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.
“Why so serious?”