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I have struggled for days making a decision on what to do with the website after winning the lawsuit where people I only knew for a short time claimed ownership of Kinkster and all associated properties. Their claims went so far as to attempting to make criminal complaints against me that I was just the “IT Guy” and I committed computer crimes and fraud by registering domains under my name and not theirs. Attempting to put me in a very actionable position thinking I would cave because lacking the resources to properly defend myself – and they were almost successful. I had difficulty securing a proper lawyer that didn’t require a large percentage of the property along with their standard payment.

In October when I had legal action coming down and had difficulty securing my own defense, I decided to export the website to an encrypted external solid state drive and wipe the physical servers. I would have rather burn this place to the ground than let some disgusting opportunist manipulate the law to steal something I made countless sacrifices for. There were plenty of times over the past few months I was unsure where my next meal would come from because all my resources were getting dumped into fighting this battle. Damn near lost my mind. All of this going on while I was working a full time job.

Few weeks ago a judge ruled that I do indeed own 100% of all physical, electronic, technical, creative, and intellectual property. Seems the hardest part was proving that one solo person did all this, apparently *not having a life* isn't a good defense.

This whole ordeal was a testament to our broken legal systems; shit that's wrong with our country and people; and I accept my own responsibility for not better protecting Kinkster's properties - if this were a standard corporation, this would be a resignation letter and not a long explanation.

Developing and administrating Kinkster has been more of a hobby over the past five years it’s been around. Anyone who has gotten to know me on a personal level would back me up that the goal was always to make something fun, never profit.

I do it because how absolutely fucked up, censured, and divided the country & world has become. The current national narrative really seems to be attacking anything that brings people some level of enjoyment to life. Nowhere else in the world has something quite like Kinkster, and I honesty do believe it has increased the quality of life for people in the lifestyle in Colorado and the surrounding areas.

The past couple weeks the external solid state drive that is essentially the entire website has been sitting on my coffee table. It's humbling in a weird way to see something that made so many people happy, made a few people foam at the mouth to get their hands on, and damn near ruined my own life protecting being used as a drink coaster. I had a few personal file I wanted to retrieve, I really had no intention of doing anything with it until I had to make a new KIK account to contact an overseas friend who was the only person who had the decryption key. Since KIK will link to your other contact information it took about 15 minutes for my phone to blow up with messages from members here who had my regular info.

We took trip down Memory Lane, sometimes you forget all the crazy fun that went on here when you become overwhelmed managing every aspect while being the only one making countless personal sacrifices to keep everything up and running.

I can't even complain, Kinkster has been a wild ride and once-in-a-lifetime experience for sure!

I’m sure some people will leave, and that’s fine! They're plenty of paid options out there that absolutely do share and sell your data you cannot delete from their servers.

You can follow this link to completely erase all your data, media, messages, everything associated with your user account from the server.

The most surprising thing witnessed was in less than 30 mins after getting things basically back online - someone from Colorado joined, and even saw a few members already logged on by then.

As for right now, I’m going to do what I do best – being the fucking IT Guy! The handful of long time members who convinced me not to walk away will work on growing the community, attracting new members, and other community facing things.

Take care,
-Rob

ThatGuy 01.21.2019 43 1002
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01.21.2019 (125 days ago)
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