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  • Dave Dirty
    started a topic My Open Letter & Apology to the Board

    My Open Letter & Apology to the Board

    SORRY TO ALL! LETS MOVE FORWARD!

    First I want to apologize for the length the board has been down there has been down, it has been a rough few years for everything. There is no excuse to have a website gone for this long. ANd if I was a fan of the website I would be terribly pissed off too. I understand.

    Regardless I owe you guys some answers, so lets touch on a little about 'why' the board shut down to begin with. There was a few different reasons all working towards this.

    1) SOPPA Act that shutdown onsmash.com/rapgodfathers/etc we were worried we were going to get targetted next because of the 'spontaniouse' members on our board.
    CURRENT ANSWER: SOPPA Act is dead, are not doing these raids anymore and they have given back the ceased domains in 2015.

    2) DDOS attacks - Everyday for the last month we were getting brutally attacked that kept crashing server HD's (corrupting) them and having to bring back backups every few days was not an easy task
    CURRENT ANSWER: Servers have come along way and are now using AWS Cloud based servers with the correct firewalls/security in place and they are set to scale when needed.

    3) Music Laywers due to Leaks - Our board was being used by some members to promote their music 'leaks' which was then leading everyone to believe 'Rap Basement' was leaking the songs instead of members of Rap Basement. So we were getting pressure from labels and their lawyers to stop.
    CURRENT ANSWER: With the music industry learning how 'streams' work we are now in a better position as we would only be posting streams/youtube/etc now.

    4) Advertisements - At the time you were only getting paid for about the first 3 views a viewer was viewing the website (after that it would show cpc ads and no ones clicking) So we were actually losing money each month on the amount of bandwidth the board would take vs the money being brought in.
    CURRENT ANSWER: Servers are cheaper and we wont be as big as we were so that cost shouldn't effect us. Plus there is many other ways to get advertisements/donations now. If we are ever running low we will open a 'donation' announcement saying how much $ we are trying to raise for server fees.

    5) Jason's Death (RIP Jason I miss you everyday) - Jason and I were actively making plans on relaunching the board prior to his death. However after Jason died I got depressed when thinking about Rap Basement, so it was tough for me to push forward to relaunch the Board. No excuse i apologize to all.
    CURRENT ANSWER: I don't want the board to go away forever. I am bringing the board back so the memory of Jason & Proof can still be alive. As well I know lots of people had had a connection to this board and community and I want everyone to enjoy it again.

    I dont want to focus too much on the past (happy to answer or address anything) as we cant change the past and I see lots of improvement I can do now and in the future.

    I want everyone to know that I am focused on making this a great non-toxic community. We are not wanting to start 'beef', 'steal members', 'be the best' we just want to be. We are down to collab with any sites/people. With that said, lots has happened in the past years since the board has been down. So i want to give EVERYONE a chance to enjoy the board again. I will be REMOVING all bans/ips or other infractions that might of happened in the past. If your account/ip is banned please send me an email or a message and we will give you another shot.

    One of the things that always surprised me about the early days of the board was the members that treated each other like friends & family. From Proof to Slickjesus, They would offer each other support, good bowling locations in there cities, news before it dropped, original world star first mother fucker type shit. Lets create something great together guys.

    P.S.: I left all the posts and aftermath how it was so everyone could enjoy and feel 'nostalgic' when looking at the board. I had long thoughts if i should archive all the old posts, lock everything or what. Enjoy the aftermath and some of the funny shit that was happening when the board was having to close. Please give everyone another shot, lots has changed since 2011

  • Nasen
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    you want some of this?

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  • Faffy
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    Smelly Indian faggot

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  • Nasen
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    Man fuck you

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  • Urban
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    still alive my boy lol

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  • X-Plosiv
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    WOW, this actually brings a lot of memories back....is Urban AKA still alive?

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  • |Eddie|
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    In retrospect this board was way ahead of its time..

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  • Tarzan
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    2018

    has been online for almost a year now ...

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  • Triumph
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    Great to see the board is back up and running. Weird as shit seeing all these old posts

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  • V4D3R
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    can't believe how dead this place became... it was the shit way back when

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  • NasirJones
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    A blast from the past!

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  • L.A.
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    Wish this place was still active...

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  • EsCo
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    I randomly thought my time on this board tonight. It was a HUGE staple of who I was and to see it still up and working is a great relief. This is GREAT!!!

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  • Niels7878
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    Whaaat?? This boards back? for almost two years now, I see.
    Had good times here man. Thanks for bringing back this nostalgia

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  • benZERO
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    Originally posted by danielno8 View Post
    ah wait I used to be a supporter ! dammit
    same! haha

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