Episode 456 - Smackdown on Quackjeeves

Dec 8, 2019

Smack Jeeves has been sold out from under its community to a Korean mobile content provider company NHN. The same company approached us last year but the deal didn't go through because we were too strict on retaining control of the site and protecting our community, SJ apparently didn't have those same concerns for the people that made the site so special and that is a huge shame. What's happened now is that NHN is streamlining the site, minimising the creative members who host their comics there and turning it into a content delivery site for its hand-picked pro work, turning it into another souless clone corporate of Webtoons or Tapas.

Topics and Show Notes

This is a travesty. It's the creative people who host comics on our sites that MAKE the sites what they are. Hosts like us put in a lot of time and money to build these webcomic hosts, but cumulatively the creators that host with us put in a hell of a lot more and it's only down to them that any of us have the profile we do. It's THAT which NHN wanted to by out: the internet traffic and site presence that has been built up over a decade by those site members and they've all been betrayed.

Now there are precious few independent egalitarian webcomic hosts left… just us and Comic Fury I think? It's a shame because in its day Smack Jeeves was awesome with many amazing features that were ahead of their time.
We go into this much deeper as well as our own experience with corporate take overs in the Quackcast. Give it a listen. It's a bit ranty but there's some interesting stuff there.

This week Gunwallace has given us the theme to “Banes’ theme” - Welcome to the rockin’ church of Gunwallace! Come on it and say your prayers with all due reverence and an attitude beatific joy for your lord has risen and his name is BANES! (based on Bane's musical intro for last week's Quackcast).

Topics and shownotes

My Newspost (much more detail) - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/dec/08/sad-day-for-smack-jeeves/
Corporate Smack Jeeves :( - https://www.smackjeeves.com/
Religion in Fiction cast from last week - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/nov/30/quackcast-455-religion-in-fiction/

Featured comic:
Barkham Horror - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/news/2019/dec/03/featured-comic-barkham-horror/

Featured music:
Banes' Theme - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Gunwallace/, by Gunwallace, rated X

Special thanks to:
Gunwallace - http://www.virtuallycomics.com
Tantz Aerine - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Tantz_Aerine/
Ozoneocean - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/ozoneocean
Banes - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/Banes
kawaiidaigakusei - https://www.theduckwebcomics.com/user/kawaiidaigakusei/

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Ozoneocean at 7:45PM, Dec. 10, 2019

I think the main this with NHN and Smack Jeeves is that they lost their community advocate... It sounds like Dan was the linchpin and without him there was no one to speak for the community and let them know how important those parts of the site were. Drunckduck always had advocates. Platinum and Wowiow made a lot of mistakes, but one thing they did right was to always have someone who could speak for the community- and listen to them. Eventually.

Ozoneocean at 7:42PM, Dec. 10, 2019

You can always contact me to fix things when needed Amy. I'm always ready to do that.

Amelius at 12:49PM, Dec. 10, 2019

Ha and sorry for sorta falling off the articles, I still wanted to do them but lost my password to upload and then it was just a downhill slide mentally/stress wise for a few months so it got lost in the shuffle.

Amelius at 12:42PM, Dec. 10, 2019

New comic host name: PeasantSpace :P Again I have to express deepest gratitude that you all stood against the corporate buyout and wouldn't let them step all over us! Trying to get our private info? That's some sneaky facebook crap! I can't speak for Dan because I don't know how things went down, I just know the first post where he announced the purchase, he assured the community that things wouldn't change, so it's possible NHN learned from DD's rejection and chose to omit the fact that they would overhaul the site after acquiring it. I'd send you the quote but NHN broke their other promise to just read-only the forum, just like they broke all the links!

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