Ok. I told everyone I would explain this "breath" that vampireposers.com
is taking. Let me see if I can help make this clear to everyone.
First of all, everyone here needs to understand that I launched this site for a couple reasons. My primary reason for launching the site was to develop a community that managed to attract lots of web traffic. The purpose for attracting lots of web traffic is obviously to market some of my other initiatives online. The plan was to make banner ads and post them on vampireposers.com to link to other projects I developed. I managed to attract, on average, 100-250 visitors a day. This is on the low threshold of a "high traffic" site.
Another reason I launched the site is because I sincerely dislike goth/vamp/rivet/metal/cyber culture. Those of you out there in the world who are masquerading around using one or more of these classifications to yourself, thinking that you are all so edge and underground, you make me fucking sick to death. I think back to when I was in 8th grade and an aspiring punk rocker myself. The year was 1987. I was 12 at the time and I thought I knew everything about the underground. Someone explained to me back then that punk was dead and had been dead ever since the Dead Kennedys got sued and disbanded. The silencing of their politically aware punk rock voices, along with the rise of the PMRC
, marked the end of an era of anti-establishment punk rock music and cleared the way for punk rock to be assimilated into the fabric of capitalism. What's the PMRC, you say? Perhaps some of you younger tykes out there know who the former Mrs. Vice President Tipper Gore
, the woman some of you remember as being the semi-hip soccer mom who also had a job as being the wife of Vice President Al Gore. Back in the 80's, before her husband had Executive Branch aspirations, she was busy with her witch hunt against the dangerous rock'n'roll influences of people such as Prince. Prince! What's the point of all this? The point is that the current capitalist system under which we all live has consumed your rebellious culture a long time ago, leaving you with the "freedom of choice". Choice between your establishment-packaged forms of rebellion. You've been tricked into thinking you have the freedom to choose who you are and what you think. Comcast or Verizon? MySpace or LiveJournal? MTV or VH1? Hot Topic or Torrid?
Yes, it's no secret I have a serious amount of contempt for those of you who think you are outside of pop culture. So, why pick on vamps and goths?
Vamps and goths are possibly some of the most drama-prone people on the face of the planet. What better way to spice up an already boring soul by manufacturing some egotistical drama about one's self? It's also no secret that goths are known for being some of the most emo, whiny fuckfaces on the planet. Their self consumed depression blinds them to the suffering of other people, making them useless and unable to contribute to society. And why not? It's not like anyone has bothered to encourage Missy Mallgoth to shed that extra 30lbs (which might actually help her self esteem and defeat her self-diagnosed depression) by going for a jog. She's been brainwashed into thinking that happiness is a PlayStation, a $100 gift certificate to Torrid (plus sized clothing store only, pls), and a sedentary lifestyle of eating, gaming, LARPing, and "fashion". Someone tricked today's youth into thinking that they can be productive and useful members of society only after they have completely satiated their desire for material wealth and possessions.
Why should I take time to flesh out the "differences" between vamps? Between sanguinarians and psyvamps, etc etc? It's really pointless if you ask me. It's about as fruitful as denoting the differences between genres of electronica. From an academic standpoint, it's just splitting hairs of the tail of a dung-smelling yak.
So, why are Metalheads lumped into this group of undesirables? It's simple, really. Metalheads were basically put on this earth to endlessly debate insignificant intricacies and emulate one another. They're just as much a bunch of posers as goths and vamps. Sure, there have been a few groundbreaking metalheads in the past, pioneers if you will, but for the most part, the remainder of them have been way too happy to completely bite off the style of the innovaters. What does that make the rest of you? Posers!Observe the band Kingdom Come, for example.
They wanted so badly to be Led Zeppelin, they even went with the fantasy font!
As far as ICP fans and some of the other "classes" of people I make fun of, these groups of people are obviously easy to make fun of. Seriously. If you dress like a fucking clown who is high on crack, don't go getting all pissed off when I call you on it.
Ok, enough explanation of that.
Some of you are probably wondering why I took the site down. Let me enumerate my reasons.
1) To the best of my understanding, the site is perfectly legal. The one thing that protects it from being illegal is the fact that we used Section 107 of US Copyright Law
to protect our "social commentary." That having been said, this social commentary had to be of a non-profit, educational nature.
"Did he say nonprofit?"
Yes, nonprofit. I hardly call running Google AdSense a millionaire's venture. I didn't charge anyone a fee to enter the site, although some of you gave me such a headache, I should have been paid just to deal with you.
Questionble, yes. But true nonetheless. Not that I expect any of you goths/vamps out there to read my words and have an epiphany of self realization, uncovering the mask of lies under which you live. So to say the site was educational is a stretch of the word, but only because some of you are so fucking stupid that no amount of ridicule will help you see the ridiculousness of your ways.
Even with the protection of the Fair Use clause of US Copyright Law against libel, I still think that there is a reasonable expectation that one of you down-and-out loser fuckheads out there would conspire to try to sue me anyway. The reality of the matter is that I don't feel like dealing with your insecure, depressed, indignant asses at all. Why should I take the chance of getting sued, even knowing that I'm well within my right to run this site? Because I don't feel like having to personally pay some attorney to deal with the problem. In all honesty, how many of you would be willing to get an attorney and try explaining something like this to him/her:
"Ok, listen. I am the admin for this website that makes fun of vamps and goths. We take photos of them and make juvenile comments about the photos, making fun of them and their culture in the process."
I have trouble even telling some of my good friends that I run this site. See, in the "real world", there is something known as a "professional reputation" that travels with you from job to job, town to town. You can't change a screenname or IP address to refresh your reputation. There's nothing you can do to undo someone's first impression of you. I personally don't feel like being put in the position of having to explain and re-explain my reasons for launching this site to people in the judicial system just so I can keep from being sued into the poorhouse by some insecure fucking loser out there who has nothing better to do than scour the entire fucking internet looking for people who have taken your photos and suing them for it. You stupid fucking goths love the drama and attention, and now all of a sudden you have a problem with the attention? I guess you shouldn't have drawn a line of eyeliner all the way around your fucking head and worn your hair out like Grace Jones.
While I have taken the time to speak with more than one attorney regarding the legality of this site, that doesn't prevent people from attempting to sue me or otherwise ride my coattails into infamy. Unless some of you wish to pony up some of your own personal cash to contribute to my Legal Defense Fund, I don't see this changing anytime soon (hmm that's not a bad idea). Oh, and by the way, dedicated servers cost money as well.
2) While I myself have strived to contribute only the funniest material and make only the wittiest comments, I can't say the same for some of my members.
More often than not, your personal vendettas got you banned from my site completely and got your accounts deleted. And more often than not, your personal vendettas were not funny at all. Some of you people just simply do not know how to troll safely and legally. You go right for the jugular, trying to name someone personally and give out their address or other identifying information. How fucking stupid! Did Rachel Rivethead insult your PVC skirt at the club and make you cry so badly that you had to steal her photos off her vampirefreaks.com profile page? Don't you think that Rachel is going to catch up with you and put her rivet boot up your cottage cheese ass? No! More than likely, Rachel Rivethead is going to see her photo on my site and then rant about it in her journal, wherever the fuck it is. Then, people who see her journal are going to click thru to visit my site. Soon after that, I'm going to see my webstats and notice that there are a bunch of hits coming from Rachel Rivethead's journal. Then I will visit her journal, only to see some nasty note written about me personally, as if I'm personally responsible for every fucking member's action on my site and personally responsible for posting every last photo on my site. She's not going to come after your fat, jealous ass. She's going to see my site and conspire how she can make vampireposers.com suffer. And when I say vampireposers.com, I mean me, and not you.
In addition to the insecure whiners who attempt to plague me with their own scorn, I have a host of wannabe hackers and scenesters who wish illwill upon me and my efforts. I have losers like THIS GUY
portscanning my webserver and trying to take down my operations because myself and a couple other prominent members of the site trolled him to tears on his IRC channel (affectionately named -=GOTHCHAT1=- LULZ). This particular case escalated way out of control when he let his emotions get the best of him and lead him to portscan us. As a result of his portscan, myself and another one of my Admins submitted our server logs to his ISP, and shortly thereafter saw him get dumped by the only broadband carrier in his area. Now, thast fucking shut-in is doomed to surf the internet for the rest of his days on a dialup connection and forced to lie about why that happened in chat.
Or maybe I could mention the insecure, cakefaced little twat
who tried tasking out her minions to "hack" my Yahoo! SN
. She couldn't help but whine endlessly about having found her photo on the site in her vampirefreaks.com journal and beg people to try taking me out. This girl is not very attractive at all, and any attraction I might have personally felt for her PVC thighhighs was utterly obliterated by her self-absorbed whining about me. You'd think that someone from some unGodly bumfucked place on this planet would be happy for all the pings they could get to observe her pathetic little existence. You thought wrong! Nevermind the fact that I had to ban 2 people who know this girl personally and hate her so much that they sought to post as many photos of her as possible on my site. What thanks do I get for that? None! I should have simply introduced the two of them to each other and let them fight to the death like the Harpys they are.
My site attracts some real fucking trash, and this is just the tip of the iceberg ...
Let's not forget about the girl who used an abducted girl's photos as her own
on my website. Which one of you loyal and dedicated fans of mine is going to save ME when the Corvallis, OR Police Department shows up at my doorstep and questions me as a "person of interest" in an ongoing abduction case? Meanwhile, some fat fucking cow with no life and tremendous amounts of insecurity is sitting around at her dayjob, eating bonbons, trolling chat looking for metalhead/goth cock, and using an abducted girl's photos as her own. People like this make me sick.
You can't forget about the dumbasses who swear up and down how much my site sucks, only to reduce himself to joining the site and then whining endlessly to me about how it loads too slowly. Yes, I get my fair share of this too, namely from THIS GUY
. Once again, it's only the people who are so publicly hated that try to lash out at me.
I begged him to humble himself and submit this photo to my site, but he's another insecure one. I couldn't imagine why.
Trust me, I have enough photos of curly-toothed yokels that I don't need people e-mailing them to me for submission. I would much rather you join my site and submit your own photo. That saves me the trouble of having to do it myself and makes your public ridicule that much more enjoyable and legit. If you're going to join the site, you better be prepared to fall on the sword.
Why the fuck should I put the site back up? No one cares! Besides, in reality, I have had some more important things going on in my life (my real life, one very few of you are privelaged enough to know of) that have been consuming my time and attentions.
Perhaps I could be convinced to launch the site again, but the way it's looking right now, chances are bleak. No one else is offering to help me run this thing, and I'm getting sick of wasting my productive time on it.