Edit: A quick search finds a lot of the answers here
From http://www.xmfan.com/ (in case it gets removed)
| Dear XM Friends; |
It is with a heavy heart that I had to take these drastic steps for all to continue to have a place that we can all call our home with a common purpose in mind; to discuss and promote all things XM, and help our many new daily XM friends with their tough XM questions.
As you may have seen, in recent days, the webmaster of XMFAN, Ryan, has strayed from this path and I believe was intentionally and maliciously hurting our close relationship with some of the people at XM, which we have spent more than a year building. It was through my work and these various relationships that this site was full of first looks at the various XM products released throughout the previous year. Ryan has decided to take all this for granted, believing that people will blindly keep coming here even if there is no such content.
His decision to insert Sirius ads onto this XM fan site and then claim he could do nothing about it was just absurd. It was a slap in the face for me as well as many others.
It was a huge battle trying to reason with him about removing those ads. It took me many phone calls, PM’s and emails to many of you explaining the situation to get Ryan to remove those ads from this XM fan site. If it wasn’t for your many PM’s and emails to Ryan on the subject, I am afraid those inappropriate ads would still be there. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for you efforts.
In recent weeks, I have had a number of disagreements with Ryan as to how this site should be run and the xmfanstore be represented to all of you.
Ryan would much rather do his own thing and distance himself from XM. I in turn feel it is in every XM fan’s interest to keep an open relationship with some of the great people at XM and an open channel of communication. This allows us to keep the information here as accurate as possible and up to date. Ryan would much rather make a few extra bucks from annoying ads – for competitors no less. I would prefer to simply provide XM fans with an ad-free site fully supported by an XM specialty store with the best service around.
Ryan has also claimed that the xmfanstore, which I run, no longer supports this site. This cannot be further from the truth. This site has been paid for by me completely since October 2002 (yes, two thousand TWO). Not only have I and xmfanstore been paying for this site, but also providing Ryan with a considerable commission check from all sales of the store.
Many others have also contributed their time and money without any thanks or regard from Ryan. I have worked extremely hard on this site since the beginning and feel that not only I, but others who donate so much of themselves here deserve at the very least a THANK YOU!
I have no doubt that Ryan is a good webmaster who has given this site its look today, but unfortunately, he does not see the XM world the same way as many of us, and he refuses to take into account other’s hard work. This site would be nothing without that content. This is the reason why it is important for us to maintain this great XM fan site on track.
In any event, Ryan personally owns the domain names xmfan.com and xmfanstore.com, and he is unlikely to give them up or offer then for sale at any reasonable price. This XM fan site, will now be called XM411. Please begin to use www.xm411.com when needing to access this place, as I am sure Ryan will be removing the xmfan.com domain from this IP address as soon as he can.
I have surprised Ryan with this move, as he has surprised me with his recent actions as well, not only on the site, which you have clearly seen, but also behind the scenes. He may also choose to disrupt this site’s operation maliciously, so please understand I will do everything possible to keep it up and running. The store with all the great and unique XM products and superior customer service will soon be renamed. There should be no interruption in that service.
I truly apologize for these disruptions to your enjoyment of this XM fan site, and will keep my promise to you to continue to work as hard as possible to bring to you the latest XM “insider” news, new product reviews, and just in general keeping us close to the great personalities that give each XM channel that special flavor…. And NO COMMERCIALS!
Ryan has obviously shown his willingness to fight this move and therefore we must take extra precautions before going live to keep the site intact. Please understand that we will be back as soon as possible.