A Message from the Admin

No Bullshit Here

While I prefer to stay in the background and let things transpire without me, there are certain things starting to appear on the site that I feel must be addressed if we are to continue to grow BankGambling into something that can’t be found anywhere else on the web.

Let’s get the big one out of the way first: ExpertZone from ExpertImp.

First off, he did not pay me anything to get a column. He earned it. Let me explain. Rob (ExpertImp) is a friend of mine in real life. Don’t blast this post yet, finish reading. He had been bugging me to let him write a column on BankGambling since November of 2008. I told him then that if he wanted to do it, he had to show a serious level of commitment to it. I told him I wanted 6 columns written before I post the first one. One thing I am hell-bent on is consistency. I want people to know that every day they come to this site, there will be something new to talk about.

For ExpertZone, I gave him a weekly spot on the site. I also told him that he’d have to create the image that goes along with each article – and each one had to reflect the tone of the post he had. Now, I felt it wasn’t my place to play ‘editor’ to his writing style and be the spell checker as well. While it might degrade the overall quality of the site by having improper grammar in the articles, it was reflective of his work, and not mine.

As mentioned before, Rob has been part of the BankGambling site since it’s inception in July of 2006. While he may not have the stars of the more active commentators on the site, he has contributed in many other ways. He designed the logo for the site. He designed the BankGambling Award image. He is the one who suggested that I expand the site to include matches consisting of other people besides Master Chief.

He helps out with the layout and design ideas for this site and has created numerous banners that you see on this site. All those times, I never once mentioned who actually did the work. It’s for those reasons that I gave Rob a voice on the site – in my opinion, he’s earned it.

I told him that by giving him an article on the site that it would be open to criticism, and some people might get put off by it. But at the same time, it could attract more viewers to the site (think Howard Stern). So remember as you read his articles that it’s being done to invoke responses out of you – and it’s worked.

I’m pretty sure that if all of us were to gather in a room and meet each other, we’d all end up liking each other, and would all hang out “in real life” if it were possible. But the Internet provides for ways to connect people never possible before and there are good and bad sides to both.

So, the ExpertZone articles will continue and I am currently putting together the details for anyone who wants to try their shot at articles for this site. And I’m going to use the same standards as I did for ExpertImp – you have to provide six articles to me plus a unique banner for each post – (I understand that you might not have the skill needed, you have to provide the imagery you want and I’ll do my best to put it together) – and we’ll see what comes of that.

Details of that will be coming before the end of the week, so stay tuned.

I would also like to take the time to thank Matapiojo for stalking the forums and keeping tabs on that for me and letting me know when changes need to be made. Without him there, that place would be a tumbleweed.

Another issue I’d like to address is the Battle Requests. It may seem that I’m only choosing the newer ones which is partially true. I like to have a blend of what’s currently the hot topic of discussion on the site, but at the same time I want to get all the older requests done as well.

Here’s a hint on getting your suggestion on the site: Provide details that I can use. For example, the CTF request that had the combatants fighting in the Mines of Moria was great – an that’s why it got made quickly. The less I have to think of, the more we can get done.

And finally…

“Why so serious?”

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30 Comments on "A Message from the Admin"

  1. Matapiojo April 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm -      #1

    “And finally…

    “Why so serious?””

    HEAR, HEAR!

    Embrace change.

    Like I have voiced since the first official article, I think the entire endeavor is well worth it. We do not need to agree or even like imp’s views, but there certainly is room for his style of expression.

    I say keep the Zone rocking indeed.

    His voice does not need to be the only one heard. Collect your gonads and do the work that has been outlined, and you will certainly be heard.

    Even if you are lazy and don’t feel like meeting the requirements, there is always the Forums to express yourself.
    BankGambling.com/forum/articles

  2. Thepocalypse April 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm -      #2

    Okay, so whats with the “exchange of wealth” thing in Expertzone #1?
    And by the way, Howard Stern is actually funny. Rob isn’t.

  3. Thepocalypse April 22, 2009 at 2:12 pm -      #3

    BTW, those logos could be done in MS Paint by a ten year old. Anyone who had the fortune of finding this site before me was just lucky, or in his case, was a friend IRL. That’s… that’s not a cool reason for him to get front page. This whole address looks like you covering your ass to me. And as for site layout, it’s a sidebar, white background, black text. See half the sites on the internet for more.

  4. Thepocalypse April 22, 2009 at 2:13 pm -      #4

    Not trying to be a jerk, but that’s just my opinion.

  5. Thepocalypse April 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm -      #5

    Sorry for… quadruple post.
    I’m not going to say anything more. FP should be fun, not controversial. If Rob comments on anything I say in an inappropriate or simply rude way, I will retaliate, but otherwise, I call truce. Friendly competition still stands though. I’ll continue to do my absolute best to beat Expert Zone in popularity, but just as a way of motivating myself to work harder. That’s what I’ve got to say. You already know where I stand on everything here, so I’m not going to bother getting into some childish feud.
    (I will still post a message in the main page noting that a new Thepocalypse Review is up for the sake of fair play. Mr. Terrific would be proud.)

  6. Cpt Olimar April 22, 2009 at 2:27 pm -      #6

    Thanks for the info Admin. Considering what you said, he definitely deserves the article and it certainly is successful in terms of comments. Just take your time with these changes, opposed to rushing it. However, I am excited for these changes.

  7. admin April 22, 2009 at 2:30 pm -      #7

    @Thepocalypse – As mentioned, ExpertImp says stuff to get a reaction. For the money reference he was saying that to imply that I could be bribed. (which is true on some things, but not this site). I was offered 70k for this website a few months ago and I turned it down with no hesitation. I’ve sold sites to people before and they ruined it after they got their hands on it.

    This site is worth more to me than money – there’s no amount that can replace the comments that take place on this site, and all the great characters I’ve been exposed to because of the battle requests. Money runs out, but passion endures, and it doesn’t feel like work.

    I’m glad you’re sticking to your guns and voicing your displeasure – it creates balance and forces people to think about why they are choosing one side or the other.

    In regards to the graphics, having dabbled in that space (and sucking hardcore at it), sometimes the most simple looking designs are the toughest to create – imagery that conveys meaning and emotion is not an easy thing to do.

  8. Rob (Expertimp) April 22, 2009 at 2:43 pm -      #8

    Thanks Admin. That kind of needed to be cleared up. I love BankGambling and its a great website and glad to have received the chance to have my own section.

  9. kano547 April 22, 2009 at 3:34 pm -      #9

    haha love the pic no bullsh!t im savingthat one

    so you cant be bribed to say….not allow posts that would prove kharn could possibly lose ever? dang.

    well i just hope his future posts will worth reading godspeed rob

  10. admin April 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm -      #10

    @kano547 – I think Kharn is losing to Dr Manhattan:

    factpile.com/dr-manhattan-vs-kharn

  11. Matapiojo April 22, 2009 at 3:45 pm -      #11

    “I think Kharn is losing to Dr Manhattan”

    Severely.

    I think someone has a little growing up to do before sticking the proverbial foot in his/her mouth.

  12. Marche April 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm -      #12

    Yes,Why so serious?
    people are getting very worked up.

  13. Space marine April 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm -      #13

    “Sorry for… quadruple post”

    Holy crap is this a new record?

  14. Thepocalypse April 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm -      #14

    @Marche
    Just human nature really. If people have clashing personalities they tend to be at eachother’s throats no matter the setting.

  15. Only the Nose Knows April 22, 2009 at 6:45 pm -      #15

    Really Thepocalypse, just calm down. Anything on here I see by Rob your always sure to be there flameing it and I don’t really understand why? I believe you’d have more respect towards your articles if you showed a little more respect toward his. Not trying to pick a fight or anything with you, just wanted to say it.

  16. L-W April 22, 2009 at 10:10 pm -      #16

    I’m enjoying this flame war.

    It’s like the walls of Jericho, or the fires of Nero, except I’m miles away watching the destruction through a pair of binoculars.

  17. Space marine April 23, 2009 at 6:53 am -      #17

    “I’m enjoying this flame war.”

    Me too but I think of it as a sit-com in a way….

  18. JoshMcFace April 23, 2009 at 10:34 am -      #18

    “I was offered 70k for this website a few months ago and I turned it down with no hesitation.”
    Good on ya! I hate to think what would have become of it…

  19. Space marine April 24, 2009 at 1:30 am -      #19

    “I was offered 70k for this website a few months ago and I turned it down with no hesitation.”

    Wait, This site is worth $70,000 dollars!?

  20. Space marine April 24, 2009 at 2:27 am -      #20

    Oh and in when you falcon pawnch you can hear cpt falcon say pawnd. Listen closely.

  21. Thepocalypse April 24, 2009 at 5:10 am -      #21

    @Space Marine
    I’d have sold it. That’s a nice new car with all the trimmings. Let’s just be glad Admin isn’t pushing 16 and filled with wanderlust.

  22. Thepocalypse April 24, 2009 at 5:11 am -      #22

    @Only the Nose Knows
    I have no idea what you mean. He flamed me, I flamed him. It’s called a flame war.

  23. Baron Somebody April 24, 2009 at 8:15 am -      #23

    “I was offered 70k for this website a few months ago and I turned it down with no hesitation.”

    Admin, you are awesome…seriously…that really just shows how much you care about the site, thanks man

  24. Rob (Expertimp) April 25, 2009 at 1:32 pm -      #24

    My comments and articles alone are worth 70k. That’s why he didn’t sell it he knows he can get way more.. give me him a little more time..

    Winner: Everyone

  25. Cpt Olimar April 25, 2009 at 4:30 pm -      #25

    “My comments and articles alone are worth 70k. That’s why he didn’t sell it he knows he can get way more.. give me him a little more time..”

    Priceless….

  26. sonofhades February 18, 2010 at 11:00 pm -      #26

    I wish i could see some of my fights posted but i understand all the fights and everything else that’s being suggested….haaaaaahhhhhhhhh i wish we could just post fights on the home page….admin please read this.

  27. Source March 21, 2010 at 5:43 pm -      #27

    Superman vs Ganondorf

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    img710.imageshack.us/img710/872/ganondorfcharge.jpg

  28. David April 13, 2010 at 2:33 am -      #28

    My comments and articles alone are worth 70k. That’s why he didn’t sell it he knows he can get way more.. give me him a little more time..

    Winner: Everyone

    Lolol. Cheeky bastard…

  29. the Werewolf June 23, 2010 at 11:27 pm -      #29

    Man I never knew u guys could get emotional ;)

  30. Dracosphinx August 13, 2010 at 4:14 pm -      #30

    “One thing I am hell-bent on is consistency. I want people to know that every day they come to this site, there will be something new to talk about.”
    When reading this the first time, I saw this happen. Second time around… you have lost your vision…

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