There real ages, maybe not the ages members act......With the amount of negative feedback I have seen on the site about lots of different scanners and other radios I'm almost certain that RR is independent and doing its best at moderating it forums to keep them safe for all (or most) ages.
Not just "recent"... Its leaders have been tolerant for several/many years.There is no expectation of freedom of speech on RR, regardless of their relationship with any manufacturer.RR is privately owned and the owner is king of his castle. RR has been more than fair it's tolerance for some of the recent activity on it's forums.
As the person who sets the rules and manages the forums I can tell you no one dictates to me any type of favoritism nor do I harbor any, and RR Managers are the first line below Lindsay. Me, personally, I was a GRE supporter...but my management position on here is not personal, it's strictly business. I gain nothing from the relationship Uniden has with RR.And (of course) there is a relationship with RR....it is in their interest to protect them. Any other comment is untenable.
Don't look now the DB Samurai is onlineThe problem is Uniden, at present, has no real (proactive) competition,
which affords them little incentive.
And (of course) there is a relationship with RR....it is in their interest
to protect them. Any other comment is untenable.
The whole Uniden (& GRE/Whistler) / RR relationship is a little strange and it is bound to raise questions.A good follow-up question is whether the contract between uniden & RR prevents RR from engaging in a similar contract with Whistler.
Also let's not forget that certain RR employees, in addition to other payments from RR, have received special offers from Uniden.
I do think it's somewhat reprehensible that the owner of RR makes a financial profit off of his agreement with uniden for the uniden models to access the RR database -- material which we members provide pro-bono. Having said that though, importing any RRDB material into a uniden then requires a lot of time editing the system/site/channel name info to make it sensible on the scanner.
RR & uniden can (& do!) spin things any way they want, but perception is reality.
The whole Uniden (& GRE/Whistler) / RR relationship is a little strange and it is bound to raise questions.
The point about the commoditization by RR, of information voluntarily submitted by members here, followed by the subsequent re-selling of the same information by Uniden, in some cases back to the same people who submitted the information in the first place, is a little troubling.
Uniden and GRE/Whistler would not be able to market any of the HP/Zip scanners if it were not for us enthusiasts who voluntarily and without payment, submit information to the RR database.
It would be interesting to read into this from a legal perspective.