I actually have no issue with the kind of emails/PMs PGB is referring to. I've received them from other forums too, and like Paul said, it has either prompted with with a, "Crap! I haven't been there in AGES! I should post!" or a, "Oh well, I'll leave them to cancel it. Better than them having my email address on their system" etc, (And to be honest, I'm quick to take things to heart!! But I know that those sorts of emails are common and not a personal attack
I also sympathise with Peter's comments about the member number being above 1000
That's a hard one bc we want credibility, but we also don't want empty seats. There's no point having inflated numbers that are nothing but hot air
We need to get 1000+ legitimate members and the trick is to attract them
That's all in advertising. (That's not a hint for you to investigate it etc, that's just a statement. My advertising experience is on the FB platform, but I can look into more if you'd like
You've also made mention in the past about some places having reservations that the AWF is (somehow) self-serving. Thinking of a work-around, would you consider partners? That way they can't just say it's about one person??
Just thinking out aloud