Brad Wardell's site for talking about the customization of Windows.
Published on December 13, 2009 By Frogboy In Everything Else

NO ONE out-trolls me!

One of the things that I really enjoy doing is posting Stardock’s dirty laundry. This is the kind of thing that only a private company can really do.

I don’t really look at it as “bashing” Stardock when I post critics and admissions to the imperfections of our products. Rather, I look at it as a type of transparency. It lets people know that we see a problem and are aware of it.

Of course, the downside is that you occasionally get haters who see our admissions of foolishness, stupidity, weakness, and general imperfections as opportunities to smear either me personally or Stardock in general.

I lurk on more sites than I care to mention. And so I’ll read some post that paints me or Stardock out as “the devil” but those people don’t usually realize that the reason they know this “evil” is because we freely divulge it. 

Someone in the media recently asked me how I feel that there’s people who won’t buy our products because I switched our shipping company from UPS to Fed Ex (Same cost) because UPS had annoyed me.  I said “Good for them!” because I support that.

If a company annoys you for any reason, you should feel free to not buy from them.  If I was funneling revenue that Stardock gets to killing baby seals for my video amusement, wouldn’t you think twice about buying something from Stardock? I would. Mmmm. Baby seal.

Anyway, my point is that if someone gets annoyed with something I do or that Stardock does and chooses not to buy our products then I say: Good for them. Market forces will sort it out and nothing keeps corporations honest than users making informed decisions on their purchases.

So whether I’m trolling our WindowBlinds technology or pooping on the Galactic Civilizations backstory or the evil corporate overlording at Neowin you can be assured that as chief troll, my job is to make sure that we’re staying honest, transparent and answerable to the customers.


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on Dec 13, 2009

Transparency in corporate America? HERESY! 

on Dec 13, 2009

Mmmm. Trolls

on Dec 13, 2009

So I'm curious, what did UPS do that annoyed you enough to switch? Because in my experience, UPS has always been better.  Not that I would not buy a certain companies products just because they use one over the other.

on Dec 13, 2009

UPS is fine. But they made a big thing about boycotting Fox News (not a particular program but all of it). When it backfired, they recanted and said "Oh no, we're not boycotting anything..."  

So I made a comment on Facebook that it annoyed me that UPS was using their business as a political tool.  This got reported in the media as me supporting "Glenn Beck" (who I've never watched before) which in turn got a bunch of people really ticked off that I was getting political.

I didn't view it as such but if people want to boycott us or anyone for any reason, I actually support that -- even if I think it's dumb.

on Dec 13, 2009

Pooping on the GC story? How was that pooping? It was awesome! Go the flipping Yor! So these abilities you speak of at the end there...are we talking Elemental style mage-like destruction in space?

Ah man GC3, it's so nice to know that it's waiting there in the future.

on Dec 13, 2009

I will bash you on in demigods trolling community, I am king troll here

on Dec 13, 2009

Frogboy
UPS is fine. But they made a big thing about boycotting Fox News (not a particular program but all of it). When it backfired, they recanted and said "Oh no, we're not boycotting anything..."  

So I made a comment on Facebook that it annoyed me that UPS was using their business as a political tool.  This got reported in the media as me supporting "Glenn Beck" (who I've never watched before) which in turn got a bunch of people really ticked off that I was getting political.

I didn't view it as such but if people want to boycott us or anyone for any reason, I actually support that -- even if I think it's dumb.

Ah, ok. I obviously missed the whole "UPS boycott Fox" thing. Just want to know, thanks

on Dec 13, 2009

Please don't ever take Stardock public. 

on Dec 14, 2009

I dont think capatalism is ready for that yet anyway. If everyone did that could you imagine what would happen?

The system might actually be benifitial to the consumer. In which case the universe would fold in on itself.  Better to wirte a book on it and wait for a nation to pick it up years later and try it first.

on Dec 14, 2009

Being critical of something is not being a troll. Being critical for no reason other than to illicit a reaction is being a troll.

Being able to step back and look at something objectively is a good thing. Self criticism is an important step on the way to improvement.

Keep doing what you are doing - it works.

on Dec 14, 2009

I don't like UPS. Kudos for switchting to Fed Ex!

on Dec 14, 2009

Oh great the trolls at it again... Someone forgot to feed him... Now bad things are gonna happen...

on Dec 14, 2009

Being critical of something is not being a troll. Being critical for no reason other than to illicit a reaction is being a troll.

Now why did you say that?

 

on Dec 14, 2009

i want proof!

this is the 3rd or so post of this nature i've read recently and i'm yet to see any of these comments you're talking about.

bring on the laughs i say.

on Dec 14, 2009

Darkodinplus

Transparency in corporate America? HERESY! 


 

That's because secretly Brad is a Canadian!    ...and he can't fight it any longer...hehe    Out with more secrets.....

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