May 2005 Posts

Calling All Community Administrators

At some point in the future, I will be launching a new site called It will be a database of Internet community promotion tips for community administrators from community administrators. I am not sure when it will launch.

But, I have decided to open it up to submissions today in order to start filling the database up with tips. So, I would appreciate any tips that anyone would like to submit. The idea does not have to originally be yours (that is pretty rare), but the write up must be. You will receive a link at the bottom of every tip approved (as well as credit for submiting it).

For more information, please visit the submit tips page.

If you know anyone who is a community administrator, please feel free to tell them about it.

I look forward to seeing some submissions and I appreciate any contributions.

College Man on COPS

I am watching COPS (actually just listening to it as I work as it just happens to be on) and they are at Mardi Gras. This fellow was causing some trouble at a club or something and was taken outside and he started spitting at police officers. So, they subdued him and put his shirt over his head so he wouldn’t be able to spit. He yells this at the officer through his shirt (I believe this is word for word but I may be missing a word or two):

I’ve been to college. I bet you’ve never been to college. Stupid cop.


More on Bias

Following up on bias, I just got the funniest e-mail from a banned user. He’s basically complaining that I allow people to say things about his art, but not other arts. Crazy, of course. Posts are removed because they violate our User Guidelines, regardless of what art they are talking about. Anyway, here is half of the e-mail:

…but whenever i say anything like that about karate…my post gets deleted and i get a message about how i violated some guideline. Its funny…it might have something to do with the fact that you yourself train karate. Ill make sure to tell everyone not to join karate forums. Karate is a waste of time…it doesnt help you fight at all..its a joke.

LOL. Too much.

I Thought I Told You That We Won’t Stop… Sending Patrick Threatening Letters

Unbelievable. It was a Biggie song from his first album, Ready to Die. (It also appeared on the “Nothin’ But The Hotness in ’98” compilation released by Bad Boy but sold exclusively at Foot Locker (if I recall) that I put some money together and bought in my younger years). But, the word unbelievable has taken on a new meaning today as I received a threatening letter from Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman and Zissu, P.C. in New York, New York, who represent themselves as “trademark and unfair counsel for Sean John Combs, also known as P. Diddy.” When it rains, it pours, as they say.

In this letter, they personally attack me for owning the domain, which I had registered a few years ago and have always planned to place a fan site on. This is a bit different from Canon Camera Shop because there is no site, it is not a shop and I never planned for it to be a shop (possibly a small AWS store as a small section of the site, but nothing more). I have always planned for it to be a fan site. Even if you visit the domain, you will see that I have spelled this out. They tell me this is unacceptable. That I have no rights or legitimate interests in the domain name and that I registered it in and am using it in BAD FAITH. Also, my attempts to profit from the goodwill associated with his name violate this, this and this and on top of that, I am cybersquatting which provides for an award of $100,000 plus attorney’s fees. I am such an evil person.


I have no legitimate interest in the domain name? I am acting in bad faith? I am profiting (where?!)? This has to be a joke. No one is profiting from anything. I am operating in the best of faith and I have legitimate interest in the domain name. Let me explain.

I have been a fan of P. Diddy and Bad Boy Entertainment for 8 years. I am 20 years old – I have been a fan since I was 12. 12 years old with virtually no money, scraping together what I had to buy No Way Out (P. Diddy’s first album) and Harlem World (Mase’s first album), which were the first two albums I recall buying with my own money. I own 74 CDs released by Bad Boy Entertainment. SEVENTY FOUR. I am not kidding. Stop laughing, man. I own EVERY album they have EVER released, except for Bad Boy’s R&B Hits, the newest Carl Thomas album and the Mario Winans album (and the Ready to Die Remaster, if you want to count that). All of which I plan to eventually buy. I own 49 additional CDs released by other labels that feature Bad Boy artists – I bought most of these albums because they feature Bad Boy artists, no other reason. Again, no joke. I also have purchased music from online music sites, such as MSN Music. You will be hard pressed to find someone who has a bigger, legally obtained P. Diddy/Bad Boy Entertainment music collection than I do.

I also wear Sean John clothing. Sean John is P. Diddy’s clothing line. I have 2 pairs of jeans, 9 shirts and 2 jackets. That may not seem like a ton, but this is not cheap stuff.

I would have to say that all of those goods combined safely total more than $1,000 spent. Beyond that, I have been a true fan of him. How true? There are Bad Boy fan sites out there that distribute music freely and illegally. I refuse to download music from these sites (and condemn them) for two reasons. First, it is ethically wrong. Second, people that download from these sites do not truly support the artists. I have spent my hard earned money to pay for the actual releases of every single piece of music in my collection. But, no… they go after me. A real fan and supporter. Without fans like me, he wouldn’t be where he is today. My support of him isn’t going to change (much, anyway) because of this (I’m actually listening to “I’m No Killa” by Mase featuring P. Diddy at this very second) because I believe that if he actually knew about this and knew about me, this wouldn’t have happened at all or it would have happened much differently. I believe that more or less, these attorney’s got bored, did a domain search and sent a letter. I mean, I’ve had the domain for 3 years and nearly 2 months (haven’t had a chance to build a site, yet, either) and now they contact me?

My plan for was to be the largest and most active fan site dedicated to Mr. Combs on the Internet. Like him – I think big. This would be a community for fans by fans. There would be no illegal distribution of music such as what exists at other fan sites, either. This would have been a fan site that completely and totally supports the artist. Not one that says “well, we like him – but we shouldn’t have to spend money to listen to his music.”

I don’t plan to put up a fight because it just isn’t feasible for me at this point in time. I have sent them a letter explaining much of what I have expressed here and I hope it can be worked out so that I can keep the domain, but I am doubtful.

I still plan to start a fan site of some sort, but should I bother? With individuals such as these sending out groundless threat letters to true fans, why should anyone bother?

I am Gandhi

It’s true. Morals matter to me. I like to lead by example. Perfection (or the persuit of perfection/being the best one can be) is important to me.


24 Season Finale

Insane. Random thoughts:

When the car exploded, I was wondering why they just assumed it was them… as usual, Jack has to be the one to save the day. That was awesome how they (Jack, Tony, Curtis) took down that woman.

Logan = weasel prez. If Logan had been calling the shots… well, it would have been a different result. But, now he looks great. “You played a role, David. You played a role.” lol. Right. Logan didn’t play a role. Palmer’s the man.

I was kind of surprised that they got to the missile. But, I guess I shouldn’t have been. In the end, even if it wasn’t exactly smooth, everything Jack did worked out in sequence to bring about that resolution. And then Logan wants to hand him over and Logan’s buddy wants to kill him… nice. Novick deserves credit for overhearing that conversation and telling Palmer.

Jack staging his death was brilliant. Just about what you’d expect.

Clock runs out on twisty `24′ season finale:

“You do understand — when you hang up, for all intents and purposes, Jack Bauer is dead,” said former President David Palmer (Dennis Haysbert) in a final phone call to Bauer.

“I do understand that, sir. Mr. President, it’s been an honor,” Bauer replied, then took off for parts unknown.

When he put on his sunglasses and “walked off into the sunset”, I’m thinking… “is that the end of the series?” But, no… Jack’ll be back in January 2006. How? Who knows… but the show has been renewed for two seasons. Can’t wait.


I love it when people accuse me of bias in administration at Well, maybe I don’t love it. But, it’s laughable and they end up banned. Why is it laughable?

I don’t participate in any martial arts. I have never participated in any martial arts. I probably will never participate in any martial arts. It’s not that I don’t like the martial arts, it’s just not my “thing”. There are no martial arts that I “like”. There are no martial arts that I “dislike”. There are no martial arts that I even really know about (save what I may have read on, of course), now that I think about it. To have bias, you have to have knowledge. I have none. To have bias, you have to know something or like something or dislike something. I don’t. I don’t know Karate from Tai Chi. By definition, I can’t be biased.

Not that it would matter if I did know something more. At, I have to moderate threads where people say something about various sports teams that violate our User Guidelines. Teams includes my teams – the Yankees and the Dolphins. Some people (especially new people, but sometimes more veteran users) will imply that I am operating in a biased way when I deal with violations that mention the Yankees or Dolphins. There is one word I have for that. Disingenuous. Those users, depending on their wording and history, may be or may soon be on their way off of When people talk about things that they lack a clue on, they put themselves in danger. They don’t have access to the behind the scenes areas. They don’t see how many posts I’ve removed that said something about the Red Sox or the Patriots or any other team. The staff knows what I’m about, of course and that’s all that matters. But, I will simply not tolerate users saying that the staff, including me, is operating in a biased manner. Comments like that result in an immediate ban or being close to being banned.

What I’d Like For Nucleus

I really like Nucleus CMS. I’m running it on and here, of course. Another site utilizing it is currently in development and I can see myself using it more and more as time goes by. As phpBB is to my forums, Nucleus could very well develop into for my content sites.

I have found it to be more flexible than I thought it was and I’m enjoying working with it (partly thanks to Chris).

There is just one thing I’d like for it that would make me go nuts about it. Some basic phpBB integration. Every time you create a new item in Nucleus, I want a thread to be automatically started in your phpBB with a link to that entry. I want that new thread to have a link to the entry and I want the item in Nucleus to have a comment link to the thread. I want you to be able to select which forum it is posted in (even if its just typing in the forum ID number by hand) and be able to have a specific user (enter a phpBB username and password in Nucleus?) post the automatic threads. And that’s all. I don’t want phpBB users to be able to login to Nucleus. I don’t want phpBB users to have their profiles inside of Nucleus. I don’t want Nucleus users to be able to login to phpBB. I want them separate, yet together in this small way.

That would make me extremely happy. It would also bring loads of phpBB users to Nucleus because people do want something like this and there is just nothing like it in my experience.

It would be great.

Edit: I’ve also posted this at

Book Here

The book got here today.

I have to say that I am really pleased with how it turned out. I gave a lot of feedback. After reviewing the final product, I feel a sense of pride in how I impacted the book – how I personally improved it. It is a great product – I’m happy to have been a part of it.


I know you’re all probably enjoying the silence here. Just don’t have much to say for whatever reason. Maybe some random thoughts are in order.

I’m waiting for ValueClick to approve some sites (been a week?) so that I can roll out my new ad setup across the network. Just sent them an e-mail. turns 4 tomorrow. Just hit 250,000 posts a while back.

A couple weeks ago, I got my first credit card. Discover. It’s actually a shared account with my Dad, but we’re equal power wise (joint account). So, I’ve started building my credit. Funny thing… as I was writing this entry, my brother comes in with the mail. My first bill is here. So is my breatheDEEP band.

I’ve been buying CDs on eBay like a madman. Definitely a lot of good stuff on there. Getting addictive. Not really.

When will the iFroggy Network hit 20 sites? We’re at 17 now. We were at 18, but… you know. Feel free to guess a date and I’ll come back (or try to – remind me) when it happens. I have no clue when it’ll happen. Chances are it’ll be this year, but you never know.

Anyway, that’s all for now.