You may recall that a lad named YoshiRider123 was once a part of KoopaTV's staff, at our founding. Now he's on our list of traitors. Why? I've explained the relationship between KoopaTV and Chrom in this long story published when we officially fired him. Basically, for one reason or another, he figured his friends (us) were holding him back, as he slowly shifted from the likable YoshiRider123 to this robotic Chrom guy. Possibly as a result of his exposure to Wario: Master of Disguise.
Holding him back from what? A forum called NSider2, the unofficial fan sequel to the Nintendo NSider Forums, which was the official web presence of Nintendo of America from the end of 2003 to September 24, 2007.
...Huh. That'll be nine years ago tomorrow.
Anyway, NSider2 was basically the biggest and most thriving/successful NSider spin-off. Obviously, that title means less today in 2016 than it did in, say, 2009. But the original NSider is where KoopaTV's current staff members all met one another, and where we established a lot of our canon, including the Enlightenment Movement. It's definitely important, at least to us and anyone who was around in the Nintendo fan scene back over a decade ago. Nowadays all of the Nintendo fan base is distributed across hundreds of different places. Back then, it was more-or-less consolidated.
YoshiRider123 became a moderator and then admin of NSider2, after years of NSider2's continuously shifting management from one set of imbeciles (such as SHRIMPKID) to the next. I suppose he was one of the last still standing. Anyway, he saw having controversial friends as a set-back, and banned us all and totally cut off ties with us. And then he became the head admin.
Well, this week, Chrom was banned from NSider2.
|Update 9/25/2016: I totally forgot to include this screenshot. It's priceless.|
Yup, he was banned from the website that HE managed.
It's not... quite a revolt from the people or anything. More like, NSider2 has corporate overlords, CrowdGather, that are very hands-off. That's a really good thing when it comes to letting people shape their own destinies. It's a bad thing when NSider2 was a hotbed of malware (they fixed it by now...supposedly) and CrowdGather was doing nothing about it.
Initial reports suggested that Chrom attempted to buy out NSider2 from CrowdGather. He wanted total control over the forum, to be able to implement his agendas, whatever they were. I found those reports rather hard to believe. Unless going from YoshiRider123 to Chrom means he discovered some treasure, the dude doesn't exactly have much money.
Later, Kodiack, a respectable guy since the original NSider who was also later staff of NSider2, stated that HE was the one with the buy-out offer. That makes a lot more sense. Unfortunately, CrowdGather totally ignored him, like how Chrom ignored my attempts to contact NSider2's support e-mail asking why we got banned.
|Here is Kodiack foreshadowing this two months ago on Reddit.|
Chrom apparently snapped earlier this week and declared that NSider2's community would be moving somewhere else, away from CrowdGather. He sabotaged the site through his administrative powers, and him and Kodiack then made a new website, which I won't hyperlink to avoid giving it undue attention. It's tentatively called Ninfora, which is short for “Nintendo Forums-a”. Or something.
This FINALLY got CrowdGather's attention, and they kicked Chrom and his band of traitors out. This... caused a lot of uncertainty about what the forum would do without a manager. (I hear they're still looking for fill-ins.)
KoopaTV staffer Vortexica got an exclusive response from CrowdGather's admin, in an NSider2 thread that was wondering about the future of that forum. Seriously, it's over 80 comments in this thread, and the CrowdGather guy's ONLY response is to Vortexica's post. I'd say that's worth calling this an Interview.
|Vortexica was the only one with a “fair post”.|
I'd say he's a great
(CG Admin must HATE his avatar.)
Basically, CrowdGather believes that they never tried to engage in censorship, unlike the Chrom administration and their treatment of KoopaTV content, even in a post dot-org world. CrowdGather is being honest with folks, and I suppose a key quote is:
“Again, anyone can make a forum, and it's everyone's right. Kudos even, to anyone who wants to start a forum in a time where forums aren't as popular anymore as they used to be. It's just not okay to try and destroy another forum in the process.”
It's fun how a corporate forum owner admits forums are going downhill. I believe Chrom sees this, too, which is why he's heavily pushing a Discord channel for his new forum. ...Well, what's the point of that?
According to another respected NSider → NSider2 member whom I interviewed, KEZAY, CrowdGather (or maybe it was Chrom himself?) unbanned everyone (or most of everyone) else on NSider2 when Chrom was removed. I guess to reinvigorate the community?
|Supposedly, all those banned on NSider2 were unbanned, and Ninfora is supposed to be a wonderful new beginning.|
Hey, if everyone is unbanned, then... Nope. I'm not everyone. Here's what I get when I try to log-in to NSider2:
|I contacted 'em, and nothing. I'm not surprised.|
Update 9/25/2016: I have been unbanned! I WAS still on the moderator queue and having my private messages restricted, but upon having my totally passive-aggressive “welcome me back” thread approved, I pointed out that issue and they have un-restricted me. Chrom would've never even approved of the topic being made. It's clear this new administration is much more transparent. [End update]
So... The status of Ninfora, right now, is that most of the forum's content is all in one thread (“Chrom Town Square”), the general chat thread, with an off-site Discord chat presumably being the bulk of activity. Meanwhile, NSider2 has seemingly devolved into a porn-sharing site, though I will not personally attempt to confirm that with my eyes.
I don't really want either of these guys to WIN or anything. I still think Miiverse is the ultimate inheritor of NSider's legacy. Makes sense, considering they're both owned by Nintendo itself. You'd know that this type of dumb drama wouldn't happen there.
NSider had its share of cults of personalities among its administrators — and those were a big part of the fun — but this cult of personality around Chrom is dangerous. I mean... a cult of personality around a guy who has gone out of his way to shed his personality?
Adherents to that cult end up making videos like this:
Putting aside that the maker of the video forgot to put a CrowdGather logo on the wall, how does it make sense for Chrom to punch down a WALL to free people from a community that HE was in charge of, to lead them to another community that he is... still in charge of?
Whatever ended up being wrong with NSider2 was Chrom's fault. The difference between NSider2 and Ninfora is that now Chrom will not have any checks against his totalitarian insanity. I don't see it going anywhere, and I actually hope NSider2 outlasts it, though neither site wants me around. Basically, NSider2 is Bashar al-Assad, and Chrom's insurgent forces are ISIS. Though, in this case, the insurgency may actually have more numbers than the original entity, since everyone who was already sick of Chrom had left NSider2 long before this week. (Leaving... not many people left for Syria to have in its ranks, and not many for ISIS to recruit from.)
Again, everything that Chrom has complained about regarding CrowdGather — or anyone else — has been with problems that he has created, or bad behaviour that he himself has done. And he can't even see it. Sad!
Ludwig has over 500 Followers on Miiverse, though if you look through them you'll see a very large number of them are banned people. Regardless, he's a lot more comfortable there than any place ran by someone who treats controversy the way that Chrom does, so Follow Ludwig at NNID PrinceOfKoopas on Miiverse! Ludwig did not just write this article because he's mad at being banned from NSider2, but because it's a valuable case study in leadership and responsibility.
Ludwig is unpleased with a Chrom-led forum being on the side of ORDER. He's much more of a fan of CHAOS.
For a similar scenario where a leader of a bad gaming forum brought the whole thing down, see NeoGAF and Evilore.