I probably would too Adrian...but i dunno he would have to WANT to....plus i dunno, i think it would get upsetting to some who paid if he didn't answer everyone's questions...IDK
and FWIW Jim, I dont disagree with most of your points BUT i do not see how a register to access to forum would be of any plus...to this place or to Joe's machine...i think it would minimize it. I mean i wonder how many folks would have ever jumped in they had to register....and i am fairly certain that not having to register has brought many many more views...more sharing t gain more fans etc...
i don't know what thats worth...but i try to not look at it like that.
I am not in denial though i mean I know Joe would meet with fans and post here partly to gain more recognition but i still like to think this place meant more in some way to him...and reasons he posted were because he had personal interest to, not just $ interest to...i dunno...
I don't think a paid access forum is the worst idea but only if it was separate from this one, this one could remain the same or close to it....i don't think that would minimize from a paid Joe posts here forum.
i have asked him in the past if he liked to do certain types of promo things and he honestly answered me, not really in one case, abnd he expressed great appreciation for my consideration, and only my assumption but i felt like if he could have he may have said...wish the office understood that. I would NEVER wish that on him...he sells the cds, he fills the venues....he should have more free time IMHO, especially if the tasks asked of him were going to be minimally beneficial. He should especially not be asked to fake it for the fans....i care too much about him (and the fans) for that
It looks like he seems to enjoy the instagram thing...although i do recall him mentioning a time or too something to the effect of "the office told me to do this social media thing".....i don't want to ask him to do what he doesn't wish to.
regarding the office though...wow yeah I'd pay money for a Roy has to answer this or that question type forum
I'd pay to be a fly on the wall in the recording studio...
I do like to keep some things a mystery though
anyway yeah Joe answers on instagram sometimes...and replies to trolls...and it appears to be within his own comfort level.
i think a forum responsibility might become a drag...and heck, that %)(* ends up reflecting badly on some fans who deserve to not be lumped in that way...again, IMO
i would pay for fan club....but not just for ticket access, unless its guarantee IDK.....but just giving my opinion...nothing else.
i did notice that Kenny Wayne Shepherd is trying some new fan club type things and VIP access for certain shows.
I paid to be in his fan club once and was glad to do so for the chance to meet him and express my appreciation for his music and what it meant to my life....after that i did some street team work for perks. the thing i most appreciated about that is that it was very clear what was to be done, the communication was excellent and NEVER any issue. (talking about the way it was years back, i think different people help now... so not sure how reliable the system is now)
i am not trying to complain but i truly cant say most of those things about Joe's street Team..It certainly put a bad taste in my mouth to say the least (cant stand BS)..i do hope if J&R try something like that...its run well and blahblahblah.... a full time job for someone though? IDK
I can think of a few other jobs that could be done or done better with that re$ource....but i am really just along for the ride.
anyway...been thinking about all of this and I know this is not going to sound as i had thought it out.
I'm not against paid fan club but a paid forum...still so wrong given the history IMHO, or a register to read. and i seriously hope nothing i say makes this place vulnerable but i have gigantic evidence the office doesnt pay much attention to whats said in this section (simply see most of the below posts) so, I'm just talking amongst friends here as usual, and of course those who lurk...whatever. and if they have paid attention but ignored so much here...well it just verifies my concerns...and please don't tell me....its been a bit upsetting in the past, when being respectful and patient and just wanting to be helpful blahblahblah!
long live the forum and all who care to share here.
the presale is a gamble but at least its currently offered to all the fans who have the interest, no matter their income level. i appreciate that and it has worked out better than expected in most cases for me. But...i don't have unreasonable expectations.