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5-31-2009 @ 2:39PM
What is this, a tabloid? One of those trashy newstand rags?
5-31-2009 @ 2:42PM
How is this trashy? Obviously they've done some investigative work. They aren't putting down Ferarro, just stating the finds they've made in the past few days of research. This is a decent piece of journalism, not a tabloid...
5-31-2009 @ 2:59PM
Tabloids do investigative journalism also. They're still trashy, because the stories are irrelevant at best. Just like this story.
5-31-2009 @ 3:05PM
@NiomiSeeing as how this person was a regular commenter on this site, and even participated in an interview for one of its articles, I think it is completely relevant. Personally, I would be surprised if WoWInsider didn't write something concerning these events.
5-31-2009 @ 3:08PM
Considering they just did an extensive interview with F, doing this follow up is very relevant, especially to them. If you personally don't find it relevant, that's fine.
5-31-2009 @ 3:27PM
I don't understand why people are riled up over this.Ferarro's actions don't make her(his) paladin advice less valid...So the chick likes to role-play as different people for tracks of time.Who cares as long as we're getting quality paladin tips out of it?
5-31-2009 @ 3:54PM
Because the "quality paladin tips" were based on a premise that she would know more about the class because she gets to play-test things at Blizzard before they go live. Since that is not the case, how valuable are those "quality tips" now?
5-31-2009 @ 4:51PM
I'm actually going to have to agree - this isn't something that I think needs to be hashed out in the "harsh light" of the internet.It's a player's and reader's choice to find and believe sources of information. It's a newsblogger's choice who to spotlight, and where to give what amounts to free advertising. But it sounds like people are feeling betrayed, and are going out of their way to drag Ferarro through the mud in an act of vengeance.Whoever Ferarro is or has been, they've been widely accepted throughout the WoW (Paladin and beyond) community. They, singular or multiple, have built up a reputation of sorts. If it had been easy to tell the personalities apart with ease, then obviously they were failing at what they were trying to accomplish. The fact that they could manage to get away without detection for so long means that the community that supported them (and now seems to be trying to tear them to shreds) was getting what they wanted/needed from their site already, without needing to look for reasons to disagree or attack them. They were able to give the community what it thought it wanted. Enough so to nab a spot in 15 Minutes.Discovering that they may not quite be who everyone thought they were *does* deserve to cause a huge loss of trust on other people. But this feels kind of silly. People seem more up in arms about an online game advice and mechanics source than they get over politicians breaking their own laws.
5-31-2009 @ 5:13PM
Re-read the article. All the evidence points to one person being Ferraro, lying about the access they had, getting caught, and then trying to lie their way out of being caught in a lie. The community isn't trying to drag her through the mud. The community is trying to shine a bright light on someone that lied through her teeth to people to gain their trust. That's what has the community up in arms.
5-31-2009 @ 8:44PM
For people who read Paladin Shmaladin, this is very relevant. Imagine if you found out that your guild leader was actually 7 different people.
6-01-2009 @ 11:13AM
If I found out my guild leader was 7 different people, I would be very surprised and a little disappointed, because I have formed a solid friendship with my guild leader that extends beyond just the Internet.However, in any other situation, I would then also have to evaluate the performance of the guild over the period of time that I knew the guild leader, and then wonder if there may have been a reason for what was apparently a deception.What WoW Insider has done is pretty disgusting in my eyes.I don't know who Ferarro is, and I don't particularly care. The person(s) is an "Internet personality" for as long as any such "relationship" was Internet-based. Sure, a lot of lonely geek guys may be all sad that it's not a hot young female (or maybe it is), but it's just the Internet and thems the breaks. You can't believe what you read on the Internet.I discovered Paladin Schmaladin from the WoW interview, as did many others, I assume. Is it not entirely possible that the author IS female, and as a result of the increased exposure, WAS being stalked (possibly for a second time)? Such an effort as the latest blog post would have been a good attempt at trying to evade any such stalker while keeping the blog alive and helpful.If this was indeed an attempt at evading stalkers, WoW Insider did a pretty good job of destroying the attempt. The author may be left with abandoning what appeared to this non-Paladin to be a very good Paladin blog, even inspiring me to try my hand at a Paladin again, whether the author was a Blizzard "insider" or not.So, good job, WoW Insider. You've sunk to a new low.
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