You must be a young person. In my warmest grandfatherly manner,
let me share some possibly useful lessons:
 There are no unbiased opinions.
 Deception (lying, withholding an essential part of a truth in
order to deceive, or providing a carefully selected set of truths
in order to lead someone to an incorrect conclusion) violates
most peoples' sense of "trustworthy".
 Nearly all people subscribe to the principles embodied in the
Boy Scouts' "Scout Law" (trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly,
courteous, kind, ...) and afford to others a standing that
correlates fairly closely to their perception of the other person
conducting themselves in accordance with those principles.
 Commercial endeavors are measured similarly; and standings
are based additionally on perceptions of value delivered for
price asked, behavior of the business organization as a whole,
and behavior of all individuals involved in the business.
 Although not specifically mentioned in  and , the
principles of justice (balanced behavior and exchanges) and
fairness (equability) are major factors in standing afforded.
 The perception is that you were attempting to deceive the
rec.woodworking *community*; and this community perceives
deceivers as economic and/or safety threats.
 Woodworking is closely related to the craft that gave us the
English word "sincere"; and sincerity is highly valued by those
who practice this craft. We especially value those community
members whose works (and lives!) need no "spackle" (DAGS).
I'm reponding with all of this because I'm inclined to believe
that your /intention/ wasn't dishonest; and that your behavior
was clumsy rather than despicable.
My perception is that marketing folks have a tendancy to get so
wrapped up with numbers that they forget that those numbers
represent real warm, breathing, feeling, thinking human beings.
My unsolicited opinion: Anyone (in any field) who forgets that
fact can only aspire to being a "hack" (a second-rater) and will
not ever be able to produce really first class results. You may
have a different opinion; but please at least ask yourself: "What
if he's right about that?"
Elsethread you asked the purpose of the group. The group is a
community with several purposes: to teach and pass on experience,
to learn from the experience of others, and to provide a certain
amount of social interchange and mutual support between people
with a common interest in woodworking. It's not just about tools
All of the above is ( biased :-) opinion.
What? Those numbers are actually people? I sort of knew that but it's easier to
think of them as mindless masses to be manipulated.
A youngster isn't inclined to ask such questions.
And us being mindless masses, who are we to question those trying to climb the
ivory tower? Don't we know we're to be thrilled that someone of such stature has
tried to harvest information from us?
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