From the episode ‘Oops I did it again’, yestarday a pathetic thing happened : Historian took Hermit identity to talk to us. The authors of this blog asked TheHistorian a discussion about several fundamental issues, on MSN, as conference. Historian answered that he only talks via email. Legend wrote back and told him that we consider him a coward who dares not speak freely, to have a civilized discussion. He answered that TheHermit will talk to us.
For us this became suspicious, especially because he asked the time of discussion, not in PST format and instead of Steven, he signed Steve. sedbona said it’s easy to know if it is the true Steven-Elliot Altman or a copy. It comes down to language and culture. We waited the time, but from the first minutes of discussion we realized we deal with a copy.
Historian again believs he has to do deal with kindergarten kids who will do anything to impress him for some cheap mall items.They didn’t used TheHermit original address, but used the one from which Acclaim takes the orders to give you a refined weapon if you buy TheHermit book.
Questions or inquiries regarding the offer must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope you enjoy the book and May The Seeds Of The Dragon Within You …
Now let me entertain you with parts of discussion. For a better understanding I wrote the names you are more familiar with. We all saved the logs, we all made screens with the conversation :
TheHermit: This is Steven-Elliot Altman (Aka The Hermit)….
TheHermit: Greetings. What are we hear to discuss?
Legend:sorry about the delay
Sedbona:My avatar in game is sedbona
TheHermit:Yes, I have heard tell of you. You run the AI website.What can I do for you?
Sedbona: the blog belongs to all who wanted, not only to me
TheHermit:But you decide what gets posted, correct?
Sedbona:no.I let all authors to decide
Legend:we are not here to talk about our blog
TheHermit: But you physically post, correct?
vennus9d:she let us freedom of speech
Legend:the blog is just the own fault of acclaim
TheHermit:Yes, I am a strong proponent of freedom of speech myself, as an author
Sedbona:I can’t post physically, I post with my mind and heart
Legend : can i ask you something, hermit?
TheHermit: Yes, you may
Legend:where is the freedom of speech in YOUR forum?
TheHermit:Players can post whatever they wish, as long as they follow the guidelines. It is not MY forum. It belongs to the players as well.
Legend:well i really doubt that, topics are getting locked and deleted for no reasons, no breaking rules, and btw, the moderators, vgms and gms even break the rules, for example :
Sedbona: Well, I will speak my mind also : there is no freedom of speech in 9dragons forum first because the moderators team are form by people with no PR preparation, don’t even know how to answer a question, they can’t even write a sentence.
TheHermit:I have not curtailed your freedom of speech, you have been given the opportunity to post to the boards, as well as on your blog
Sedbona: I am banned. Historian banned all my accounts because of the blog
vennus9d: that is why we decided to write and submit a case to one of the largest Freedom of Speech Foundation, we want for 9dragons forum to be monitorize.
TheHermit: And still I allowed you to play. I was lenient.
Legend: you were lenient?
TheHermit : Those rules are very clear, and they effect the privacy of our players. The interpretation is for Acclaim to make, and as I said, you have every right to make your own legal claims should that occur. I would not dare to deny you such a basic right.
Sedbona: yes, it is true and I will do it
Legend :ok, seems like to talk about the freedom of speech is senseless, since our dear hermit dont want to understand us. point one failed
Sedbona: but as you said it is Acclaim interpretation
That was the discussion about the freedom of speech.As you can see, it is up Acclaim to interpret the rules, not all players can do it, only one part. Unfortunately for Acclaim, in real life, all people have equal rights. In this sentence, Acclaim proxy acknowledged that they puts in danger the equity of justice act ( the instruments they use can produce inequality if only one part can interpret) . Moreover, TheHermit posts as Historian. When he said that he was indulgent, in fact it becomes Historian. Historian is the one who gave orders to GMs to ban us. In fact, Historian asked the GMs to find my in game account. They could not do it and tried to ask me. My answer was : you will never know it.
TheHermit:All right, now I have a few thoughts on information I read on your blog…First of all, I saw you posted a list of Acclaim Staff; however, you posted a list of David Perry’s employees… Next, you posted what you thought was The Historian’s address. I am telling you now, it is not his address……………………… Again, I have no problem with he said / she said. What about your misinformation I just listed? Do you plan to remove it? All of the above I just listed for starters? Well, they have nothing to do with Acclaim.
The fake Hermit wants 2 things to go away : Historian address and who is behind Acclaim. Why would the TheHermit wants for Histo address to be deleted and insist so much ? Historian could ask for that ( forgot he failed…). To see that we are above you and we have a good heart (wink), sedbona is considering to remove Historian address, but as we found it , others can do. Now about the other issue, I do not understand the reasons yet. As I said :
vennus9d :I said those are the people behind Acclaim.I didn’t said they are employee of Acclaim.Look at links. I gave David Perry Link and CV, I gave Historian CV, I gave Jill CV, in those CVs, all said they work for Acclaim.
And now the big bomb :
Legend : oh and btw, why did historian sent you? was he scared to face us on his own?
vennus9d:why I have the impression that we don’t talk to TheHermit ? the real one…
vennus9d: I sow the MSN log for the Hermit…was not like this…this is the adress used for the book
TheHermit: I assure you I am Steven-Elliot Altman.
Sedbona : a proof?
TheHermit : What proof would you like?
Sedbona: tell me 5 russian classic authors
… (silence….silence)…he google it…haha
Sedbona: we have google…a writter who does not the basic of russian literature…
Legend:back to 2007 when the open beta started, you were not like that, hermit. What happened with you? why did you become so arrogant like everyone else from acclaim team?
TheHermit:Bulgakov and Tolstoy and Chekov and Pushkin are my choices
Sedbona: I said 5 and was late…was a quick question…
TheHermit:You have spoken to me by PM ingame, Mystery. Correct?
Legend: tell me one person who dont know that…
Sedbona : those PMs can be written by others too
vennus9d: I have the impression you are TheHistorian, same attitudine.
So, TheHermit had to google for 5 russian authors…sedbona was really inspired to put that kind of question. In a blink of an eye our suspicions became true.
This article contains my opinions over the conversation.