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    Lightbulb GPWA has The Buzz

    One of the focuses of our reporters at Casino City is to research and write stories we think are of interest to the GPWA community.

    For example, last week we tracked down and first reported that the alleged shutdown of the PokerBandits.ca portal site by government authorities was a hoax. (See the post at http://www.gpwa.org/forum/showthread...394#post477394).

    We've been doing a lot of thinking about how to report the latest buzz without compromising our solid journalistic instincts to make sure everything we publish is trustworthy. And we think we have the answer.

    We've created a new fictitious GPWA member, "The Buzz" that our reporting staff will use to let you know about unconfirmed rumors. That way we can have the best of both worlds.

    When our editorial staff posts stories under their regular member names (McLane39, snooptodd, and vinism) you can be sure the information reported is trustworthy. But when the news is reported by "The Buzz," anything goes. The standards will be closer to those of the National Inquirer (well, maybe not that low).

    Now you can count on the GPWA both for the latest buzz and for solid reporting you can trust.

    To find the latest buzz, you can visit the member profile page for "The Buzz" (www.gpwa.org/members/member_details.asp?id=24097) and then click on the "Find all posts by The Buzz" link.

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    that is a fantastic idea! i love it. it is important to know the credibilty of a source, and at the same time it is good to stay on top of developing stories before they have been confirmed.

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    Great idea i like it Michael, well done!
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    It is a good idea.

    I think that it is helpfull that he'll focus on European rumor ( but not only ) about the legalization. I think that there'll interesting news.

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    Thanks for that nice introduction Michael. And thank you big fish, paolino and help you for your feedback. It's truly a pleasure to be here.

    The Buzz (yes, I'm referring to myself in the third person -- I'll do that occassionally if it's been a long day) has had an ear pressed so hard to the ground over the last two days that a migraine might be on the way. But that didn't stop the Buzz from discovering:

    The World Series of Poker might be banning .NET advertising
    A top poker room may ban player to player transactions
    Good old Al D'Amato might lobby for the PPA

    OK. Time for The Buzz to go dig up more info.

    Buzz out.

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    Great news - thankyou

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    But when the news is reported by "The Buzz," anything goes. The standards will be closer to those of the National Inquirer (well, maybe not that low).
    Terrific, What fun!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelCorfman
    One of the focuses of our reporters at Casino City is to research and write stories we think are of interest to the GPWA community.

    For example, last week we tracked down and first reported that the alleged shutdown of the PokerBandits.ca portal site by government authorities was a hoax. (See the post at www.gpwa.org/forum/showthread.php?p=477394#post477394).

    We've been doing a lot of thinking about how to report the latest buzz without compromising our solid journalistic instincts to make sure everything we publish is trustworthy. And we think we have the answer.

    We've created a new fictitious GPWA member, "The Buzz" that our reporting staff will use to let you know about unconfirmed rumors. That way we can have the best of both worlds.

    When our editorial staff posts stories under their regular member names (McLane39, snooptodd, and vinism) you can be sure the information reported is trustworthy. But when the news is reported by "The Buzz," anything goes. The standards will be closer to those of the National Inquirer (well, maybe not that low).

    Now you can count on the GPWA both for the latest buzz and for solid reporting you can trust.

    To find the latest buzz, you can visit the member profile page for "The Buzz" (www.gpwa.org/members/member_details.asp?id=24097) and then click on the "Find all posts by The Buzz" link.

    Michael
    Very impressed over this!! Solid reporting about current issues and affairs is a great idea. It is quite apparent the staff here a very knowledgable in this area.

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    This is an excellent idea Michael. How about giving 'The Buzz' his very own public forum as well
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    Wonderful.

    Just post any old nonsense, it's ok. No come back, no opinion can be critiqued or questions asked of the original poster, or the GPWA. Great concept of you like that kind of thing, but you'll not fool everyone that easy.

    That kind of thing id g911 territory. Atleast Costigan posts his buzz and you know he wrote it, you can call him on it when the mood so takes you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeyl
    Just post any old nonsense, it's ok. No come back, no opinion can be critiqued or questions asked of the original poster, or the GPWA.
    joeyl,

    Actually, I think if you look at the posts by The Buzz you will see that our reporters do follow up on the rumors and try to get to the bottom of them. The other way to view posts by the Buzz (and perhaps the more accurate way) is that they are rumors we think are worth tracking down, and the post is an indication the story is on our radar, and we are trying to get to the bottom of the real situation. So while we are trying to make this sort of fun on the surface, what we are really doing is creating an infrastructure that helps make some what we are working on be more transparent to others.

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    Fair enough MC.

    But.. I see no good reason why industry related rumour cannot be posted as just that by yourself, your staff, myself or Tom Cobble, under our own handles.

    I know who is who for the most part. Why change that? Think of the baffled newbie who will think buzz is a poster.

    You'll see

    & While i'm here...

    Personally, heavy duty attention to the Players complaints forum by your 4000+ members is my want. Not portal seals, not buzz, not directories of the grim. A few more folk like you getting the hump with some casinos that treat the end user like mutants can work too.

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    Hi all,

    my 2 cents:

    at this point in time I think that gossip is all you can expect any reporting to be on many levels yet this is what keeps us all as informed as we can hope to be...

    I would rather hear the gossip and be allowed to make my own decisions that otherwise and I think many others feel the same.

    I think it is very competent of GPWA to take a stand where they are willing to go out on a limb and forewarn us and take the necessary flack involved when they are wrong ..... while at the same time saying upfront: "hey we don't know for sure this is fact ... but thought you'd rather know than not".

    that's my take on this angle and I for one applaud their aggressive approach to matters that quite frankly ..... are old news by the time they can be confirmed.

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    at this point in time I think that gossip is all you can expect any reporting to be on many levels yet this is what keeps us all as informed as we can hope to be...

    I would rather hear the gossip and be allowed to make my own decisions that otherwise and I think many others feel the same.
    I beg to differ. Right now, THE LAST thing any of us wants to hear is gossip. Remember the Poker Bandids or whatever the name was? It was obvious it was bull, but sure as hell made some webmasters breath heavy for a few hours...

    We already have one "Gambling National Enquirer"...

    What we need now is 100% veryfied information. I am really tired of rumors and gossip, and "he-said-she-said's". Everyone assosiates GPWA with the great work of Casino City (Times), a model for reliable news that we, for example, try to follow, and I feel really disappointed from the Buzz idea even crossing your minds.

    In a nutshell - I would hate to see your network turning to pulp fiction to increase visitor numbers. But then, it's your own business decision.

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    Hi again all,


    I think you're missing the point of the "Buzz" .. ogpaper

    its a chance to provide inside info that may/may not be 100% and for you to decide whether it is credible.

    and for the record ... if you were to check my websites you'd see I've not recommended one single ewallet at the risk of losing business simply because none has been proven to me to be reliable.


    That said: I still want to know "the gossip" (perhas ... yes, a poor choice of words on my part) to be able to make educated assumptions to each respective situation.
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    I applaud Michael and the GPWA for creating the Buzz and posting what they have found.

    This makes it available for all to see and as a collective group we can all help the team at the GPWA dispell those stories that are only rumor and also help confirm those stories that are indeed true and need further investigation and reporting.

    This allows the GPWA to get the information out to us as fast as possible.

    We just have to remember that the "buzz" stories are as yet to be confirmed.

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    Joeyl, geez, there you go again!

    Buzz is a useful thing.

    Anything bringing information to us is useful. Buzz is what it says - it tells us what the "Buzz" is at the time. What people are talking about.

    We can't all head down to the local pub and talk things out every day, so we need some place we can see what everyone is thinking about at the time. Doesn't matter much if it turns out to be the truth of all truths, its a bunch of points of interest and we all should be able to hear about them and watch things develop.

    It doesn't have much to do with improving your lot, it has to do with allowing you to watch things in the industry unfold and make up your own mind about them.

    Joeyl, Michael put a plate of oranges on the table and you are complaining that it's not steak and kidney pie.

    Your pie is something we have all wanted for a long time, after all, if the player ain't happy, ain't nobody happy. You have GPWA and Casinomeister and the Players Union and Ecogra and the APCW all putting a spin on it, but it is never perfect and probably never will be.

    All of the above contribute to making things better for players, whether you like the individual approach or not. The thing to to is to applaud and support every effort, so people are motivated to do more on that front.

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    1) You can chat all you like under your own handle no?
    2) The Ecogra fair gaming advocate endorsed 888 confiscating players funds because of bonus abuse. I will not applaud mediocre PR stunts by multi million dollar firms because you tire of the truth.

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    Well said, Dom! Your words have my support and so does whatever Casino City/GPWA initiates - it's all good because it's all to our benefit.

    Kudos to The Buzz - I like to hear what's being said and can take the aftermath if it turns out not to be true.

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