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April 27, 2004 1:11 PM   Subscribe

Where is Rusty? An abandoned community cries out for its creator to return.
posted by reklaw (33 comments total)

 
I took Rusty out for coffee a couple of years ago.

Nice guy.
posted by digaman at 1:16 PM on April 27, 2004


Did you remember to let him out of the car afterwards? Otherwise we may have solved the mystery.
posted by fvw at 1:21 PM on April 27, 2004 [1 favorite]


Why is this on MetaFilter?
posted by xmutex at 1:21 PM on April 27, 2004


WHO is Rusty?
posted by chrid at 1:24 PM on April 27, 2004


And would I need an <unknown _object_00235> to know what a Rusty is?
posted by chrid at 1:26 PM on April 27, 2004


how long as K5 been nothing but crolling comments anyway?
posted by Space Coyote at 1:27 PM on April 27, 2004


READ the link.
posted by botono9 at 1:32 PM on April 27, 2004


Last I talked to rusty he was doing some consulting work. Perhaps he made that his main focus for now.
posted by mathowie at 1:41 PM on April 27, 2004


Poor old Rusty. He's gone a few weeks, and already they're threatening to sue him. This is nothing but user petulance. Rusty should revoke all memberships, and replace the front page with a big picture of him & the missing $30,000 in some Hawaii brothel.
posted by seanyboy at 1:53 PM on April 27, 2004


Judging by the fact that hundreds of current K5 members are engaged in a heated debate on that topic, I'm not too worried.
posted by DrJohnEvans at 1:56 PM on April 27, 2004


Boy, and I thought Matt had it bad when he took a vacation.
posted by me3dia at 2:15 PM on April 27, 2004


This is why website owners shouldn't beg for money. Because then the users feel owed.
posted by smackfu at 2:15 PM on April 27, 2004


What is interesting is Rusty is still there. He last posted about 3 hours ago. He's just ignoring the coup attempt on the front page.
posted by birdherder at 2:17 PM on April 27, 2004


Hey, I hang here to get away from K5 whining ...
posted by pyramid termite at 2:18 PM on April 27, 2004


This is why website owners shouldn't beg for money. Because then the users feel owed.

Erm, if the owners ask for money, then the users are owed. I'm not a member of K5, but the poster there seems to have a point. If Rusty doesn't feel like doing administration duties, he could at least let somebody else handle it for awhile.
posted by unreason at 2:21 PM on April 27, 2004


Really, it doesn't even matter whether Rusty does any admin duties or not. The site gets by just fine without him. People have been gently teasing him about running off with the donated money for ages.

The thing that really rankles here is that he's decided to leave new user registrations turned off for no reason other than his own whim -- fine, if it was his website and his alone, but in a big way k5 belongs to the people who post there, the people who donated.
posted by reklaw at 2:29 PM on April 27, 2004


30K is a lot of money for a community weblog.

I wonder what is the ad revenue for this community weblog.
posted by the fire you left me at 2:31 PM on April 27, 2004


Where is Rusty?

who cares?
posted by quonsar at 3:07 PM on April 27, 2004


Wasn't kuro5hin reorganized as a non-profit some time ago? Doesn't Rusty report to a board of directors?
posted by timeistight at 3:14 PM on April 27, 2004


Photoshopped pictures of his wife? Sounds like kuro5hin has anger management issues.
posted by ed at 3:16 PM on April 27, 2004


Heh wow, rusty doesn't even have to do anything and he makes it onto the front page of mefi.

It's okay everybody, he comes back!
posted by Driph at 3:17 PM on April 27, 2004


I've gotten so much value out of xxxxxxxx, it's absoutely great. I think there's some people on the xxxx that are being absolutely awful though, it's important that you can do whatever you feel needs to be done without having to poll everyone first. When you've basically given X,000 strangers an awesome present, there's not going to be much complaining if you need to make some changes. -guerilla, from a website that doesn't exist

Thanks Matt et al for the awesome present.
posted by roboto at 4:04 PM on April 27, 2004


This is silly. Scoop is set up on k5 such that the site runs itself. The site is fairly autonomous. Sure, he's got obligations to the community, but on his own calendar.

"k5 is dying" is getting as tired as "Apple is dying."
posted by waldo at 4:12 PM on April 27, 2004


who cares?

hahahaah...
posted by specialk420 at 5:38 PM on April 27, 2004


Last I talked to rusty he was doing some consulting work. Perhaps he made that his main focus for now.
posted by mathowie at 4:41 PM EST on April 27


To elaborate on our illustrious leader's comment, I believe the consulting work Rusty's busy doing is for Markos and Jerome. I'd never used Scoop before Kos implemented it...the threading and diaries really make it addictive. IMO, Rusty should take all the time he needs and/or desires to improve the system, and I'm certain it will be worth it.
posted by jbrjake at 7:04 PM on April 27, 2004


in a big way k5 belongs to the people who post there, the people who donated

Yeah, although the word "donation" sortof implies that there's not a technical obligation on the part of the recipient.

The talk of suing rusty for fraud seems pretty stupid and mean spirited. Calling him to make an accounting seems reasonable... threatening to whack him with a stick just seems wrong.
posted by weston at 7:30 PM on April 27, 2004


weston: Yeah, although the word "donation" sortof implies that there's not a technical obligation on the part of the recipient.

If only it were donations.

This story paints a different picture.

Disclaimer: I didn't contribute anything, besides some stories. Neither am I complaining about anything. I "left" the site a year back.
posted by Gyan at 7:42 PM on April 27, 2004


Altogether you contributed over $37,000 in memberships, donations, and text ads

holy shit!

*looks forlornly at blort*
posted by quonsar at 8:17 PM on April 27, 2004


ha! quonsar++ I'd love to see the blort text ads.
posted by crunchburger at 8:32 PM on April 27, 2004


Corrosion happens.

All my best to Rusty.
posted by maggieb at 11:39 PM on April 27, 2004


i want to see the photoshops of his wife. i've always wondered how bad they could have been to get him that upset. a few years back i had the same thing happen to me, but i was only offended because they used a body that's not as good as mine to p-shop my head onto. otherwise i thought it was pretty funny.
posted by t r a c y at 11:42 PM on April 27, 2004


is Rusty = Elliot "Rusty" Harold?
posted by nish01 at 1:31 AM on April 28, 2004


Difficult to masturbate to.
posted by RustyBrooks at 10:46 AM on April 28, 2004


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