fellow RVer, and geek David Bott was banned from iRV2 until January because someone asked him for where to find a video he’d created on the topic of better RV Wi-Fi, and he posted a direct link to it on his blog. Like most bloggers, David does have a small Amazon search on his site and uses affiliate links when he’s talking about a specific product. In the eyes of iRV2, this made his site ‘commercial’ and they banned him for the link.
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A road to snowhere

As posted last Friday, we left Fort McDowell ( Eagle View RV Resort  — Warning: they no longer accept USPS deliveries ) and decided to make the drive to Ruidoso, NM a 2 day affair.  The thinking for this was that the weather peeps were calling for rain / snow on Saturday in Ruidoso, so I wanted to be highly functional upon arriving ( 4 hrs x 2 days and early arrival, vs 8 hr and late evening arrival ).

We didn’t really anticipate much as the forecast was for less than an inch accumulation, and it had been over 60 F the day before.  OH BOY, were we in for a SURPRISE. (more…)