WickedFire just DIED (1-8-2019) while reading FatBat TumbleWeed Thread in STS

jstover77

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While I wasn't fond of people getting roasted all the time (although sometimes it was certainly warranted), I do miss seeing people getting dickrolled. Even after being on there for 4-5 years, I would fall for it myself. It was always that moment where you're like..."God Damiit!! I can't believe I just fell for that!".
 

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Bwahaha, I remember after being on there since 2007 I'd still fall for it. My fiance' at the time was walking by and seen that wierd swirling thing flying around on my computer and was like wtf!!? Imagine trying to explain that shit to her lol
 
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In my mind, Wickedfire died due to four things that happened in this order:
  1. Resisting new users' attempts at joining the culture, which meant the active user base was steadily dwindling.
  2. Penguin destroying 90% of the user base's income overnight, sending most of them off into the Bitcoin world, the closes equivalent to the EMD world of the pre-Penguin era.
  3. Raising the price of the BST to just under $250 a month, while requiring you to start a new thread every 2 weeks and constantly lose all momentum. This meant the cheap stuff like social bookmarks couldn't exist there, and thus at least half of the lurkers and posters had no reason to lurk any more.
  4. Forcing a paid subscription on content even to the users who wrote the content. I suspect less than 1% of the user base signed up, and most of that was for one month to scrape the content and then cancel.
That's what happens when saving face is more important than admitting you made a mistake and being seen undoing a past mistake. It's okay to step backwards and salvage something nice. Otherwise you're just patching patches on a sinking ship, applying them with a battle axe.
All of the above but I believe the main reason is simply competition: Thousands of Facebook groups, Reddit, YouTube and competition from other forums and the ease of Wordpress allowed anyone to publish affiliate related content. You could find much better content that was actually helpful.

Jon's lack of involvement didn't help either (he was very active in the the beginning) and the forum grew to be very toxic with it's attitude that also contributed to it's demise.
 
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WF died cuz Jon decided to let it die. That's all.

That said it will never die.
The community is still alive in a tertiary sort of way.
Former members have gone on to found an insane amount of successful plays in performance marketing and web services. There really is a paypal mafia effect. You can basically run an M&A firm just doing deals off contacts from that place.
 
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