But in a roundabout way, it’s relevant.
Quixtar–The Dream or The Scheme is a blog written by a guy calling himself, Joe Cool. Joe is critical of the Quixtar business opportunity. Some of Joe’s readers are critical, as well.
But, like all the Quixtar-related blogs, some other readers hold a different opinion about Quixtar. In this case, the other readers LIKE Quixtar, have Quixtar-affiliated businesses and think Quixtar is the best thing since butter on sliced bread.
Let’s just say, that when Joe writes an entry at his blog…he gets a few comments.
Okay, that being said; you’ve probably guessed that Joe Cool is a pseudonym. And there are a few of “Joe’s” readers that would love to know who he is.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that Quixtar-type bloggers and their readers are a bit on the obsessive side. You can count me in this group to some extent. We write about Quixtar, read about it, we discuss it, and we get to know who writes what, how each other feels about it, AND we learn each other’s “Hot buttons” and Internet-text “tics”. So much so, that if you read a particular entry by one of us, you can pretty much guess who wrote it, without looking at the byline.
But, for one of “Joe Cool’s” readers, this wasn’t enough. He or she wanted to know more. This reader wanted to know exactly who “Joe” was and expose “Joe” to the world.
With some fancy “googling”, Mr. Obsessive-to-the-Extreme found out that not only did Joe like writing about Quixtar, but also Joe liked writing about his interest in…how shall we say it…adult-oriented recreation.
See, where the “nekkid chicks” comes in?
To “Joe’s” credit, he pretty much let the whole drama play out on his blog through the blog comments’ section, including a “confession” of sorts, of his “miss-deeds”. (I use a lot of quotation marks in this entry)
Want my opinion on this whole drama?
I like “nekkid” chicks, too.
That may be oversimplifying it.
Mr. Obsessive…get over it! Sell some products. Present the Quixtar business opportunity to potential associates. Don’t read the damn blog!
Maybe, you want something more profound? I’ll defer to Beth Dornan, Director of Communications for Quixtar Inc.
Civil discourse means we agree to disagree, but not to be disagreeable. In other words, I accept your right to have an opinion that differs from my own and ask that you do the same. In a word, it means respect. Bullies aren’t allowed.
I was disturbed to read that someone who has been critical of this business has been harassed and disparaging information about him posted by a cyber bully. While I can’t enforce civil discourse in any forum but the Opportunity Zone, I can ask that those who are engaged with this business carefully consider the impact that disparaging those with opposing views has on perceptions of the Quixtar and Amway businesses. As a business, we’re about building people up, not tearing them down. Just because someone doesn’t support our business doesn’t mean they should be criticized for those views or have inappropriate information posted about them. As a former boss of mine used to say, our reputation is built on everything every one of us does and says every day. I’d prefer that our reputation be built on respect for all people of all views…
…Like in life, in debate those who resort to trying to insult or disparage their opponents lose points. But a high school [debate] meet isn’t at stake here. What’s at risk is the reputation of this business and every one affiliated with it.