Originally Posted by Mason Malmuth
I don't think he was soliciting a bribe to write favorably about us. However, he was offering us a deal that we considered ridiculous. It showed that he was either totally unaware of the relative positions of our respected websites or was just trying to pull a fast one. Essentially, what he was asking for amounted to free advertising.
Normally we just reject these offers out of hand, but once in a while I'll go into more specific detail explaining how absurd we consider these solicitations, and that is what I did with Gary Wise. Evidently he took it personally. Meanwhile, our general policy is to avoid future contact with people when they make these type of offers.
It sounds like you were personally insulted because he made an unrealistic offer for a business relationship.
Unless you're leaving some key details out (ie: he was suggesting you two do something illegal or at least highly unethical), that doesnt seem like a good reason to cut off contact with someone and put them on your **** list.
It's also petty to hide behind 'general policy', when you're the one who makes the general policy.
Is there something else that went on behind the scenes, or is this all because you were insulted by his offer?