This is the post i was replying i thougnht i was replying too (by bigchief)
I have posted this as an announcement also...........
As some of you may or may not be aware, a severely inflammatory thread has been posted on the Skyline Owners Club making various claims about this forum. As we are an open community we feel this warrants a response from us.
Since this forum was purchased by me at the start of the year, SOC has gone out of it's way to draw members from here in an attempt to charge money for the privilege of full membership. The tactics employed by them to this end have included attempts to discredit our technical information, usurp our stand positions at major events, sabotage of our TOTB team entry, and attempts by it's members to discredit the irreproachable reputation of Rising Sun Performance. The latter action resulted in RSP being removed as traders and banned from the club. Also, you may be aware that all forum staff from here were banned from the club site in recent weeks/months without reason. This action was mirrored by ourselves in an attempt to defuse what appeared to be an omen of something to come, tonight we have been proved right. Childish name calling is one thing but when a pre-meditated attempt is made to ruin the business of a person by denying them a source of income and advertising, the cracks within that organisation really start to show.
When I bought this forum I knew I was buying this forum and this forum alone, I have never professed to or attempted to own SOC as the FREE online community we provide here is far greater in both size and support than any organisation that places new members under great scrutiny and at times ridicule coupled with threats of violence from one particular member. Moderating staff from here in the form of General Banter have been accused of registering over there under false names which is untrue, however he wishes he had because Rumpleforskin is an excellent username and he is riled that he never thought of it first .
If you read the thread on SOC carefully, you will notice how many times the phrase 'YOUR CLUB' is used in an attempt to affirm that they do not own it. Well this is OUR community and derogatory statements to the effect that we are all 'Chavs and Cheerleaders' will wash over us unheeded, strengthened by that fact that unlike them we do not have any threads entitled 'My cars got an ASBO - Legal help needed'.
They have also accused us of threatening them with copyright action over use URL's, the address www.skylineownersclub.com
was included in the sale of this forum and owned by me. Theirs is hyphenated and therefore very different. Yet another thinly veiled attempt to stir up old differences between the sites that we had long since considered over. There membership is dwindling as we speak and this is a very transparent attempt to lure enthusiasts into parting with their hard earned to finance their organisation. We have always been a free community and shall remain that way, with no intention of forming a rival club.
Recently we have shared locations at meets and events with SOC and have managed not to have a physical fight yet, so any threats of violence barely warrant space in this post or the time spent reading about it.
In a nutshell, Buster Gordon and his cronies are clearly rattled about the way in which this forum has continued to grow and blossom without their 'indispensable' presence, and this is down to you guys for which all the staff here thank you for. And with your continued help this will remain the number one choice for true purists of the Nissan Skyline.