Saturday, March 14, 2009

Forum Bullies, They Can Attempt To Destroy You If You Don't Watch Out

I have been having a problem with one individual name Ted Dillard who I first met on LinkedIn back in December 2008. Ted is an author of a few books on dealing with Smart Object Raw files in Photoshop and tips on working with your images. I am sure an intelligent guy and Ted even teaches digital imaging as well. But from his own admission he is a geek and I have the feeling he just is an angry guy from his posting and his bullying on the forums.

I have joined a couple of photo groups at LinkedIn in hopes of meeting other talented photographers and people in the industry, like Ted. Since I was not that familiar with how LinkedIn worked, as I wasn't with FB when I first started, as a newbie there, I wasn't quite sure about the sites etiquette. I tried to use their invite system which allowed me to send an invite to a number of people from one of the groups I joined. I did the invite with a little note explaining who I was and the process was similar to what we do on Facebook.

I got a number of turn downs because people didn't know me and I suppose LinkedIn is a business oriented networking site where Facebook and MySpace aare social oriented networks. After sending some of these invites out, I received a message from LinkedIn that I should make sure I know the people before inviting them because they might consider your invitation spam.

I still wasn't sure how to do this, especially if I wanted to expand my personal connections. I decided to start a discussion on two of the groups I joined, asking the best way to invite new contacts without getting in trouble with LinkedIn or the members. Well Ted Dillard, got all over me about that and a few other matters that didn't seem to upset or bother anyone but him (and one of his friends).

There were a number of positive tips including one that said, simply send out a message, not an invite to those you would like to connect with and explain how you feel that you would have something in common with them and would like to know if it was OK to send them an invite. This was a great tip that enabled me to add close to 100 new and valuable connects to my account.

Unfortunately, Ted Dillard, the self appointed forum cop, decided to Flame me on this forum and began to climb all over me and not for just this posting, but because I posted it to both groups he belonged to. He also didn't agree with just about anything I posted to anyone else regarding discussions etc. and continued to taunt me that I was also now guilty of Self Promotion. Now in every other group I have been with, when you usually join it was customary to introduce yourself to the group. I have had a few in the past on Yahoo and thought this is a good idea. Say hello, fill the members in on your background and invite them to connect with you if they liked. Well Ted, once again went literally crazy and he and a friend decided that Self Promotion or even a mention of your company or web site was a no, no, on this forum.

I soon realized that he and his friend were what was termed as a Forum Bullies. So I decided to call them out for what they were and posted a link to a wonderful article I found about this issue. Please take some time and read it and then you can come back, it won't take long.

Ted and his friend finally stopped, maybe because they were the only two that would pick on me in the discussions and he really couldn't convert others to join in his aggressive behavior. I was able to stop both of them and all was quiet again. Ted and I decided to have a truce and stop boring the other members.

I had thought everything was fine until I found he had also posted his story about the horrid Len Rapoport who he liked to refer as "This Rapoport Guy" on another photography forum for professional photographers and photojournalists. He started his post with the fact that I had spammed him on LinkedIn and I also was a very evil person indeed.

You can actually read all the posts on the thread for yourself. Of course you have to understand that Mr. Dillard has had full editorial control over the thread and his comments, which have been deleted and edited and then put back up. Nice way to tell a true story, one sided of course.

He claimed that IPA, my company, sells press cards to poor unsuspecting individuals who could get in harms way if they used it to go to a fire or report a war in Iraq.

Of course nothing could be further from the truth and he knew it because he admits he went to my web site. If he did then he already knew that our members are not cleared to cross police or fire lines, you must obtain a Working Press ID from the police and you need to prove you cover these events and are working full time in the media.

Our members receive press ID only good for covering trade and consumer shows, lifestyle events, sports, concerts, movies, parades, public events, etc. they do not cover breaking news, we leave that to the pros that make a living doing that.

He was really just trying to cause a stir with photojournalists on this forum and he did. Apparently the people on this forum are working photojournalists and with Ted's evil spin on IPA and "this Rapoport guy" they bought into it and all hell broke lose.

So Ted started out with his attack this way..."First, this Rapoport guy asks to connect with me on LinkedIn. (By the way he did) Then, I get spammed by him, and he not only spams me but he doesn't even have the sense to BCC, so he CC's everybody on his contact list" Actually on LinkedIn you can send out about 20 messages to your connections at one time. I have 250 so that was not the case. He was one of my connections and as such a message should not have been considered spam. I also apologized that I didn't realize on LinkedIn at that time how to BCC. Hell after spending 15 years on this computer and running 7 web sites, wouldn't you think I know how to BCC a list in an email? Talk about an angry guy. Hey Ted, do what I do when I don't want to read an email, TRASH IT, don't you know how?

So here is just a small sampling of what these guys put me through. Now remember, most have never been to my site and simply followed Ted's lead on this thread and posted their comments on what he fed them.

"Don't you know how this can undermine all photojournalists"

"You are putting these wannabe's out there and they could get hurt"

"A REAL Press person DOES NOT pay for their credentials they EARN them. I earned mine" " if photography is your hobby, enjoy it. But understand that there are people out there who count on getting that shot to pay the bills, people who have had to sell their own equipment to pay those same bills, and people who are insulted by you standing there with that $5,000 camera, and $4,000 lens just to past the time, and brag to your buddies."

"If IPA was so great how come none of their members posted anything on this forum thread"

Actually I told a few of our members about the thread and one wrote this lovely email to their forum support address.


I am not a current member of, but have read some of the recent criticism of the International Press Association posted on your site.

As an active member of IPA, I find the blatantly critical remarks of Ted Dillard and others rude, uninformed and essentially irrelevant to the IPA and its valuable work and accomplishments. You members of the "universal press" bearing various names should know that "bullying" is against the ethics of any legitimate press group--no matter what its agenda (political, social, or otherwise). Also, it's been my experience that bullies are not the sharpest (or most successful) crayons in the box. -- And, really, fellas -- if you're still concerned about being "kicked to the curb" at this point due to the popularity of your press badge, maybe you should repeat "Journalism of the Streets 101," -- or join the IPA and get legitimate press credentials.

I have found the IPA and President and Chief Editor Len Rapoport to be extremely helpful and valuable to the ongoing work and careers of serious photojournalists.

The International Press Association Web site itself offers complete examples and strong evidence of the organization's versatility and excellence in all areas of press activity and publishing. As to the IPA Press Badge -- I can honestly say it does wonders, even for new members, in opening doors and providing legitimate access to myriad events, locations and areas of immediate importance to photojournalists which would otherwise be inaccessible.

Len Rapoport is truly a person of high personal and professional integrity who leads a highly acclaimed, successful, serious and excellent press organization. I think you can tell that I am a very enthusiastic and supportive member of the IPA and will continue to be for the future.

Thanks for your ear -- always keep one open.

Ellen L Gilmer
Correspondent, IPA


Don't you know, they ripped her apart too. How dare they! Can you imagine a group of wolves like these presenting themselves as professionals. In all my years in business and as a corporate communications consultant, I have never seen a group of people quite like this one. Funny, on one post they claim no one from IPA has come to our defense and when they do, they proceed to flame her too.

What is wrong with these people? I discouraged other members from doing the same, because I knew what they would do to them as well. I have decided to put up a Testimonials page with contact information so anyone in doubt about IPA could actually see what our members think and even contact them.

Hey guys did you ever hear of those that don't have press ID and have thousands of dollars in equipment shooting celebrities, they are called Paparazzi, don't see you worrying about them, how come. They are in peoples lives, they stalk them, they cause accidents (remember Princess Dianna).

Well you get the idea. These pro's that are not making a living, feel threatened by anyone else that might also have access to some of these events or have the ability to learn how to be a member of the media through IPA.

I understand getting annoyed if someone shows up with a totally bogus press card that he bought off the internet,or produced on his computer, but that is not what IPA does and they just wouldn't accept that no matter how I tried to explain what we do.

So here is part of one of the answers I gave this group of these uninformed and some arrogant "professionals" who had smart answers to everything I had to say.

This is only a small part of the response, which ended up being around 30 printed pages when I copied it to my computer. I posted this to explain what IPA does and why our members are happy to be part of our organization. To date, after being on the internet for about 10 years or longer, there is not one complaint from any members, past or present, nor any complaints about us from anyone.

Read this answer to one of the Forum questions.

1. If you were talented and wanted to build your portfolio and display it on a legitimate web site that didn’t look like a networking site or a photo library you might want to use your Members Profile on our site to display your best works. We even limit the number of photos a member can display at any one time to force them to edit their portfolios and only show their very best work. They can rotate and change the images at any time, but anyone checking their work doesn’t want to have to go through hundreds of photos.

2. Our web site receives anywhere from 1 million hits per month plus and according to Alexa we receive as much as 6 million or more page views each month. So the chances of getting exposure is very good.

3. IPA is a relatively small organization that started years ago in the State of New Jersey as a local organization offering photo seminars and workshops. When we discovered the internet we began to change our mission and about 5 years ago built the web site you see today. Being small and only having about 350 total staff members meant we could get to know all of our members and take lots of time working with them and helping them improve their work and their portfolios.

4. We never went after the working press or photojournalist working full time, it was not our interest, nor did they need our help, so being pulled apart here for catering to the beginner in many cases is actually quite true. We do not take advantage of them, rather we are a school of sorts for them giving them the tools they need to learn and earn some money in this business. Our members are photographers, videographers and journalists. They don’t get lost on our web site, it is their home and many don’t feel they even need their own web sites now.

5. If you view our mission statement you will see that our mission is to level the playing field for the many individuals that work for or own web sites, publications and media companies. These individuals and companies must compete with the major media corporations in gathering their photos and stories for their respective publications, both digital and traditional and at times, this can seem like an impossible task.

6. In order to gain access to many local and public events, trade and consumer shows, get a press position at parades and public events, you either need to qualify by being part of that industry or be a member of the media. Our press credentials authorize our staff members to cover these events for publication on our web site, which as you can see is a digital publication.

We offer these people that offer our members this access a tremendous amount of support and promotion in the form of listing their events at no cost on our web site

We then cover the events and write a full review, that for me can take as much as two days work. Remember, I don't get paid to do this, it is part of what we do to teach our IPA members how to cover these shows.

7. Our members get to network with many other members of the media at these events, get to know their way around a press room at a show or event, meet the PR people running the shows and of course get to meet all the people they interview at the show or event.

One of our members reported last week he was in New Orleans trying to cover the Mardi Gras parades and couldn't get a good vantage point to take his shots. The police stopped him from gaining a good position and didn’t know who IPA was. He called me and I suggested he show them the letter of authorization we sent him. He went back the next day and was given the access he needed with no problem. He was able to get the photos he wanted and will publish them in his profile on our web site, thus building his credentials and reputation for doing this type of work.

Now I was asked, " isn't this then a contradiction in your statements that our members are not permitted to cross police, fire lines or enter into security sensitive areas" the answer is NO.

This was a simple situation dealing with crowd control and was not considered a security sensitive area otherwise the police would not have given him the access he requested. It is stated on every piece in our members Press Identification from the press cards to our letter of authorization. Hope this answers any questions regarding this matter.

8. Some members, as I do, will print some of the pages from our web site and create their own book, showing our site and their work on our site. When they do travel abroad or to places that may not be able to check out who we are they can present the book. I recently went to Budapest, Vienna and Prague and was not only given access to every attraction, bus tour, boat rides down the Danube, but received a VIP tour of the stables where the Lipison Horses are kept.

You can actually see some of my photos either on our YouTube profile or on our web site in an article I wrote about the trip.

9. Our members are not looking to cover current breaking news as members of this forum are. They are not cleared to get into security sensitive areas and this is printed on all the material including their press cards from us and in the letter of authorization. They are cleared to cover events to be published on our web site.

The reason of course is one of security and we do not want to issue ID to anyone we feel might present a security risk to others or to IPA. We cannot do background checks on our members, but we do have the right to void a membership at any time and refuse to renew a membership if we feel a member has stepped over the line. Read our Terms of Membership and you will understand we do not take approval of members lightly.

10. We have a problem with bogus IPA press ID being sold on the streets In Thailand,

a company in California and others including one fellow who attempted to take our Logo art and PPA logo and make his own. Of course he was reported to us by the company he went to, to have the card printed. Both PPA and IPA stopped him immediately.

11. If you go to our article on the bogus press ID, I think you will have many other answers to your questions.

12. Now even though IPA is a small organization you can see there is quite a bit of confusion and in our case “Imitation is not the nicest form of flattery” On this thread alone people have thought we were the people with the 4 page web site in California using our name or similar to IFPO, a company that has been around a long time selling all sorts of ID including ones to be a Model Agent, Talent Scout, Freelance Press cards, and much more.

Now understand IFPO is a legitimate business and I don't mean to infer they are doing anything wrong, I am just stating facts that we are not them and should not be confused with these other companies.

Anyone can see visiting their web site what their business is, it is selling all sorts of "educational items" to amateur photographers only to find out that their Freelance Press Card has little if any merit in the real world.

On the other hand, once companies check our web site and see our members profiles and their published works, in most cases, they will offer them press access to their event. Actually even I, have to send links to my reviews and my profile to prove that I can cover the event properly before they will grant me the access.

So it isn't about the Press Card itself, anyone can print their own on their computer today. It is showing these people you can offer them the review or coverage they expect and help their business. In every email we send to new members and all over our forum we keep stressing the importance of doing the work you promise those that give you access to their events. We tell our members over and over to build a professional profile on our site to enable them to gain that access.

I tell potential members that after 9/11 security is tighter and more people attempt to gain media access today then ever before, but the smart people at these companies will want to see their published work. Frankly, many won't even allow me to attend if I simply tell them I am the president of the company. They want working media, those people prepared to give their event press coverage.

But let me not digress, this is not about the others and I only use these two as illustrations of how people can confuse IPA with others. You can certainly understand our concerns about this confusion.

IPA has registered our IPA logo and name with the US Trademark office and IPA is a registered trademark of our company, but that doesn't stop the fakes using our name and others trying to do the same.

13. We have a list of countries we consider hot countries and will not accept any members from these countries, again as part of our security issues.

If we simply SOLD PRESS CARDS, then we would simply accept anyone that would pay for them. The reality is our press identification package is free to all of our qualified members and remember all of our members in order to stay with us must have a valid profile on our site.

We do reject any application that we feel is not legitimate including one recently from a Palastinian web site that promoted the killing of all Jews. I suppose they didn't realize that Rapoport is a jew. As it turns out, we also reject residents of Israel as well, because it would be hard for us to determine who they were. Remember we do not cover breaking news and certainly we don't need anyone in Israel of Palestine to cover the local trade show on the latest weaponry.

14. We will not ship any press identification to a PO Box or to a second party. The members usually pay on Pay Pal with confirmed mailing addresses and accounts. We know who they are and where they live. Another security issue.

Over the years most of the bogus cards or verifications we have received in our offices have come from law enforcement authorities. They usually contact us because they confiscated the Press ID from someone that has attempted to beat a traffic ticket, get into a place they shouldn’t be allowed into or other issue. I have never, I mean never, had any calls of complaint about any of our staff members and I think that goes to prove our guys and gals really want to learn and be part of our group.

I hope this gives you and others a more complete idea of who we are, our goals and our member base. I could publish all the thank you letters from companies I have worked with but if you simply go to the Alienskin web site or others you will see our logos there, and links to our reviews of their products.

If you visit my profile on LinkedIn you will see 250 connections and many are friends. The President and CEO of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, the countries leading hospital for orthopedic surgery is there and many other executives from the major photo industry as well as PR people who have known me over the years.

My background is not as a photojournalist per se, it is much more. I have been a marketing executive, a business owner dealing with the major film studios, a corporate communications director for leading clients like the New York Palace Hotel, Kinney Systems in New York, New York Waterways and many others. and an internationally published writer and photographer.

Being a communications, marketing and business owner and a photographer and writer for so many years makes me the ideal man to run IPA. You don't have to be an artist to own an art gallery, but you need to not only know about art, you need to know how to work with artists and their potential clients while running a successful business.

I am not simply a photographer although, photography was always my passion and an important part of my life. After serving my country as a commissioned officer in the NY National Guard, I worked for an executive recruiting firm and decided to start my own, which was called Opportunities Plus. My job was not only to hire and train our staff but to interview and place sales and marketing people on high level positions. This helped teach me the skills to communicate with individuals and motivate them so they could take a good interview and obtain those positions.

I finally ended up in sales and marketing and worked for some years in the women's clothing industry where I traveled around the world to work with manufacturers we used in Bangkok Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and other countries. I have always had a camera in my hands and you will see some of my early photos I shot on some of my business trips. All the commercial advertising my companies needed I either shot or produced for them. That includes the many catalogues we produced.

My wife is a travel professional and owns her own agency. We have had many wonderful opportunities to travel around the globe, including Africa, Thailand, China, Eastern Europe, the Amazon,Egypt and lots of other exotic locations and many of the photos I shot were purchased for use by some of the travel operators we dealt with over the years.

Later, I opened a company that dealt in movie related licensed merchandise and met with may of the major motion picture and video companies to obtain licenses to produce our products. Movie Tee's was the first company to advertise our movie related products on the back of the video tapes. I was also one of the early pioneers in the video industry and taught video stores how to sell movie related merchandise and not simply rent videos.

As a communications consultant, I worked with some of the leading companies in the country. They included CBS Fox Home Video, Disney, Paramount, NY Palace Hotel, Kinney Parking Systems, NY Waterways and many others. I also attended many trade shows as an exhibitor and also as a attendee so I am an expert on these shows and still cover many in the NY area for our web site.

My photos have appeared in many national magazines and publication world wide and I have always shot catalogues, press release photos, etc. for all the companies I owned or worked for. I was Neil Diamond's first photographer in the 1960's and shot his first and a couple of other album covers for him.

Many of those early photos of Neil, that have defined him over the years, I shot. Of course over the years these early photos of Neil have appeared in millions of album covers, books, sheet music, concert books and many leading publications like Rolling Stone, Life and hundreds of others.

My album cover for Neil's album "In My Life Time" which included a book inside with many of my photos was part of a discussion between Neil and David Letterman during one of his many publicity appearances.

At my age, IPA is is not about making money, hence we do not accept any paid advertising on our site. We do not sell mailing lists to anyone, we do not sell all sorts of up sell products once a member joins. The only item other then some logo merchandise in our store is some business cards for member that want them. What does this all mean? We don't owe anyone anything other then our members. They are the people that support IPA with their small yearly membership dues.

IPA is simply the culmination of my life’s work and not about the money. I enjoy being able to help others, I enjoy writing and meeting new people at the shows and events I attend and I bring my experiences from all parts of my career now to IPA. I now love networking with so many others on LinkedIn, Facebook and the other sites we now have groups on and I love corresponding with you all and reviewing your web sites and portfolios. I have always been a giving individual and from the many years of experience teaching companies how to communicate with their customers, I think I know a thing or two about it.

I hope this history and explanation will help you understand what IPA is all about and what I am all about, or at least explain why I feel we serve a valuable service for many companies and individuals who have supported us for these last 20 years.


It has now become my mission to let others know about forum bullies and how they are no different then those bullies we met back at school when we were kids. They are the same insecure individuals with very sad lives that thrive on torturing others. I think they should be understood for what they are and ignored if at all possible.

This is one of the reasons that the only forums I belong to are the ones that are monitored closely and have strict rules about Flaming others and vicious attacks by these bullies. I wrote to the support team of this site days ago but only received a response that they don't get to the emails too often and it could take some time to answer. Heck, if you can't run these forums properly then why bother putting them up? You just know that people will abuse them and their is no way to stop it.


Note: Please do not comment about Mr. Dillard unless you are willing to login with your name or username. I have received a number of comments that were, well, not very proper and I don't want to become a Ted myself by allowing these comments. I have also received some that frankly, I believe might have come from Ted from the style of the writing and the fact they were all either annonymous or today from a person named Nick :-) that has no profile posted.

If you have an opinion I am happy to hear it or if you have had a similar issue, please let us know about that as well. It is hard for anyone to defend themselves including myself from what might be considered personal attacks without any proof, anything I have stated in this blog posting is true to the best of my knowledge and I would like the same should you state any facts or comments. If you just want to post a comment about people like this or a similar experience that is fine.

Thank you for understanding that I would prefer to take the high road both here and at IPA.


Just in from

Subject: Re: Offensive Posting Follow Up
Date: March 21, 2009 6:15:22 PM EDT

Thanks for this, that's what we needed. We're giving them one opportunity to resolve this politely, and we'll then take direct action if necessary. Thank you again for cooperating with this process and do let me know if I can help with anything else.


After supplying them with proof that Mr. Dillard's statements were untrue by sending them copies of LinkedIn postings and emails, they agreed with IPA that this was not the type of posts they will allow on their forum.

Ted was kind enough to share they email to him:

On Mar 21, 2009, at 6:13 PM, Lightstalkers wrote:

Hi Ted -- it's been brought to our attention that you've made factually incorrect assertions in your IPA discussion here:

I'm not trying to get involved in your grievances, and we do respect your opinions. However, our Terms of Use do specifically forbid members from making false statements about another person (or organization); it falls under our prohibition against libel. In this case, the subject of your comments has disputed your assertions, and we are required to respect that.

I'm writing now, in good faith, to give you the opportunity to either remove or edit your comments yourself; we would sincerely prefer not to be forced to do it on our end. Again, we're not trying to get involved; we're just applying the Terms of Use equally to all members.

Thanks for your support and understanding,

Shinji Kuwayama


You can see that when someone makes false statements on a public board, in print or over the airwaves, they must be based on fact and not ones based on emotion of anger, hate or revenge.

This article hopefully will serve others should they also find they are the victims of a malicious or libelous posting on a forum or web site as I have. You can fight back and stop it.


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  2. I don't know him well enough, but I would think from my experience with him that something is wrong in his life. After writing me these last emails after I suggested talking on the phone to see if we could clear things up.

    As you can see he would rather simply flame me then discuss it with me man to man.


    Subject: Re: Solution
    Date: March 14, 2009 9:56:56 PM EDT

    I'm sorry, Leonard. I have no interest in talking to you, or wasting any more time with this issue at all.

    do whatever you feel is in your best interest. I will do the same.


    I then received this email the next remember we weren't going to talk to each other now...

    Subject: Re: That will be fine
    Date: March 15, 2009 7:03:19 AM EDT

    On Mar 14, 2009, at 10:03 PM, Leonard Rapoport wrote:

    I think there is a real story to tell about my experience here and intended to put up an article on our site about it dealing with bullies and forums in general

    Certainly looking forward to reading that, especially from someone with such vast experience. (That was sarcasm.)

    One more bit of advice, that you'll probably ignore, and don't deserve. In fact, I think I've already suggested it. Read Clay Shirky's book. It is the last word on the internet and it's effect on our society, and very well respected and highly regarded. Here, in fact, is the video of him speaking:

    He talks all about online discussions, forums, bullies, etc.

    But I know, you're not one to let research, and the facts, get in the way of a good tirade.


    ps, I have no idea why LS formatted that message that way- that site can be pretty flakey, but if you actually are interested in reading what I have to say, with the line breaks, in case you can't figure them out yourself, I'd be happy to forward it to you.

    Ted Dillard


    Again from this email you can see he just keeps at me. You can see he doesn't want this to end, probably because it gives him some purpose and something to keep him busy. I for one wanted to end this a long time ago.


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  4. An email I received. Published with permission by writer.

    From: JZIBLUK@xxxxx
    Subject: RE: thanks for the note
    Date: March 17, 2009 4:39:23 PM EDT


    I have been following the whole flamer issue. I found your heartfelt response very touching and meaningful, particularly your passionate explanation of the IPA.

    Again, you're really on to something. In a world where anybody with a cell phone can make the front page in print or on-line, the very definition of "press" is changing. Anybody can set up a wb site or blog. And they're doing it.

    In essence we are all journalists these days and the professionals, who understandably feel threatened, can't change it. I think the high- end professionals can defend their niche, but that's what it's becoming: a niche.

    Like it or not, a lot of people are getting into journalism and communicaitons. The new people are young, diverse and international. They do not have traditional journalism training, ethics or background. Somebody needs to reach out, and somebody needs to provide a forum for them and a place to help them, to educate them and to make their work better.

    You're doing that. I am with you.

    Would it be an entirely bad thing if everyone in the world had a press card? I am not sure. When I discuss FOI laws, I stress thed fact that reporters have no more rights than anybody else. I think, to an extent, if everyone is a journalist,then those people are engaged citizens sharing their information, ideas and perspectives. and that's healthy in a democratic society, and it helps build a democratic world.

    Anyway, I am proud of you, though part of me thinks that by repeating Ted Dillard's criticisms, you're spreading them more than they need to be spread. Ignore him, and let him go away. You are bigger and more important than he is.

    John B. (Jack) Zibluk, Ph.D.
    Associate professor,
    Arkansas State University
    Department of Journalism

  5. An email from another person that was referred to IPA by one of the many posters on the Lightstalkers forum...As I said, those that understand what we do will find us thanks to this posting. Glad I had an opportunity to explain what we do, even if those on the thread weren't interested.

    I have removed this person name because he prefers not to have his identity known since he is considered a very well known photographer on Lightstalkers and in the industry.

    I do have this email in my file and await this person to join us at IPA.

    Date: March 19, 2009 9:07:16 AM EDT


    Nxxx Jxxxxx sent me your e mail and contact. i hope this is OK. I found you on lightstalkers. Len I am a working photographer looking to do a story in Daytona Beach Florida in the Volusia County. is there any way i can apply for a membership as I think I might need a valid press pass and or media pass while i am there?

    Thanks for your help Len. if you need anything please let me know,

    Name With Held By Request


    Date: March 19, 2009 10:28:24 AM EDT


    Thanks for getting back to me.

    Sorry about past politics. i never usually get involved in things like this. I prefer to sort out my differences face to face. i apologize if i have made this email rather awkward for you. Either way i will get myself sorted out and get back to you. This looks good to me !!


    Name With Held By Request


    Date: March 19, 2009 11:13:20 AM EDT

    Sure go ahead and publish this. will it be on Lightstalkers. Just please make sure my name is clearly not affiliated with this. i did not want to get into this to begin with and i choose to stay out.

    I have never had a problem with what you do for photographers. In fact I think you guys are going in the best direction with all of this recession mess...

    Thank for your help!!



    you've ruined my life, i hope you're happy.


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