I’m making this post, not because I want to, but because the members of the site do deserve an explanation as to what’s going on. I should probably start with Matthew. Originally I was paying Matthew to create a new engine for the site, this was around 4 thousand dollars somewhere down the line I figured I didn’t have the funds to pay him fully as we had agreed so we negotiated, again a little later we negotiated that he’d do it for free because I just knew I didn’t have the funds. He had come to me with a framework he’d been working on for two years, to be honest I was paying him to finish his own work you could say. While he understood I couldn’t pay he didn’t want to “leave me in the dust” or so he put it.
I’d still told him I’d pay him where I could, what I could. Around the same time Chief had contacted me on skype asking me if I needed help with the site financially because (I’d forgotten to turn on auto domain renewal) so it was just some confusion. We talked further and basically came to the conclusion that Chief could help with development of the new site after hearing my plans and my vision for Eclipse. Development was going great and then we picked up two additional developers…Jacqueline and Spicey Wolf. Chief was the head of web development, but he often involved himself with how the engine development team was run, I guess he had a lot of input in that area as well. I was ok with this.
Development was going well except a few problems like Jacqueline feeling like Matthew didn’t do much or misscommunication with SpiceyWolf. Moving ahead, I’d had a mission coming up to go to texas and I let everyone know. Everyone seemed fine with this. We’d had multiple meetings prior, though at this point I did recieve a few messages from Chief about how he’d slightly wanted to change the direction or what things he didn’t like (this was mostly influenced by other people who gave him their opinions)
I came back from my mission to what I thought would be progress and things going well, but it wasn’t that at all. Chief had gotten into a confrontation with Jamie and Benjo, generally he attacked every staff member besides the developers because he started ranting on how all Jamie knew how to do was ban, mind you Jamie posed a simple question asking if a member had been banned, he did not ban anyone, but Chief attacked him, from what I read (I have the skype logs as well)
So Chief attacked Jamie and then went on to start saying that all the staff (including me) were dead weight, and were useless…this is where Benjo stepped in and started making his points. So after reading this, I was upset with Chief, not going to lie and I told him it was disrespectful and rude and that he wasn’t above anyone. I did agree with someone of his points about the site being ban happy in the past, but I didn’t agree with him attacking the entire staff team. Just so you guys know, Chief had a grudge against Jamie. He’d explained to me in multiple calls how much he didn’t like Jamie, I made it clear to Chief that Jamie was a person I trusted as an advisor. All in all, I tried to settle things with Chief the best way I saw fit, but I made it clear that I wasn’t taking his side because I felt he attacked a number of the staff who really can’t help that they didn’t have anything to do in that stage of development. IN HIS DEFENSE he felt he was unappreciated because Jamie had explained he wouldn’t be banned if it weren’t for me being kind.
At the same time, he started the attack first. Jacqueline somewhat sided with Chief, but also understood the other staff’s sides…however she made it clear that if Chief left that she was leaving (obviously as a dev I can only assume she didn’t appreciate the fact that I sided with them and did not put the devs above the other staff whose roles weren’t as important) was it dumb on my part? I could honestly give zero fucks. I did what I felt was right and I’d do it 100 times again.
A day or two had past and I’m sure the devs had been meeting in the discord and talking to eachother, in my honest opinion…I believe Chief talked them into joining and I could be 100% wrong, but everything was very convinient…but maybe it was just on me?
That was the entire situation, sorry about the grammar or spelling errors…just typing this post emotionally. At the end of the day I’m tired of being pointed at as the bad guy who keeps failing the site etc…etc… I’m not just speaking BS on this situation. Anyone who wants to see the skype logs can see them. I still have them, everything I’ve put here I have proof to back it up besides anything I pointed out as an opinion. Take it as you will, belive what you will. I will try to develop the site myself, might be slower, but I’m done depending on others. A lot of work has to be done, but it’s hard as fuck when I feel unappreciated for even trying to fix a site for people who could give one fuck about me or what I’m doing.