This is my first blog effort, and I've made a few mistakes since launching Dinar Douchebags in September. In two cases I had reservations that I didn't act on. The first one was when I posted a photo of Neno from Neno's Place on the page "The Pumpers". Apparently in the past Neno's Place was known as a hangout for dinar pumpers, but apparently those people have moved on to other locations over the last few years. I didn't know much about him and was going by something I read online about him being a pumper for Ali. There were also accusations of him being in cahoots with Okie. After I posted it I started reading some things that he said on www.realscam.com and saw that in the past he had worked for a company that turned out to be a scam and wanted to distance himself from scammers, and that he had worked hard to maintain some integrity on his forum. He then contacted me and told me the same things that he told the scam watchers, so I removed him from "The Pumpers" and would now like to offer a sincere apology to Neno.
The other case was in my recent post "Gurus and Goodbyes". The only photo I had of Joe P was the one from the People's Dinar site of him and his wife. I thought about having his wife cropped out of the photo since she's not really an issue here, but I didn't think that would look right. I also considered trying to find another photo without her that I could use. I was kind of pressed for time and I wanted to go ahead and post what I had written though, so I used the photo with his wife. Bad judgment on my part. Joe quickly contacted me and demanded that I remove it. Even though he was the one who put that photo out on the internet originally, I felt that he had a point so I had the photo digitally altered to remove her image. I stand by my comments about Joe P (good and bad), but I do apologize for including his wife in the original photo.
I feel that reporting on gurus and pumpers requires a certain amount of toughness, so I'm prepared to be called names and threatened. You're bound to piss a lot of people off doing this. However I also want to be fair, and avoid needlessly offending people. In the future I will try to be more attentive to the voice in my head telling me to reconsider.