DillonBarba wrote:Do any of you know his whereabouts?
or whats happened to him?
The Meal wrote:DillonBarba wrote:Do any of you know his whereabouts?
or whats happened to him?
I don't but I do harbor the same curiosities.
I admire(d?) the man for his genuine spirit, though wouldn't want to use him as a role model for web development execution. There are a wide range of opinions on the man from folks who prioritize these things differently. At one point it seemed as if some folks were interested in creating a Rich is bad bandwagon, though that wasn't exactly allowed to pass without comment. My only direct interactions with him were brief personal conversations and "professionally" as a moderator for his web forum (which was an aspect of his web page which he had delegated), so my own opinions have lessened intensity due to a comparatively isolated professional experience compared to those for whom had a more direct line to the man. I was rather heavily invested in the online community which had him at the top of its totem but mine was a far from unique experience in that regard (and obviously folks from that subset are going to have a wide range of opinions and justifications for those opinions).
So not so much a can of worms being opened here as one may think. My opinion is that there are relatively few people who have strong opinions on Rich which are as justifiable in terms of the strength with which they share (or shared) those opinions. There were some background activities occurring for which most of us have only heard one side of the story (I've probably heard as much of the full story as anyone as my marginal professional involvement with Rich did bring me into direct contact with many folks who had stronger professional ties), and one would hope the emotional responses to those actions had long since worked their way out of folks' systems.
My interest remains firmly as a curiosity for a person that kicked off a project which has had a strong impact on my life. I rather doubt that this curiosity will ever be satisfied.
YellowKing wrote:I've never harbored any grudges.
JSHAW wrote:Since we're kinda on the topic of Gone Gold, does anyone remember the forum poster "simon"?
He was a super nice guy, use to post pictures of his cute kid, and I did some game trades with him, I think?
Anyway, I was wondering if he ever migrated over here?
YellowKing wrote:I've never harbored any grudges. In the end the community was greater than one individual.
Jeff V wrote:YellowKing wrote:I've never harbored any grudges. In the end the community was greater than one individual.
Yep, but this is also the reason there are grudges. The dickish way he pulled the plug on GG was a blatant refusal to accept that the community he helped spawn grew bigger than himself. I can get that the site grew beyond his interest and ability to manage, but there are other ways he could have abdicated gracefully.
I met Rich personally a few times; cordial and aloof would describe those meetings. He seemed decidedly not interested in seeing GG become any bigger than it had already become. I think what probably started as a hobby and diversion simply became work, and not the type of work he enjoyed.
It's remarkable that the community was as indestructible as it was. It would probably make good material to some sociologist interested in the dynamics of virtual communities. That it did reconstitute itself probably lessens LaPorte's villainy. I don't think I personally would have ever held him accountable -- until I knew what happened. At the time of the resurrection, I didn't really know why GG vanished.
LordMortis wrote:I wish Rich well. I swore he popped up somewhere on some site or another to briefly apologize.
LawBeefaroni wrote: Heck, I think Roll Call could have been made into a book.
freelunch wrote:[Andy] I might have them somewhere - I'll do some searching and report back if I find them.. [/Andy]
Dave Allen wrote:Were you Gonegold's "Andy from Australia"?
SpaceLord wrote:Bring back TinyFuzz!
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