That is BS and discriminatory.
We all hate the robot BS. Seems like it's been turned off.
Here is my beef
I have enjoyed learning so much about Audio through What's Best Forum and Audiogon over the last 8 years. I have many new audio friends from around the world as a result of these forums. In some cases, I want to explore even more information from individuals on certain topics and threads. Sure you can send an email through Audiogon to individuals but in a lot of cases, I would love to contact this person directly by phone or personal email. I am not selling products behind Audiogon's back. I just want to communicate and have a discussion with people on these forums on a more personal level. I can do it on WBF but not on Audiogon. They do not allow phone numbers or personal emails. That sucks.
Oh wait, I have another bitch. I am functionally blind and in order to send this message, I have to identify traffic signals which I can't frickking see. That is BS and discriminatory.
What's stopping you or someone who's contacting you through a PM from sharing phone numbers and emails? In every instance I've had with someone here through a PM, there was nothing to stop or prohibit me (or them) from asking for a phone number or an email.
I don't do that myself, but the option to is there.
All the best,
@willgolf - before the Internet, this was done through individual contacts and clubs, among other things (events too, something we haven't had much of recently). Audiogon does not have a lock on your ability to communicate with folks in the community. Most of the people who are really plugged in tend to be in the industry (or so close to it that they are readily known). Nothing prevents you from contacting such people. All you need to do is ask.
I've called musicologists, scientists, inventors of notable hi-fi, performers, producers and the like simply to talk shop with no monetary agenda in mind. If someone can make time (and you may have to schedule that, and possibly, put your thoughts into some notes to make sure you cover what you want), I think you'll find that there are people to "give." And if they are manufacturers, unless you are calling to bitch, they'll probably be more than happy to take the call. I called somebody at a manufacturer from whom I bought not a thing, simply because he knew how to use Jensen Imperials as bass cabinets. Have fun, Will. Life is too short. Don't worry about A-gon. From the sounds of it, you aren't trying to **** them. There was a whole industry out there long before this site appeared. Due respect, humble apologies to our host, etc.
Today, I received a direct message (though everyone here calls them PMs) and there it was at the top of the message: don’t try to contact anyone via phone or PM. First time that was ever there. It’s even in a different color so it stands out. But like I
And, they did stop using CAPTCHA.
All the best,
Proof that they read every thread. And I’m sure they’re hip to using "dot" in a PM when referring to an email.