Should FlyerTalk Be Sold Back to Its Original Owner?

When FlyerTalk member and founder Randy Petersen sold FlyerTalk to Internet Brands greater than two years ago, FlyerTalk members had plenty of questions regarding the transaction, as demonstrated in the Q/A with Internet Brands (purchase of FlyerTalk) thread. Some FlyerTalk members even became emotional about the transaction of Randy Petersen selling FlyerTalk, his beloved baby.

One would then automatically surmise that when a FlyerTalk member publicly pleads can you buy back FlyerTalk? Please? to Randy Petersen, it would only be predictable and natural that FlyerTalk members would most certainly flood that thread with similar pleas and a tremendous public outcry, especially with the spate of technical issues which has plagued FlyerTalk in recent weeks — right?!?

Think again…

6 thoughts on “Should FlyerTalk Be Sold Back to Its Original Owner?”

  1. Rich says:

    Perhaps many of us have stopped really caring about FT *because* of the direction it’s taken.

  2. Rich says:

    Perhaps many of us have stopped really caring about FT *because* of the direction it’s taken.

  3. Fernando 18 says:

    Actually, no. Very few people read the ORP forum. Put it in OMNI and watch.

    IB has been a disaster for FT, as FT’s membership rightly predicted.

    Randy should be ashamed to have his name associated with the product, in my humble opinion.

  4. Fernando 18 says:

    Actually, no. Very few people read the ORP forum. Put it in OMNI and watch.

    IB has been a disaster for FT, as FT’s membership rightly predicted.

    Randy should be ashamed to have his name associated with the product, in my humble opinion.

  5. Mike says:

    FT went downhill long before it was sold, due to what I believe to be incredibly poor managerial decisions made by Randy. Some of these I think were related to the sale (such as cracking down on long-time posters to make FT more welcoming to newbies, thereby driving traffic and making it more valuable), but other things (such as making a clique of moderators who can do no wrong) aren’t related.

    Compounding this issue is what appears to be Randy’s inability to deal with criticism in a constructive manner. The ORP forum is full of locked threads over the years in which no response is ever given — at least directly. I’ve seen and heard of examples where people critical of Randy or of FT are attacked by him through private e-mails sent to other people. And when there is a response to the criticism from Randy, it can range from defensive to passive-aggressive to downright hostile. (I can recall but a few instances where the man has ever admitted he was wrong.)

    If Randy were to buy FT back, you might have improvement from the technical side, and a dial-back of the ads that have made the site even more unbearable. Unless there is a complete overhaul of the site’s operation, though (beginning with Randy’s management and working down to the moderators), it will never be a site that I would consider participating in ever again.

  6. Mike says:

    FT went downhill long before it was sold, due to what I believe to be incredibly poor managerial decisions made by Randy. Some of these I think were related to the sale (such as cracking down on long-time posters to make FT more welcoming to newbies, thereby driving traffic and making it more valuable), but other things (such as making a clique of moderators who can do no wrong) aren’t related.

    Compounding this issue is what appears to be Randy’s inability to deal with criticism in a constructive manner. The ORP forum is full of locked threads over the years in which no response is ever given — at least directly. I’ve seen and heard of examples where people critical of Randy or of FT are attacked by him through private e-mails sent to other people. And when there is a response to the criticism from Randy, it can range from defensive to passive-aggressive to downright hostile. (I can recall but a few instances where the man has ever admitted he was wrong.)

    If Randy were to buy FT back, you might have improvement from the technical side, and a dial-back of the ads that have made the site even more unbearable. Unless there is a complete overhaul of the site’s operation, though (beginning with Randy’s management and working down to the moderators), it will never be a site that I would consider participating in ever again.

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