Paddling with our Hands

Richard GainesI’ve been meaning to write something about the not so new pay-wall that was erected to drive users to pay for access to the newly formatted Gloucester Daily Times online website that at one time was open accessed. Here it is.  Throw me a line, will ya? 15:35

  • StripedBassHole

    It wasn’t long after we lost Richard a main draw to the Paper and an active Website. That the Name Game became the demise of their Clicker. Ray says he runs that Paper but that’s Talk and Talk is cheap. This undoing was their undoing and as you say it all comes down to Clicks. Ray why don’t you put on your Tap Shoes and Click your way down Memory Lane.

    • borehead

      It took me awhile to do this, but I just had to. I was involved in an exchange on twitter that forced my hand.
      I’ve given this a lot of thought.
      When it comes to Ray, a real newspaper man with decades of experience. that has witnessed the changes along the way from a vibrant industry, to one being forced into a different type all together, my world, I doubt he had any say over this corporate bean counter generated foolishness.
      You and I and a number of others have been on this journey to our current place in time, and you’re aware of all my activity from postings, thousands, and comments everywhere, more thousands, and we provided massive amounts of traffic to GDT.
      I feel like I was an unpaid paper boy!
      The community oriented articles alone brought people to these weekend events. No more.
      Its a shame.
      One thing I will blame Ray for, and he either has buyers remorse, or relief, was changing the comment venue.
      That sunk like a rock, though I’m sure at times it was a pain in the ass for him, especially when political commentary invaded our fishing industry comment section.
      God Damn, I miss Richard.
      He will always be here.

  • jmknbsc .

    This was a fine epitaph that you wrote for the GDT Borehead, even if it’s a bit early it will soon be appropriate & timely! As one of the presenters of the “Friend of the Fishing Industry Award’ to Richard, I feel the need to point out that Ray accepted a like award that was given to the GDT at the same time.
    I guess it was a good thing that we presented it to the GDT at that time, because surely, it would no longer meet the same qualifications that earned them that award.
    It was a gut wrenching blow to all of us in the industry when Richard passed away; little did we ever expect that “The Gloucester Daily Times” would soon do the same; particularly at their own hands, by their own choosing. An apt description might be: “Death by less than a thousand clicks”!
    Jim Kendall – NBSC

    • Joel Hovanesian

      There was a time that I would visit GDT every day. Hell there’s a link in my shortcuts. This is no longer the case. I can’t remember the last time I accessed the papers web site.
      If loosing Richard wasn’t bad enough, now we have lost the vehicle he so expertly used to uncover the ill doings and miss deeds of this rogue agency. I can only imagine the sickening things he would be uncovering these days being perpetrated on the industry from the fool on the hill.
      Richards investigative instincts were second to none and the void left by his passing will never be filled. I wish there were an investigation into the manner in which he passed. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was foul play from the countless people he went after. Nothing surprises me any more with this government gone tyrannical.
      As for filling the void, A huge thanks to Borehead for bringing the fight to those who care. We owe him more than we will ever be able to repay him.
      Perhaps the time has come for another friends of the fishing industry award to be handed out!

  • Ec Newell Man

    If it was not for you bringing up those relevant articles in the GDT, I do not post anything from that particular website….nor link to any GDT fishing articles.

    If it is Ray or the other stuffed shirts and bean counters there, a few of us do understand the cost to run a website these days…. but some areas on a website in particular the one fishing article that appears from time to time in a paper based in Gloucester, should be open to all to read and freely comment. They who run the paper/website should realize that in a city built by the fishing industry.

    Well, they “who ever” made that pay- wall decision, will see many, many less clicks on their website….and on the internet, there are countless other free websites to read and link to fishing content.

    Again it illustrates who actually supports the fishing industry. Thanks for what you do here Bore Head.

  • StripedBassHole

    It would’ve been nice if Ray had left the Fishery Stories open to the Public. Dedicate it to Richard’s Name. You have to admit the Paper was stronger when you had Richard writing for you and a great Job he did.
    Putting the stories behind a pay Wall has the smell and feel of a Dale Jones maneuver. What do you think Ray?