Another wild week in the online drama that is Namepros. The constant pro Epik members battling anti Epik members continues to drag on.
From the poll I have run the last 3 years on best or favorite registrar, with some saying employees should not be allowed to vote. That gets complicated because Epik has several members with an Epik employee badge, yes Namepros mods/management has posted in the past many registrars have a fair number of employees but these members don’t really talk about or represent their company on Namepros.
So you would not know who is an employee for every company. GoDaddy we know @Joe Styler and @Paul Nicks but as someone told me last year, you can bet there are a lot more GoDaddy employees on Namepros.
Whether the poll means much or not is a personal choice. BusinessInsider picked up the press release NameSilo put out last year after winning.
There have been members closing accounts, (they ususally come back) different definitions of self promotion, spam, defending oneself, etc…
Talk about a close community. Namepros has never been a close community. There are clusters of close cliques, but not the whole community.
There are people who contribute, people who only take, people who spam, people who only sell. Oh and the people who are not domainers, reporting your semi TM infracted domain to the legal counsel of corporations, those who are reporting you to ICANN for incomplete whois information. No again, we are not all on the same side.
Those that believe the forum is there’s and that new interlopers don’t belong.
Back in the summer when people were battling a few people asked me about opening a new forum, I had no interest.
At the beginning of the year, I did suggest to Rob Monster that he open his own forum at Epik.
Over the weekend I have heard more calls for a new forum, I had people who I guess did not pay attention to the drama asking for a recap at Midnight on a Saturday night.
There are so many threads that it’s hard to keep up, people who think they are helping are not helping.
If I believe you are spamming, I should report you, if I tell you here you are again, can’t believe you, etc… First off it helps the spammer, secondly it takes the thread way off topic, I watched the mods have to delete over 100 posts in 3 threads yesterday.
So all that extra help that some think they are doing is not helping. It just gets each side to say I am not giving in.
The Epik army is going to be there to defend Rob. It’s not going to stop on it’s own.
Namepros needs more mods, a forum that big cannot have hours or even a half hour with no mod online.
Now one route you might want to go instead of a forum but to have your own private group with a lot of features.
Create a second Twitter handle, and make it private, and only other members of your group can follow and interact with one another.
If I were to do it, it would be TLDiRaymond and if I wanted Brad Mugford to be apart, I would tell him to get the handle TLDiBrad, when he went to follow me, I would accept because I would know it’s him by the handle.
Regular Twitter is also doing just fine, many people have told me they stopped posting at Namepros over the summer and find Twitter much more engaging.
Many people who are on Twitter are also not participants at Namepros, either in any capacity, or they only show up when they need to defend themselves against something said wrong about them.
Rick Schwartz, Mike Mann, Mike Berkens, Andrew Rosener, Jamie Zoch, Shane Cultra, Logan Flatt, Joshua Schoenn, Mike Sullivan, Bill Sweetman and a whole host of others are on Twitter and not on Namepros in any real capacity. So there is a lot of stuff going on in other places than just Namepros.
DomainBoardroom.com might be a place for those who want to avoid the noise and participate in a smaller, private forum. You are not guaranteed to get in, but if you know a member and they can vouch you are a good human, you will probably get in.
Namepros needs a couple new rules on how people deal with disagreements. They need more mods as when the mods log on there is just a wave of reports that no one can be looking forward to, they are being overworked because of nonsense.