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What happened to the thread "A Cautionary Tale..."

Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:07 AM
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What happened to the thread "A Cautionary Tale..."

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Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:12 AM
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I noticed earlier a message with the heading along with a message that it had been removed.

I, too, wonder why they would remove it....
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Wow - it's gone. I even searched on the OP screen name. I wonder why they would remove it?
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Oh oh. Now we have a cautionary tale about cautionary tales. 8-X
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:13 AM
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Caution- if you read this you may be deleted.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:15 AM
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It was there last night as I typed a response to it. So, now it has just disappeared into thin air. I'd like to know what the final outcome was. Maybe the OP will keep us posted on this thread. Happy Travels!
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:17 AM
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I'm always surprised when someone actually has to ask, especially in a new thread title.

I sincerely doubt Fodor's wishes to be used as a middleman in a travel service dispute. On the internet, there's no way for anyone to know the real truth and this site should not be used as conduit for business bashing and/or refund extortions. The line is a fine one and, IMO, Fodor's exerted much patience. Good for all. Time to move on. Isn't this obvious?
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:35 AM
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Are fine lines usually obvious?
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:47 AM
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Obviously not to me.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 09:54 AM
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Well, what was it about?
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 10:11 AM
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I think there may have been more than that involved -- Fodors sometimes lets that sort of thread fly. But not necessarily when specific people are named/criticized.

But in this case I think a spammer posted to the thread plus there were also a couple of suspect posters who registered just to post to it. It may have just gotten out of hand. Don't know for sure -- but it went on longer than some similar threads have.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 10:18 AM
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Was this the post about an apartment rental story with an unhappy ending?
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 10:19 AM
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I hadn't read it recently, so even though I posted on it (and I didn't say anything about that company that wasn't true), it seemed like a pretty normal thread on here about some company who some liked and others didn't. In fact, the prior thread that was similar about that company is still on here (by plafield from Nov 2009).

From another post, I believe what janis said is the case== someone thought there was some URL posted on it that was potentially dangerous. Someone thought he got a virus from it, but others didn't. IN any case, I think they would pull a thread if any doubt was about that. I didn't read the posts by that guy who posted the suspect URL as he is apparently doing it on other threads.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 10:37 AM
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Oh yeah, I think it was the post about the sleazy apartment, because that seems to be missing from my recent threads.

But I have seen certain posts like that disappear temporarily and then return here after "renovation."
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 10:41 AM
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"Are fine lines usually obvious?"

When fine lines quickly become chasms, yes, I would say they are obvious. And when posters begin accusing other posters of being employees of a popular company that is being highly criticized, I'd say the fine line has turned into a chasm. Once you travel down that road on the internet there's no place to go but down.

But then again, I believe that thread had one of those crash/spam posts. Maybe that's what caused it to vanish. Unless you work on the inside, everything else is speculation.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 10:47 AM
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Someone complained to the editors because, I believe, of the new poster comments. Fair enough. I personally learned a lot from the thread for future reference, so sorry to see it go.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 10:57 AM
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Too bad it was pulled. I thought it had some useful discussion of issues for people thinking of renting an apartment.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 11:04 AM
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I believe that thread had one of those crash/spam posts

If that was the case there are still several with the crash/spam link on them
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 12:54 PM
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There were some comments in the thread I found helpful and thanks to nyc I can also see where the thread could be used as a form of extortion. I don't think that was the intent of the OP, however.

I've used the mentioned rental company in the past and I would again if it was just my husband and myself but thanks to the "cautionary tale" I know I'll have to ask many more specific questions if I have the responsibility of choosing a rental to be shared with other friends or family. Ron and I are flexible; some of our friends and family are not!! Deborah
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 12:58 PM
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It was removed as the OP made full use of the apartment and then EXTORTED A REFUND.
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