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    Well, I always knew I was human, and now I've proved it to myself beyond a shadow of a doubt.

    Practical jokes can be funny when everyone realizes that is what they are right away. But when the punch line isn't so obvious, they're not so funny. In fact, they can be downright rude. The GPWA definitely did not acquire CAP or Lyceum Media or Bodog even though we did "acquire" members of their management teams using the facebook "Friends For Sale!" application.

    Most importantly, both CAP and the GPWA are communities of affiliates and affiliate programs. The whole reason I got involved with the GPWA is because I care about the people that are members of these communities, and I firmly believe everyone is best served when we recognize that working together to improve the professionalism of the industry is in our mutual interest.

    One of the very first things I did as the Executive Director of the GPWA was to work hard to establish a more cordial relationship between the members of the GPWA and the members of CAP. So you can imagine how badly I feel having started something that has upset members of the community at large, and damaged relationships I really want to nuture.

    What I had hoped to accomplish was to create a greater awareness of the importance of social media in general and facebook in particular. I expected my post to instigate some friendly banter in the form of a battle between GPWA and CAP acquiring members of each of our executive teams on facebook much like what took place in the battle of the forums slot tournament a few months back.

    I failed pretty miserably in my objective. Please accept my sincere apologies.

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    For what it's worth Michael, I understand what you mean as well as your intentions. Sometimes things just don't go as planned. We all are human and will make mistakes. We can't please all of the people all of the time, but as long as we do the best we can and learn from or mistakes that is all we can do.

    It would be nice to put this all behind us and get back to business. I know that everyone will not get along all the time, but it's not really productive to constantly dwell in the past.

    I believe in freedom of speach when done in a responsible manner and I do not envy your position, but in the end I believe that it all works out the way it should.

    Being a member of both forums it saddens me to see what has happened over the past week and I just hope that we can all just get along.

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    Don't worry Michael, I think it's not a big problem, and we all make mistakes. You must know that you are the best executive director, I appreciate all your work that you've done and continue doing for the GPWA and for us.
    We are with you

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    We all make mistakes don't worry. Often in typing its hard to get across your meaning and intentions. I often get myself in trouble as I am very sarcastic and people don't always understand it in emails.
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    Humor often gets lost in the translation. I've seen more fights break out in forums over silly jokes than anything else.

    Lesson learned....

    Carry on sir
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    I think we all have had a situation where we have said or done something we think is funny or whatever - but actually crossed the line of good taste or professional decorum. It happens - we hear about these blunders almost daily on the news.

    I know I appreciate all your efforts since you took over GPWA to increase the standing, credibility, and relationships GPWA works around.

    I think if anything else, the mistake underscored there is work to do and many of the negative feelings still exist with some people. I think we all need to remember we are ambassadors for GPWA.
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    I 'inhabit' GPWA much more since your arrival, Michael. You have really done an amazing job, overall. 1 blunder doesn't make you into a war-starter.

    We need to all quit bashing CAP at GPWA and GPWA at CAP. It is counter-productive to our industry and to allow it to continue, unabated, just shows how disparate the industry can be.

    Let's let bygones live where they should - in the past. We all love the industry and both forums provide us a VERY good place to vent our frustrations, get answers, and (most importantly) make like-minded friends.

    So, Michael - wash the egg off our face and continue your efforts to bring everyone together (which I feel you have done an excellent job of over the time you have run GPWA).

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    I can't say how much the GPWA has helped me both professionally and personally. You have done amazing things here Michael and you and the entire staff should very proud. I think everyone is aware that no harm was meant. Goodness knows we have all messed up on occasion, it's just your mistakes are noticed more lol. To err is human, to forgive is devine.

    All the best,

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    Guys, let's live in friendship!
    I didn't read all posts here and on CAP about this situation, because I was too busy and I don't see here a big problem that to pay a lot of attention to this situation - it was only a JOKE and nothing more.

    Interesting, what are you doing on the 1st of April... Michael, I think you must buy Google on Facebook

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    Quote Originally Posted by aksana View Post
    Interesting, what are you doing on the 1st of April... Michael, I think you must buy Google on Facebook
    My sense of humor is beaten back, but not destroyed. A lesson I've learned is that future jokes will be planned in advance with those involved, and done in a way that everyone is sure to get the punch line right away.

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    Michael,

    I think your members are with you - sympathizing for the bad times and cheering you on for the good. This is one of the bad times - we all make mistakes - and everyone will get over it.

    Everything I've read in this thread has been positive - you have our support

    I'm so much more involved with GPWA since you took over and, if there is only time for one forum each day, this is the one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelCorfman View Post
    My sense of humor is beaten back, but not destroyed. A lesson I've learned is that future jokes will be planned in advance with those involved, and done in a way that everyone is sure to get the punch line right away.

    Michael
    I hope this may help retrieving your sense of humor. No planning involved on this one, straight from the hip.

    Not sure how many Married Men hate shopping with their wives, but a glimpse into what can happen.

    After I retired, my wife insisted that I accompany her on her trips to Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, like most men, I found shopping boring and preferred to get in and get out. Equally unfortunately, my wife is like most women - - she loved to browse. Yesterday my dear wife received the following letter from the local Wal-Mart.


    Dear Mrs. Samsel,


    Over the past six months, your husband has been causing quite a commotion in our store. We cannot tolerate this behavior and have been forced to ban both of you from the store. Our complaints against Mr. Samsel are listed below and are documented by our video surveillance cameras.


    1 June 15:


    Took 24 boxes of condoms and randomly put them in people's carts when they weren't looking.


    2 July 2:


    Set all the alarm clocks in Housewares to go off at 5-minute intervals


    3 July 7:


    Made a trail of tomato juice on the floor leading to the women's restroom.


    4 July 19:

    Walked up to an employee and told her in an official voice, "Code 3 in Housewares. Get on it right away."


    5 August 4:

    Went to the Service Desk and tried to put a bag of M&M's on layaway.


    6 August 14:

    Moved a "CAUTION - WET FLOOR" sign to a carpeted area.


    7 August 15:

    Set up a tent in the camping department and told other shoppers he'd invite them in if they would bring pillows and blankets from the bedding department.


    8 August 23:
    When a clerk asked if they could help him he began crying and screamed, "Why can't you people just leave me alone?"


    9 September 4:

    Looked right into the security camera and used it as a mirror while he picked his nose.


    10. September10:


    While handling guns in the hunting department, he asked the clerk where the antidepressants were.


    11. October 3:

    Darted around the store suspiciously while loudly humming the " Mission Impossible" theme.


    12. October 6:

    In the auto department, he practiced his "Madonna look" by using different sizes of funnels.


    13. October18:


    Hid in a clothing rack and when people browsed through, yelled "PICK ME! PICK ME!"
    14. October 21:


    When an announcement came over the loud speaker, he assumed a fetal position and screamed "OH NO! IT'S THOSE VOICES AGAIN!"


    And last, but not least


    15. October 23:

    Went into a fitting room, shut the door, waited awhile, then yelled very loudly, "Hey! There's no toilet paper in here!"




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    It is nice to see you are humble but don't let this humble you too much. We all live and learn.

    Now your only regret would be that if GPWA actually did acquire CAP don't expect us to take you seriously

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    I totally got the joke. Anyone who didn't just can't read! I even spoke to Steven about it the same day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelCorfman View Post
    A lesson I've learned is that future jokes will be planned in advance with those involved, and done in a way that everyone is sure to get the punch line right away.

    Michael
    But please don't announce in advance that you are now going to crack a joke. Apart from that Michael, I don't think anybody doubts here your sincerity and honesty. So let us go back to business without banning jokes. By the way, better than buying Google on April 1, as suggested by Aksana, it will be better if you can announce Yahoo buying Google and appointing GPWA to rewrite Google's spider algortihm.

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    The only thing I have to say is that I have bought aksana twice now at facebook - and people keep buying her away from me! LOL

    Keep smiling - throughout my life, February was always "tunnel month."

    Spring and the sunshines always returns . . .

    Thanks for all you have done, Michael, and apologies don't come easy so kudos for you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    The only thing I have to say is that I have bought aksana twice now at facebook - and people keep buying her away from me!
    Okay, I just purchased You, aksana, matted & I snagged the professor from Michael so everyone is in good hands now.

    I wanted to purchase Michael, but his value is over $500,000! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by GamTrak View Post
    I wanted to purchase Michael, but his value is over $500,000!
    Nice purchases! Haha, and if you build up enough to purchase Michael you'd be getting into a high-end bidding frenzy with me -- I wouldn't let my favorite pet go so easily!
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    Quote Originally Posted by CityGuard View Post
    Nice purchases! Haha, and if you build up enough to purchase Michael you'd be getting into a high-end bidding frenzy with me -- I wouldn't let my favorite pet go so easily!
    Don't be so sure of yourself, CityGuard. "Pride 'cometh before the fall."

    There is conspiracy afoot: you must of missed that one. A conglomerate is developing at facebook to overthrow your ownership.

    Michael will soon belong to our cartel. Codeword: ransom.


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