How to Kill a Community
Now, I know Kyndig doesn't much like me, and honestly I don't care anymore. We've parted ways and what's done is done. The past is the past, and most of us who are sane have moved on to more productive things. But for some reason, Kyndig seems to be hell bent on punishing more than just me, AFKMud, or my customers on arthmoor.com.
Since I'm a prominent figure in the Smaug community, it seems that he's decided Smaug is no longer worth bothering to keep a forum up for. There was some lame excuse made about how it didn't have sufficient activity to justify keeping up. There are plenty of other forums on the site with equal or lesser activity, so that was obviously a lie. It may be my cynical side talking, but I sincerely believe he's done this to take another shot at me, and those in the Smaug community who have supported me. His prerogative. His site. But he should at least be honest with his users.
It doesn't end there however. I had some supporters among the LPC community who were also very outspoken against what Kyndig was doing. They've made their opinions known elsewhere. And guess what? The LPC forum on mudmagic has also mysteriously vanished and was given the same lame excuse about inactivity, despite having more posts more recently that the CircleMUD forum right beneath it.
Combined with the fact that he's banned my customers on Arthmoor from using the mud listings, and the fact that he's done this before to other people, and continues to wipe out listings belonging to other people who speak out against him for any reason, is it any wonder the MUD community is suffering? Now he's taken it up to wiping out discussion forums for certain codebases he associates with his enemies. What's next? Empty the repository of everything anyone has ever submitted for them? I certainly wouldn't put it past him.
He's even gone so far as to use his firewall as a weapon against other hosting providers in the past.
Over the course of the last year I've also talked to plenty of people who Kyndig has told outright lies to about me and about the people who associate with me. Some get emails saying the "alsherok network" ( there's no such thing btw ) is to blame for the problem. Some get emails saying I'm a prick to be avoided at all costs because I'll eventually backstab them somehow. Some have even received emails saying AFKMud and FUSS have spyware and trojan code in them. A few people have consented to have their emails posted to document this, so you can read them for yourself.
Ultimately, it's up to each person to decide. But it would be advisable to decide based on all of the available information. So here are some links to various places which shed light on Kyndig's behavior:
Banned AFKMud: [Someone apparently deleted my topic]
Shadows of Isildur gets whacked: [Form post no longer exists]
Legends of Warcraft gets the boot: [URL Removed - Taken over by spammers]
Punishing arthmoor.com customers: http://www.arthmoor.com/forum/index.php?a=topic&t=27
Punishing his own customers: [URL Removed - Dead article]
Cratylus speaks out: http://dead-souls.net/articles/mudmagic.html
Kyndig takes it out on Wolfpaw, again: http://www.mudconnect.com/discuss/discuss.cgi?mode=MSG&area=admin_ethics&message=8711
One of the few threads Kyndig let live about this: [URL Removed - Forums no longer exist]
These are less than friendly, but are still illustrative of the problem:
Mudmagic on Justrage: http://www.justrage.com/article.php/mudmagic_dot_com
Mudmagic on Justrage, take 2: http://www.justrage.com/article.php?story=20061205150139404
"It is pointless to resist, my son." -- Darth Vader
"Resistance is futile." -- The Borg
"Mother's coming for me in the dragon ships. I don't like these itchy clothes, but I have to wear them or it frightens the fish." -- Thurindil
Well. I guess that's that then.
I can't honestly begin to say that I'm surprised at this latest Kyndig action, but as you say, while the rest of us certainly haven't forgotten his prior action (refer to http://tcdbbs.zapto.org/mud/forum/index.php?a=topic&t=308 if you have), we have moved on already. Apparently he hasn't.