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PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby News Portal » 7 Feb 12, 1:34 pm

Over the years, I’ve hung out with PALGN executive editor Jeremy Jastrzab a number of times. We even wound up in Paris one year for an Ubisoft do, totally enamoured with the legginess of a local burlesque show. He’s a good guy and loves his gaming, which is why it’s such a shame to see him and his editorial team leaving PALGN for good. So what happened? In quite a straightforward statement, Jez outlined the reasons why PALGN’s staff will no longer be a part of the site as of February 10th:

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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby Nekosan » 7 Feb 12, 2:52 pm

Can't say I've ever heard of that site until this article.
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby Matty » 7 Feb 12, 2:53 pm

Nekosan wrote:Can't say I've ever heard of that site until this article.


Well I'm glad someone else said it :P
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby tacitus42 » 7 Feb 12, 2:57 pm

Me three.

Check out this opposing opinion on the leak:
http://palgn.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=64121

Raises an interesting point that the leak itself with all its good intentions has damaged the reputation of the site to even people who have never heard of it before.

I guess the moral of the story is "don't be an arsehole website owner".

Edit: OMG that pastebin is MASSIVE. I got half way down and then saw mow much more there was.
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby TRB » 7 Feb 12, 2:57 pm

Read that forum transcript and that Roland guy comes across as a total moron.

but as above, I've never heard of that site, so it can't be too important.
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby Jez » 7 Feb 12, 3:31 pm

Nekosan wrote:Can't say I've ever heard of that site until this article.


Same, nor have I heard of this other Jez chap before.
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby Scrav » 7 Feb 12, 4:30 pm

Sad to see things wind up, but have been expecting it for a long time now. It was one of my favourite gaming sites for a while.
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby metomica » 8 Feb 12, 12:21 am

Palgn was my daily aussie games site for at least a couple of years and i only left to come here after joining internode. sad way to end a once great site.
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby zakynthos » 8 Feb 12, 8:30 am

never heard of the site either
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby H@m » 8 Feb 12, 10:20 am

No one comes off looking good out of that, the Roland guy or anyone that works there to be honest
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby Lurk » 8 Feb 12, 10:28 pm

tacitus42 wrote:Me three.

Check out this opposing opinion on the leak:
http://palgn.com.au/viewtopic.php?t=64121

Raises an interesting point that the leak itself with all its good intentions has damaged the reputation of the site to even people who have never heard of it before.

I guess the moral of the story is "don't be an arsehole website owner".

Edit: OMG that pastebin is MASSIVE. I got half way down and then saw mow much more there was.



I accidentally read all of it. Didn't **** realise how **** big it was.


Never heard of that site before. Understandable from that thread copy though. (It looks like a thread and not emails- no headers, and they keep saying that it takes up to ten minutes for their posts to go through properly).
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby tacitus42 » 8 Feb 12, 10:36 pm

Lurk wrote:I accidentally read all of it. Didn't **** realise how **** big it was

Holy **** dude. That's like... accidentally eating your plate and utensils after a big meal.
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby TRB » 8 Feb 12, 11:42 pm

H@m wrote:No one comes off looking good out of that, the Roland guy or anyone that works there to be honest


I don't see anything bad about anyone other then that roland idiot, clearly the staff and volunteers have being been screwed around for so long they are fed up trying to hold it all together with no support.
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby James Pinnell » 9 Feb 12, 7:51 am

I have to admit I'm pretty shocked so many people haven't heard of them.

They were one of the first major Australian video game websites, originally an offshoot of IGN, back in the early part of the 00's. On the surface they actually had a pretty good thing going, and they were the ones who began the whole "games bargain" watch. At one point, they had probably the most accurate AU release schedule on the net.

A few things shocked me though - that the whole team worked for nothing, and the absolutely massive neglect from Roland. At one point, they had amazing traffic numbers, but a complete lack of investment in servers, almost zero changes in layout, and complete abuse of volunteer staff seemed to rip apart the fabric.

It's a shame really, very few sites have that sort of bond anymore, but I think its completely abhorrent that Roland didn't pay his staff.
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Re: PALGN's Entire Editorial Team to Quit

Unread postby Mythor » 9 Feb 12, 8:08 am

By the sounds of things it wasn't just that Roland wasn't paying staff, they were all not being paid other than receiving free games and tickets to things and whatnot, for the entirety of their time on "staff" at PALGN. And that was the case from their senior guys down.
That might be okay for smaller sites but considering PALGN was apparently sponsoring things like Supernova? You'd think the crew would see at least some of that.

I knew of PALGN before all this but I don't think I'd ever been there to see what they had to say about anything so the impact on me is minimal. I do feel a great deal of sympathy for the staff who've put so much time into the site over the years and have now been left with little choice but to walk out. Having your hard work go unappreciated like that is never a good feeling.
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