Quoted from JustEverett:
The problem with this wonderful eutopia you propose is that pinball then receives no exposure to those outside the hobby. We need to bring new people into the hobby to keep it going, so it seems closed minded to say you should wall off an excellent way to create exposure to pinball.
Nice attempt at altruism for the perpetuating the hobby as a way to try to disguise your overly altruistic fantasy of Facebook being the best way of bringing new people into the hobby that you propose is incredibly short-sighted how did people get interested in the hobby before Facebook existed?
Believe it or not Facebook is not the center of the universe or the Internet despite them trying so desperately to be exactly both of those. The whole point of the Internet was that it was never supposed to have a center. If you found out that any other company was treating you and your information the way Facebook does, you'd drop them in a heartbeat and/or switch to one that's more responsible. But this wouldn't be the first time that the convenience of making bank quickly wins out over the best interests of the people.
Newsflash: we have the entire Internet at our disposal. We have YouTube, Google, live events like tournaments and expos/conferences and so many other ways to advertise and promote pinball. We have incredible media opportunities to promote pinball with things like the Project Pinball charity. And pinball keeps popping up in more arcades and locations again.
So it seems willfully ignorant to imply that without Facebook we would have a much more difficult time bringing new people into the hobby - and particularly when it has been proven time and time again that Facebook brings an overwhelming downside with it for everyone who uses it whether they want to pay attention to that or not.