I recently posted the following ad on a local message board, looking for musicians to play and record with. Below is the ad and the replies that followed, including a "poison-pen" reply that has really gotten under my skin. My posts are in bold, the rest are in italics. Let me know what you think about the whole ordeal and PLEASE, don't turn this into a weed versus anti-weed thread! That's not what I want your comments on. "Appleton bassist seeks a kick-ass lyricist/lead singer, drummer and guitarist (with lead abilities), for an original rock band and possible recording project. No 'screamers,' detuners, druggies or drunks. Express a bit of intelligence when e-mailing me and don't try to talk over me when I'm explaining the details of the band and maybe you'll be lucky enough to get the call." "Does an applicant need a specific hair cut to? Cause I really don't want to cut my mullet..." "No, mullets are king." "I tune to C and i could drink most of yall under the table...guess i dont qualify bwa ha h a oh and i dont keep my mullet in good enough shape...need to go by more volumizing shampoo i guess" "Is it still cool if I bartend at AA meetings? It might conflict withour gig schedule. Those damn recovering alcoholics are so damn demanding. I use to drink everyone under the table at the meetings." "well, we are still down a bass player, but we are big drinkers and "stuff." Hopefully you will find what your looking for......" "I'm glad you're all having such a good time at my expense. Personally, I think it sucks that a guy that's serious about being a professional can't seem to find people with those same interests. Instead of getting high all the time, work on your chops and give me a call." "Lighten up you @#%$ so some people like to have a little fun in a band. Last I checked that was the point of being in a band. Don't think so big of yourself stupid ass." "Real cool." "but go back and reread your first post...pretty damn condescending if you ask me...a better way to find band members is to keep things open and find out how people are. I love to imbibe in the drink...you could call me a drunk if you want...but im one of the most dedicated ****ers you'll meet and i wouldnt be caught dead drinking heavily before a show. How would i play really well?" "yea dude your really demanding, your acting like none of us are good enough for you, and i agree with that one person in order to have a good band your have to have fun if its no fun then whats the point. so with the attitude your using now is gonna get you nothin but @#%$. im not callin you a @#%$ because i dont even know you but if this is how you are all the time in person your gonna be @#%$ out of luck for a long time more close to you wont find a bass player." "Holy over reacting bat man." "At least the dude knows what he wants. Obviously he thinks by taking a hard-assed approach, all the dumbasses he doesn't want to e-mail him, won't e-mail him. And I think it's worked. Give the guy credit, he's smarter than you lot." "Hey...the band I'm in is serious. We don't do any of that stuff...at least I don't. I am the head man, lead singer, and lead guitar right now, and im not a screamer. i have a drummer and have been looking for a bassist. we have song lyrics, we just need a bassist so that we can form up some music....." "One of you hit the nail right on the head! My intentions were not to purposely offend anyone, but to put together the most dedicated group of musicians I can find. I am all about having fun, but there's no reason that a band can't have a blast, be professional and reach a goal, all at the same time. I included the line about speaking intelligently in your e-mails to me, because I have received too many e-mails that are worded something like this: 'hey dude, i am a singer. i scream real ****in good and crowds love me. i like bands like godsmack, disturbed, coal chamber, limp bizkit, puddle of mud and every other band that rawks. call me if you wanna talk and **** or i will call you if you give me your number. heavy metal ****in rawks!' If I offended you with any of my entries on this board, then, you're right, you're not what I'm looking for and we wouldn't get along for very long. Walk a mile in my shoes before you judge me based on a message board entry. Thanks." "I don't think anyone had any hurtfull or discriminating intentions when replying to your post. Just having a little fun on a message board. I hope you find what your looking for and yes, MULLETS ARE KING!" And now, the kicker -- the reason for this whole thread: "woah hi Cam......seems your binality knows no boundaries......im sorry but i have to agree with the others that have been slamming you......you are NOT a bassist and i dont understand how you ever claimed to be one....if you do get another band together, im very interested to hear what happens......its quite ironic you dont want anyone who drinks to contact you considering you work in a bar...........sorry just my two cents.....and yes I will sign my name to erase your suspicions on who this is Cam......................Jeremy" "Woo. Bad Blood. Yeah, I contacted Cam, as I'm a guitarist lookin' for a band.. He didn't respond after the initial discussion, however." "I'm having some difficulty understanding what the purpose of your post was, Jeremy. You and I both know that we don't get along and probably never will, why did you feel it needed to be made public?" Nice, huh? The third-to-last post is from a drummer-turned-guitarist that I've played with on several occasions in the past. In fact, he was the main reason I quit my very first band. I know this shouldn't bother me, but I take everything to heart and it does [bother me]. I wonder what some of your opinions on the matter are? Should I just chalk this whole thing up to a case of tabcrawler-itis? My fiancee, who knows Jeremy as well as I do, says she thinks it's some sort of "publicity stunt" on his part, to get his new band's name out there. She said it's like he saw my ad and wanted to let everyone know that he knows who I am (because up until he posted my name, these were anonymous messages). What do you think? I am anxious to hear from some of the "veterans" around here.