Why would Bill even want reinstated? he is the leader of the silenced majority

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I have really enjoyed reading alot of posts by Bill Burress over the last few months. I am normally quiet on the boards and just read the info but this issue has me irritated. I hear all of the members off the site here asking for him to be reinstated. After being treated so poorly by the management of this website I wonder why would you want to bother coming back. After being an asset to this community for so long and being dismissed for 1 comment the management disagrees with why would I want to bother. If they reinstated him he would always be under the watchful eye of big brother. He obviously would be silenced and censored to the point where he could not provide his views on life and politics. Remember this is a political group. If you cannot make free speech in a political setting then ban political groups from existing on the community. Make this site all real estate and nothing off topic and watch the membership growth die. I would ask Bill to start his own web forum and set a place for all to express there views from real estate to religion and politics freely. I wonder if many on this group would subscribe. The bottom line is this community has failed to provide a free speech venue for all views to be heard. I hope Bill finds somewhere else to speak freely and I can hear his comments on the world we live in currently whether I agree or disagree.

Comments (6)

Ted Baker
Carmody and Associates LLC - Winter Haven, FL

Mike - we have 89,000 members and 4,000 special interest groups.  I have to assume that only a few of those groups are mainstream real estate based content.  When the current controversy is passed, perhaps I will survey the groups and try to analyze the content of the groups.

The key is that each group was formed because some member wanted to talk about something that interested him (her)and by creating the group, he (or she) had a place to go to talk with other people who had the same interest.  What a great idea.  Do I look at real estate specific content - sure.  And I contribute my ideas or experience to those mainstream groups to aid the community.  But there are other groups that also interest me - photography - imaging software - web site design.  Ilike social topics and technical topics.  And I like political topics. 

It appalls me that some members want to stop others from following their interests.  With 4,000 different groups (and the capacity for more) why can't we acommodate everybody.  These are market decisions and should not be determined by the owners, management or staff.

What intrigues me now is the level of support that Bill is getting.  Not just from people who agree with him - but from many people who disagree with him all the time.  We are getting there - not if management could just give a little... we could put all this behind us and get back to the topics that interest us. 

May 23, 2008 04:55 PM
Broker Nick
South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc. - Coconut Creek, FL
Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service

Mike ~ Very good points. Bill couldn't care less if someone was watching over. We all should speak from our hearts, that is where the truth lies.

I pray Active Rain re-instates Bill Burress back to being the founder of the top ten most active groups.

God Bless

May 23, 2008 05:00 PM
Cheri Smith
Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX - Cypress, TX
Realtor Prudential Gary Greene

You make very valid points.

May 23, 2008 05:27 PM
Cheri Smith
Prudential Gary Greene, Cypress TX - Cypress, TX
Realtor Prudential Gary Greene

I can start a yahoo group. I have other private yahoo groups that I have had for years.  What would we call it....turning lemmings into lemonade....lol.

May 23, 2008 05:31 PM
Kevin Robinson
Twin Falls, ID
Fractional Developer

Very nice points. I have reviewed what he said and cannot for the life of me see how it violated a law. Someone is not being intellectually honest.

May 24, 2008 03:29 AM
Simon Conway
Orlando Area Real Estate Services - Orlando, FL

That was the exact point I have made over and over again Kevin. We are being told it was about one word and one word only, but we all know that isn't true. So tell the truth or admit you messed up. I truly think that AR believes this will all be history come Tuesday after the Holiday weekend.

May 24, 2008 03:38 AM