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Old 11-03-2019, 01:04 PM   #101 (permalink)
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To clear things up for the idiots of the like of clb 017 and you, I will try to explain.

Direct upload/embed of images on Pirate has only ever been available for paying members. This was a reasonable thing back in the early days, as hosting costs were still fairly high and other social media services also didn't offer free high resolution uploads or implemented it (or other important features to go with it) poorly. At that time the most common solution to hosting was Photobucket, along with Imageshack, Flickr, and a bunch of other similar companies (most of which are long gone), who as a third party offered free image hosting in exchange for forcing the user (not necessarily the viewer) to be exposed to advertising. The business model of these image hosting services appeared to work at the time, as likely there wasn't the same saturation of remote image embedding, and ad blocking software was in its infancy and/or not widely implemented.

As time progressed the cost of hosting decreased, and the effectiveness and popularity of ad blocking software increased exponentially. At this point MOST successful forums began to offer free uploading/embedding to contributing users, while forums that were run poorly or did not gauge the changing conditions of the internet did not. At the same time services like Photobucket began to see a real crisis in their income, as now many of their users were passive (their images were embedded around the internet, but they did not themselves use their account and thus were not creating ad revenue), or their users were using effective ad blocking services. However, this would balance itself for a time as their own hosting costs were decreasing dramatically, so there was not an immediate crisis.

Around the same time, competing and often easier, social media platforms began to really become popular. And by popular I don't just mean by total users, I mean by total users and the time those users would exclusively use on those platforms along with the variety of media they would consume on them. These platforms held an advantage in regards to the ad problem, as they were able to code around the effects of ad blocking software. They also were designed from the onset as being data mining operations, which meant that even users who were able to block the ads were still having their data harvested and sold.

Now, we need to get to the real culprit in what went wrong. Lance. He saw the cash cow he was sitting on, built not by him but rather by the users, and decided to cash out while it was good. This was a very sensible move, as his lack of interest had meant the forum was lagging behind on critical features, along with the major issue that the tiered (star) user system was going to kill the forum BUT was making too much money to dare to dismantle. Basically since he was selling you the opportunity to upload images, he wasn't willing to simply let that become something that could be done for free, although this would ultimately lead to the slow demise of the forum as image uploading was a feature that was necessary to actually compete with the new social media platforms.

From left stage enters Vertical Scope. Lance knows who they are and what they do. They're well known in the world of forums. So, again, let's blame the person who is responsible, Lance. They're keen to deal, and are willing to entertain certain terms of the deal. Chiefly they're willing to keep the place basically the same, as in not removing the flawed system of paid usage for basic features, nor updating the software to a modern version; of course they were willing to agree to this as it would save them money. They also didn't want to purchase the worst t-shirt/swag company to have ever operated, so again, no issues with his terms there.

In fairly quick order Lance traded everything that every contributing member had built for a fat stack of cash. That was the cumulative knowledge, time, and hard work, of thousands of people who had worked together for a bigger picture. He sold YOU, and he sold me, and he didn't give a fuck about it other than how much money was going to be in his pocket.

Most of the third party image hosting services then proceeded to go tits up, or enact restrictions in embedding, as that was necessary for them to be profitable. However, this would NEVER have been an issue if Lance had simply done what was right long ago, and allowed all contributing users to upload and embed. And to even take it a step farther a simple script that ripped the third party hosted images could and should have been implemented to save them, as is actually done on some of the remaining successful forums.

Canada didn't fuck this place up. Lance did. Stop blaming Canada. Blame Lance.

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Old 11-03-2019, 01:43 PM   #105 (permalink)
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According to dickface himself, he's just another one of Lance's bitches.
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:20 PM   #106 (permalink)
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Old 11-03-2019, 02:30 PM   #108 (permalink)
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Why ban #1dude? Rubi was not offended and took the joke well. Others were offended on his behalf despite him having thick skin.

Come on. I could understand if Rubi got mad and called for his banning, but to do it on his behalf without him wanting it seems a little....social justicy...
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:48 PM   #109 (permalink)
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Well Upon thinking about reading D.C's wall o text dissertation on pic posting...
I thought back to Photobucket, google,verizonand a few other hosting sites that went ugly,,
I decided not to read it.
Also decided phawk lance and the v.s. Snowbacks.
I figure the whole post a pic deal.....
Well no.
But thanks for the shoutout amigo
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Old 11-03-2019, 03:51 PM   #110 (permalink)
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Oh, and if Lance had given a fuck about the place, he would have enabled image uploading/embedding before selling it. Why? It wouldn't have mattered to him, as it wasn't going to cost him, and it would have meant the place continued to be viable despite the coming shitstorm of VS crap. The VS crap he knew was coming.

He didn't care.
Nothing will change.

Lance is still an asshole, for reasons you listed.
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Why ban #1dude? Rubi was not offended and took the joke well. Others were offended on his behalf despite him having thick skin.

Come on. I could understand if Rubi got mad and called for his banning, but to do it on his behalf without him wanting it seems a little....social justicy...


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I bet he just got a time out. Maybe he will come back with jokes that are funny he could have at least asked for proof of the tranny
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Old 11-03-2019, 05:45 PM   #113 (permalink)
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thats a hot ass tranny, id take it as a compliment
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thats a hot ass tranny, id take it as a compliment
Why thank you. Havenít broke her yet, not from lack of tryin
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Maybe not when youíre 1000 miles away, but when that is actually likely to cross your path, youíll change your opinion. yes, I do understand sarcasm fuck ass
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And to even take it a step farther a simple script that ripped the third party hosted images could and should have been implemented to save them, as is actually done on some of the remaining successful forums.

Canada didn't fuck this place up. Lance did. Stop blaming Canada. Blame Lance.


Wall of text should be its own thread, that's some good stuff. I've asked it before, but who on earth is at the steering wheel of this place? Surely they would prefer for it to not die. A few simple changes and some halfway attempts on other social medias would, IMO, trigger a huge resurgence in the board.

Why the fuck wouldn't they want the help? Who the fuck do you talk to?

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