NOTE: MY BLOGS ARE MY OWN. THESE ARE MY OWN WORDS AND DOES NOT EXPRESS THE WORDS OF OTHERS.
2011 - Gaming Chat was a thing, Free Play was active, forums were used, and there were dozens of blogs each day. I was a moderator for a healthy site that had success during the Brawl era.
2013/2014 - Distributed denial of service attacks plagued All is Network and forced Nintendo Dojo to enter an indefinite hiatus. To restore the site, nealdt had to pay thousands of dollars per year to enable DDoS protection, but he was not willing to do that. By December 2014, JV_ restored and reopened the site, and everything after that wasn't the same All is Brawl as it was pre-DDoS.
2014 - JV_ was looking for a new programmer to replace nealdt and found Mouse, who, at the time, was considered a reliable person with a flexible schedule. There was a deadline of three months to fix the bugs, glitches, and errors, incorporate new features, and reform the site before the new game is released. The deadline was not met, and the site fell way behind (released post-SSB4).
Oh yeah, and JV_ changed the name of the site. I don't mind that he's paying for the domain of the name, but it was strange to pick something that was not voted by the staff in the first place (My vote was All4Smash btw, thanks for wondering). I'm not going to blame the site name as a fault for attracting users because it's not.
Invinciboy was added to the development team and he managed to do stuff (ex. stream feature, staff announcements), but two people aren't enough to fix the entire site in a certain time.
2015 - After making a staff tier list, Linkz blackmailed me and I was subsequently fired for ****ting on some of the staff members. They said my attitude was reminiscent to the behavior of dmbrandon. I couldn't put up with Foodies' sass and #Kilig, I ditched The740 at a critical time, and Milky rejoiced for my removal.
Apparently, me and Yoshinendo's retirement also led to some staff members retiring as well. In no order:
And it appears there's no history of me leaving the staff team in the Staff Referral Guide. I know what you did. And you should probably update peterdinosaurous.
I enter Free Play at times and it is generally empty. Forums are now dead in favor of Twitch and other forms of social media. The most popular feature in blogs are slowly dying as well. And I get permanently banned because an admin account gets infected.
So what's the problem?
There are many problems actually.
- Money (I don't know how AiB didn't make enough)
- Time/Need of Site Development
- Bad Release Time of "Smash 4" Site
- Apathetic Community
- Glitches that may or may have not prevented the influx of new users
You absolutely cannot advertise a site that has a **** ton of bugs and glitches. This all stems from the development, which stems from nealdt giving up, WHICH stems from the DDoS attacks.
Therefore, the real reason on why Nintendo Dojo is at this current state is because the DDoS attacks devoured the money needed to get the resources to fix the entire site. There is not enough money to hire more programmers to help fix this site, which therefore slows down site development, AND therefore scares members into using other people's accounts. And all we are doing is complaining on how bad the site is as of now.
The site is not bad. It's the circumstances that led to the site at the current state that are bad. And all we can do is wait. JV_ has a plan and I fully support that plan. However, it was just too long-term for me to contribute to it. I was a pretty important moderator in that plan, but I just couldn't waste much more time on it. That point is when I realized that my overall contributions were outweighed by my inability to do something productive. Also the fact that stadium portal was not going to include Smash 4 anytime soon also influenced my decision.
Some of you guys are trying to do something (ex. Penta, TheEarlyGen, Apathy), but what can you actually do? Can you program in asp.net? Again, you cannot advertise a site that has tons of glitches.
What can mods do really, other than patrol the blogs and chat for inappropriate behavior and do their specific functions?
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