Why are we here?
Marina’s words are in the default colour, and Anna’s words are bolded and blue. Just so you don’t get us both confused since we both have a say! Marina is going to start us out.
Also, we’re going to be swearing a couple of times, sorry.
I wrote most of this on Sunday, October 18, 2015, when I was incredibly fed up with what was going on on FantageRop. Aside from a few things I’ve had to edit in here, this is the full story of what’s happened over the past several months that has made Anna and me annoyed enough to switch blogs. Everything that I added after the 18th will be in italics and have the date I added it in there, just so we’re clear on what happened when.
I don’t even know where to begin. This blog has been waiting to be made for a long time, probably since August (or even before that). It’s going to be a bit of a jump going from FantageRop to this, but we both hope you’ll bear with us. I guess I should stop being vague about everything and explain what’s been going on behind the scenes with FR. It would’ve had to happen eventually, after all.
First off… I’m sure everyone who’s paid enough attention has noticed that my posts on FR look a lot different from my posts on my main blog, and that Anna’s posts look a lot like mine. (Bliss and Ameee are another story.) Well, that’s because Rop has always been incredibly picky about the way we post. I didn’t even know this until halfway through the authors contest, and I was pretty shocked to find that out. Even after he “quit”, he edited things on the blog. It was like he was always looming over us in a way.
It got a bit better as September became October. Anna and I became even closer (which I’m really grateful for :’)) and Ameee joined the ranks of the FR staff. And about Ameee, she didn’t follow any of the rules. For example, we had to center our pictures and remove the links to them, and we couldn’t repost things from other blogs we worked on. Ameee followed neither of those rules. Things were getting a little more lax, and both Anna and I knew it. Life was good.
Another thing before I get into what happened over the past two days – I added Rop back in June when we played Q-Blast together. Recently (sometime last week), I was logging into Fantage when I noticed he was online. Out of curiosity, I joined his server…only to watch him run away from me without giving any sort of explanation – or even talking at all. I found Rop in Q-Blast, with his name halfway blocked by what Gizmo was saying. Then he left, but this time, he removed me.
I talked to Anna about this, and neither of us knew what was going on or why Rop would remove me without giving a reason. The one thing we knew was that it was pretty suspicious.
So imagine my surprise when, yesterday, I went on my WP Reader and found a post from Rop. Rop, the guy who supposedly quit (and made a huge show of it, too), making a post about a new project he had. A project I apparently knew about. What?
Rather than copying and pasting the entirety of the email he sent us, I’ll just sum it up by saying that Rop decided we should all move onto a new blog for no real reason. None of us (“us” being me, Anna, and Ameee, since Selena moved to Fantage Spy and Bliss was fired) knew anything about this project before Rop posted about it on FR. If any of you remember SkyTropic, then it honestly came off as looking a lot like that to me – the intention was to make the blog look like a city, with pages for things like a café, a museum, a concert hall, stuff like that. Honestly, Rop, I think you’d have done a bit better with that idea had you made a forum.
The reason Rop said he wanted to do this was because he wanted a fresh start. The reason we think he actually wanted to do this was because he was annoyed FantageRop wasn’t about him anymore. Look on anyone’s list of people they tag to do things – odds are you’ll see Anna a few times. Even I’ve been tagged, and when that’s happened, I’ve been associated with FR rather than my main blog. Since joining FR, I’ve also had a lot of people come up to me on Fantage telling me they know me from blogging. If you were someone who always wanted things done your way, you’d be upset when the other people on your blog were more well-known than you, wouldn’t you?
Another thing about this new blog was that Rop wanted even more rules to go with it. Along with the always centering and removing the links to images, we wouldn’t be allowed to use headers, strikethroughs, parentheses, or satire tags. Several of these rules were obviously targeted at one or more of the authors, because we’d managed to do things Rop didn’t like. That was what this was, really. Rop didn’t like what we were doing with the blog he quit and left us, so he wanted control again.
Anna also made Rop send me an email apologizing for removing me (they were talking on Google Hangouts). Turns out the reason he did so was apparently because he wanted to remove the people he didn’t talk to. But if you never went on Fantage, why would that matter to you? And why would you remove one of the people who worked on your blog?
In his email apologizing to me, Rop also asked what I thought about the new blog. I was honest and said I wouldn’t work on it if he did so (I actually don’t think I can handle working on more blogs than I currently do, mostly because of school). He explained that he wanted to replace FR with this blog. I said I didn’t think that was a good idea, citing the number of views FR has as one of the reasons why. Rop never replied to me, but he took my advice, as evidenced by what happened today.
Today. Oh, man, today. I’d list all of the changes Rop made to FR, but it’d take a while and I don’t even know everything he did. First of all, he changed the theme to Sapor, which I may hate even more than Penscratch. It looked really, really ugly compared to Mystique (the theme both FantageRop and this blog currently have). Then he changed it back. All of the page names from the new blog got carried over to FR, and the about pages got merged. Various pages were also removed from everywhere except the sidebar, making it incredibly difficult to navigate. Anna was annoyed, too, because her page about the Unicorn Adventure event “mysteriously” disappeared. Oh, and “Salon dé Recolorer” isn’t even good French. It literally means “Living Room Die (as in the singular form of dice) Recoloring”. If you want to have a page with a French title, don’t make it a crappy French title on a blog where two of your coworkers can speak French.
This is what pushed Anna and me completely over the edge, though I honestly didn’t feel like working on FantageRop anymore after yesterday. (Which, again, was the 18th at the time of this writing.)
10/21/15: Over the next few days, as I was working on reposting our events here, I kept noticing more little things that changed on FR. Posts suddenly had tildes in them that were never there before. The font changed to this really ugly blocky font that neither Anna nor I liked AT ALL.
Then Rop made a post today listing all the changes he’d made on the blog, though he made it sound like we were involved, too. See the pattern here? He also added this stadium page with a list of events I didn’t even know we were planning. And at the end of his post, he said he was leaving Anna, Ameee, and me to continue posting. So he basically came out of nowhere, tried to force us to do things the way HE wanted them done, and left. Lovely. -_-
Mangos, who is close to Anna and who’d known about this blog and our problems with Rop in general before this post, left a comment saying she found FR incredibly confusing to navigate. I replied to her comment, saying that I agreed. Then Rop replied to me and asked me what I found confusing, which I didn’t reply to. A couple of hours later, I checked back and found the two posts were gone.
10/23/15: After a week of not talking to us at all, Rop sent us another email. He told us that we didn’t have to follow his new posting style, but we did have to host his events. Considering the first event he planned out would have taken place three days from now, there really wasn’t a lot of advance notice. Again, it was him telling us what to do and then leaving. If you’re going to make us host contests, would it kill you to BE A LITTLE MORE SPECIFIC? Or maybe to GIVE US SOME TIME TO FIGURE OUT WHAT WE’RE DOING WITH THE EVENTS? I know from running a forum that if you want to host an event, you have to figure out a date for it that works best for everyone, then officially announce it BEFORE it happens. And no, having a date scheduled “tentatively” does not count.
To Rop, since I know you’ll end up reading this, you were an asshole. I didn’t even have to deal with all this for as long as Anna did, and what you did still irritated me. You tried so hard to make yourself seem all easygoing and “chill”, but you really, really weren’t. And now it’s backfired on you. Have fun with your new project, because I’m sure as hell not going to be involved in any more of it. Also, stop being so picky about other people’s grammar when it’s already much better than yours.
To Ameee (and Bliss), I’m sorry that you got caught up in this drama. If you decide to stay on FR, I definitely won’t hold it against you; if you don’t, that’s fine, too. No matter what you do, though, I hope you won’t let Rop and the stick up his butt get to you.
To everyone else, I hope this clears up any questions you might’ve had about what was going on with FantageRop. Hopefully you’ll continue to follow the two of us on this blog, too.
Like Marina, I’m not sure where to start. I guess I’ll just go in chronological order, explaining why I finally decided to quit. I’d like to begin with being completely honest… The reason why I joined FantageRop wasn’t a selfless reason. Nah, it was entirely selfish. I didn’t do it to help Rop post at all.
You see, I first found his blog when he made that entire egg guide for Easter. (Same with most people.) I’ve seen a lot of Fantage blogs before his, and what stood out to me the most about FantageRop is that Rop actually wrote with excellent grammar and spelling… For the most part. Rop, you’ve used the wrong their/there/they’re so many times it’s making me cringe (it makes me cringe in general, actually. Guys, learn the difference between their/they’re/there please. This is first grade stuff.)
I thought he was a really chill and friendly dude. Anyways, while stalking his entire blog I noticed a post on where he was hiring FantageRop staff! So this is where my selfish reason comes to play. He has been blogging for around two years, and since he didn’t write like your generic ten year old I had this theory: Rop was going to quit later this year, and he wants someone to continue his blog. I should have screencapped my conversation with Jared from before, haha. (My theory was so correct! …For the most part.) He has almost two hundred followers at that point, and I was interested in creating a Fantage blog in general. I don’t know about you guys, but I’d rather start out by having an existing fanbase than slowly reaching the top. It’s much easier.
Anyways, I sent my application to FantageRop:
I’m pretty sure you can assume what the questions were. I forgot what they were exactly, though.
Anyways, me and several other people who sent in an application forum had to go on the FantageRop test blog (it was called BrightFantageRop or something, he deleted it) to make a tour of Fantage. My post was long and had plenty of details. One person had awful grammar (sorry if you’re reading this) and another person didn’t follow the topic and decided to make a cheat on how to fly. Most of the people didn’t reply to Rop’s email on the next round, so I think it’s obvious that I would have been chosen, with my fully detailed explanation and all. (Success!)
Y’know, three weeks later he FINALLY told me that I won.
But he lied about the 20th of April, he meant to add me on the 22nd, haha.
Anyways, I made my introduction post. The title to that post was, “Your New Author, Anna.” All formal and such. But shortly after it was posted, Rop changed the title and fixed some errors that didn’t need correcting at all… He renamed it to “Anna’s Spectacular Entrance.” I was really pissed off during that week. I even went to tell my in real life friends that I began to work on a blog, and my boss changed my title to “Anna’s Spectacular Entrance.” I raged to Jared the most and he understood my pain, since my formal title was superior. >:P
Anyways, every time I posted Rop would always change things… That really didn’t need changing. Like for example, one time I used – when something was about to happen (for example, in the fish fish booty event originally it was “After many attempts of playing Fish Fish, I can finally unlock the treasure chest! I hope I get 1000 gold! Alright, HERE COMES-” and then Rop changed the dash at the end to a “…”) Simple things like that bothered the heck out of me, and when I told Jared about it he told me that he feels like Rop is only doing that just to show that he has power over me, and wants to empathize that power.
I’m a pretty good observer, so I came to realise what he wanted in my posts. I did the headers he added onto my posts, I added colour, I tried to make it impossible for him to edit it without changing it to be grammatically incorrect for sure, etc.
I was patience and waited for the day for Rop to leave… During the summer I decided that I wanted to take a break entirely from Fantage for around two weeks. Once I announced my hiatus, Rop informed me that he was actually GOING TO QUIT AT THE END OF THE SUMMER. Bro, you have no idea HOW HAPPY I WAS. MY THEORY WAS SO CORRECT. YESSSSSS.
Occasionally I’d check up on WordPress to see what’s up, and one day I noticed that in my notifications people liked my unfinished MyMall/stars guide, and Marina commented… When I wasn’t finished. It was a draft, but Rop decided to submit it. His reason was that he thought I was going to be gone for awhile and that I might have forgotten to submit that. Bro, if you’ve read it fully you’d know that one section is missing, and I’d occasionally work on it slowly at a time. If I finished, I would have submitted it right there. Rop, you’re just lazy and you have no idea what to post. Well, don’t post my stuff without my consent!
Fast forward, he quit:
I was happy to take full control over his blog and his fame, aww yeah. Unfortunately… After a few days that he has “quit” he has edited my pages and posts STILL, accepted comments, and even sent me a lovely email about how he wants his posts:
I don’t know about you man, but if you quit, you quit. Why even bother about how your authors/admins post? You’ve basically left me with FantageRop, so I’m pretty sure what happens to that blog is none of your business, as long as I’m leading it to the right direction. If you want the fame, secretly monitor the blog still, and actually post. (Don’t just occasionally come and monitor the blog posts your authors make.) I swear, if the blog actually got 10k views on average every month Rop would have bought the domain name and put ads on it, making money off of our posts. The fact that I was still being stalked even after someone claims to have quit also disturbs me. I also noticed someone added “if you want a happy life, tie it to people, not objects.” In the sidebar on FantageRop. That also creeped me out, why would you add that Rop? (Assuming it’s him.)
Anyways, eventually I stopped noticing comments suddenly being accepted, so it appears that Rop was stopped stalking us for a little while. Life was good. Then Marina told me about Rop deleting her on Fantage, which is extremely suspicious. Under a week I believe Rop made those posts about some upcoming project and changes that he decided to create! All happened so suddenly too!
I had enough of this, I wanted to know the answers so I confronted him about everything. I finally questioned him, because at this point I have power. You see, he rarely interacts with the Fantage WordPress community. I do. I mean, if he suddenly fired me and called me a horrible person, yet I talk about him I’m pretty sure my blogger friends I’ve made are more likely to trust me. (Heck, I’m even showing evidence! Haha.)
So yeah, I talked to Rop on hangouts, and he confesses that he’s an asshole!
However… He does nothing about it. He confesses that he does care too much about the format and that it doesn’t matter, yet doesn’t do anything to say “it’s alright guys, you don’t have to do it.”
I also kinda forced him to apologise to Marina.
Eventually they never added each other back (Rop doesn’t seem to like to reply to emails it seems.) Marina sent him an email saying that she doesn’t want to work on it, and it doesn’t make sense to start fresh when you have almost 300 followers and 100k views. A day later Rop decided to change around FantageRop, if you’ve been paying attention to his posts… The font has changed to something that’s probably just as worse as comic sans, and he made his blog look more “professional,” similar to a city I suppose? I’m not sure, but he’s kinda trying way to hard. I’d say more, but Marina has basically covered majority of what I wanted to say. I just mainly wanted to provide my evidence and share my personal story about working here.
He also y’know, leaves us to control events and says that he’ll be coming back. No thanks man.
Since it appears that Rop wants control, I’ve decided that I’m completely done with his blog. It was fun abusing his fame while it lasted, even though when I immediately became an author on FantageRop it felt more like FantageAnna since I was the mainly the one posting. I wished that he didn’t have to do all of those things so that I could abuse his fame even further for my own personal gain, haha. I mean, if I was getting paid, this would be a different story… But this is what I do in my free time. As a straight A high school student who is involved in many extra curricular activities, I barely have any free time and I’d hate to use that time to make blog posts that Rop desires. If he wants it that way, he can run his blog, whatever. I hate being placed rules yet I still want to blog about Fantage to a degree, so Marina and I decided to create this blog together.
That’s all I really have to say at this point. I know I truly am a mean person, but at least I’m honest about it. I don’t try to be fake. This is probably the rudest part you’ll ever see me on this blog, but I really just wanted to get this out of my system. Don’t worry about me being rude or swearing in the future, haha.
To Rop: You’re kinda on your own now. Unless you’re willing to pay me real cash. But hey, this means you can finally get your new fresh start you desired! Good luck! Hopefully all goes well for you. 🙂
To Ameee: I made you an admin, so that you can help out with Rop. Feel free to do what you wish with the blog, I trust you with everything! 🙂
Hopefully some of you guys will support our decision, we just couldn’t deal with rules that doesn’t make any sense anymore. Have a great day, hopefully Marina and I will see you as a supporting fan (or friend, because I hate calling people fans) of this blog soon.