Your post is full of conjecture, assumption, and hypocrisy.
>Believe it or not, but the purpose of an "open letter" isn't to start a fight with other users.
Correct. However, where did I say you started a fight? Although, you do seem to spend a lot of time railing against BPL and those who disagree with you, and you even began your crusade by bringing up the "elite" in the OP. You seem to be the only one fixated on the "elite."
>Elitism is where a person or a group of people believe that they are better than the rest, and I think your post is a perfect example of it. Why is it that I can only choose between being a saintly Mlifer, who can do no wrong, and being an entitled leech, who never contributed a cent to the site?
Please, please, please show me where I said I was better than anyone. And also show me where I said you had to choose between being an MLIFEer or an entitled leech. And also show me where I assumed you had never contributed a cent to this site. All I said is that you are complaining about not receiving a free service any more. You yourself even said:
"this is a free market. Somebody is asking money for one service and offering another service for free. If the prices don't work for them, then they are obliged to change their prices. And that's just what they did... ...Since I'm not willing to pay the current price, I'm trying to haggle. And that's what it comes down to."
And that's what it comes down to. You don't want to pay the price offered up in a free market, so you complain and rail against some invented class of "elite." It's perfectly cool that you want Gear Swap to be free. So do I. In fact, I thought the open letter you started was good, but you took an unnecessary embattled stance soon into the thread and it didn't help your cause.
>By contrast, elitist posts like yours probably turn new users off of the site. I wouldn't be proud of myself if I called someone selfish for submitting their opinion on a public forum.
Again? Where did I say I was better than anyone? I implore you to show me. AHEM. By contrast, YOU'RE the one laying down a laundry list of reasons why you're a supposed "value" to BPL.
"I have, in the past, paid for a year subscription, bought hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from the store when it was open (did I forget to mention that?), and contributed good posts and good threads that surely played a small part in keeping new users coming back to the website."
Not only that, but you used a chart to prove it. Whoa. Also, I didn't call anyone selfish because they submitted their opinion. I said that expecting something for free and profusely complaining about it was.
>no matter how much moral high ground you think your two years of BPL subscription has given you over me...
Yet again, where did I say anything about my moral high ground?
>Please think about this next time you get ready to write off what somebody says just because they don't have an orange M by their name.
Did I write you off? I was simply submitting my opinion in a public forum. Did I mention, or even allude to an Orange M? Yet again, nope.
Now, in the words of Ken, I've said my piece, and will not be entertaining this any further.