A website. With stuff on it.
September 20th, 2007 at 12:53 pm
Posted By: Jay
Posted in: Site News

Since restarting the site, all of a week or so ago, I hooked it up to Google Webmaster Tools and had a look at the stats. I was quite surprised to see a number of 404’s related to people trying to visit the very ancient and long dead Sim*Stars site that I used to run, which featured celebrity Sims created by me and a few tutorials on skinning.

Personally, I stopped playing The Sims many years ago (I moved onto Second Life in 2003!), and originally the reason I shut the site down was that I was annoyed. I was annoyed that people were republishing my work without credit. I was annoyed that people would leech my downloads in a frame or hidden link, taking great care to make it look like it was their own content. I was annoyed with people passing off my work as their work, actually going as far as to say ‘I made this!’. I was annoyed with people selling CD’s of my Sims on Ebay. I was generally annoyed at giving up my own time and effort providing something for free and getting, well, sh!t on for it.

But now I don’t much care, and I’m far more sceptical these days – I recognise there will always be people out there who are just out for themselves, trying to get recognition and/or money for other people’s efforts; I see evidence of it all the time, all over the web. Indeed, I still see my skins in various places, largely without credit or passed off as someone elses… so they’re pretty much in the public domain anyway, but it seems people are definitely still coming in their numbers to find the original site.

That said, I also recognise that there are many more people who are basically decent, and punishing the majority for the actions of a minority is something best left to Governments and lawmakers.

So, like, is there still a demand for these things? If I can find it all, should I bother to put Sim*Stars back up? If I do, it will be purely archives – I don’t envisage creating any new content.

If you have an opinion, leave a comment!

  1. still interested in sims1 stuff. Looking for sci-fi and fantaqsy stuff. I like watching all star trek shows and thought star trek sims would be fun. Sorry to hear about your troubles with your creations 🙁

    Comment by selena — April 3, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  2. I would love to see your creations again. My site has been down since SimsHost closed, but I’m thinking about restarting too.

    Comment by Troll — June 24, 2008 @ 11:54 pm

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