The other night, I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to Chad Paulson. He told me that he's releasing GB.net
2.0 later this month. That means a website that isn't ran by AJ Quick, that means a site that is ran by people that (hopefully) won't allow ProtonCharger do whatever he wants. Pretty much a website nothing…like…this. -
Well, simply put GBFans.com
is the largest site that’s dedicated to Ghostbusters. Fans from all around the world are members of it. Given only those that have contributed to the community, i.e. selling highly accurate prop parts, will be respected. Then they in turn pressure you into buying said prop parts. Other wise they believe you don’t have passion in ghostbusters, or props. GBfans.com
even have their own 501st group. They’re motto pretty much is – build the most accurate prop possible or GTHO. Don’t worry; I’ll go into detail of how ‘wonderful’ this site is.
When you join the members of this website will seem incredibly kind, and helpful. Even though they’ll scold you for not using the forum’s search function, they seem to have a fetish for the darn thing. To be honest, the search function doesn’t even work that well. Pretty much if you don’t search out the entire website, and every last thread that’s been made, well then get the hell out of here. Also, once you do something that doesn’t show Einstein level intellect, you will be treated as an outcast, they’ll even turn you into a joke. Oh, and here’s my favorite part - if you retaliate, it’s considered attacking the member that was insulting you in the first place.
They also have a member over there, which will serve as the prime example for how this website treats people. Protoncharger, or Adam to some of you. He gets annoyed easily, and usually for no justifiable reason. Once you get on his bad side, he’ll never let up on insulting you, and bashing you. His CONSTANT sarcasm, pretty much a hatful insult wrapped up in bull crap, will make you want to cut your wrists. No one is nearly as hatful as this guy. PC is heavily opinionated; he’ll force it down your throat when you don’t want hear what he has to say. When he describes how much of a ‘dipshit’, ‘social retard’, or a ‘pain in the ass for the local franchise’ you are, he says it’s the ‘truth’. It almost seems like he has nothing better to do with his life, not to mention he’s in the website’s chat room 24/7. Again, seems like he makes it his own personal mission to make people’s lives hard, and unbearable on this website. This man…my god…I don’t know why AJ Quick, the site’s all might creator, lets him get by with this crap. It’s always constant, he NEVER lets up, that’s what makes this so…. aggravating.
Now onto their 501st group - Some of you may not know what I’m referencing to, the 501st bit. It refers to a Star wars prop forum that is ran by some of the most egotistical elitists. The GBFans.com
group is a fan made Ghostbusters franchise, ran by some people that share a very similar personality to the people at 501st.com
, evidently the reason why I refer to them as that. They’re not bullies, like PC. But, they share a heavily opinionated attitude as him unfortunately. I have to give them credit, they do have really nice, and some the most accurate props ever made. They’re elitist attitude, and they assuming that everyone under the damn sun should build highly accurate, and not to mention, highly expensive props is what makes them Asses.
The site’s community love memes. Like for example - here was this fellow, who was first razzed for putting too many watermarks on his photos. Began a thread titled - ‘nice job you did’, I assume he was trying to create a meme. Well he was successful, mostly do to the community’s need for an inside joke, their own personal memes, and further making the site it self a joke. Now several months later, the thread is still kicking. Nothing becomes old with these people. It’s ridiculous. Boxxy was a huge hit with them too. With the constant memes, bashing, and all the other crazy things, no one would know this was a site for Ghostbusters, if it wasn’t called GBFans.com
The rare event, when there is an honest troublemaker, given if he isn’t buddies with the website’s creator already, instead of taking care of the problem and banning him, they humor the person’s antics. Given it’s been stated that we don’t know what the moderators, and the all mighty creator discusses when it comes to problems. So I guess evident trolls, spammers, and troublemakers aren’t so easy to spot. It takes time, and discussion to figure out if it’s a real problem. Oh, if you’re wondering - Protoncharger use to be banned constantly. What changed? No idea. From what I understand, he hasn’t changed. His posts are monitored now, though. I guess the all mighty creator was tired of banning him every week. The moderators are morons.
There’s supposedly a rule – whatever’s something spoken of in the chat room, it isn’t supposed to leave the chat room. Kind of like - ‘what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas’. Mostly they talk about the members they don’t like, it’s the cyber equivalent of talking behind one’s back. It’s okay with the all mighty creator. So the hell with it I guess.
So what have we learned? The site is twofaced. They pull you in with such a great looking site, and then they make your life a living hell. Sure it has the largest repository of information from the movies, and the movies’ props. More reference pictures, and knowledge people can imagine. But, screw it. They’ll pressure you into buying the most expensive prop parts, and lead you to believe there are no other options friendlier to your wallet. They say you’re supposed to expect this kind of crap on the Internet. The all mighty creator has admitted that his hopes for the site would bring fans of the movies closer together, and inspire them to build props. Well the site speaks for it self, quite a bit. I’ve been told he complains about people hating on his site, shouldn’t that be a sign that there’s something wrong?
Point is - as long as you’ve met and gotten along with the all mighty creator, his friends, and their elitists, you shouldn’t have any problems. To put it simply, a lot of these people have met AJ Quick outside of the community, and get along quite well. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out the all mighty creator gives special attention to these people. Some people foolishly call them ‘Heavies’. I won’t call them this, why? It humors them. They think it's another pathetic attempt of ‘ours’ to make people believe that they're some kind of an evil monopolizing empire or some shit. They're just douche bags that have nothing better to do. I like to call them pricks, or in AJ’s case, the worst website owner in all eternity. You know what’s just hilarious? As people foolishly put them into a higher up bracket, and started calling them heavies. AJ and his pals have put ‘us’ the pathetic, socially inept, shit for brains into a bracket. As we blame them for the problems on GBFans, they blame ‘us’ for being the problem. I mean my god; these people were born assholes.
I simply don’t like this place anymore. It was GBprops.com
before it became GBfans.com
. The differences between the two are astonishing. It was smaller, Protoncharger was nonexistent, and So-Cal GBs wasn’t even a glimmer in the creators’ eye. The place didn’t feel overwhelming, people didn’t pressure you into buying what they wanted you to buy, and they didn’t gang up on you when you do something, in their opinion, wrong. Maybe AJ changed, maybe he suffered a personal lost, or something just bad happened that made him into such a douche bag.
I say - just avoid this place. Download some prop plans, build them the way YOU want to, and never come back. Just enjoy being a fan, have fun. That can only happen if you’re not a member on this site.
I pray to god Chad runs his new site A LOT differently. A site where we can all have fun, and simply enjoy being a Ghostbusters fan. I also pray ProtonCharger won't be allowed here. I just want change, AJ has let his site go down the crapper. I want to apologize for coming off so harsh, but I am fed up with GBFans. I'm fed up with how they treat me, how they treat EVERYONE. They simply have no right. So lets all welcome change, and wave goodbye to AJ and his heavies.