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March 9, 2008 at 10:13 am #378696
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Legoman182182

A rash of vagueness and cagey distancing has swept the corridors of power of brickfilms.com. No longer active members of the community, those responsible for the well being of the forum see fit to ignore PM’s and feedback threads and take actions and decisions on an entirely private level, without consultation or even informing us of something so fundamentally important to the community as the fate of the podcast. The current administration are good people, just rather out of touch. The Common Sense Movement seeks to reverse this trend and bring about a more open and informative running of the site, as seen under Revmen. More specifically, our goals are:

  • To discover the precise nature of the fate of the podcast and see if there remains any hope of reinstating it. Many people will have noticed the feedback thread created in December asking if there was anything wrong with the podcast and its website, as they had been noticed to be down. Schlaeps and Z seemed completely ignorant of the issue, but it has since become apparent that Revmen did not sell the podcast with the rest of the company to the new owners. Hence, one can only assume that it has been erased from the server. The fact that neither Schlaeps nor anyone else knew about this suggests a complete lack of communication between the new owners and the community. Having been informed, Schlaeps is now working on it, and it is hoped that enough users have copies of the podcast on their computers to enable us to reinstate it on the brickfilms website, or if this proves problematic upon an independent website.

    To attempt to establish even the remotest idea of who runs owns the place now. Despite repeated enquiries as to whom thickasabrick is, the masses remain completely unaware as to the nature of his arrangement other than vague details about a “network” and that he is somehow heavily involved in finances. Thickasabrick believes this to be of little importance (“My identity and the name of the network (which doesn’t even have a name) is really not important.”), but it is evident that public opinion suggests otherwise.

    To ascertain what the patron fund is being spent on. Given that the owners of brickfilms.com are competing with the likes of oxfam and save the children for our charitable monthly donations, it is surely very resonable for us to know were this money goes. Thickasabrick recently “authorised $200 in prize spending” from the patrons fund, suggesting that he controls where the money is being spent, but also contradicting the commonly held idea that all of the money from patronage contributes to a desperate bid to keep the site from bankruptcy (thickasabrick recently stated that the site was “in the black” as a result of the new adverts). The Common Sense Movement would strive to find out what percentage of the money kindly donated by community members is spent on which causes (thus eliminating the problem of disclosing exact figures). This surely can only encourage more people to become patrons (I, for one, would be more than willing if I knew were my money was going). So far thickasabrick only comments have been “Don’t expect a treasurers report. This is a private company & it aint gonna happen!”

    Finally, The Common Sense Association completely rejects any suggestion that building materials from East Anglia, a guaranteed prize of $500,000 or free and legal blue movie downloads are in anyway beneficial (financially or otherwise) to the community or owners of the website. The CSM aims to encourage the use of Google Adsense’s superb tools to aim more appropriate adds in the direction of brickfilms and ultimately make more money.

If you agree with the aims and sentiments raised above, I would urge you to join the CSM in their bid to better the smooth operation of the community and website, whomever it is that runs it.

March 9, 2008 at 10:25 am #378699
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Lechnology

She…not he, she. Let’s make that clear.

I, too, am curious about the podcast. Pierre seems to have disappeared from the face of the Earth.

RevMen seems to trust Thickasbricks and what she’s doing so I would just leave it at that, although a simple name wouldn’t hurt.

The rest, no comment, but you must note that Schlaeps has a life, he’s still in school, etc. You can’t expect him to read every post in the forum and answer every PM he gets everyday. I had to tell him about RP Hoogle’s confession days later because Schlaeps didn’t know about it. I don’t believe he is even being paid to run the site. The patron and ad money goes to the site, not him.

March 9, 2008 at 10:54 am #378703
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Rsteenoven

I agree with all that has been said.

March 9, 2008 at 11:31 am #378713
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Legoman182182

Update: EDITED BY REVMEN

Google results have been too numerous to draw meaningful conclusions from, but seeing as thickasabrick stated earlier than the company didn’t have a name it sands to reason it doesn’t have a website either.

Message from RevMen:

Legoman152698 took some information from a place he shouldn’t have and shared it here. The fact that he had access to it was due to an unfortunate oversight.

March 9, 2008 at 12:00 pm #378720
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Lackadaisical

nice avatar man

March 9, 2008 at 12:07 pm #378721
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Ladon

I don’t think anything’s really going to change. She wants us to continue running the site as we have been. She just wants the advertising monies.

That sounds fine with me, what’s the issue? So what if there’s mystery, as long as we’re still doing things the way we want. They aren’t controlling the site, don’t make it sound otherwise.

This is not Law & Order, so don’t make everything sound profound.

I think this is most of the information I need:

The bottom line is this – Schlaeps is still in charge (with the exception of advertising – I’ll take “credit” for that). He and the community will still control 99% of the decision making. Unfortunately, it just isn’t practical to run EVERY decision through committee. I recognize that this is a tough change for some to accept, but trust that you will see the benefit as we continue to build this great website.

March 9, 2008 at 12:50 pm #378735
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Mirko

“Ladon” wrote: They aren’t controlling the site, don’t make it sound otherwise.

I think you are very wrong there.
http://brickfilms.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=20982
Who do you think locked that thread?

And at least one other thread concerning this issue has been deleted yesterday.

Mirko

March 10, 2008 at 12:59 am #379025
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Ladon

Locking a thread doesn’t mean you control the site.
I can lock this thread, but that doesn’t mean I control the site :lol:

March 10, 2008 at 3:02 am #379046
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Errol

Actually, that sounds fine by me. I don’t really care that much where the patron money is going. I wish it went to Schlaeps, but it probably doesn’t.

I’m not angry about not knowing who the ‘Network’ is, I’m just curious as to why it had to be secret.

We should just call it the Network from now on… :D

March 10, 2008 at 5:44 pm #379196
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RyanD

I’ve only been on the site sporadically for the past few months. After reading all the threads all I can say is that this sounds messed. I’m just as curious as everyone else. What on earth is this network?

March 10, 2008 at 6:20 pm #379213
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Legoman182182

I found the name, but Revmen insisted that it remains private. We must accept his decision and move on to the issue of the Podcast.

March 10, 2008 at 7:03 pm #379225
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RyanD

Weird…

March 10, 2008 at 7:08 pm #379226
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RevMen

You are misrepresenting what I had posted. I did not “reveal the name” of the mysterious network. I don’t know or care what it is. It’s just a small company that has some websites. Get over it, people.

And Legoman is even further down on my list than he was before, as if that were possible.

March 10, 2008 at 7:13 pm #379232
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Aled Owen

Is that all this company is? How does it make profit? Or is it Open Source?

-Aled

March 10, 2008 at 8:01 pm #379244
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chosen1

luls.

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