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Mar 17, 2013

1 million hits - and now?

Hello everyone,

first, I'd like to thank all my readers for your continued support. I deleted the previous article from this morning (including the comments, sorry about that), because I have generally reached a decision. From now on, this blog will be 100 percent legal. For those who liked the leaks - sorry about that, no more leaks here. This blog will stay legal.

With kind regards
Silentstalker

Edit (17.3. 17:12 CET): The thing about decision is - when you make one there will always be someone moaning. When I posted leaks, people whined about me being a dick, destroying supertester community and whatnot (like I give a fuck about most of them), when I refuse to post more, people whine they want them back - that's the way the life works. Get over it. If you went here only for the leaks, well, too bad, seeya. 


128 comments:

  1. no more leaks? (sad panda face) oh well - time to find my black armband as this is truley a sad day :(

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    1. even with the leaks this blog was pretty meh, I may load this page again but like once a month if anything.

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  2. So, you got payed to stop? Bah, dont count to get 2 millions .

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    1. lol.. don't be so disrespectful.

      Hajvanho

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    2. Nope, not paid... was my own decision.

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    3. "you got payed to stop"
      Wtf. Where did you get that from?!
      In the original post (which was deleted), he explained everything. He wants to get back on the forums (which is a good thing), so he chose to stop with posting the leaks (which is also a good thing). The Leopard 1-case was IMO a bit different and I do think that it was the right thing for Frank to post it.

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  3. Have been visited by a Big Black Car?? O_o

    Anyway, keep up the work, as before! Many counts on you :) o7

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    1. Make that a big black IS-7

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  4. Well, the new tanks get now again a big surprise. :D

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  5. why do leaks are illegal? please explain, this is a just yet another arcade game, there is no competition at between WG and another X game with same features (it's not Apple/Samsung).

    no commercial damage can happen to WG, just curiosity of less then 1-2% of WoT player base.

    why does WG consider it illegal? define the law for that matter, it's just their why to say they don't want this content to be published yet.

    there isn't any illegal activity in this blog what so ever.

    any court that (in the civilized world) that will receive a lawsuit based on that nonsense will be slapped hard.

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    1. As WG became bigger, the profit became greater and the WG heads started to be greedy and that brings distrust and paranoia :S

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    2. Overlord sent him an irresistible offer. Its fine,I understand, quite an achievement. But after all these posts about WG repression and similar, its kinda strange to see him on the pay list :)

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    3. Notablogger, do you have proof of your claims, or are you just BSing around like usual? ;)

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    4. I can see overlord offering him some job, and he took it
      wanna bet ss will be back on forums like nothing happened?

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  6. bb then .. there is 1204411+1 legal sites, you will be the 12044113rd .. :(

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  7. YAY! No more leaks!

    even dough many of them will be disappointed by this, I love it.

    But.. for all those hungry for more, could you maybe make some small.. compromise?

    For example:
    - Small note, German medium branch is currently being developed on the test server
    - Supertesters are currently testing new USSR medium branch
    - New winter maps are being tested atm
    etc.

    That would gave us just a bit of clue about what could be in the next patch.. but not too much as pictures of specific tank :P

    Would WG consider that too as an "illegal" info?

    Hajvanho

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  8. Sounds like the right decision to me. I loved the leaks, but usually you get most of the info on the official WoT-site within the next few weeks anyway. and you never have proof if the leak is real or just a WG ruse. So, all in all not worth the trouble, IMHO.

    I hope you'll keep posting historical background info as well as your thoughts for game improvement though. WG should listen to your ideas on the German TD line.

    keep up the good work!

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    1. If the 'leak' was a ruse then WG were wanting it to be published.

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  9. Leaks were fun..aw, guess we have to wait for official info releases now.

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  10. You made the right decision. From now on the future will be bright.

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  11. At least I hope that this blog wont be about only the WG-translations. For eg. the article about the Aufklr. Panther-alternatives was fine :D

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  12. I'm mostly interested in the Q&A anyway so no big whoop for me. I probably wouldn't even notice the lack of leaks if you just suddenly stopped publishing those. Anyway, since this is my first time posting, I would like to say thank you for the translations, it's almost always an interesting read, and I'd have to miss out on those because WG can't be bothered to do some kind of weekly recap on Dev comments. It feels somewhat like WoW's 'watercooler with the devs' approach, it's interesting and informative, and keeps people excited for the future. So keep it up! :)

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  13. It's not illegal, the person supplying you the information might be breaking a NDA that they agreed to, but that doesn't apply to you. Even if the person breaking it got caught most likely all they would do is kick them out of the super test.
    So if that's your only reasoning then you can feel to post info about leaks once again.

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    1. this.
      It makes no sense to say 'illegal'. You are not breaking any laws. So what is the REAL reason?

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  14. Day 1 - "Frank Davis": I don't care about the number of visitors...
    Day 2 - "Frank's weekly visits counter go down by 1/3"
    Day 3 - "Frank Davis": Oh crap, cant advertise on WoT forum, must become legal, cut leaks, WG will love me again and I will have more visitors!

    Hmmm....

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    1. you forgot the facebook page in between day 2 and 3. ;)

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    2. Actually, if I went full illegal, I'd get more visitors (after all, the Leopard leak day was one of the peak days).

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    3. SS doesnt even linked an Adsense account to this blog of this. Meaning these views dont count for JACKSHIT!

      It's a shame, because he could have made nice money and helped him for future stuff.

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  15. Guess you want to get back on the forums?

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  16. get some Balls SilentStalker ...

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    2. He has some, in a WG closet.

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  17. Good call, thank you.

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  18. To be honest... I don't care about leaks too much. They were informative and well, the fail löwe was good for a laugh, but I can still laugh about that when the offical test server goes live.
    I do care more about your other content.

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  19. Congrats on the 1 million views!

    Why not 85% to 90% legal?
    You should leave some room for this "really need to let you know"
    stuff.

    Best.

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  20. What was the leak he showed this morning?

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    1. There was no leak, Just said he was unsure what direction to go in.

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  21. No more leaks :(((( well then no more interesting stuff :/

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  22. Seriously? All this talk of revealing the truth of what goes on at WG (one of the original reasons you stated you started this blog "For the Record" for), wanting to give us, the users and players the information WG didn't want to share, and all of a sudden its "nope, sry lol nothing to see here", what happened? How much did it cost them to buy you out?

    History is written by the bribed.

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  23. Well if you no longer have the balls to publish the leaks you should at least forward them to someone who does.

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  24. I liked the leaks but respect your decision. In the end this stays a game, and whether I know the leaks 2 months before release or whenever WG announces them doesn't make such a big difference anyways.

    Congrats on the 1 Million, keep up the great work! :)

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  25. That was the whole reason I came here. Otherwise I just wait a half an hour and see stuff on the forums.

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  26. no more leaks, Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ;(

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  27. so it were ur last milion visiters...
    what i wont here, read shit about how could it be if..., pfff

    i for myself delete this blog from my bookmarks...



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    1. You will not be missed.

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  28. I am very disappointed. As far as I know you were the only one who had WG kinda by the balls. Traitor! (jokingly).

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  29. well thats what made this place worth reading !! and now ur taking it away !! a pitty

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  30. what, no more leaks?

    meh, didn't care about them. getting worked up about something that isn't fully known is a bit juvenile, TBH.
    started visting the blog for the dev q&a translations, stayed for the dev q&a translations and the alternative tree proposals, will visit in the future for those two aspects.

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  31. well, there went the one unique thing about this blog, way to understand your audience frank

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  32. I am disappoint.

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  33. Well if this site isn't going to have anything interesting anymore I guess I wont be coming back. Suck you lost your balls and let them push you around. :(

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    1. Yes, yes, he does a hell of a job in his own free time, translating and making articles, and now because he decided to give up the leaks (which only created a big whine storm and made some of us hate this site a bit) (oh yeah, did I mention they might have cost some innocent supertesters their positions?) he does not have balls.
      No, Silentstalker, I commend you for having the balls of doing the right thing, and I hope you will have the balls to keep up against the wall of cry babies that think you "sold out" or anything else.
      Oh yeah, and you know why those informations are classified in the first place? You know why we don't have the M6A2E1, Pz V-IV or A32 in the store? You know why this community feels like shit?
      Because it's full of cry babies and whiners, that can't say thank you when someone does something for them, even though it's free (this blog, the game). I've met very few people that actually have their brain in ON position, and if anything will ever bring this game down, it won't be the devs, it won't be a competitor, it'll be this community.
      Rant off.

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    2. Feel better?

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    3. Ktistai, +1 for you

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    4. Kistai +1 from me also

      You just had the words I couldnt find for this :)

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  34. Well, best of luck with your decision.

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  35. Leaks? Well, they will appear somewhere not here from time to time.
    And congrats on 1000000+ views - now what? :D

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  36. Very very sad =( Now it will be just another one boring fan-site.

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  37. What is "illegal" about publishing leaks? Is there any law in your country forbidding that? Its just WG's wish but who cant take these people seriuos? I dont have the impression that WG wants us to enjoy gaming, they want people to pay to enjoy gaming and thats why i hate them. As soon as theres a WoT from another developer ill play that.

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  38. Goodbye then, there are tons of translations elsewhere

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    1. Agree 100%

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    2. Sooo.... Where can I find translations that are this regularly updated and of this quality?

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  39. well, here are some bastards, arent they...

    I always hated when people who have presumably done nothing in their life for others are so "willing" to insult others and dishonor someone's else work.

    Nobody here has right to investigate SilentStalkers motives to make this decision.

    And to be honest - leaks? WTF? They means nothing and sadly the only real effect of them is people whining for longer time (whine for Leo, whine aginst new Lowe (which is very funny because they are obviously experts on tank that isnt in the game yet)). I enjoyed the leaks but I wont cry for them.

    Small note to surely-well-educated individuals who claim that it cannot be illegal because there is no law about the leaks: Have you ever heart about contractual law?


    SilentStalker, thank you very much for your great work. I dont get how you can do this for us and still have your personal life. I am quite sure you sacrifice a lot of your time for us.

    And good news to finish with: if the few hatred ones will stop reading this blog it wont be that big problem :)

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    1. I too can't believe how many of them came here just to write "You sold yourself to WG", "This blog is now boring/pointless/crap", "Say goodbye to your views".. well excuse me guys but this blog had almost 500k even before those "leaks".

      You really don't get it that people are still very interested in things that consider history of tanks, gameplay [ Russian Q/A ] and very development of the game.. and not in some pitty things like FaiLowe and shiny little picture of Leopard..

      I don't give a f. for a picture of leo or some ugly patton LOL


      Regards,
      Hajvanho

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    2. 500k within a few month compared to the 2nd 500k within 2-3 weeks is a little different.

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    3. well.. lol for you. You didn't even get the point.

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  40. No supertest leaks is OK I guess. But if bad things are happening at Wargaming and you find out I hope you'll publish about it.

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    1. That's the thing.
      Lots of fails by WG we took notice by Silentstalker.
      It' easier to be a customer, if you got infos about your dealer.
      I don't need the leaks.
      The translations were great.
      And the stuff from inside, not so
      appetizing by WG-Paris is the reason to read this blog.

      Another theme:
      If you call it "For the Record", deleting isn't usefull. I was here in the morning and a few hours later the info was gone away? What was recorded?

      Greetings

      Johnny_k2

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  41. respect your decision and amd sad as enjoyed the leaks but i have one question was thisin your heart 100% your decision or was it influenced from somewhere/someone else

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  42. I want the leaks please, its important stuff to know!

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    1. Patience. Do you know it?

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  43. Will there maybe be opened a new blog by an anonimous writer who tells us some exciting stuff and pictures from supertesterleaks etc. so both - For the Record & the new blog - give a complete overview about all that important stuff although you can't find any connection between this both blogs... no links to the other blog, other author etc...?

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  44. Hi Silent,
    gratz for your 1.000.000 hits.
    I think it is better to not show supertest leaks anymore.
    As much as I was interested in them, I'm afraid the supertest would get even more disrupted to the point, that the patches
    will be balanced even more badly.

    Keep up the good work, your blog will stay my first thing I read
    in the morning ;)

    Snortsch

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  45. No more leaks ? So what now, there is no more value for this blog except a translation for russian source.
    It will be like the Overlord blog, at the start it was really interesting, WG told to OL : we want to control info. Result = OL blog is become plain and boring, from a daily stop into is blog, i come "every" 2 month to see a desert of info.

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    1. Funny. I've been translating Russian stuff daily for like 6 months now. I posted 3 or so leaks. Somehow, I think the translations are more valuable than that.

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    2. I cant thank you enough, though i liked the couple of leaks, the translated Russian material and your own research is far more interesting to see on a regular basis.

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  46. Hi, really like your blog, will you still post leaks when somone else has it first? Would be nice, because your blog is my nr1 source for wot news.

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    1. Yes. If leaks appear on other sits, I will. I just won't be the primary source.

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    2. I feel kinda sorry because you were the "real deal" when it was about leaks.If not you, who will get us the forbidden fruit ? Anyway,it is your decission and I will respect it and wish you the best.

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    3. why not just pass the leaks on to wot-news?

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    4. So where should we go for WoT leaks now?

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  47. Seriously people? Are you all from Siemaland? "No leaks waahaaahaaa, plz gib uz moar lyks" /facepalm. I was reading and still read SS Devs Q&A not for some fucking leaks but for WoT information.
    For me - leaks are lowest priority of all. Neither do I care about it neither I will. Who likes to see alpha test tanks? Stats are stupid anyway.....
    Keep up the good work, Quiet Stalker :D

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  48. Supertest leaks were pointless anyway. We know that a fair amount of what they test never gets implemented anyway. I would rather know what is definitely coming so public test is soon enough to know about new tanks.

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  49. I for one am not particularly interested in the leaks. Loving the other stuff though. I say go legal and Wargamings positive attention. That's my opinion.

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  50. Well not point coming here again and giving you web hits

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  51. Leaks where fine, but the work of Q&A for eu comunity is a strong contribution to us.

    Really, I will read you with or without leaks, and I hope at some point WG realize the work you could do for them. But like you, I dont think the come to that point soon....=P


    Nice work SS =)

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  52. i'm not here for the leeks I view your blob every day for the news and informations you give us, so continue the good work ;)

    Will you try to return to the forum, now that you won't expose more leeks?

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    1. I never exposed any leeks, I always made soup out of them.

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  53. Well, I would like to see your leaks about "nasty things", which you have mentioned before, but it's your decision and I respect it. Cheers

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  54. Hey SS I respect your decision. No sense in risking your in-game account for something you do voluntarily. It's not like you're getting paid for this. I come here mainly to see what the dev are saying/doing and I want to thank you for providing the English translation. Keep up the good work brother.

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  55. Evening SS,

    Pity about the leaks "leeks" haha, it was always interesting to see what was on the go in the background.
    Otherwise keep up the Q&A work it's great stuff, much better than the apparent "mods" could come up with.

    Regrads

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  56. Well, I guess it's safe to say the majority of visitors and commentors to this blog are whiny little bitches who can't get what they want and have to put down the efforts of the person writing all the stuff up in the first place.

    Protip: you lot are the reason a lot of fansites shut down in the long run; whiny, self-centered, ungrateful, demanding little bitchtits.

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  57. I want to congratulate you on your 1 million hits.
    I also agree with the fact that you cannot make everyone happy. But you did what you believed was in the best interest of the community. I thank you for that.

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  58. If you do not want to post "leaks" on your blog, ok. This is your blog and your decision.

    But please don't try to tell us, that posting stuff from supertest servers is "illegal". There ist no law in no country, that would make this al legal offense. So there is no illegal activity in posting pictures an other stuff from this server, if you have not hacked the servers to get this info.

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    1. You do realize 'illegal' has more than one meaning, right?

      By being in the supertest, you agree to the ToS. By publishing said content, you are breaking said rules. This is, in fact, EXACTLY what 'illegal' means. I no way does this have to be related to any 'law'.

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  59. Your blog, your rules.

    Congratulations and soon 2m read : p !

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  60. I find it quite odd after reading how you were determined to publish leaks as well as having what you said was 'bad' info regarding WG and how you were going to stand up for players.

    And then suddenly this 180 degree turn. Saying that you won't post "illegal" content.

    It seems you are also unwilling to tell us how you came to this instant change of heart. Should I be now even more suspicious of WG?

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    1. It was the black van, dude... very persuasive!

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    2. I KNEW IT!! I bet that van had and 183 mm L4 cannon on it!

      your blog / leak is one of the main thing that is keeping me playing wot and now no more leak =( ...

      Maybe i should consider playing other game hahaha

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  61. wow man, you fail...

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  62. Dude let me just tell you this, when I started reading your topic on the EU forum I was like "oh wow this is very nice, I dont have to dig around for news about this game etc" when you did the leaks it was an added bonus, very cool, When you got banned I saw the injustice of WG and respected you even more.
    but now you just sold out. at least tell us why your stoping, if your not gonna be honest with us, Im not reading this blog anymore.

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    1. You do realize that in order to sell out to someone, the person has to get something in return? I didn't get anything as far as I know. Also, have you ever considered that this might be actually a way to get this blog completely clean and that if there are any further leaks, the info will find its way to the players via other platforms?

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    2. What's with the sudden obsession with 'clean' blog?

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    3. Well, I'm kinda curious about the reason behind this decision; some days ago you said something about an ongoing exchange with the only guy in Wargaming that you still respect, did he convince you without giving anything in change? Really? That's a little weird. Obviously it's your right to keep what happened reserved but you look weirder than Wargaming doing random banning right now.

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  63. Frank, congrats on 1m! Leaks or no leaks, you are the first site to read in the morning. You're doing an excellent job here. Don't let those whiners discourage you!

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  64. +1. You're doing a great job translating all this stuff. Two or three leeks are not worth all this mess that WG started. Clean blog is a good decision. Keep translating ;) I peep from time to time on russian forum and i know how huge work you're doing

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  65. Ban SS: BAn this ussles blog. CLOSE THIS USSLES "CLENA" SHIT.
    TRAITOR SS< HOW MANY EUR YOU HAVE FROM WG STUF? OR GUY WHO SIT BEHIND? TRAITOR SHIT.

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    1. Enough to keep my mouth shut. They came in a black BMW to my house and offered me a briefcase full of money, who am I to say no? *greets from Hawai* :)

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    2. Well at least you have the honesty to admit the truth.

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    3. And you are too stupid... check in dictionary what sarcasm means. see ya looser

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  66. WTF?
    How about you guys get some dignity and just say thank you for your hard work?
    FYI the leaker got kicked out from supertest so there won't have been any new leaks anyway.

    In light of this, SS could either have hoped for another leaker or made peace with WG so that he could post again in forums, I think he made a wise choice.

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    1. I think that Frank mentioned that he got his hand on some "interesting and ugly" stuff, apparently all leaks used to end up in his hands. XD
      Anyway I'm grateful for the translations, which makes most of the content of this blog and they still provide infos that we, those who don't speak Russian, can't access from WG's official sources.

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  67. Gratz on the 1mill! May 2 mill roll up PDQ!

    Also read this primarily for the Q&A - the leaks were added bonus.

    Though I suspect, as others above, that the reason for the "no leaks" is more lack of sources than wanting a clean consience ;)

    Not that I care either way, just wanted to say keep up the good work!

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  68. I come here for two main reasons :-

    1 The translations. They show me the direction that the game is going in and that effects what I do in the game. eg Vk3002DB already has the XP for the leopard line just by doing daily doubles well in advance.

    2 Because I can't access game sites from work. As a blog I can view this site :)

    The leaks were fun, and had some value, but not essential. Surely you can report on 'gossip' without posting pictures ie "rumour is that Leopard 1 will be new T10 German med". Surely WG can't get upset with that ?

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    1. Do you not know how to use the translate option on your browser? You're missing 90% of the info

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  69. Go ahead with you amazing blog and work. I will come here daily to check your news also if no leaks around.

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  70. As I see some d* heads think that SS was "bought" for something... I think (as we know the WG) rather threatened being banned from the game...

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  71. good decision and congratulations - your cool translations are real info (and much appreciated, ty!), while the leaks a) are complete speculation, as its not even sure if they will beintroduced at all, and b) really base on *violation* of the supertest.

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  72. You have a good blog going fuck the haters.

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    1. You had a good blog here, fixed

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  73. This blog will stay legal?

    Lol ... omg

    It is illegal for a tester to disclose secret informations to you, but it never was illegal to post leaked information here, provided you never signed anything that prohibited you from doing so.

    Get your logic right.

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  74. I was here only for the leaks. Well, fuck you.

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    1. very classy Frank, very classy..

      ~pk

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  75. Oh, so sad just came her for leaks, but this seems to be another "Sue The Dead Man" - case, where Russian officer arrest man, then they torture him death and Torturer sue him cause he got brain damage, then they will go after deadman family... it end when they meet Stalin.

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