It seems that bic admin have attacked one of their members who they thought was me.
So, just to put the record straight:
My site had exchanged website links with this site at the previous owner’s request. After the change of ownership my link disappeared from their site at some point & when I realised this had happened I emailed them to ask if this was intentional and if so I would remove their link from my site too.
I never received a reply.
Then a couple of weeks later, when I set up this forum in January I received an email from them asking “Will you permit me to make a post on your web site when I have an announcement of interest to the wider Crete community?”
My reply was that the wider Crete community benefits from all the information they can lay their hands on - which includes both of our websites and that in this respect I had contacted them a few weeks ago regarding their removal of the exchange link.
I would extend them the same courtesy that they had extended me by allowing a posting about my book (made two months previously) to remain on their site, under a forum section called ‘self promotion’, and that incidently, bic is listed in my book under 'useful websites' . “I welcome items of interest to the Crete community in general. An announcement of interest on my site with a link or signature is OK, but not, as I'm sure you’ll understand, continual announcements with the sole intention of promoting your website and forum.’
So there you have my ‘ground rules’. Pretty fair … yes / no ?
“I regard your post as outright self promotion.( ) You are not welcome to promote your site on bic anymore. I have no agreement to promote your site or other assets, nor will do so”
Now, they have the right to run their own site as they wish, but talk about distasteful and egomaniacal.
P.S I'm off to scribble out a certain website address on all copies of the book now. Lucky I'm getting a re-print soon!