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Friday, August 22, 2008

The Scoop on Reality BBQ 

From Spamgirl, the owner of BBQ:

The site was sold a month ago and changes (other than ads) weren't supposed to be *noticeable* until after BB10. The only reason the forum looks so majorly different was because I was running Linux and they're running Windows and our theme wasn't compatible... so they changed it.

One thing hasn't changed - I still run the site. The reason I didn't tell anyone about the handover was that there was nothing TO tell - the site doesn't "change hands" for another month, so I didn't really think there was anything to say. Donations were removed from the board 3 weeks before I sold it, and the VERY few donations we did receive this season (10) didn't even cover one month's worth of hosting, and our advertising revenue was next to nil, and we only had a few SuperPass signups (Real must have done very VERY badly this year, I'm hearing from everyone their numbers were exceptionally low) so we only had enough money come in to cover the cost of April-August hosting (that doesn't even include the contest prizes for BB10 which I am paying out of pocket at the moment). So I thank the donators, but if I hadn't sold the site it would have been closing at the end of September because we couldn't afford to pay another hosting anymore.

I've been doing this for 10 seasons. My daughter hasn't spent a single summer day out enjoying herself in 8 years. It was time for me to pass the reins on to another company that could do bigger, better things with RealityBBQ than I have the time or inclination to do. I want my life back, to be honest, and after 3 seasons practically back-to-back I was done. I'm also dealing with medical issues of my own that have severely decreased the amount of time I can spend on the computer. Tack it all together and it was just time for me to step down.

From what I know, BuddyTV will be leaving RealityBBQ as it is right now for this season and probably next season. They've asked me to stay on and I'm considering it, and if I do I will require that it stay the same - as long as I can, I'll fight to keep RealityBBQ's community intact.

As to how much I was paid... RealityBBQ is priceless, so I can never say I got enough :)

I wonder if there was such an outrage when Joker sold to Digilady? Look what she did for JokersUpdates! I can only imagine what more BuddyTV can do with their massive venture capital :)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Posers Posers Everywhere 

If you are going to try to impersonate someone on a website, at least don't use their email address when registering.

From my mailbox:

Welcome to leftoright.freeforums.org forums

Please keep this e-mail for your records.

Your account information is as follows:

Username: LIABY
Password: re2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Enquiring Minds Want To Know 

A frantic reader writes:

Does ANYONE know what is going on over at the BBQ? Sure as heck the members and most staff don't! Spamgirl has confirmed the site has been sold to BuddyTV, only because it seems BTV came in and made changes that has posters up in arms. Why did this all go down in secrecy? She could have warned members that have been loyal to BBQ even in slow times. Some donators are really upset and feel ripped off. Alot of members say they won't stay after getting a look at BTV and how it is run. No one knows if BTV is going to merge the boards or leave them separate, although supposedly Spamgirl is still going to be in charge until BB10 is over. Of course the change of guard wasn't supposed to happen until then either..............

Did she get anywhere near the amount of $ Ette over at JU was offerered (rumored to be a pretty penny)? Enquiring minds want to know.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Don't Rock The Boat Baby 

From the mailbox:

This is a heads up for Conservative tempted to post in Lydia's Political Forum.

Lydia has claimed that she is warmly welcoming Conservatives to her board. The facts show this is not true. Let's look at the case of Conservatives poster Trowl.

Trowl, as you may recall, was one the Conservatives booted from JU because they thought that he was the BBV, DontStop and User623. Lydia is now convinced that Trowl is Trowl and not any of the these other people. She has allowed him to post in light of her epiphany. So far, so good. Trowl proceeded to post some Conservative point of view articles. Lydia's response was to tell Trowl in a public post:

"Trowl, I said you were not the same person. You can post here. I would only ask that you do not dominate the posts (posting 5 posts in a row) and use some reputable news sources every now and then. Try to get along better, show people you're an ok guy. I'm taking you as a member on the board. Please honor my requests. And expect some razzing, if you look, shiloh gets his fair share as well."

This is hardly what anyone would call a warm welcome. He has been charged with posting too much, using sources that she does not appreciate and not getting along. Dare we say that if Trowl does not toe the line he will soon be banned?

Now, being banned from Lydia's board would be no big thing in and of itself if that is as far as it went. It is not. Lydia, as shown in many cases, has trouble being self responsible for her actions. She lies. Let's take for example her banning of BBV.

Any board administrator who knows of BBV's reputation would be fully justified and banning him just because he is BBV. Lydia could have banned BBV just because he is BBV and no one would have had a problem with it. Lydia choose not to do that . She banned him on the premise that he posted a news article that was bigoted and racist. As if his reputation was not already bad enough, she had to label him as bigoted and racist as an unnecessary excuse to to ban him. The problem is that the article that he posted was neither bigoted nor racist. The article was highly critical of Obama but it did not have any trace of racism or bigotry. In latter discussion on her board some posters agreed that the article was neither bigoted nor racist. Other, more liberal posters, when asked directly if they thought the article was bigoted or racist simply refused to reply. This is a link to the article so that everyone can decide for themselves:

The bottom line is that you risk being banned with extreme prejudice if you are a Conservative and post on Lydia's political forum. Lydia will not simply ban someone because she does not like their point of view. She will go further and make up slanderous lies to justify her action. All the other known Conservatives who have joined her board have avoided her political forum for this very reason. We don't want to see our reputation hurt just because Lydia can not accept responsibility for her actions. We do not want to be slandered.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Binge And Purge 

From the mailbox:

Lydia has been very busy at her new board puring the posts from the troll. He was ruining the board as he always does.Careful observers will also note that she has purged all of her own posts in which she was super critical of the Joker's current affairs mods and Jokerette herself.

One long post in which she described her being deposed as a JU CA as a "Royal Assassination" is most notable by it's absence. She is acting a lot like Winston Smith from 1984. She is rewriting her own history. She needed to do this in light of one her posts today:"So many people were visiting us just to copy this forum. I have noticed the number of guests has declined. Many people were looking for the one thing any of us here said that might be offensive to someone else. An idiot sent a pm to Dreamer that said I hated JU and all the mods, even Ette too. Pathetic, and nothing could be further from the truth."

When will some of copies of the forum of which she speaks show up some place to expose her changing of history?

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

A New Record? I Doubt It. 

From the mailbox:

Just a little update on the new political board with reality ties ~

Well, BBV and the BBVettes showed up at Lydia's board, and started pissing all over the place. BBV got his sorry self banned from there too - a board who's only rule was no bigotry, no racism. He reg'd on Sunday ... and was banned by Monday night. What a sorry ass piece of work this little troll is. *barf*

Funny bit: DontStop never bothered to show up. Even tho, poor suffering, thing ... he took the time to write in here, and give a sad, sad story. Lying bastard. When he saw the note about Lydia's board, he dropped his act, and ran like a weasel as his real self - BBV - to Lydia's board.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

The Reluctant Baggage 

First a note about a new political board that has reality ties:

Lydia, former CA mod at Jokers Updates, has opened a new Political debate forum site:

Which, interestingly, includes a 'Vent About It' board, that has updates on BBV aka DontStop, whose new name was Uniboob. Uniboob, and two of his alter egos - User626 and Trowl 520, all just got banned from JU.

Shiloh, and Freddycat, both ban-ees, are posting there.


And then a nice rebuttal from the topic of conversation:

User dontstop (me) decided to change his screen name to UniBoob. I am a male breast cancer survivor. Rather than try to hide the fact I decided to advertise it. I want all men to be aware that, too, they can get breast cancer. (Note: the comments they made earler in an Email to you about "inverted nipples" was a valid, snide reference to my mastectomy.)

As soon as the name change took place a great number of CA posters decided that I was a troll. This happened literally within a hour. Aparently they do not believe that males can get breast cancer. Rather than address their false notions they decided to fall back upon the crap that was published here. They accused me of having multiple user names and talking to myself. The Admins know this is not true because they can see my IP and they have to know it is not a proxy.

Rather than adress the hostile environment being created by these posters, the Admins advised me to stop posting.

Just so that everyone knows. Men can get breast cancer. It is not something to joke about. It is not something to attack someone about. Also, I am not posting on Jokers as any other user. I swear to that on the life of cat.


Of course I don't vouch for the veracity of either email, however, yes Virginia males can get breast cancer. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/male-breast-cancer/DS00661