The relationship between the Window Cleaning Network and other forums can be understood in the simplest terms - without the unfortunate speculation and accusation.
The Window Cleaning Network has an independent forum supported by sponsors - somewhat similar to the way an independent magazine would be supported by advertisers.
Some suppliers have in-house forums that support their supply businesses - like WCR and - and for competitive reasons have chosen not to be sponsors here. It is their right to make that choice, but the sponsorship option is still available to them.
The Window Cleaning Network offers not for profit associations many of the benefits of sponsorship, but would require other types of associations (like MWCoA and their forum) to become sponsors if the owners wish to participate here. It is their choice, and the sponsorship option is available.
I have to operate this forum in a way that respects the business model - I can’t make exceptions for any potential sponsor, just because I take heat on their forum. (Does anyone think that if they complained loudly enough, they could get a free magazine ad?)
Apparently an alternative story as to how this works has been posted on WCR - that says I sort of tried to force myself on WCR and threatened to make life miserable for them. Here’s why you should not believe a word of it;
1 - They asked me about sponsorship - several times - even before they started the forum, and expressed a willingness to get on board with a sponsorship.
2 - To the best of my recollection I have never called them, and they have never called me.
3 - I have never threatened them or anyone - potential sponsor or not. I would never tell anyone I’d make their life miserable and never have.
4 - I can promise you all that NOBODY has a threatening email from me. It simply does not happen, because it has been my personal policy for 10 or 12 years never to send anyone an email I couldn’t bear to see posted on a forum or passed around privately.
It may help to realize that the 25+ Window Cleaning Network sponsors are run by intelligent, confident business people who would cut me off in a heartbeat if I behaved that way toward them.
Anyway, the real backstory is common sense business decisions made by forum hosts, based on what they perceive is in their own best interest.
I hope that helps, but please don’t respond - unless you’d like to contact me privately. It is the policy here not to publicly debate the way this forum is run.
Gary Mauer - Moderator
Window Cleaning Network