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  • Blog 'LiveLeak Blog'
    Added: Dec-8-2011 By: LL_Hayden

    Welcome to the official LiveLeak blog. In here we'll be posting about developments, issues, and anything else related to the site.

    Season's Greetings!

    Entry Added: Dec-22-2015 By: LL_Hayden

    Hi all,

    I'm taking an unprecedented 6 days off work this year so I wanted to take this opportunity on behalf of myself and all team to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year.

    All the very best

    Hayden & all the team on LL.

    Oh, and before the "I don't celebrate christmas" or "I'm a Jedi" folks chime in, have a good time whatever you're doing :)
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    It's all about communication!

    Entry Added: Oct-11-2015 By: LL_Hayden

    As many of you might already know I try to make myself as available as possible to members. This isn't a PR thing, I genuinely think of myself as being a part of the site more than above it or the members. I dig talking to most of you.

    If my chat is showing green and I'm sat at the PC I'll invariably answer you and chew the fat. After all, I'm not some kind of venture capital suit or student filling in time doing customer service. I'm The benefits of this approach are that I get to chat with people I'd never otherwise "meet" and I can often help out with issues before they become drama fueled forrest fires tearing through the LiveLeakers section resulting in yet another Facebook group bitching about LL and me without ever talking to me. I did say "sometimes".

    The down side is people seem to think communication can be improved by being an arsehole with me. These people also have a habit of getting all butthurt when I don't act like an online customer service representative from India and instead act like a dick myself in return. The deal's pretty simple, don't be a dick with me and I won't be an egotistical, sarcastic, prick with you.

    If something's wrong or you have a question I'll listen and most likely look into it. You don't need to add "Or I'll go to the police" or "I'll take your site down" or even "X is a mod and I know they have it in for me because it's a conspiracy" (I had one of the latter just this morning).

    Just tell me what your issue is and if it's only something I can deal with then I'll deal with it. I'm not asking you to kiss ass (that's not cool!) just treat me as you'd like to be treated. If you'd like to be treated like a child with a brain malfunction I guess that's cool as well. Just don't bitch about it.

    I also come on here to watch videos and hang out with people. I don't mind people interrupting with genuine issues but "hey asshole" isn't the way to start any conversation where you expect positive results.

    And yes, there is a way to complain about me. Just send a private message via and I'll get back to you a.s.a.p.
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    Entry Added: Aug-18-2015 By: LL_Hayden

    Ever since the world was completely unsurprised to find out Russia had people posting their propaganda online (pretty much inline with the practices of most nations it seems) people have had an additional tool in their "debate" tool box.

    No more would you simply have to dismiss someone as a "troll" because they didn't have the same opinion as you. No, now you can accuse them of being a government shill too! It's a handy way of actually avoiding any form of debate and ensuring you can pat yourself on the back later for your epic victory on the Interwebs.

    Every week people come to us with tales of bot invasions wondering why we can't simply ban each and every one of them when it's patently obvious they're nothing but paid shills posting heavy on LiveLeak from some dusty basement in the Kremlin. I mean, if you can see it why can't LiveLeak? Clearly we're on the payroll too, right?

    Here's the deal. We do check where possible but if we find someone with a pro-Russian stance who is from - let's say - Canada with a history of posting from a Canadian IP and no suspicious time stamp shenanigans how can we prove they're anything other than someone from Canada with a fondness for countries run by ex-KGB thugs?

    Would you have us ban pro-Ukranian posters because they might be shills for the government placed there to help strip their national assets? Doubt it.

    Here's the deal, as far as I'm personally concerned there are bad guys in every damn government. Yes, Putin is corrupt and dangerous, yes the leaders in the Ukraine seem awfully suspicious, yes the US and UK bomb the shit out of people to "bring them democracy" all the while failing to do anything other than leave death, destruction, and worse despots in place than the ones we bombed out.

    Sometimes you have to accept that people do not see the world as you do. They believe, just like you, that their opinion is valid and truthful. You don't suddenly become 'more right' because you can call them a bot, a shill, or a troll. It just makes you pointless, a mouthpiece for someone else's agenda with no clear opinion of your own that you can defend.

    Are there paid shills out there? Damn right there are, it's inevitable. Do I think they somehow focus massive attention on LL? Nope, I don't. There's nothing we can find to suggest such a pattern and I would hazard a guess Wikipedia and YouTube (along with - of course - Facebook and Twitter) are far more valuable targets for these people.

    Where we find multiple accounts we'll remove them. Where we can see people aiming to do nothing but disrupt the site we'll deal with it. We won't, however, ban people because you don't like their opinion. It can't work like that.

    So, if you're convinced beyond all doubt someone is a shill or troll or whatever just let us know. But please make sure you have a reason beyond "He's pro *insert country you don't like here*" because that's just daft.

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