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« on: September 11, 2006, 10:18:38 AM »

This article is also available at http://dead-souls.net/articles/lpmuds.html">http://dead-souls.net/articles/lpmuds.html



Q: Why are you setting this site up now? Aren't you being rather

petty just because you're mad at Tacitus?



A:

   This is starting to become a bit of a frequently

asked question, but the proper answer is long, and the

short answer makes it seem like something hostile is

going on. This page is intended to clarify the origin

and purpose of the lpmuds.net site.



   Some months ago I got fed up with the way the

lpuni.org site looked. Its purpose was unclear, its

navigation and priorities, in my opinion, very confusing.

After a long time of arguing and cajoling with Tacitus,

I decided that I'd take the DIY approach and

set up a simple site, with a simple purpose: promoting LP.

That is, both LPmuds and the LPC language. Just a resource

site...no executive boards, no free hosting, no

plenipotentiary council meetings. Just a site, with

an easy to read format, and helpful LP type stuff.



   After this, Tacitus presumably understood what I'd

been talking about, and changed lpuni.org a little to

help the newcomer get a better handle on what that site is.



   Since then, I haven't done much with the lpmuds.net

site, because I assumed Tacitus would make that site

superfluous.



   Today I'm not so sure. It's been months, and not

a single of the "FAQ"'s on the lpuni.org front page got

a link. Dead Souls people have complained to me about

lpuni and even left that organization due to political

disputes. The atmosphere has even made people stop participating

on the forums there, which was pretty much the whole point

of me asking Dead Soulers to go there.



   I truly, sincerely hope that lpuni gets itself

together and squared away. I believe in its goals, and

have always been an avid public supporter. I don't think I

need to prove my bona fides on that. I've shown that I'm

more than willing to put my money where my mouth is...I have

actually already done so.



   However, given what's been going on, and the fact that

lpuni has been down more than it's been up lately, I've

decided that it's time to revive the old lpmuds.net site

and get it to do the things I've been wishing lpuni would do.



   Whether it's fixing up a dead lib, or setting up

my own router, or setting up hosting for lpu, folks should

know by now I'm not a "stand around and hope someone does

something" kind of guy. I'm all about DIY, and that's what

this move is about.  



   Now, some folks out there are of the opinion that

I'm trying to "compete" with lpuni, and "beat" Tacitus in

some way. I've found myself trying to explain that it is not

so, but I don't think I'll convince all. Let me at least

explain here my thoughts on that...and let the chips fall

where they may.



   It is true that I'm planning on spending less time

at the lpuni.org site, and now that Tacitus is not using

Wolfpaw, will have less involvement in general. However,

curtailing my involvement isn't about being huffy. It's not

about my personal feelings regarding Tacitus. It really

just makes sense for me to step away a little, for the following

reasons:



1) I want a forum that all DS'ers feel comfortable in. Since

lpuni doesn't do that, I will be spending more time on lpmuds.net.



2) I have too many conflicts with lpuni. Whether it's my opinion

on donations (accepting them the way lpuni does makes me uncomfortable),

or my attitude toward the way the website used to look, or my

concern about hosting on Kyndig, or any of a variety of other

issues, my viewpoint gets construed as hostile and anti-lpu,

rather than anti-whatever-it-is-I'm-disagreeing-with. I think

this causes unnecessary conflict in the community. Tacitus is

the lpuni boss, I'm ok with him being the absolute authority

there, and I'm walking away from there so that nobody thinks I'm

trying to oppose what lpuni is trying to do.



3) lpmuds.net cannot compete with lpuni.org, because lpuni's

stated strategies involve things I have absolutly no interest

whatsoever in. You're not going to get departments heads,

ministries of education, LPC certification authorities, or

any of that from lpmuds.net. This is just a resource site, with

forums, downloads, and docs. That's it. What's to compete?





Summary:



* I will be spending less time on lpuniversity stuff.



* I will, however, continue to host lpuni meetings as long as lpu wants.



* The lpmuds.net site is going up, and staying up. It is both the

official support site for Dead Souls 2 and a place for LP mud fans

of all stripes to congregate with a minimum of political strife.



* The lpmuds.net site is not intended to compete with lpuni.org in

a hostile way. The way topmudsites.com and mudconnector.com are

both complementary and competitive, so I envision the relationship

between lpmuds.net and lpuni.org.



* LPU people are welcome at lpmuds, and there is already a topic

dedicated to them there.



* Mommy and Daddy still love you. We just have different houses now.