Message to CFers from Paul Clark
Since there are still some people that think there has to be a rivalry between CF and CR, Paul Clark and I wanted to share letters to the community to help explain how we feel about the situation...
I asked Jeremy if I could share some comments with you via him and he has graciously agreed. I appreciate the opportunity to do so, thanks Jeremy.
Another discussion has flared up here in regards to premium recruiting information and I wanted to address the topic, hopefully once and for all, in the spirit of continued improved relations between the CF and CR web sites and communities. Recruiting coverage is the niche that CycloneReport.com and Rivals.com fill especially well and so itís important for us to protect the investment of our subscribers and our business interests as much as possible. To not do so would just be negligent.
Jeremy and his team of moderators here have been doing a great job in watching for information that even has the appearance of being premium content from somewhere else. Theyíve proactively contacted me several times through the past few months and it is very much appreciated. Itís really not a problem any more from my perspective because Iím confident they are going above and beyond to do all that is possible in this regard. You canít ask for more than that. At the end of the day, they canít moderate honesty and integrity.
The reality is this: what is exclusive, premium information for subscribers only in the short term becomes common knowledge in the long term. Thatís just how it works. But that does not give license to anyone to violate the terms of their user agreement with Rivals. Whether that is a subscriber posting premium info somewhere else, whether that is a subscriber hinting what the premium info is, whether that is a subscriber letting others use his account, whether that is a subscriber passing along info to friends via e-mail. All are forms of stealing, there is no other interpretation of it. If you see it differently, you are wrong, I donít know how else to put it.
If Iowa State gets a recruiting commitment and you have ways to get that information on your own and post it here, great, go for it! What objection could anyone possibly have to that? But if your ways involve accessing or obtaining premium information from CycloneReport.com in any way, donít go for it! Itís really as simple as that. Let your conscience be your guide and if your conscience doesnít stop you, then really that becomes your problem and not mine or Jeremyís or anyone elseís.
Jeremy and I have each accepted responsibility for our part in past differences and weíve buried all of that. Itís ancient history. He and I are long past it; you should be, too. CF and CR serve the Cyclone community in different ways and itís entirely up to fans to decide how they use one or both of the sites. I know CR is here to stay and I see no reason to think CF isnít here to stay as well. Cyclone Country is big enough for both so the days of any kind of spat between the two sites and communities are long gone. Weíre all going to be better off with a universal helping of forgive and forget all around because weíre all genuine Cyclones and that should count for a lot more than anything else.
Paul Clark, Publisher
Re: Message to CFers from Paul Clark
Bumping this thread for the day-crew.