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Mar 13, 2013

A few points regarding this blog

Hello everyone,

I feel it necessery to address several questions I get asked a lot (only yesterday I recieved cca 120 e-mails, thanks for all of them guys, it's much appreciated, I will dig thru them and respond to every single one eventually).

Translations:

Translations will continue as they did until now. However, there is something I'd like to address: I have nothing against people translating the stuff I write to other languages, but I do not wish that the english tranlation gets copied to official Wargaming forums straight from the blog. There are three reasons for it. First and foremost, I really don't want to see that Ectar coming in that thread I built and gloating about "a lot of helpful content". I see no reason why Wargaming should profit in any way from what I do. At least not anymore.

Second reason is that the translations are often unclear and sometimes require additional explanations for people to understand the background. I can't obviously do that on the forums anymore, I can do it here. Third reason would be me liking to know how many people actually read my stuff and where are they from in general. Don't worry, I won't profit on that in any way, there are no ads here.

I cannot enforce this wish in any way, that much is clear, but you'd do me a favour if you helped me out here. After all, it's not that big of a deal checking the blog instead of that thread, right? Yes I know it's now banned to link my blog in general. Soviet Union style!

Leaks:

Well, I am here in a bit of a pickle. I have some interesting stuff here - also some pretty ugly stuff. But I am currently waiting for response from perhaps the single person in Wargaming I actually still respect (well, not entirely true, there are more people I respect to be honest - Chieftain and Challenger come to mind) and I kinda promised I'd stay away from the leaks to him. We'll see how everything goes.

Aaaaaaaaanyway...

Have a nice evening
SS


88 comments:

  1. You had a strong blog before the leaks came along. If they are no longer a part of what you write about, it is no great loss. Do what you think is best.

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  2. Like we can't tell that you mean ********. ;D Anyway, keep up your awesome blog!

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  3. Hi,
    first of all, you are doing a great job with your blog, so keep it up.
    Second of all, you actually can do something against people copying your stuff to the official WoT forums and with this post you just did, as the translation is your work and you have the copyright to it. So in the worst case you are able to sue anyone who is doing so ;-)
    Regards
    Ingolmo

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    1. Well I won't fight my own readers. If they don't respect my wishes, it's meh, but I won't fight it.

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  4. About the ads i wouldn't mind if you add some, afterall writting this blog takes some time. I believe lots of people (including me) would disable ad-blocker for your page.

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    1. Some google style text based ads would be perfect, I think. Not very intrusive, yet still somewhat revenue generating.
      As for their location...
      Perhaps below the "pageviews" counter?

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  5. Well, i am Zanov, from Toledo (Spain), i read your translations from the start of your Developers Q & A: The Russian Answers forum post, and i continued here in your blog.

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  6. Dont woryy, Im also banned from the forums (3 times over actually)

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    1. 1 ViktorKitov- Swear and ocassionaly call some 45% W/R players *insert random profanity*

      2 Disagree with a mod

      3 I actually remeber the last reason they banned my original account for. When they made the Type-59 available for a few days again (Long ago). I typed: ''Fuck this'' in the official thread = Ban (~1000 posts)

      4 MagicHaxTurtle- Make second account and do the same. Post in all my threads that they will no longer be updated (~80 posts). Threat to ban my ingame account.

      5 i486DX- Make third account. Banned for posting "Fuck this" in a similar (#1) official thread (~1700 posts)

      6 VGK- Make forth account (I actually had that one since 2011). Cant remeber what they banned me for (50 posts)

      7 Run out of e-mail addresses, too lazy to make a new one.

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    2. 10 minute email.. best thing ever..

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    3. LOL :D GJ :D

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  7. Sorry about us trying to keep that thread alive...
    Now we need to get your blog somehow known..because the mods WILL take any slightest notice of your blog down.
    and if this happens, you probably need to somehow be able to run the blog at first place, I don't mind if there are some ads to finance your blog.

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    1. This blog has 20-30k hits per day lately (record is over 50k). I think it's known enough :)

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    2. true, however it will be hard to atract new readers i gues. however, there must be a way to place something in your signature or profile pic wich more or less points towards this blog without it getting to obvious

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  8. i trace wot-news.com developers answers becouse i know russian very well :P. BUt leaks its very interesting.

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    1. You know what's funny? Wot-news.com published the same leaks I did, yet they aren't on the banned list on EU forums... :)

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    2. Double-standard FTW

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    3. Presumably they copied the leaked info from your blog, rather than a separate source?

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    4. Its just because Russians are somethink more than EU players...

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    5. Well unfortunately your leaks have a face and name to them. I've never heard of the person in charge of wot-news.com. Still none the less :/

      MTWEmperor

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  9. Here is an idea: Post leak pictures, but pixelated, so we only have SLIGHT idea what the heck that is.

    This will peak curiosity, create more talking among players, thus more publicity for WoT.

    Trust me, im a marketing guy.

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    1. Well, that's something me and WG would have to somehow agree upon. Right now, it doesn't seem to me that they want to talk... :)

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    2. And don't actually tell us what it is.

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    3. u might want to try a few relationship gifts, a couple of bottles of vodka to serb and storm might do the trick ;-)

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    4. only thing that jerk serb deserves is a bullet. preferabely in the head

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    5. Please do not make comments like that. Remember that however much of an idiot serb is, WOT is a product you are free to stop using at any time.

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  10. I have often been selectively cut and pasted the portions of your translations which related to be threads such as some tanks or a line of tanks to a nation. Not the whole blog you understand but just like
    "and from the Q+A with Russian devs we have:
    - Soviet tanks will now be made of cheese"
    kind of thing.

    I will paraphrase your updates in future. Sorry.

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  11. You have more than 100 people from my clan fans website itself that what I know.

    Thanks for the translating.

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  12. What was it that Ectar said then?

    As far as I've known him he's been quite respectable. At least compared to some other mods.

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  13. I saw Overlord exchanging messages with you in his blog, so my guess is that he asked you not to post leaks? Did he ask not to disclose anything in general or gave you some freedom in the future?

    (now excuse me, but I just have to geek out):
    Forumite1: Why is he banned, bro?
    Forumite2: Because they have to censor him.
    Forumite1: He didn't post anything wrong.
    Forumite2: Because he's the poster our forum deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So they'll ban him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a Silent Stalker, an epic forum poster. A Black Prince.

    *dramatic music*

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    1. Actually it was about something else, but yes, not posting leaks is a part of it. I am not at liberty to discuss it for now, I'll leave that to Overlord :)

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    2. "not at liberty to discuss"

      ...

      Now, on a purely theoretical and speculative basis, if, say, WG offered you a place in their midsts, an employment, if you will, you wouldn't be at liberty to discuss it, right? It's all speculative and theoretical, so please, just give your most speculative and theoretically possible answer to this possible situation.


      ...they did offer you a gig, didn't they?

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    3. Nope, they didn't, even though that would be pretty hilarious :) Come on, let's be realistic. I made fare too much mess for that.

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    4. A man can dream, can't he?

      You could be a great community manager. ...that is until power corrupted you and you installed your own draconian rules.

      As for my previous post, I had in mind more of a participation in some project of theirs to some extent, rather than a job, paid or not. That's the only logical reason in my head why you can't discuss it, others are just varying degrees of silly.

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    5. No, I'd be extremely bad moderator and community organizer. I am capricious by nature, I anger quickly and I am generally a vengeful person. I can't afford to be that in my line of work, so I sort of "save" it for the virtual world, which is not a good thing.

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    6. Description fits majority of forum moderators (in any forum there is). Anyway, if you say so. My opinion is of course biased, as I judge purely by content you provide to the community while knowing nothing of your personal character.

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  14. can you give a hint of what you have :3

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  15. Severe rule violation, 3 warning points and 7d RO for providing url that was ok the previous day. LOL :D

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  16. Honestly, your thread was the only thing that kept me on the forums for so long. As is I don't see myself going back there now, so keep up the great work dude, can't wait to see what you have in store for us :D

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  17. no more linking commenting by me SS in the forum. i respect your wish.

    i thought you wanted it to remain productive but if you prefer it this way, i'll respect that!

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  18. I think you are inconsistent in your blog. At times you call out the hate of one community to another yet you attack a person and call him "fat twat". With this you are becoming the person you don't approve of. Pepole reading your blog will think that person is someone to hate, regardles if he deserves it or not.

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    1. I am consistent - I respected Ectar's work, but slowly got to dislike the man behind it, because I think he's holier than thou. Besides, I always attack people I don't like. I am a proper asshat, remember? :)

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    2. Attacking Ektar is just mean. His replies on the q and a thread were always to help out. Now you calling him names encourages others. He's the only good mod there and always takes the shit.

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    3. I guess you are right. I'll edit out the insult.

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    4. Ectar is fine....others are usles.....

      and the poor guy always brings in a bad news.

      Oh well he is a good model for jokes:
      http://forum.worldoftanks.eu/index.php?/topic/193391-the-true-story-in-pictures-2/page__st__60#top

      Hunter is the 1 i hate....

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    5. Only_Slightly_BentMar 14, 2013, 12:24:00 AM

      Funny story about Hunter:
      He once gave me a 24h RO ban for defending WG...

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  19. Lol, I got a 14d RO, for calling that mod who banned you, an incompetent idiot, and the censorship on forum is way harsher than the ones established by stalin

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  20. Ectar is a good person but the one whos controlling him is a bit less happy on leaks (maybe he was threatened?)albeit I find it amusing that the savior of the German heavy tree is a fat Löwe.

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  21. First i would say thanks to your translator work.

    Like you say your translate is use for some other language.
    From you all other community can have this news and this the best reading topics in frenchspoker forum !

    We know this a translate ru->en->fr but it's the better information way about wot!

    Your work is upper wargamming communication.


    Well, thanks, we are a lot to read you and we like it!

    Rociel from Switzerland

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  22. love your blog and what it offers to the community ;)

    gratz from Portugal

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  23. Keep up good work

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  24. yo dude! get yourself adsense and make some good money! but watch out for clickbombers. especially your fellow czechs lol

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  25. Keep up the good work. I've been reading from pretty early on.....don't recall why I was in the Euro forums, but I bookmarked it so I always knew where it was. The blog is a much nicer format for what you are trying to accomplish. I check it @ least 3x's per day.

    Best wishes from sunny Arizona!

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  26. Just wanted to say thanks for your translations, since I never read the official forums your site has become one of my major sources of WoT information.

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  27. I felt the need to wish u all the best with your blog,as I was reading Q&A and FTR simultaneously qoite a while.Keep up the great work.
    Blog has a bright future,b/c it will draw ppl as one of places those WG muppets cannot censor.
    I can understand their move few days ago,but this is your site,and they will moderate their not-even-half-interesting-forum (all honours to the exceptions like ding760,tyutyu etc) the way they did...
    I believe that ads wouldn`t be a problem to readers,u have mentioned earlier smthng about it...
    btw that is the status of ur game acc?

    best wishes from cloudy Belgrade,Serbia

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  28. @Frank Davis,

    Thanks again for this very informative blog! Too bad the "Russian mentality" is still there about secrecy.

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  29. Hey SS,

    I check your blog every day because it's much better suited for finding news than to sort through the WG forum cluster.

    I appreciated the leaks but only because it gives a bit of an oversight on what to expect in the future, while I understand that leaked content could be canceled at any time by WG.

    Either way, I appreciate what you do and will keep checking every day no matter if you choose to post leaks or not.

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  30. keep it running please! (San Francisco)

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  31. "...and I kinda promised I'd stay away from the leaks to him. We'll see how everything goes."

    You are just waiting for an excuse to post (and gain some audience from) something that is not yours to show or discuss, yes?
    You, sir, are a bottom-feeder.


    BonchoSloncho

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    1. Ever heard of free-press mr. anonymous? Or are they all bottom-feeders to you aswell.

      Either way, people give Silentstalker stuff. It's not like he forces them to. And if wants to share some of it (I'm sure he doesn't share everything for various reasons) with us then I'm fine with that.

      IF WG doesn't want info leaked (which is logical) then they need to find a solution.

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  32. from CZE...we (who actually read and care) need this keep running =)...PM me if some help is needed..im addicted anyway, now just the loyalty check =)

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  33. Really I think you should just stick it to the man; Post whatever you want to post wether it be translations or leaks and take it on the chin like you have.

    Or has WG really gotten to you with this forum ban?
    Why are things different now then back then?

    In all honesty I think this place is a better read then the countless of "OMG NERF ARTY" - "FUCK NOOBS NEED SKILL MM" and - "ZOMG KV-1S IS OP NEED NERF" posts on the forums.

    I've taken a 3 point warning, 7 day RO ban to the face for (In a if I do say so funny way) advertising your blog so you make it worth it to read!

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  34. I've only been reading your blog for a few days and it's still the best thing news-wise I've discovered for WoT. Please continue.

    It certainly beats trawling through the forums for the latest news (or any news for that matter :)) about World of Tanks.

    I can't understand why they handle 'Specials' for weekends so badly...put up the monthly calendar and tell us *exactly* what the bonus and discounts will be for the following weekends...this way at least the players can plan ahead.

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  35. Actually it is hilarious, as only guy providing relevant dev information for EU comunity is banned on official forums, while he was doing the job there WG employees should do... Absurd of the year so far.

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  36. Well, he did not have to leak things not yet added to the game, and everything would be fine and dandy.

    I doubt Macdonald's or Microsoft or EA, or Any other company would enjoy someone leaking "secret" stuff on official forums.

    He dug this grave himself. Too bad. But hopefully someone else who speaks russian and english can translate the devblog again.

    ta.

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    1. You do realize I am still translating and this blog gets about 20-30k hits per day?

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    2. You shouldn't expect people to read what they're commenting.

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    3. Doesn't change what i wrote, i was replying to the "banned on the forums". Maybe i could have added "on the forums" then.

      That Posting leaks on the forum should be forgiven because of translating dev-posts, is not likely. Regardless of the fact that most players feel WG-EU should prioritize such a thing.

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  37. хорошая работа, спасибо!

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  38. Please spill the beans, all of it, the Good, the Bad, and the WG.

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  39. Love how Ectar rages out with Quickybaby live stream. He really puts on a attitude, and is really indicative of WG staff in general. They think themselves Kings/Bishops compared to us lowly pawns. I hope WG reads this. Because their service support really lacks.

    Ectar, you're kind of a jerk, and no Harlem Shake is going to fix that.

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    1. I'm from the NA forums and my only experience with him is a few posts on reddit. He's always been helpful there. I find it funny everyone attacking him now posts anonymous.

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    2. I once met him in random battle
      he liked my E-50M camo
      BFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  40. A NEW PHENOMENA on EU Forums, saw couple of posts with it, i suggest you do the same for our Silentstalker.

    add the follow text signature. should be the same to make effect on memory:

    -----===== Silentstalker is innocent =====-----

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    1. He isn't. He broke the rules. He got banned. All is fair.
      He still has his blog, so noone cares about the forums.

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    2. In Russia, innocence proves you!

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  41. I like your blog and check it almost everyday.

    Some time ago i checked Overlord's blog for informations about next patches, now i do not need anything more than this blog.

    EU forum sucks in comparison with RU, when you search for some - even small - news about new patches.

    And I understand that some things may come later or they will not be in game ever. But I am simply interested such Q&A and new stuff which can come.

    Sry for bad english.

    Keep it up, greetings from Poland

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  42. Do you have any issues with us posting and linking your stuff onto the SEA forums? 100% Ectar free, I promise.

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  43. Hello Mick666,
    I can't understand, why WG bans me in the forum for the same thing, you are doing as a moderator. When I asked my banning moderator she suggested to report you...
    Are you living in the dreamland of anarchy?
    Tried to create an Account on SEA-Server, but something went wrong (dont got the confirm email).
    Best regards

    Johnny_k2(EU)

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    1. Hello Johnny;

      SEA and EU are two completely differently run servers. Each server has their own management style, and is run independantly.
      On SEA, the management has a meh attitude on this blog. Linking the Q/A stuff is completely legal, the blog yeah, legal.

      The leaks are technically illegal, but so is WTF, GTFO and STFU. Mind you, if it changes, I'll end up smacking them.

      You'll also need to remember that beyond the individual policies (Not to say SEA isn't strict. I have to warn for saying fuck and shit, where NA does not), EU also has a history with SS. He's been banned before. He's a local. On SEA, I mentioned him in skype to response of 'who?'.

      Hope this clears things up.

      ~Mick666.

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    2. Hello Mick666,

      thx for your answer!
      But I thought Wargaming is the employer of all the mods. But now it is clear the decision came only from EU.
      I am lucky that you are still linking to this blog.
      So: when EU thinks they should copy Lukaschenko, the community should trying to get more global...

      Best wishes from "the other side"

      Johnny_k2

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