In early 2006, a Youtube user by the name of BigAl2k6 first opened his Youtube account. He initially made videos using the Sims, but later made rants late in the year. In early 2007, BigAl made a rant called Violent Videogames do not make Violent Children, in which he criticized lawyer Jack Thompson, an opponent of violent videogames, as well as Soccermoms. The video became a hit, and was the first BigAl video to become extremely popular. Throughout the year, he became friends with other such Youtube users, including ranter and game reviewer Darknessthecurse, and RandomDCE, famous for his Handy Dandy Guides. It was around this time that the Ranting Community first formed. Over the years, more and more people joined, including ranter and game reviewer Hellsing920, ranters nume26, lilylivers, PrinceOfMoose, and Tarosan, commentators Boomstick545 and Darkscream217, and other video makers, such as JustKeepThatInMind, GalacticPenguin, TTroopa, Ragdollman98. This article is also full of butthurt and asskissing so please excuse the original author for making such a terrible article.
- CammehYaBams (Terminated. New account is ElectricUnicycleCrew)
- StavrosMike (now StavrosMMA)
- LifeInATent (Terminated)
- Josh Johnson
- Karen Rose
- Lindsey Lowenbrau
Associated Youtube UsersEdit
Early Drama IssuesEdit
Throughout late 2007 in the Sonic the Hedgehog Fanbase, much drama had been occuring between opposing sides, those wanting Ryan Drummond to return to voice Sonic the Hedgehog, and those who wanted Jason Griffith, Sonic's current voice actor employed by dubbing company 4Kids, to stay as the voice of Sonic. Among the Ryan Drummond supporters were GuardianEarth128, Spax3, TheSuperRobotSoujaOG, KaiserWebb, YamatoBushi, IAmStickman, SpongePore, and the ranting community's very own princeofmoose. For months, princeofmoose was the only ranting community member to be involved in the drama in the Sonic Fanbase, being a good friend to both Spax and GuardianEarth, the Drummond supporters leaders. Finally, in April 2008, Spax lost hope of Ryan Drummond returning to voice Sonic, especially after they couldn't get him to return as Sonic in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, despite Nintendo themselves trying to help out. Spax then made a video presenting a new plan, to negotiate with 4Kids to change around the voice actors of the Sonic series where more favorable 4Kids actors would replace the less favorable voice actors. Spax's plan failed, however, when GuardianEarth shot down Spax's plan and opposed it because Ryan Drummond wouldn't return in his plan. Kaiser and Yamato sided with GuardianEarth, which escalated the problems further. princeofmoose later made a statement to try to de-escalate the situation, but his plan backfired, when BigAl, Darkness, and Lotusama got involved. Finally, Spax made a video showing his complete anger, and criticizing GuardianEarth, Yamato, Kaiser, and BigAl. Spax later removed the video, though, and made another video apologizing to the people he became angry with. Spax immediately worked things out with BigAl and GuardianEarth, and later on, Spax, GuardianEarth, and princeofmoose held a Skype panel talking about the situation at hand, and encouraging everyone to try to calm down and move on.
Spax Erupts AgainEdit
In around late July, Spax and GuardianEarth had gotten into another disagreement, and both were at each other's throats. Spax was unhappy with GuardianEarth's inability to control his fans who were criticizing Spax, and GuardianEarth made problems with himself and Spax public through a journal on his Deviantart page. Spax was unhappy with this, and said GuardianEarth was just spreading drama. Spax and GuardianEarth made more videos against each other, and the situation began to tear not only the Sonic Fanbase apart, but also the Ranting Community and the general gaming community. A Civil War nearly erupted, with Darknessthecurse initially siding with Spax, but later decided to stand neutral, and BigAl siding with GuardianEarth. Further problems ensued, hurting Spax's reputation. Spax had been involved in a conflict with a director of a Sonic fan movie, and Spax was set to voice Sonic. However, the director fired Spax, claiming he was being lazy. With Spax's reputation already at a huge low, most believed the director of the project, and more and more people from the Ranting Community, such as RandomDCE, princeofmoose, ChibiFighter, and members outside of the ranting community, such as MagusX1, got involved as well. Even Spax's own friends, such as SRS, began to turn on him. Finally, one day in September, after being fed up with problems, BigAl made a two part rant on Spax's antics. His video many other people to make videos on Spax later that night, and MagusX1 even said that Spax was tearing apart the gaming community. Finally, the next day, Spax closed his account. Everyone began to celebrate, and said that it was about time for Spax to leave. While many were sad that Spax left, most agreed that him leaving was probably the best for everyone, including Spax, who went on the form his own website where he hosted his reviews.
The Beginning of the False DMCAsEdit
In early January 2009, several months after Spax had left Youtube, parodies and criticisms of Spax were still rampant on Youtube. Spax had felt a need to get rid of parodies and videos criticizing or making fun of Spax. He started with accounts that reposted Spax's videos onto Youtube with no change. Though Spax was legally allowed to remove reposted reviews under the Berne doctrine, most were unfamiliar with the doctrine, and made videos criticizing Spax's actions.
Boomstick545 soon began to make commentaries on Spax's video game reviews, and Spax removed several of them. Many people were enraged even more by Spax's actions. Soon, MetroidJunkie2007 and Nightmare060 began to make videos defending Spax, and though they had some valid claims, since Spax was very unpopular, anyone defending him, whether they said that people were overreacting, or said that people were making the Spax situation a bigger deal than it really was, were labled as "asskissers." On January 20, 2009 (the same day Barack Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States), a surge of videos criticizing Spax were uploaded, including videos made by Darknessthecurse, PrinceOfMoose, Tarosan, RandomDCE, and Stpatrickdaymassacre. PrinceOfMoose and aztec005 even encouraged people to take action against Spax by reporting him to Domino's Pizza and Time Warner, both companies which Spax used content from. Over the next few days, MagusX1 and others began to make more videos on the Spax Controversy. A few days later, a rumor had spread that Youtube was no longer allowing Spax to remove videos, but was soon disproven when Spax removed another video the next day. In response, MetroidJunkie made a video, saying that it isn't entirely Spax's fault that videos are being removed. Spax simply makes a request for Youtube to remove a video, and Youtube can either grant his request or not, and obviously Youtube was doing that.
In early February, Boomstick545, due to too many claims by Spax, had his account suspended. MagusX1 then made a new account called MagusInternetAffairs, to post videos revolving around internet drama so people wouldn't have to watch videos on his main channel about internet problems. The first video he posted further criticized Spax, and announced Boomstick's suspension, but also criticized Youtube for giving into Spax's demands. That night, MetroidJunkie and Spax created a treaty to end the situation. The terms of the treaty were that Spax would ignore videos if:
- No mention of Spax's rumored Cream the Rabbit fetish in parodies (ACTUALLY PROVEN)
- Criticisms of videos may not use the entirety of Spax's videos
- Criticisms are not allowed to be used as personal attacks
- Stpatrickdaymassacre was not allowed to critique any of Spax's early videos due to him knowing Spax personally.
BigAl and Magus both accepted the treaty early on. However, others such as Boomstick545 staunchly opposed the treaty, stubborn to not make videos criticizing Spax. The next day, BigAl made a video about the situation, saying the treaty was plausible, but was a little unfair, catering towards Spax. Magus then began to oppose the treaty for the same reasons most opposed it, because the balance went in Spax's favor. Magus then said that he believed the situation would eventually blow over, and in time, Spax would be a fleeting memory.
Soon, it was found out that Spax was not alone in removing videos, but his friend MulderYuffie had been removing videos. In fact, a majority of the claims had been made by MulderYuffie, and not Spax. Eventually, after MulderYuffie's friendship with Spax ended, the rate of copyright claims slowed down immensely, and the Spax controversy had ended for the most part, and Boomstick's account was soon restored.
During this time however, shortly after the Spax treaty was presented, BigAl's BigAl2k6 account was suspended due to a copyright claim on his Jesus Camp rant, which was separated into more than four parts. He soon created a new account, BigAlTheRantMaster, but soon took a break from Youtube for several months to work out problems in his personal life.
The Civil War Against SPDM&Troll PosseEdit
After BigAl returned to Youtube, a Civil War in the Ranting Community had occured. With Spax now no longer active in filing DMCAs, and focusing more on his reviews and the matters on his website, there was no longer a common enemy in Spax. Members in the Ranting Community began to turn on each other, and Boomstick began to make commentaries on videos of his own friends. Boomstick commentated on almost all of BigAl's videos, and while they were for enjoyment at first, and BigAl like the commentaries, relations between BigAl and Boomstick soon became hostile.
When BigAl's real life friend Adam, known as chibinekodemyx on Youtube, made a video promoting Osakacon, an Anime convention he and BigAl made with some of their friends, dressed as L from Death Note, several parodies of chibinekodemyx had been created, including one made by RandomDCE, depicting demyx being descended into a pot of lava. Soon afterwards, the chairman of Osakacon's uncle, a police officer, had DCE's video taken down. RandomDCE explained to BigAl that the video was just a joke, and told him not to take it personally. In response, Boomstick took RandomDCE's original video, and changed it around to make demyx come out of the pot, saying "I WILL RAPE YOU!" With Osakacon ending up becoming a failure, the chairman went out for another job. In a job interview, while having the right qualifications for the job he was applying for, one of the interviewers, who had seen Boomstick's video and had taken it seriously, denied the chairman the job, saying that "we do not hire people who assosciate with rapists." His friend having failed a job interview, BigAl asked Boomstick to remove the video, but Boomstick refused. BigAl repeatedly asked him to remove it, and finally, Boomstick removed it, but told BigAl "please do not make me remove videos again."
The Ranting Community soon became ripped apart once again, half taking Al's side, and half taking Boomstick's side. In July, BigAl made a video explaining about what had been going on between himself and Boomstick, and said Boomstick needed to learn to cooperate with people. The drama soon ended, BigAl and Boomstick making up, and Boomstick removed all of his old videos, and then posted a brand new one. Boomstick explained that back when Spax was removing videos, if one hated Spax, they were immediately considered cool, and were part of the family. Everyone had a common enemy, but once Spax had stopped removing videos on a constant basis, and the common enemy was gone, everyone began looking for a new enemy, and immediately turned against one another. Boomstick decided that it would be best not to make anymore commentaries on individual Youtube users, but on movies instead. For a while, Boomstick only had one video up, but soon, returned to making commentaries.
The Eastside World Order vs. Masterborracho vs SPDMEdit
BigAl, Darkscream217, and MagusX1 were part of a Commentary group called the Eastside World Order, which also included koikitsune, one of BigAl's first friends on Youtube, beltino500, one of Magus' closest allies, and WestsideSteve, the leader of the group. The Eastside World Order was a generally successful group. In August, however, a user by the name of masterboraccho began to target the Eastside World Order's members. Masterborracho made false DMCA claims against both BigAl and Steve, causing Steve's account to get suspended, as well as causing the suspension of BigAl's "BigAlTheRantMaster" account. Then, Borracho named his next targets as Darkscream and RandomDCE. Magus, BigAl, and Steve held a Skype Panel talking about what was going on, and about how ridiculous false DMCAs had been getting. BigAl then created a new channel, "BigAlForever2k6".
Metalmouth vs. The Internet vs SPDMEdit
Around November, a relatively unknown Youtube user by the name of metalmouth44, jealous of the popularity of the most popular members of the ranting community, began criticizing them. However, his primary criticisms were aimed at BigAl. metalmouth claimed that BigAl had betrayed his viewers by suddenly switching the style of his rants. Users such as RandomDCE, Darkscream, and BigAl himself retaliated, with Darkscream defending BigAl. Though most were against metalmouth, others sympathized with him. Boomstick for example saw metalmouth as a mirror image of himself when he started out. Boomstick encouraged people to give him a chance. Despite this, metalmouth's videos caused a trend, and less popular users who were equally jealous of BigAl, RandomDCE, lilylivers, and others, began criticizing them, claiming them to be very egotistical. The Ranting Community continued to retaliate, and metalmouth, though apologizing after each retaliation, claimed that they were all stupid.
Finally in December, fed up with problems, BigAl made a video talking about problems that had been occuring as of late. He talked about how people have been viewing himself and others as egotistical as they were more popular, and how they have been claiming that he and others don't put in enough effort to control their fans. Finally, the next day, metalmouth closed his account, ending the metalmouth drama. Also, a few weeks later, Boomstick545 closed his own account, and left Youtube without a trace, and moved on with his own life.
Downfall of SPDM&Troll PosseEdit
Throughout early 2010, drama situations in the Ranting Community stayed at a minor level, and were usually resolved within a week. People began to learn to ignore criticism better, and long term peace had been achieved. However, in late February, a Youtube user, jealous of the popularity of the Ranting Community, decided it was time to take out everyone one by one. He started with BigAl, filing a false DMCA claim on a two part video BigAl had made, claiming BigAzzl had violated copyright of "Greenlight Studios", a company that didn't even exist. The videos were removed, and since BigAl already had a strike on his channel, the removal of the videos caused him to receive a second and third strike, and as a result, BigAl's "BigAlForever2k6" account was suspended. Though he made a new account called "BigAl2k10", that account was quickly suspended as well. Then, BigAl announced in a video he sent to both MagusX1 and beltino500 that he was leaving Youtube, and would continue making videos on BlipTV. BigAl had become the first casualty in what would later become known as "The Troll Wars".
In early March, the same user filed a False DMCA claim against a Sonic the Hedgehog related video made by RandomDCE, posing as a representative of SEGA. Already having previous strikes, RandomDCE's account was soon suspended. Soon, RandomDCE sent a video to a friend of his, and the friend posted the video. In the video, DCE told people not to panic, and said that he believed SEGA may have just removed the video by mistake, assuming it had violated copyright. Though it wasn't really SEGA, it was not obvious is wasn't, as the video removed was Sonic related. However, a few days later, Lilylivers' account was suspended as a result of False DMCA claims. With Lilylivers unexpectedly suspended, people began to realize a patter, and began to suspect a single person was attempting to exterminate the Ranting Community. Within a matter of days, Subrick, Jim81Jim, and nume26's accounts were suspended. In fear of what could happen, Tarosan and JKTIM closed their accounts. The individual user then targeted Darknessthecurse, but Darkness closed his account before he received his third strike.
Later on, Samueltehg33k, a friend of BigAl, found a trick in restoring an account. Sam gave this advice to BigAl and RandomDCE, and both their accounts were temporarily restored, but soon were suspended again.
Deciding that they couldn't go back to Youtube due to having too big of a target on their backs, Hellsing, DCE, Lilylivers, JKTIM, PrinceOfMoose, Tarosan, and many others formed a new website called Wingerdinger Productions, where they would host their videos and other creations. With no other person to target, the individual Youtube user quit.
However, he later decided he wasn't satisfied, and decided he wanted to take over Youtube. On July 7, 2110, he reemerged, and the user revealed himself to PRESS DIZbe CONJOPI, and resumed False DMCAs. CONJOPI first went after TheArchfiend, a Youtube partner who was not directly involved in the Ranting Community, but was friends with Hellsing. TheArchfiend soon received many strikes, and because he had received so many strikes, his account was gone instantly. Then, CONJOPI targeted Hellsing920. Though Hellsing received three strikes within a matter of days, because he was a partner, Hellsing's account would stay up for sevend days after the third strike was received, though Hellsing would not be able to directly contact his viewers. CONJOPI soon targeted Samueltehg33k, and Sam was suspended within a day. CONJOPI didn't stop there. CONJOPI hacked into the Wingerdinger website, to where going on the WingerDinger website would just redirect an individual to CONJOPI's Youtube channel, though redirection would also change to a website with malware, a prank pornographic website, and finally, a text image that stated that the Youtube Community would never win in their battle against CONJOPI. Soon, with the most popular members of the Ranting Community suspended and off of Youtube, CONJOPI began targeting Let's Players. Because of CONJOPI, and a year of widespread drama, the Ranting Community of Youtube had fallen and they got flaming diarra from the mass copious amounts of butthurt that had ensued.