First off, welcome to the FootJoy Community (FJC). You have already made great decision by joining us here for conversation, some off color humor and the occasional contest. The next step in the process is very simple and rewarding, begin posting and sharing your thoughts on all things golf. Most of us realize the process of becoming a FootJoy Ambassador (FJA) is a time consuming labor of love where you are able to make friends with individuals who share the same passion and obsession as you. Others see it as an end to a means and just post to post. This is what I wanted to address… power posting and useless comments. This clearly is not meant to be directed towards any one individual in particular but if you feel like you may fall into this category, you may want to re-evaluate your posting and/or reason for being in the FJC.
Through my time in the FJC, I have learned a lot about life, golf, and friendship. It was an odd thing when I became a member in 2009. I didn’t quite “get it”… I asked myself ‘how do you have “online friends?’… ‘isn’t that for introverts’? Well, I will be the first to say, I am not an introvert and I do have some great online friends, many of whom I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life and furthering the friendship. For that, I am truly grateful. Many of the newer members in the FJC have looked past the possibilities this community provides and decided to randomly comment on old threads, provide one word responses or just enter contests. This is not the way the FJC was designed or meant to be used. It is a place to grow your knowledge of FootJoy products and services, as well as golf and life. Yes, occasionally FootJoy rewards us with contests, but those contests are already public, you do not need to pollute the FJC with mindless comments and one word responses just to become an FJA, your reward as an FJA will not be what you think if you do not take the time to obtain the honor properly. Many of you do not care about the FJC and that’s your loss, but if you are here to become an FJA and leave, then please do not look back on your way out and please do not waste our time any more.
I know the lure of FJA brought a lot of you and that is exactly what it was designed to do, bring in new members whom want the status. Many of you may have a flawed opinion of what an FJA truly is, for example, posting about the fastest method of obtaining FJA isn’t exactly going to go over well here. FJA’s aren’t individuals who get free stuff from FootJoy, we do not test products and we certainly do not get paid. We provide reviews for FootJoy products and services (just like any other member), request and discuss enhancements for the community and the site in general and engage in interesting, thought provoking conversations with all members to help keep things on the right track. NOTHING MORE! We have put in our time and obtained a special position within the FJC that we are proud of and can look any other member in the eye and say “I deserve this”. Think of it this way, if you are here because you expect another FJA trip to some world renowned golf club again in the near future that is just fine. BUT, if you power post and toss out useless comments on old threads for no other reason than to get posts and points, you will NOT be received well on that trip (if FootJoy allows you to go) and it will be a truly awkward and miserable experience for you when you have 20 other members not willing to give you the time of day because they know you are not there because you care. Would you rather do it the right way and be welcomed and included in all we do or do you want to be the black sheep that will be treated as such? The choice will always be yours; I am just trying to help those of you whom need it.
In closing, all I want to say is please have the respect, decency and knowledge to understand what is going on here. It’s not about the free socks in your welcome kit (if it is, let me know, I will buy you a pair to get you to leave the FJC), it’s not about gaining FJA at the fastest rate possible and it’s certainly not about some title on some online website. It’s so much more than that and I can promise you, if you take the time to earn the honor of the Ambassador, you will understand what I am saying and not have to ask an questions in the future.
I hope the individuals who need this instruction read it, comprehend it and put it to use. I want the FJC to get back to it’s roots and have lively, animated, fun conversations about anything and everything with ALL the members participating in an equal and meaningful way. Look at what you are doing and decide if you should truly be here.