Actually, I daresay that disappointment is being shared by many players in the healing community as well. Ferarro, one of the main pillars for Paladin resources has been discovered for not being truthful.
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not my place to discuss blog politics. But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen a lot of discussion and questions about whatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going on. I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know all the facts, but I can definitely start with putting some pieces together.
Timeline over the past week
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a quick list of events over the past week that have led to this. I suggest reading everything listed below first.
- May 26: WoW.com publishes an interview with Ferarro
- Short time after, Paladin Schmaladin is under lockdown and invite only
- May 29: Jagoex writes about this strange occurrence and drives even more publicity and curiosity
- May 31: FerarroÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s blog is is unsealed and finally confesses
So what exactly went wrong here? WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the offense? Here weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got a great Paladin blog thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s helped many new and veteran Paladins of all specs become better.
A good portion of the WoW blogging community writes under a pseudonym or a pen name (false name). IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m one of the rare WoW bloggers who write with their real name (technically Matt is my name and Matticus is what I sign off with). In this case, another personÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s identity was assumed and used without their knowledge. Pictures and various videos were lifted to add further authenticity. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good thing this wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t being used maliciously. Some serious damage could have been done.
It was an extremely elaborate operation. Seven different people all writing under one name at various stages in the blogÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s life. A Blizzard employee? CIA agent? It doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t make sense to me. Why claim to be a Blizzard employee and write about stuff that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t legally be written about? DoesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t that break an NDA of some sort?
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m actually quite impressed that someoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been able to carry on this charade for a long time. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re talking on the scale of years.
Do I buy what happened?
IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not quite sure what to believe now. This is the internet. You have your beliefs, I have my beliefs. It just seems amazingly far fetched. Some people are going to believe and trust what was said because they want to believe and maintain the illusion. Skeptics out there will continue to point out various flaws.
Personally, it just looks too easy. It sounds too easy.
Anyway IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll stop here for now. Read through the posts above and come to your own conclusions. The thing about the blogging community here is that if something seems or smells off, someoneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bound to keep digging and digging until they get something. So for all the new bloggers out there, when you hear the advice to blog as yourself we literally mean it. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t try to assume anyone elses identity.
When you read anything, always look at it from a critical point of view. Use your head, use your reasoning and figure out if what youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re reading makes sense. Too many people these days read something and just automatically assume itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s true since the source seems authoritative. Be critical about everything you read (especially here since I probably write more mistakes than I do correct stuff).
DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe everything you read.