matthew wrote:If it was mandatory, I expect we'd have WAY MORE fans! Like, to the tune of all the fans.
Your definition of 'fan' and mine differ; you'd have all the folks, maybe a lot would also be fans.
Your disinclination to use Facebook strikes me as not a very good reason for us not to try to occasionally engage with users who do. (Surely you must have noticed there are a lot of them.)
Of course not and I'm not suggesting that. Engage away! But does that mean you have to disengage a portion of your existing customer base? Last month the crap came in several episodes; one was announced on Twitter _and_ Facebook; all the later ones were only announced on Facebook (though to be fair I don't think the 'like' requirement was there last month). And now this week we're back to Facebook only.
If you just watched Woot, you were on the outs then and now. If you use a social media site other than Facebook you were out after that first announcement last month. Too bad, so sad.
Twice in a row is certainly perceivable as a 'trend', or the start of one, and worthy of comment.
But I bet I can reassure you: There is no "elite." There is just this half-baked promotion that you don't want to take part in, and that's a completely valid decision that really should not cause you any of the consternation it apparently has. I'm sure a lot of people will not take part in it and still go on to lead rich, full, happy lives. I myself am not going to take part in it! We're both going to be fine.
Also, I've seen some of the crap that's at stake. Rest easy; it is "premier" in no way at all. The only thing you'll be missing out on is whatever fun there is to be had, and it seems like you're saying it doesn't sound like any fun to you at all, so I think you're making the right choice.
You are mistaken; I do want to take part in it, but the prerequisite is not to my taste. It is not consternation, it is disappointment.
And I think from your insider position, you are missing one of the points about Woot! crap to many of us outsiders... Woot! is like a store that we like to visit every day; you don't _always_ have something we may want to buy but its always worth stopping... Then periodically, when crap is on the line, its _party_ time.
Lining up to bob for wormy apples in hopes of getting the one with the coin in it, flinging baseballs at the dunk tank target hoping yours is the one that gets through, aiming browser refreshes like the squirt gun aimed at the clown to blow up its balloon brain. It doesn't matter if you get a Sansa or a flat screen TV, earbuds with wax included or a whoopee cushion that was used in unsavory ways, (well ok, some of those are better than others, but ALL of them are cool) it is 'the awesome' and the highlight (along with trying to say just the right pithy thing to get a quality post, or even a 'special package').
Now the party's on, and I (and others who posted last time, and this) are outside looking in, because to get in we have to get a ticket from the store down the street that we don't like, because it puts the wrong kind of spice in your food and might photocopy your wallet contents when you ask for the ticket.
Just being a Woot customer is absolutely still good enough. Just being you is good enough.
Darn straight. Just please consider having some parties where all of us are welcome to take our chances. You know, like it was until a few months ago.
And with that I bow out. Thank you for taking the time to respond. It is appreciated.
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