After conducting a review with a person I will not name, I finally came across a welcome thread by a former PKMN.NET member, Lorna, who renamed herself Angel-FoX-crescent. The thread was titled to bash PKMN.NET — and from how Joe and other moderators responded, the title was effective to say the least. Imperial Dragon, the same mod we probed in the rant about mistreatment of new members, was kind enough even to give the following review, having been banned himself from PKMN.NET twice before I first joined:
Ah that dutch mod dude being Joeno? You shouldn't take him so personally, Angel-FoX-crescent because he's literally the most obnoxious person I've ever met, and he always treats people like crap, that's been his main ambition in life for the last several years.
And this comment isn't intended to glorify SPP, more so to insult PUK. Basically, in the war of life for the struggle of survival, PUK is the anally abused Magikarp, and SPP the uber Deoxys on crack. You figure out who emerges victorious.
Serebii concurred with him, at first sounding sympathetic with Lorna (as she will be called hereinafter) but then turning to brand James as 'going to be selling the Big Issue'.
Now it wouldn't be fair to say that they were the only ones to hold that idea. I joined Serebii.net in April (two months before the blog was started) out of anger towards Jeroen and looking to get their assistance in a revolution. Of course, the rule page of the time prohibited talk against other sites (I wonder if that rule is holding up well?), so I decided to just sift in. Of course, we now have Lorna looking to stir up dissent among the members in the SPP forums that already have: a) had unpleasant experiences with Jeroen (seeing as Imperial Dragon was knocked out twice with one clemency), b) picked up on the rivalry, and c) accepted the fact that the site that they're on is the most socially secure.
However, I lost my chance to give proposals when TPL collapsed, but by then I wasn't willing to start a revolution anymore. I intended to go back to PKMN.NET, wipe off my former self, and start anew. And I have, and now I've been able to see more distinctly the prejudice Joe harbours toward James. Pity Joe isn't funny in the same respect as Psythor. Now I'm here writing, trying to drive the nails into the coffin before Joe can sell the site. My goal by the time I was let back into PKMN.NET was to not bash Jeroen, but now bash Joe.
And for those of you reading and having come from Serebii.net, I think you should have a bit more respect for us. You bashed PPN for being lenient and us for being too strict. Perhaps it's you that has the guise of rules intended to drive off bad members, and it's also you who conducts uneasy business under that guise.