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Update (4/2022): This is #4 — Read parts 1, 2, 3, 4 (feat. on CoinTelegraph as ChunkeMonke.)
The SolPunks Personality Cult | How trademark trolls destroy NFT
Everything below are opinions… obviously—but not for everyone.
Life. Quite the wild ride.
In 3 weeks, we launched a NFT, wrote 3 articles (1, 2, 3) and was a dox target. And today — we give up… It’s time to move on! 🤷🏻♀️
We won’t make more jokes about SolPunks. It’s not worth the risks. Not for friends, not for family.
Below are really 2 articles in one. We just want to push both out now, before more possible craziness happens.
(1) addressing SolPunks holder — using “I”.
(2) addressing the NFT community — using “we”. (skip to section)
We have other stupid ideas (will announce, once things settle...), so stick around — join our Discord and follow on Twitter.
If you minted our stupid NFT, you can ask for a 100% refund — and we’ll be happy to provide🙂. Will communicate more on Discord. You can also shoot over a DM on Twitter.
To SolPunks holders —
This was never personal. And it still isn’t. I honestly wish you all the best. Including Tractor.
“There they are… Tractor’s iconic Cowboy Punk — in all the billboards.”
But after this ordeal — I need to say one more thing— that I think is important and will help some people.
This whole SolPunks community looks like a cult…
Your dear leader, Tractor, seems to be a cult of personality… again, an opinion.
I’m honestly saying this out of concern, though most won’t believe me.
He appears like a strongman. And seems to do what it takes to maintain the image. He calls any criticism he doesn’t like lies, misinformation, or defamation. He makes up legal claims, which no one questions.
Even this very criticism, calling him a cult of personality, may unleash the final dox. But this is so important, more than any more jokes I can make.
This was a meme I made and posted yesterday.
Do you not see a bit of “Delusion of Grandeur”? Is it not concerning that both Origo and NFTMoon both not see the irony? I know Tractor’s not rich, but that’s not needed for a god complex.
I couldn’t figure out why he so often puts people’s loyalty to the test. Or how he can convince rational people that billboards are a good idea. That is unless, the leader needs to show some form of physical worldly strength. And has created an army of yes-men.
Tractor reminds me a lot of Donald Trump. (To be clear, I like Trump a little 🤷🏻♀️ — this is mostly an observation…) — As a non-SolPunks owner, I couldn’t see why people would want to hang around in the Discord. It’s kinda depressing. I also didn’t see why so many seemed so loyal. Like simps. Especially, when Tractor displays so many unhinged behavior.
Something Tractor likes to remind others is that he is fully doxxed.
(That’s great — but you’re also pretty powerful. @PunksonSolana has 21k followers.) So I did recently looked him up.
You be the judge — Do these shared posts seem like its from the brain of a healthy mind?
I’ve said this in the previous posts and I’ll make it clear again.
Have NFTMoon or Glaucus DM me: I’m happy to add notes and make corrections to any previous mistakes. Or maybe comply with other requests — BUT LEAVE MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY OUT OF THIS.
NFTMoon and Glaucus both like reasonable people… somehow, they didn’t want to partake in the overthrow of Kotex / @sainteclectic / me… So thanks for that.
Finally, Tractor — I drive a tractor too. 😎
Ok SolPunks goons — you can leave now.
I know appeal to logic does not work, if you are under the spell of a personality cult.
Note: The article was written before the SolPunks address above. Again, I just want to release both ASAP, before more craziness happens.
Below — is for the broader NFT community. (Go away, SolPunks gang 🥶)
Here’s the big picture.
Trademark trolls — you are a cancer to crypto.
1) You will destroy the NFT ecosystem
2) You will destroy the value of your own token. (Ironic, isn’t it?)
1) On destroying the NFT ecosystem
Right now, we are in the golden age of NFTs — we are seeing power shift from the elite to the people.
Crypto is all open-source and can be copied. Teams don’t mind — they actually really like it. They want people to take inspiration. This is knowing full well that the code can and will be used by competitors and clones (see: Bitcoin Cash).
The same principles apply for NFTs. After all, it’s as easy as copying a JPEG and slapping on a different name.
Artists and coders: We all want a more vibrant ecosystem…
But here’s where everything goes to shit. What may start as good devs (maybe Larva Labs) allowing parodies run wild, ENDS with projects (eg SolPunks) filing for trademarks themselves.
Trademark trolls (eg Tractor) — because you can’t help but make a copycat trademark and send legal threats, you KILL the infinite possibilities of innovations and memes.
Trademark trolls — you should be honored somebody would want to create parodies. We know we would.
We really enjoyed making Dumb SolPunks, found it hilarious, and hoped it would inspire others. After all, the story as it stands is very open-ended for others to fill in the blank.
Hell, if Dumb SolPunks was successful, maybe that would inspire Genius SolPunks or maybe inspire retar — um, WSB SolPunks 😮💨 😎. Which would have a COMPLETELY different storyline.
Unfortunately this is not how the story ends for Dumb SolPunks. Now everyone knows how you treat parodies — You either:
- suck their blood and maybe trick them into paying royalties, OR
- silence them with shady tactics like doxxing.
You try to silence critics and satires, again with your never-ending threats.
YOU are the reason why why we can’t have nice things.
You make the lives of ACTUALLY creative people difficult. They need to be weary of thugs like you and protect their trademarks more frequently.
Great going, asshole.
2) On destroying the value of your own token.
“Any press is good press.” No. Just no. At least, not when legal gets involved.
Don’t believe me? Check out the charts for Dogecoin and CryptoPunks.
It’s been 1 month since Dogecoin legal “dog fight” began. Do you see what’s happened? The community stopped being fun. Shiba Inu and Floki Inu (2 other stupid coins) have gone on to have massive rallies (+100% — +300%), while the original stupid coin has struggled at -8%.
This same pattern of a possible “bubble pop” started when CryptoPunks began amassing hate for their cease-and-desists.
We understand legal battles are sometimes (arguably) inevitable, as in the case of Dogecoin. But this is best avoided — it does your own bagholders no favor.
By constantly sending legal threats,
(1) You demonstrate insecurity — This is weakness reflected on the price.
(2) You silence everyone — all friends, all foes, until it’s only you and your yes-men goons left.
Great going, asshole.
“Are we against trademarks in NFT?” No — Well, we don’t know. People like Tractor (SolPunks “leader”) exists.
Our ultimate view is this: If one does trademark their NFT, one must be good stewards, and NOT be toxic trademark trolls.
We’ll end it here — As mentioned, we want to make sure this is posted ASAP, per no more retaliation from SolPunks folks.
I hope you enjoy it and agree with everything I wrote.
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