First, Efranks, I call bull **** on you. You said you read the thread on Bantha Skull? Are you a member there? That's the only way you could have seen said thread. It's in a private area for members only. How do I know this? DarthDre758, creator and Admin of Bantha Skull at your service.
Second, I'd like to clear up a few things.
From what I gathered, Banthaskull was making a concerted effort to derail, screw up, and generally mess with the boards there through sock accounts and whatnot.
Wrong. We never used sock accounts. We aren't afraid to show our faces. We would post what we did, where we did with our own screen names. We didn't get together and decide what thread to screw up that day. Stupid redundent threads would pop up usually made by noobs that would start off by saying, 'I know this is in the wrong spot but...' and we just got tired of it. We didn't mean harm, and we actually had rules. #1 being meaningful threads are left alone.
When I started the web boards for the fighting 365th, it was so we could have a place to hang out with out being reprimanded for talking about things that weren't on topic. It was our own place. And we felt we could take it to the next level. Bantha Skull was born. Thread derailing was at the bottom of the bag at that point. We got on board with the Hasbro Q&A, and started regular weekly articles.
I also want it to be known that we NEVER would advertize for our web site on Rebel Scum, Jedi Defender (I think I'm the only BS member on here) Galactic Hunter or any other web board in threads. It's not right, and we don't condone it at all.
You got the general story about what happened. It doesn't all surround Devo, but it does have a lot to do with the member Grak. He joined our site under a different name, converterlurker, and quickly had his identity outed. He admited on Bantha Skull to trolling and baiting Rebelscum members, specifically our members who were still active at the time on there. After being told where to go by Bantha Skull members, he went back to RS and told Dustin Roberts his side of the story. Dustin shorly there after joined Bantha Skull. 45 minutes later, 10-12 Bantha Skull members were banned from Rebelscum, with no explanation. Even when emails were sent to Dustin, questioning as to why we were banned, there was no response. When emails were sent to Phillip Wise, the same cut and paste response was sent to each inquiring member. When it was questioned as to why members were removed from the boards at Rebel Scum, every trace was deleted. Three threads worth.
We at Bantha Skull see it as one of the best things that has happened to us. Our membership is up(31 members since 8/8/08) and continuing to rise as I write this. We have cut ties with Rebel Scum, and have become our own entity, relying on our own sources for information.
I'm not digging for sympathy. No, no. What I'm attempting to do is get ALL the information out to the posting public. Something Phillip Wise seems to avoid doing on his site.
Thanks for reading.