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Part One / Part Two

In July of 2006, mx founded the Sputnikmusic Staff – a move which, frankly, was made much too early.

The summer of 2006 was an interesting time for the site.  Its active userbase had been declining almost since the site was founded, but this was never more readily apparent than that summer, when Sputnik was plagued with downtime because of problems with the server.  At one point, the site was down for two entire weeks, and many started to accept that it might not come back.  And although it did come back, the damage had been done.  For one long interminable summer, Sputnikmusic’s active userbase consisted of under fifty people who kept the site alive, posting and commenting and trying to make sure the site that meant so much to them didn’t die by the wayside, because even though there was still a decent (for the time) amount of outside readership that didn’t have accounts, would they visit the site if no one was posting any reviews?

Still, mx implemented a number of big changes to the site.  Apart from fiddling with the design and layout of the site, he added a slew of new features, a few of which are still around today and a few that turned out to be not so great.  Lists were a huge addition.  If users weren’t content with simply talking about Metallica in a Master of Puppets thread, they could now post a list of their ten favorite Metallica songs.  Also added were journals, which were “small, informal jottings about anything concerning music.”  Naturally, both of these features were quickly abused.  Users took up space on the front page with lists like “Top 5 Sputnik Users,” “Top 10 Bands,” alphabet lists (lists where bands were listed from A-Z), and “[Band] vs. [Band]” lists.  People quickly realized that most people were unwittingly making the same lists containing the same bands over and over again, but that didn’t deter anyone.  In 2010, people are still making lists like the alphabet list, somehow thinking that they’ve come up with an original idea.  Many times, people clamored for the list feature to be removed from the site because of its quick devolution into mindless spam, but they were one of the site’s main traffic draws, so they stayed.

Journals, on the other hand, actually required a bit of thought (or at least they should have, if they were to meet the requirements set out by mx).  While lists could be made in under five minutes, a good journal would take more time (again, in order to meet the requirements), which meant that they never met the requirements and were instead used for spam.  (Additionally, consider the fact that users were able to post images in their journals.)  But for a time, new journals were linked on Sputnik’s front page, just like lists.  Over time though, they were relegated to the bottom of the page, and then they were taken off the front page, and eventually mx removed them from the site altogether (although you can still reach them if you know the link or had it bookmarked).  So if journals were meant for short, informal jottings about music, then what were users to do if they had something a bit more lengthy in mind?  For them, there were muses.  Muses were an early version of the staff blog, except that everybody could post them.  If you think that sounds great, consider this:  absolutely nobody used the feature.  Early on, a few of the staff posted some, and even a couple regular users got in on the action, but after a month or so, muses were deemed a failure.

Although the features that were added that year were very much trial and error (soundoffs were added around that time as well), one major change was there to stay:  the staff.  The earliest incarnation of Sputnikmusic’s staff was fairly small.  It contained mx, the moderators, and a few regular users who had been around for awhile and amassed a good number of reviews.  And while some of these first members couldn’t write worth a damn and others would go on to write barely any reviews as staff members, others are still around and very active to this day.  Still, the inclusion policy was very light.  Because of how young the site was, it pretty much had to be, which is why the staff was created too soon.  The only reviewers who had written a decent number of reviews up to that point had written a lot of them when Sputnik was still just a subforum of MXtabs.  They weren’t added necessarily because they were fantastic writers, they were added because they had written a lot of reviews and had been around for awhile.  Anyone who views the Sputnik staff as a sort of “old boys’ club” today should consider what it was like in 2006, when a whiny, middle-aged man with creepy fetishes was added to the staff.

The formation of a Sputnik staff brought a whole new level of attention to the site’s professionalism, or lack thereof.  Debates on how to separate staff reviews from user reviews on the front page abounded.  Initially, staff reviews were denoted simply with a marker that said STAFF, and they were still included on the front page with the user reviews.  Over time, staff reviews were given their own place at the top of Sputnik’s homepage, a placement that would be overruled only by the inclusion of featured reviews.  Apart from all of Sputnik’s inner politics, the site was receiving acclaim as a source of music criticism.  Wikipedia, which had long barred Sputnik from its reviews section because of regular users submitting their own writing, finally allowed the site access under the stipulation that only staff reviews were to be posted.  It seems a small victory in the present day, when Sputnik is included on sites like Metacritic, but it was a huge step in the right direction.

Even so, the debate rages today:  more community-based features or more professionalism?…





mynameischan
06.30.10
history!

Enotron
06.30.10
I think I prefer staff features, though it would be really cool if they resurrected journals.

bloc
06.30.10
Wow, they even let users write entire music articles?

SCREAM!
06.30.10
This one really brings the nostalgia

Deviant.
06.30.10
"Wow, they even let users write entire music articles?"

Just think of all the damage you could've done Bloc

Poet
06.30.10
Ah journals. Can't wait for the next parts because I'll remember all of it.

bloc
06.30.10
"Just think of all the damage you could've done Bloc"

Imagine the power....it feels.....good.

south_of_heaven 11
06.30.10
Hi chan

Iluvatar
06.30.10
grant fucking hunter

how nice it is to fucking see you

bailar11
06.30.10
enrique likes old times

mynameischan
06.30.10
a piece of history has just crashed through the window

Tulannical
06.30.10
i always forget that JohnXDoe used to be a staff member

Ross22
06.30.10
good read, I was only active in 2006 for about 4 months so I can't remember all too much, although I do remember 80's metal was huge.

mynameischan
06.30.10
summer 06 was when they pretty much became extinct apart from the occasional first review by a new user

as far as particular album releases and reviews, i'm going to try to address stuff like that in another part when i talk about the sputnik hype machine etc

Iluvatar
06.30.10
i think the best of 2007 feature was a big turning point in bringing people into the site tbh.

Electric City
06.30.10
tribestros, hypeboleking, i remember them being big deals. hyperboleking was the michaeljordan of his time, i remember being worried the site would really just implode

bloc
06.30.10
I think I fully started to use the site when Chan had The Tick avatar. I remember seeing it in news articles.

Iluvatar
06.30.10
oh wait michaeljordan is hyperboleking.

everything makes sense now.

SCREAM!
06.30.10
I actually remember when chan entered the world as a young, frightened Good Charlotte fan

mynameischan
06.30.10
michaeljordan is a lesser version of hyperboleking

Iluvatar
06.30.10
i remember when chan reviewed a christian compilation album and gave it a high score, then gave an abba comp like a 2 or something.

stupid chan how did we ever become friends

Ross22
06.30.10
I'm trying to remember all the big users back then, all i can think of is Chan, South, Bron-Yr-Aur, Patrick, Thor, Shadows,

mynameischan
06.30.10
STEVO2112, ZEPDUDE7

SCREAM!
06.30.10
metallicaman8 was another

mynameischan
06.30.10
lesser because hyperboleking did what you did first

Ross22
06.30.10
o yeah stevo2112 was big too

Iluvatar
06.30.10
i still talk to bron.josh sometimes. he called me a couple times, was kind of weird.

Iluvatar
06.30.10
also me chan and eliminator pretty much kept this site alive summer 06 REPRESENT

joshuatree
06.30.10
getting into stuff i actually remember!

and holy shit hyperboleking. forgot about that fuckin guy

SCREAM!
06.30.10
DrunkenViking and Fuct

Ross22
06.30.10
yeah now this brings me back

Zizzer
06.30.10
I remember there used to be a live updating thing on the front page showing new album ratings... that was cool.

Ross22
06.30.10
lol I don't know about you guys but it's pretty astonishing how much my music taste has changed since then

mynameischan
06.30.10
hyperboleking was like 2008

Zizzer
06.30.10
I just remember hyperboleking was an attention whore who rated The Doors' S/T album a 1. What else did he do?

mynameischan
06.30.10
my history isn't interesting, i started just like anyone else. had a juvenile, horrible taste in music, found sputnik, started writing, found more music.

right place, right time

eliminator is a whole different story though

JulesWin
06.30.10
love the links in the blog chan, that was great!

Relinquished
06.30.10
are you gonna tell that story?

bloc
06.30.10
I hope not

Ghostechoes
06.30.10
"i think the best of 2007 feature was a big turning point in bringing people into the site tbh."

That list definitely influenced me to visit the site a lot more often, since it included many of the albums I enjoyed from 07.

ShadowAmI
06.30.10
These features are pretty interesting for me since i never really thought about the fact that Sputnik was not always like the way it is now. The only change i can think of between the time i started using the site ( a little more than a year ago) and now is the Staff Blog.

Mikesn
06.30.10
graaaant

Electric City
06.30.10
eliminator should get a mention i mean he was pretty vital to the site

mynameischan
06.30.10
nick can't be contained within this feature. any writing i do about him will be its own staff blog

Zizzer
06.30.10
Did the old features get taken off recently? Is there a way I can access the old staff best-of lists from the home page?

Iluvatar
06.30.10
me and chan did ROUGH calculations and figured a third of the posts in summer 06 and perhaps even 06 in general were me, him and eliminatorl

Ghostechoes
06.30.10
"I think I fully started to use the site when Chan had The Tick avatar."

I too remember that avatar, when Chan was not Contributor/Staff and called almost everyone a faggot.

mynameischan
06.30.10
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list2.php?listid=11837

that's the sputnik 2007 list courtesy of GOOGLE

Poet
06.30.10
"tribestros, hypeboleking, i remember them being big deals. hyperboleking was the michaeljordan of his time, i remember being worried the site would really just implode"

lol the memories

didn't hyperboleking like hack some stuff on the site? I remember a bunch of stupid news articles



Athom
06.30.10
"didn't hyperboleking like hack some stuff on the site? I remember a bunch of stupid news articles "
that was just ilikemusicthaticanbeafagto being a bitch

Powerban
06.30.10
you should totally make one about the emergence of eliminator. he was probably the first 'intelligent' sputnik troll. perhaps the only one worth mentioning.

the amount of people on this site that attempt to make alt accounts and troll these days aren't even funny.

FlawedPerfection
06.30.10
I remember that site crash. I'd just posted a review of Black Holes and Revelations and I was so pissed that no one would see it.

Oceanus
06.30.10
the site crash caused me to quit lurking for like three months until I realized that sputnik wasn't actually dead

Willie
06.30.10
Another cool entry. It brings a lot of context to some of the things that you guys talk about in the staff forum.

IsItLuck?
06.30.10
How many parts will this be Chan? 4? 5?

Iluvatar
06.30.10
why do you want to read about eliminator thats veteran shit

also, as gay as it sounds there is too much to eliminator to cover in even a SERIES of articles. id be upset if chan tried, and also a little creeped out.

Pizza
06.30.10
these entries are great, nice work chan

mynameischan
06.30.10
so can i have a user title that says "sputnik historian" man thatd be sad but awesome

igloodude
06.30.10
Chan's the man.

IsItLuck?
06.30.10
Yes please, this is a must for Chan

crazyblinddude
06.30.10
pretty awesome stuff chan. hope there is lots more.

JumpTheF**kUp
06.30.10
i still think the funniest thing to happen was HENDRIX=GOD420

pneumoniahawk93
06.30.10
I remember the 07 list...I'm not sure if I had joined yet though.

Meatplow
06.30.10
good stuff

Iai
06.30.10
Still around and very active representing!

Jim
06.30.10
woah some old users posting in this thread. jumpthefuckup!

i suppose shadows' bwp review will get a nod in later editions. i beat his review for metal review of the year when we had those dorky awards shows.

i couldn't imagine how an awards show would work nowadays.

2muchket!
06.30.10
ahh nick

the boy, the man, the legend

I've seen him around the review site a few times under the original eliminator account

Angmar
06.30.10
lol

TimJim
06.30.10
unban eliminator 2010

Meatplow
06.30.10
he is unbanned on here (as far as i know, he could have gotten banned again)

he posted a slew of reviews not so long ago

TimJim
06.30.10
im mostly talkin about unbanning him on the forums

MUNGOLOID
06.30.10
lol one of my reviews is posted on Wikipedia and I ain't even a staff.

ThePalaceOfWisdom
06.30.10
Weren't those reviews posted by Sonictheplumber and not the REAL ELIMINATOR?

2muchket!
06.30.10
lim tell us ur legacy

mynameischan
06.30.10
next eliminator account should be Hodgkin's Limphoma

2muchket!
06.30.10
elemonader

scotish
06.30.10
so does anyone have the link to the old journals then?

ChucklesSupreme
06.30.10
the journals sound cool

iarescientists
06.30.10
journals were baller

2muchket!
06.30.10
i remember journals bein cooo'

mynameischan
07.01.10
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/muse.php?memberid=208400

that's my journal page!

Tulannical
07.01.10
that pokemon entry is boss

2muchket!
07.01.10
haha

hbp what a fucking ball bag

thebhoy
07.01.10
Fuck me? Fuck You! I came near the end of 2007 so some of this is still in my time. I remember joining the site when at it was were metal heads and then a couple of cool people. Likin' this Chan

foreverendeared
07.01.10
I joined in the winter of '06, so I missed The Big Decline. I'm probably the oldest user to never get banned.

mynameischan
07.01.10
i been banned which is why i love johnny cash so much cuz i know what its like to be in jail

foreverendeared
07.01.10
"i've never been banned"

yes but it says you joined in 2010, I've got like 4 more years under my belt

robertsona
07.01.10
"yes but it says you joined in 2010, I've got like 4 more years under my belt"


lol

Ross22
07.01.10
lol chan, I cant believe the journal on the top of the page has only 83 posts.

bloc
07.01.10
I love these old journal things

Oswig328
07.01.10
Although it seems like I'm a noob because I finally made an account recently, I remember just about all of these things, I suppose I've always been more of a lurker than contributor. One thing that came to mind was an old thread in MX forums where people were posting impressions of each other which was hilarious...i remember inside_me and i think double bass jim? i also remember discovering opeth from mx forums and being in awe at the power of the interwebz

Piglet
07.01.10
what is this The Silmarrilion or something?

iranscam
07.02.10
I think I actually joined in the summer of '06 under Doppelganger. yeah. I love reading this stuff for some sad reason.

iranscam
07.02.10
also I think I vaguely remember some April Fool's joke involving a washboard subforum

when the fuck was that

Electric City
07.02.10
cant believe i didnt get mentioned in that tirade. 2008 was like the height of your downer hate i thought

Ire
07.02.10
I remember MM8. I wonder what happened to the guy. I was one of the people who abused the journals. nice post chan.

iranscam
07.02.10
sup Ire we joined ON THE SAME DATE BRO
http://www.sputnikmusic.com/profile.php?name=Doppelganger

Ire
07.02.10
Crysis also joined that day. btw it's safetysynyster

PanasonicYouth
07.02.10
lawl i joined a year later. makin me feel young

kitsch
07.03.10
r a review that really made waves

shadows blackwater park review


Crysis
07.03.10
Hell yeah safetysynyster represent

Ire
07.03.10
sup bro

Crysis
07.03.10
nm u

Ire
07.03.10
rdng chans plans

Crysis
07.03.10
omg me2

metallicaman8
07.03.10
Thanks for the walk down memory lane, boyo.

SCREAM!
07.03.10
HOLY SHIT ITS HISTORY COMING TO LIFE AGAIN!

sup mang, long time

Zeno
07.03.10
wut is this shit

Ire
07.03.10
sup mm8

Ire
07.03.10
she feels like a new man tonight

metallicaman8
07.03.10
[quote]HOLY SHIT ITS HISTORY COMING TO LIFE AGAIN!

sup mang, long time[/quote]

Not much. Just popping in, as I do from time to time, to see how things are going. How's everyone?

ShadowRemains
07.03.10
holy shit its mm8.....


daaaamn

qwe3
07.18.10
hey its the dude who wrote that massssssive mop review

Zizzer
07.18.10
I don't know. Is this the last one?

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
You forgot to include me in your history. You see I just did a Google search of "hyperboleking" after I had been gone for over two years, and I come to find that I did not have my own page of history dedicated to the landmark achievements I made during my tenure here? Are you serious? Do I seriously have to come back and review some more classic rock albums or get a few more thousand comments or write another "speech" in the news section declaring war on Jom if he doesn't make me a staff member? Really? Have I not done enough? Have you no dignity?! HAVE YOU NONE?!

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
This is beyond insulting. I am pissed beyond belief. Don't think I'm the real deal? I can see that there's been many posers to the throne of hyperboleking royalty since I was permanently banned in the late summer of 2008. Do I need to pull out some more facts about what I did here, maybe get a little more obscure? How about the "tbt" review I did of Sputnikmusic users that only lasted a few hours before it was deleted? How about ilikemusicthatsucks, ilikemusicthatrocks, ilikemusicalot, etc.? Hey Illuvatar, I still have you on my AIM but you never log in again so I assume you got a new SN. I've had it with this bullshit! I'm creating 100 new accounts again and going right to work on some highly praised albums!

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
NO DO NOT BUMP THIS DOWN. I WANT THIS UP HERE FOR A WHILE. I WANT COCAINE TO REMEMBER THAT HE WAS WARNED THAT THIS WAS GOING TO HAPPEN WHEN I GET TO WORK SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE. THAT WILL MAKE THE LIKELIHOOD OF HIS HEAD PHYSICALLY EXPLODING EVEN HIGHER. HEY COC, HOW ABOUT THAT PROTEST THE HERO REVIEW? OR HOW ABOUT GOING BACK TO 2007, WHEN YOU WERE BEGGING FOR ME TO GET BANNED BECAUSE I WAS DISTRACTING EVERYBODY FROM YOUR RETARDED REVIEWS? LOL

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
Get ready. Within the next few months, I'll have this place eating out of my hand once again. Be on the look out, Jom. Wake up, MX. Take your blood pressure meds, Cocaine. I'm back.

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
I will never leave! This website is mine! And this time, when I make my glorious return, I will finally offer a look at the true face of hyperboleking. I will upload a video on to YouTube revealing the man, the myth, the legend for all to see, and link my inferiors here at Sputnik to see the man who controls their fate! Fuck all of you! I hate your website!

Remember my logic for being given a staff membership? Because the world must know that Sputnikmusic is not, nor has ever been, a legitimate music review site. My goal for three years has been to destroy its professionalism forever.

hyperboleking has returned! All hail!

Athom
09.25.10
cool story, bro

PanasonicYouth
09.25.10
why does that name sound vaguely familiar

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
STFU redsky! Novels will be written, film rights will be sold, statues will be built, all in the honor of my legacy! This website will be erased from the textbooks of history and replaced with my glory, my power, my honor! All hail!

Athom
09.25.10
basically its a dude masquerading as another dude that's gonna troll news stories for a couple weeks and then leave.

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
STFU. Tell Illuvatar to get on jesusdeespana so I can begin to negotiate a possible truce if I am offered a staff position.

Athom
09.25.10
nah. i'm gonna zone out to Achilles Last Stand again.

TheAngstyVirgin
09.25.10
No, you'll just get banned for being retarded.

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
So? I was banned in the summer of 2007. Then I returned in 2008. I have kept quiet for some time, and would have stayed away if a certain person hadn't neglected to make me priority number one in his Sputnik history. But now I can see that I did not do enough here already. I am back until I achieve my goals.

PanasonicYouth
09.25.10
you're probably not on here cuz
and i'm just assuming here
no one cares about you
just throwin that out there

TheAngstyVirgin
09.25.10
"So? I was banned in the summer of 2007. Then I returned in 2008. I have kept quiet for some time, and would have stayed away if a certain person hadn't neglected to make me priority number one in his Sputnik history. But now I can see that I did not do enough here already. I am back until I achieve my goals"

Yeah, you're really not funny.

Athom
09.25.10
most of the userbase has moved on since 06-07 so they arent gonna get your joke. basically all you're gonna do is piss off a canadian for a couple days

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
Nothing about this is funny.

And as for redsky, that means the userbase needs to be educated. Clearly, Sputnik is not properly appreciating its roots.

Athom
09.25.10
they're too busy building a false sense of elitism and mimicking 4chan memes. best of luck.

Realm
09.25.10
derp

Masochist
09.25.10
I remember you in '08, ilikemusicthatsucks. Don't remember you before then.

Also, yeah, Elitism here is ridiculous. I can't believe I pander to this crowd; I obviously don't belong here.

Realm
09.25.10
the elitism here is lol but you can't really avoid it. You either join in and stop being butthurt or people laugh at you for your love of Omar Rodriguez and you get depressed because porch called you retarded...

i am so butthurt

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
I was posting under hyperboleking before my triumphant return as ilikemusicthatsucks in '08. Man those were the fucking days! I can't believe I forgot about this shit! LOL. I know I'll be banned soon guys but be on the lookout because I'm going to come back!

PanasonicYouth
09.25.10
back for 5 minutes and then banned again
such a vicious cycle

TheAngstyVirgin
09.25.10
"I was posting under hyperboleking before my triumphant return as ilikemusicthatsucks in '08. Man those were the fucking days! I can't believe I forgot about this shit! LOL. I know I'll be banned soon guys but be on the lookout because I'm going to come back!"

You've been back, just under about 18 alts.


ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
"You've been back, just under about 18 alts."

Nope. Haven't been back since I was IP banned in '08. I eventually forgot about everything. But I was looking through Google and it looks like this michaeljordan kid came close, but not quite close enough, to my grandeur and mystique.

TheAngstyVirgin
09.25.10
"Nope. Haven't been back since I was IP banned in '08. I eventually forgot about everything. But I was looking through Google and it looks like this michaeljordan kid came close, but not quite close enough, to my grandeur and mystique."

Nice try, but if you were "IP banned(pretty impossible)," then you would just have to change your IP address. Keep trying, though. You'll find your favorite stupid excuse in hopes of getting laughs at some point

Realm
09.25.10
im so sad :(

ilikemusicthatblows
09.25.10
You've been here 2 1/2 weeks. You are nothing to the lasting legacy I have created here, nor do you even know of what you speak.

I will return soon, my loyal fans! Be on the lookout! You will know it when you see it!

TheAngstyVirgin
09.25.10
"You've been here 2 1/2 weeks. You are nothing to the lasting legacy I have created here, nor do you even know of what you speak.

I will return soon, my loyal fans! Be on the lookout! You will know it when you see it!"

Nice try again. Keep it going.

fr33convict
09.25.10
Who has a link to the journals? I must read them!

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