The reaction to events over at Black Pearl Sims brought out the usual anonymous – and laughably inaccurate – bumnuggetry over at Sim Secret.
It also brought out some quite astonishing dishonesty:
Some of you with long memories will remember that the above tale in fact appeared in Black Pearl Sims two years ago, not two weeks ago as Sim Secret’s yellow press poster attempted to portray. Your super soaraway Mare’s Nest mentioned matters at the time, saying some people out there needed to drop the bad attitude.
Some of you may also notice that the line ‘we normally have between 150-250 members online at any one time’ has been tampered with in the above to read 250-350 instead – which does beg the question how many other screenshots appearing over at SS have been doctored for the sake of hyperbole?
The tin hat wearers of SS however – bar one sensible post sandwiched inbetween the rubbish – had themselves a little field day trying to dream up all sorts of nefarious reasons why matters had come to this.
Clique? Black Pearl Sims? You having a laugh?
A clan? Totalitarian? Considering Jonesi laid back attitude towards scavengers proffering to host the soon to be orphaned download files, one thing she certainly cannot be accused of is control freakery.
There was one point however which was well made:
Yes, it was strange to say they were going to be still accepting donations for the planned new site rather than attempting to keep the old one alive, albeit that may well have been covering their backs in case of them making the target with two weeks still left to go: bottom line, it was only £128 short of target at the time of the announced closure – if they met it after all, they would be morally obliged to carry on as normal (albeit with egg on their faces and accusations from places such as SS that it was a cynical ploy).
They qualified the statement that only the first £450 of the current raised cash would be used on the current site – this is the part where like Boolprop Fight The Addiction back in 2011 we found ourselves wondering whether Black Pearl Sims were victims of a greedy host seeing an amateur hobby forum as an easy target for price hiking.
As we’ve said oft before the Simming world is at times too expensive for its own good, paying through the nose, ears, eyes and bum for what is already available for free; especially in an age where as Zhivan once put it ‘the economy really isn’t there yet.’
(Five years later, it’s still true. Scared? You bloody well should be!)
But all the other brickbats being hurled in Jonesi’s direction – surely one of the least offensive of all the forum owners out there – made us wonder what the plumbob she’d done to deserve this venom?
Some of it has been plain wishful thinking:
Someone who as ever had plenty to say for herself about a situation she admitted knowing f**k all about was FraulineFive.
So despite knowing nothing about the situation, you still think the ownership should have changed years ago?
Circuswolf was another one shooting her mouth off about Jonesi supposedly not being a good forum owner.
So what exactly is it she’s supposed to have done wrong? Details as ever prove evasive.
Are we the only ones here detecting a touch of latent prejudice towards Jonesi here for reasons outwith anything to do with events at Black Pearl Sims?
For those of you unfamiliar with Black Pearl Sims’ history, they were the successor to Reflex Sims when the German owners of said site threw the forum side out in February 2009 over a spat with The Sims Resource over pirated content. They were given a temporary site to continue from via Sims Cave – which as you will remember is hosted by Pescado- he/she/it of the long running feud with TSR.
However in next to no time, Jonesi and co got their own hosting – since they’d no intentions of finding themselves another of Pescado’s puppets – or anyone else’s for that matter. It had caused them enough grief.
They also banned linking to pirated content from the new Black Pearl Sims, and scrubbed any attempts to bring ‘hobby politics’ into the new sites forums – even after their members and friends were being hacked.
In short, in the great MATY vs TSR bunfight over pay-for custom content, BPS was making it clear they weren’t taking any sides – no matter what TSR had done to them, they wanted a quiet life – and some of the more idiotic elements of Pescado’s groups never forgave Jonesi for it, feeling as Pescado had indirectly ‘generously’ hosted them for all of ten seconds somehow that meant their immortal souls were now Fatbeard’s.
Jonesi and her crew over at Black Pearl Sims have been one of the guaranteed drama free spots amongst the independents, and have quietly plied the sometimes stormy seas of Simming without going out to antagonise anyone else in a community which at times has little better to do that pull one another’s pigtails out, and doing a lot of work for its members over and above the call of duty or at time rationality.
It’s high time some people grew up and dropped the petted lip because those running BPS have always been more interested in playing their Sims games to be bothered with other people’s power tripping games.
Indeed, perhaps those carping at them from Sim Secret ought to be paying more attention to their own scruffy LiveJournal website which they cannot even keep clear of spam: