Chuckle, so my evil HAXOR skills have earned me the honor of a dozen or so blog posts telling me what an evil, evil man I am.
The bizarre thing is the principal horror seems to be over something I did NOT actually do. Namely that I DID NOT drop anyones docs!, and what’s more docs they had already ‘officially’ sent me on their mailing list.
-So how to turn something I did NOT do into an evil act of malice?
Why by speculating of course! The argument continues like this, ‘but you are an evil haxor, therefore why should I trust you when you say u wont drop docs’. That’s right, in the absence of any actual doc dropping, speculate that they MIGHT doc drop! Oddly enough the one question such folk will never directly answer, because they know the answer as well as you, is ‘do you think I would drop anyones docs?’
Thankfully FTBers don’t apply this reasoning to their own, such as the good man PZ. He was clearly dishonest to me about the deal when I came on board at FTB (freedom to blog about what I wanted my ass! ‘rip into anyone you want’ my ass!)….. He ‘HACKED’ a phone system by ‘stealing’ a passcode and using it to ‘break in’!! ‘He’s dishonest! Unspeakable, it’s a unconscionably horrific breach of trust… he should be drummed out of the community as a pariah etc etc’ /sarcasm
Why shouldn’t he drop someones docs too? After all, on paper he officially has access to all the personal details I do!
‘Indeed, given his hatred of me, why shouldn’t he leak docs himself, then blame me for it? I mean if you read his posts, is there any level the bilious odious man wouldn’t go to fulfill his vindictive vendetta of hatred of….. etc etc.’
-Wow, I can engage in inventive filled paranoid rambling about crimes people MIGHT commit as much as FTB!
However all this time I had been working on the basis that FTB had a significant media footprint, which I now think is wrong. Put simply, even though FTB have a LOT of skeletons in the closet, and engage in some pretty cheap and vindictive scheming (I wouldn’t have stayed long associated to such a group, even if they hadn’t expelled me first), the bottom line is they are a small group, they are kings of a small hill of beans (I’m still getting more hits than 10 of their bloggers having been gone for a month! see below): they simply are not worth the time when there are bigger fish to fry! So let me take this opportunity to draw some sort of line under this (I know that sentence alone will have bought rapturous applause from many sectors!).
Bear with me on this…. this is going somewhere!
From my evil haxor skills, FTBer were saying the following on their secret mailing list about a month after I was thrown off.
“Plus, TF had more hits than ten of our bloggers today. Please tell me he is not getting paid for them. And that we are divvying up his spoils.”
Firstly FTBers are actually suggesting, not only an intention of stealing, but to do it as a group and to share their ill gotten gains from this fiscal theft.
Secondly, I laughed my ass off when I read that. Even after being gone from FTB for over a month, I’m still one of their prize bloggers! If they were the significant organization I initially thought they were, their petit conspiracies would have been a bigger burden on the community, and my whistle blowing more pertinent. However that’s simply not the organization FTBs is.
Anyways, Ed Brayton, the guy who holds the purse strings responds thusly.
“I haven’t even given any thought to the point at which I would stop paying him. The blog was killed on July 1. I could call that the end or pay him for hits in July, which were not unsubstantial. Or at this point I could just tell him to go fuck himself.”
Lets try to draw a line under this Ed. DPRJones has a charity event coming up for Medicine Sans Frontier. You can donate ALL my ‘not unsubstantial’ earnings to this charity event (try to keep it dignified Ed, make sure you let people know where the money came from), and then you can delete my blogs hosted on FTB.
To be honest, I wouldn’t want to be seen to profit off petit drama like this (I never monetize videos that deal with this sort of thing), and I’m sure FTB would likewise agree. Indeed it would be nice to see FTB follow my lead on this and donate all the revenue generated from this pointless drama to the same charity.
From my chair, that pretty much draws a line under this.
This request has been personally sent to Ed Brayton. Balls in his court now.