Oh, how the memories come back to me.
Earlier today, I came across an rpg.net discussion about the history of WW/WoD flame wars. The people in that thread discuss various major flame wars in the history of the official White Wolf forums (primary among other venues). Most of what’s discussed as “ancient history” is stuff that came late in the history of WW/WoD flame wars, from my perspective; I was one of the real old-timers (second wave, frankly, since I came along in ’97, probably a couple years before they gave the chatrooms actual setting names rather than simply calling them things like Vampire Chat Room 1).
As I indicated in my reddit comment on the subject, mine was a name to conjure with in the WW forums for a while. I was one of the most vociferous after the forum software was significantly changed, and part of the crew of forum regulars who talked WW into actually fixing the new forums enough so they were usable again. I was also the guy who went head-to-head with Conrad Hubbard, the new Webslave at WW and the guy in charge of running the forums, ending with being the first person to ever be banned from the WW forums (as well as also being the third). The story behind that is long and sordid, and much detail is lost in the mists of time, though you can get a brief summary of it from my reddit comment if you’re so inclined.
Aside from a short stint as John Galt, I was known as Reverend Renfield on the WW forums. One person had this (paraphrased and summarized from memory — the original was longer and more detailed) to say to me, about me, when I mentioned in passing I was taking classes in formal logic at college:
Nobody can argue against you and expect to come away unscathed. Even the people who agree with you all the time, like me, fear the day we get on your bad side. Now you’re adding formal logic training to that. Stop it. You’re already scary enough.
I haven’t been to the WW forums since . . . oh, probably since early 2002 at the latest, and the last couple times I was there it was just to check out some interesting post someone else suggested I should read. I’m sure things have changed since then.
Thems was the days.
I wonder if Uber ever built that Webpage shrine to my greatness, like he said he would.
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