Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Are Bloggers Ruining FlyerTalk?

There is some serious vitriol being thrown around on FlyerTalk over the past 24 hours or so, basically debating whether the more prominent travel / points bloggers out there (The Points Guy, Million Mile Secrets, View From the Wing, One Mile at a Time, etc.) are "ruining" the discussion board. Check out the action live here.

My take? I see where some of the diehards are coming from, and I can certainly appreciate the frustration that was once a matter of taking candy from a baby has become more akin to taking candy from a toddler. At the end of the day though, I come down on the side of the bloggers (surprise, surprise). There's no way to close Pandora's Box at this point, and as a relative newbie to this game, I'm hugely indebted to those who came before, and were gracious and patient enough to show me the light. I also think it's hard to separate how much of the "problem" is due to bloggers "spoon-feeding" the masses vs. the growth of FlyerTalk (particularly the lurkers) over that same period of time.

What do you think?

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