Common Myths and Accusations

Joined: 7:45 PM - Feb 18, 2000

5:50 PM - Jul 12, 2002 #1

Some of the false accusations and dishonest claims both against me personally, or against our staff, or against The AllSpark community as a whole have been elevated to the status of myth within some circles of the online fan community. They've taken on a life of their own, and folk with whom I've never even spoken and who haven't even visited our board have spread them, innocently convinced of their veracity. Defending against the same old worn-out arguments time after time is tiresome work, and I would much rather devote myself to more enjoyable pastimes. Some of my friends have suggested that I should simply ignore such statements, but there's a good chance that unknowing folk might take my silence as an admission of guilt. For that reason, I'm going to record my responses here and direct folk to this thread whenever I come across these myths, adding to this thread as need be.
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6:15 PM - Jul 12, 2002 #2

Myth: This ezboard isn't The AllSpark
Truth:
This ezboard was founded on November 11th, 1999 as The AllSpark, with the original address of Because of our board's popularity, it was subsequently moved by ezboard to a better server, with a new address That's where we're located as I write this, although ezboard has offered to relocate us to yet a better server. I'll update this post if that happens.

EDIT: We prefer that if you wish to link directly to this ezboard, you use

For more information on linking to us, please see our links page

Note the last part of both URLs reads "btheallspark." That unique ezboard identification can never be duplicated within the ezboard system. Even if we move to a third ezboard server, we will retain the "btheallspark" part of our address. The AllSpark is an ezboard-based community, has been so since the day it was founded, and will remain so as long as ezboard offers their service.
Kalidor, a former member of our staff who was a "co-owner" of this board with me, created an Ikonboard with our name. He asserts that his new Ikonboard is the so-called "real" or "true" The AllSpark. He and his supporters do so based on an argument appealing to their temporary numerical superiority. To summarize their position, they claim that "might makes right" because they outnumber us--at least as of the time I'm writing this.
I reject their argument. While it is true that many former members of this ezboard relocated to Kalidor's Ikonboard, they haven't any right to take this ezboard's name along with them.
After all, just because the majority of a town's members move away to a new set of homes and start a new town doesn't give them the right to take their old town's name along with them. It certainly doesn't give them the right to demand that the old town be renamed! Those who have created a rival to our board should follow the example of towns and cities throughout history and call their new board "New AllSpark" or "Neo-AllSpark" or some other such variation. That would honestly reflect the truth of their identity.
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6:18 PM - Jul 12, 2002 #3

Myth: We reneged on our agreement to call this board "The AllSpark Classic."
Truth:
An agreement requires participation by two parties. I hardly think that our submission constitutes an agreement on our part, no more than the victim of rape agrees to his or her attacker's criminal actions. Yes, we temporarily appended "Classic" to our name to stop the posting of porn, threats, and flames. When you're threatened with violence, you sometimes do what you must to survive, even if it involves humiliation. That was a step we took under duress and it in no way affects our real identity as The AllSpark.
No matter how many angry voices are raised, no matter how many threats are made, the truth remains that this is the original and true The AllSpark. Any other board laying claim to our name is perpetrating a falsehood upon its members and the online Transformers community as a whole. Don't be fooled by cheap substitutes
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6:27 PM - Jul 12, 2002 #4

Myth: Vindicator put his selfish interests above those of over 3000 members!
Truth:
To begin with, this board has never had 3000 members. This myth is an example of how some folk use hyperbole to try and make their mud-slinging stick. Let's all come back down to reality for a moment and examine the facts, shall we?
This board's member list represents mostly alternate identities. In reality, at the peak of our popularity, we had only about a hundred or so steady posters. There have probably been well less than one thousand actual living, breathing humans who have posted here over the course of this board's entire existence, and many of those posted only a few times. So, the claim that this board had over 3000 active members at any given time is simply absurd. So much for the exaggerated numbers game. Let's look at the meat of the accusation.
Did I put my interests before others? I suppose I did, in the sense that I stood against those who posted pornographic material or adult themes, who openly flamed others or supported a policy to tolerate flames, who made threats, or who conspired to insult or hurt the feelings of anyone, including both my friends and--yes--me too. Things came to a head when I condemned the open mockery of some members by other members, perpetuating a personal war from bygone days, and my stand on that issue triggered the final rift that severed this board's former administration.
The people who were involved in the political shenanigans that infested this board numbered only a dozen or so. The majority of the folk who frequented this board were either totally oblivious to such political bickering or else tried their best to ignore it, as well they should have. It was only a few obsessed with their own agenda, and a handful who took pleasure in chaos and fighting that were principally at the root of our former ills. These individuals were very vocal, tenacious, and well-organized.
And now, they are gone.
I occasionally visit some of their boards, lurking when I'm told they're up to their old tricks, and I can't help but be happy that we are free of their influence. The contrast between our friendly and cordial board and their malicious and rude quagmires makes the long struggle we've suffered worthwhile. Personally, I'm proud that I put "my" interests ahead of theirs, and would do so again if ever faced with a similar situation.
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6:33 PM - Jul 12, 2002 #5

Myth: Kalidor founded The AllSpark. After all, he owns the domains.
Truth:
Kalidor did not found The AllSpark. It was founded on November 11th, 1999 by Kyle T. McMasters under the moniker "Optimus87" along with some of his friends.
Several months later, Kalidor came along and registered a couple of the associated domains without permission. He thence held onto them, refusing to sell them to Kyle or any other legitimate member of the administration. Understand that Kalidor was not even a member of the staff--not even a moderator--when he registered the domains, and his possession of the domains was a constant thorn in the sides of the legitimate administration of this board. It was only after I tried to negotiate peace between Kalidor and the administration that he was made a member of the staff, and that only happened after the administration splintered over the issue of Kalidor's banishment. In other words, Kalidor has long been a central figure in the conflicts that plagued this board.
Of course, Kalidor only registered two of the domains. I once registered one as a gift to Kyle and I don't know if he kept up the registration. Lady Demona registered another once, but we are no longer in contact with her. Tarantulas Prime registered the ".net" domain we're currently using as our homepage.
But all this talk of domains is beside the point. The AllSpark is an ezboard community. Ownership of the domains has no direct bearing on The AllSpark. True, Kalidor owns the ".com" domains, but he does not own or have any say in the administration of The AllSpark. That he is sometimes thought to have founded this board would be laughable were it not for the fact that some newcomers are likely to be confused by his possession of those two domains, and the rival board he houses on them.
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6:42 PM - Jul 12, 2002 #6

Myth: Vindicator lusts for power.
Truth:
I don't know whether to laugh at people who believe that running a discussion board gives one power, or pity them for being too out-of-touch with reality. Running a discussion board is work, and often frustrating, but it has rewards as well. Power isn't among the rewards, though. Sure, I derive pleasure from the creativity I can express developing scripts and art to support the board, but I certainly derive neither power nor profit from it.
There's a segment out in the fan community that obsesses over this idea of wielding power. I have never fully understood this, although I have myself been a victim of those who lust for such ephemeral satisfactions. If it were not for the hurt and destruction they leave in their wake, they would deserve our sympathy. It is a shame to see bright minds trapped in the quest for what is in the final analysis an illusion.
So, I don't lust for power because there's no power for which to lust.
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Oops! I made a little spelling mistake!
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6:48 PM - Jul 12, 2002 #7

Myth: Vindicator and company don't believe in democracy.
Truth:
This is simply a confused argument usually offered to justify the fleeting tyranny of the majority. I fervently uphold and defend democratic principles in their proper venue. However, discussion boards don't have the checks and balances necessary to protect the rights of the minority, and sometimes--especially when emotions run high--the feelings of the minority can be trampled upon by the blind urges of the majority. There is no independent judiciary, for example. Worse still, sometimes a vocal minority might seem to be in the majority. Chaos follows swiftly when the vocal few reign supreme.
Were you caught up in my argument? If so, then shame on you!
Discussion boards are not democratic states. Discussion boards are more like social clubs, where friends gather to share their time. But the appeal to the rhetoric of democracy sure makes for some stirring arguments, doesn’t it? Why, I've seen folk get carried away to the point of absurdity arguing the finer points of democratic theory as applied to what, in reality, is a collection of online “pen-pals” talking about toys, comics, cartoons and other such weighty issues.
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12:20 PM - Aug 21, 2002 #8

Vindicator and company (paid Vanchau to give them) (stole) (hijacked) the AllSpark ezboard
This accusation usually takes several forms. Here are some of the statements people make:
"They paid Vanchau to turn the board over to them."
"They used dirty tricks to get Vanchau to turn the board over to them."
"They stole the board from its rightful owners."
To explain why these statements are myths, one needs to look no further than these threads, where the truth of the matter is explained by none other than Vanchau le Nguyen, the owner of ezboard:
The FACTS and our perspective...
pub13.ezboard.com/ftheall...=1&stop=15
What happened and why...
pub13.ezboard.com/ftheall...D=21.topic
I was there for the exchange of emails among the current staff and Vanchau, and I can verify that no money changed hands. Some people write elaborate posts to explain away the truth, but no amount of "spin doctoring" can eliminate "The FACTS" as shown in the above threads.

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