Lately in Cooperland, this writer has seen several empty claims saying that not only does this column reach very few people, but that a policy of ‘exclusion’ exists within Cooperland. And…that this policy somehow has an effect on how Adventure Books of Seattle deals with the media and the public on the D.B. Cooper case.
We will define ‘exclusion’ as the policy of both ‘The DB Cooper Forum’ website run by Dave Brown from Florida, (as well as Bruce Smith’s ‘Mountain News’ blog) to ban this writer from both sites and then encourage attack comments from their members on those same sites. They foolishly believe this has a positive effect on the exploration of the Cooper case, and somehow shuts out Adventure Books from participation in the investigation. Several examples of how they do this were shown in my last article here at WordPress.
Not only is this a foolish assumption, it isn’t remotely close to the truth.
AB of Seattle handles discussion and inquiries on the Cooper case in two basic ways. Email is a great part of all that. Since our main email address is posted all over the internet, we also get a lot of spam. Fortunately, Gmail makes it easy to deal with spam and we have nearly zero problems with it. It also means we receive a LOT of messages on the Cooper case. They generally fall into three categories. General questions about the case, questions about suspect Kenny Christiansen, and inquiries from the media. We DON’T receive many inquiries from our local media, but we DO get a lot from media beyond the local Northwest area.
The other way we get contacted on the Cooper case is by telephone, but unlike other investigators in the Cooper case, we don’t usually make the actual content of those calls public. The reason is…some people don’t WANT you to make their phone contacts to you a matter of public record. However, we do answer all inquiries in any form promptly and most importantly, POLITELY.
Our favorite way of reaching the public, and promoting continued interest in the Cooper case on a national level isn’t through WordPress, surprisingly enough. Or even through our main website, although both receive a lot of traffic. It is through Quora, the question-and-answer site headquartered in San Francisco, and by linking this WordPress site you are reading now to my profile information there. This works very well and our views at Quora, many on the Cooper case, are over three-quarters of a million total, to date. Quora reaches people all over the world, and sometimes Quora even sends your answers to questions out to thousands of other members at the same time if they judge your latest answer to be worthy of this action. You have to earn this privilege, of course.
Currently, we have twenty-six answered questions on the Cooper case at Quora, and the result is that our email box is constantly crammed with comments and additional questions on the subject.
One thing about Quora, and the reason we like them (other than the traffic) is because you can’t post there or answer questions anonymously, which is something the Attack Dogs in Cooperland can’t handle. Quora makes you establish an actual confirmed identity and state your qualifications to answer this question or that. You must select a ‘credential’ you create before you can post an answer to someone’s question. For example, if the question is “Can an ordinary person without any flight experience land a Boeing 747?” You must create a credential that shows Quora users WHY you are qualified to answer that particular question. Such as: “Former airline pilot for Delta.” That credential appears next to your name when you answer the question, and shows Quora users you know what you are talking about. If you answer questions on different subjects, then you must have a separate credential for THAT question. Most users at Quora, including yours truly, have a few credentials listed.
There are no ‘usernames’ at Quora. Everyone goes under their real name there, and ever since Quora went live, this has made it a very popular site. Even famous people have answered questions there, after their identities have been firmly established by Quora staff. To put it another way, profiles are VERIFIED. Here are examples of people who have actually answered questions there:
- President Barack Obama
- Ashton Kutcher (Actor, Producer)
- Ethan Hawke (Actor, Producer)
- Alfonso Cuaron (Director)
- Francis Lawrence (Director)
- Ian Somerhalder (Actor, Philanthropist)
- Tiki Barber (Former NFL star)
This policy gives Quora great credibility because users know they can trust the people who post answers, or ask questions at the site. There is no discord there, no sniping at other users from behind a rock of anonymity. Try it and they will permanently ban you, well…like yesterday.
To those foolish people hanging around in the dregs of Cooperland and spewing their nasty comments about yours truly, or Gayla Prociv at Adventure Books, or everyone else we know (even our cat a couple of times) we would like to set you straight. We reach plenty of people regarding the D.B. Cooper case, as well as other subjects. And we mostly do it through Quora and this WordPress blog. One is linked to the other.
Because of this, we can reach many people and lay the truth on them, answer their questions, or agree to participate in media projects on the case. However, when I have approached members of the DB Cooper Forum, or Bruce Smith at the Mountain News and asked them if they would like to participate in some media project or other being done on Cooper, their usual response is negative, and they continue with their piddly attacks, which we are more than happy to expand upon and provide to the public and the media for their review.
Recently, I told a member of the Cooper Forum (he’s reasonably neutral) that the continued attacks by other members of that forum, as well as the ones from the Mountain News only have a single, REAL effect:
They make any media planning TV or movie projects on the Cooper case look at them in a bad light. But they don’t listen. They just figure their program of unfair attacks and negativity is working for them, when in reality it is driving media AWAY from them. This is the reason why users at the Cooper Forum, as well as Bruce Smith himself, are generally being ignored by major media these days. In the case of Smith, this is easily shown to be true. Minnow Films, the guys out of London who recently wrapped filming on a two-hour documentary on Cooper, refused to put him on camera while shooting a Q and A session with me for five hours over a two-day period. The second day we shot at the Eatonville Public Library…the same town where Smith actually lives. He was offered a chance to appear but refused simply because I was the one making the offer. He told me: “I need the producers to contact me themselves.” What he couldn’t accept is that Minnow Films had already written him off because of all the hateful comments he allows on his Mountain News site, and I would have had to make a deal with Minnow just to get him into the movie. His loss, I suppose.
They bring it on themselves. Maybe they will learn their lesson at some point, and decide it is better to work WITH people to promote the Cooper case, rather than going the gutter-post route.
Negativity has one true effect. It may work for a short time, but after a while it has diminishing returns – and gives you a bad reputation.
Submitted by Robert Blevins from Adventure Books of Seattle.
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