The Future of Dandruffpoker

February 15, 2012

I've been getting a lot of questions and comments over the last few months about the direction of this site.

When I left my high-profile position at another site and sold my interest there, some people were expecting big things on this new site. Among the questions I've been getting:

There are all valid questions. I haven't done much with this site because I wasn't sure of the direction I wanted to take it. I only have limited time these days, especially being the father of a toddler. The thought of taking an active role in another "real" website was exhausting.

At the same time, I miss a lot of what I used to do. I liked being able to converse with the community in a forum. I really enjoyed doing a radio show, and you can probably tell how much I miss it by how often I've been appearing on the Filthy Limper show. I've even become a frequent tweeter, as kind of a weird substitute for my forum days.

This is my seventh blog on dandruffpoker. Four of the six blogs before this one were about various scandals in the poker world. I plan to write another blog very shortly about yet another scandal. I was thinking about that today, and came to a realization:

Without even trying or thinking about it, I've become sort of a consumer advocate for the poker community. Every time a scandal hits poker, whether online or live, I feel the urge to jump into the fight against it. I keep finding myself wanting to shout from the mountain tops about the shady people, companies, and organizations within our community. I want to shine a bright light upon the scams and injustices in poker, even in matters that don't personally affect me.

I've always hated liars and scammers. While there's many areas in life where I completely lack talent, one thing I've always been good at is seeing through bullshit and double-talk. I can take information, even if only partial, and put together a clear picture of the likely reality of the situation.

If the last few years has taught us anything, it's that there's a lot of greediness and dishonesty in the poker world -- far more than most originally imagined. It seems like we're hearing of a new scandal every week. Unfortunately, there is no central place on the web to discuss these things. Most people take such problems to the 2+2 forums, but between the censorship and the immense size of the site, many such stories tend to get lost or removed. There is simply no place to go if you wish to find a comprehensive list, analysis, and discussion of the various scams and scandals within the poker community.

That's where I've decided dandruffpoker needs to come in. I want this site to be the place you visit to read all about the fraud and shadiness in the poker world. Whether the shadiness comes from companies, individuals, poker sites, or organizations, this site will be the place you go to find out about it. If you have a story to tell, I want you to always feel free to tell it here, and the floor will always be yours. I will provide my take on each of these situations, and hopefully each visitor to the site will walk away a little more knowledgable about the people and companies to avoid.

The internet is an incredibly powerful tool. It is a broadcast pulpit for the average person. In the past, if you were cheated by an individual or company, your had to suffer in silence, and you had no way to spread your story to the masses. At best, you could approach your local newspaper and hope they cover it, but in most cases you would be ignored. The internet changed all of that. Bad companies and shady individuals can now be exposed for what they are, and the evidence can speak for itself. We need more of that in the poker community. If we can spread the word as much as possible about the predators and criminals among us, the community as a whole will be much better for it.

So... getting back to those pesky questions...

  1. Why does your site look like it was designed in 1995? Because I've been designing each page manually, entering my own HTML tags. This will change. Soon the site will look a lot nicer and more professional.

  2. Are you ever going to do a radio show again? Yes. I am still not sure of what I want the show to be, and whether it's regularly scheduled or an irregular podcast. However, I will start doing them again soon, even if I need to use horrible blogtalkradio until I get a radio platform running here.

  3. Are you ever going to put up a forum? A few months ago, I was very much against putting up a forum. Now I have decided that a forum is necessary for this site to become what I want. Expect the forum fairly soon. I'm going to be upgrading this site's hosting, and then will be putting up a forum shortly thereafter. The focus of the forum will be scams and shadiness in poker. I might have other sub-forums where other topics can be discussed. I will attempt to be mainly "hands off" with moderation, but at the same time, I won't tolerate incessant trolling, pornography, or garbage postings. I want the forum to be fun, informative, and easily readable. I will promise never to censor or suppress any serious thread about scams or shadiness within the poker community, regardless of the credibility of the poster. I want people to always feel free to bring these important stories to our site, without fear of censorship or favortism.

  4. Do you need any help with design, programming, or content? Yes. If you can help, e-mail me at dandruffpoker (at) yahoo. If you have contacted me in the past about this, I will be getting back to you again shortly. Some of you might not know this, but I worked as a programmer for 8 years prior to quitting to play poker full time. One of the things I regret about that is the fact that I "let myself go" technically, and need to catch up regarding programming web sites. I will want to be an active part of the techincal side of dandruffpoker, but I'll be glad to share that duty with anyone who would like to volunteer to help. Regarding design, I am terrible at it, and anyone with such talents would be appreciated. I will not be appointing moderators to my forum. I feel that only large forums need moderators beyond the forum owner, and too many moderators mean too many instances of favortism and rules being inconsistently applied. Simply put, I want the success or failure of my new forum to be all on my back!

  5. When is this going to look like a real website instead of a super-low-budget blog? I'm going to start the upgrades within days. I'm hoping to get a forum up fairly soon. Stay tuned. I will be giving updates as they happen.

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