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Sibelius19

Music is just color and rhythm --Debussy
Not everyone gets the same level of abuse and not everyone has the same level of tolerance for it. I understand where you are coming from, and kudos to you if you won't budge to a few trolls, but you really can't put that blame/burden on others. I'd cut my losses on an endeavour like this in a heartbeat if it stressed me out too much. The last thing I'd wanna hear then is well-meaning people like you rubbing it in further.
The other day I've seen a video by a youtuber talking about why he uploads less and less - he gets comments like "I'm gonna run over your kid with my car when he comes home from school today" and on google the autocomplete reveals the most commonly searched query for his name to be "(his_nickname) wife", needless to say he never mentions or shows her in any videos, the only reason for people to look for her is for harassment/stalking. And he plays gigs with a band, he can't exactly hide from the public. Death threats get a lot scarier when you know people can trivially find you irl. Personally I really don't think it's fair or justified to point fingers at those people and say "You shouldn't quit, you're letting them win."
I was not pointing fingers at anyone, and I am definitely not blaming the victim. People who harrass other people are definitely in the wrong. There is no excuse for it.
 

The Darris

Senior Member
Thanks everyone for the thoughts and kind words. It's much appreciated. The situation, as some have explained here, went beyond just simple trolling in my opinion. I won't go into the details of the comments made but they were threats against myself and my family. Had this been a simple troll poking fun at my style, production quality, etc, I would have ignored it. However, these comments were directed at me personally and were enough to basically ruin any joy I had in producing content.

Some may have noticed that I hadn't been putting out videos as often as I did last year. There were two reasons for this. The first being that I have been working a lot more frequently and time available to sit down with a library, review it, and publish a video just wasn't available to me anymore. That's why I had stopped taking on new review requests for months now. Afflatus was an exception because Strezov Sampling asked me over a year ago to review it and I promised I would. The second reason is that I had started to receive threats in the past but not to the extreme of this weeks latest volley of hatred. My wife and I talked about it and we felt the best approach, for now, was to make all of my content private or unlisted in order to stop the flow of comments. I've filed a few claims with YouTube in hopes to shutdown certain users down and seek any for of justice I can. It's easy for me to ignore things like this but when you include my wife into the mix, it's a little too personal for me to just simply shrug it off.

I've read a lot of supporting comments both here and other places that shows just how much a lot of you appreciated my content so I decided earlier today to create an unlisted playlist of all of my Samples Spotlight reviews for those who are looking to spend some money this Holiday season and need some resources to research. You can check them all out below. I would love to produce future content and I'm considering my options of it in the future but for now, Samples Spotlight just became a part of my life that wasn't fun to manage or deal with because the drama involved was absurd. I'm a working professional now, I only have so much of my time dedicated to dealing with industry drama. Haha. Anyway, thank you all so much for the support. I'm still going to be an active voice on here so I'm not entirely dead to you all....yet.

Cheers,

Chris

 

Daniel James

Senior Member
Thanks everyone for the thoughts and kind words. It's much appreciated. The situation, as some have explained here, went beyond just simple trolling in my opinion. I won't go into the details of the comments made but they were threats against myself and my family. Had this been a simple troll poking fun at my style, production quality, etc, I would have ignored it. However, these comments were directed at me personally and were enough to basically ruin any joy I had in producing content.

Some may have noticed that I hadn't been putting out videos as often as I did last year. There were two reasons for this. The first being that I have been working a lot more frequently and time available to sit down with a library, review it, and publish a video just wasn't available to me anymore. That's why I had stopped taking on new review requests for months now. Afflatus was an exception because Strezov Sampling asked me over a year ago to review it and I promised I would. The second reason is that I had started to receive threats in the past but not to the extreme of this weeks latest volley of hatred. My wife and I talked about it and we felt the best approach, for now, was to make all of my content private or unlisted in order to stop the flow of comments. I've filed a few claims with YouTube in hopes to shutdown certain users down and seek any for of justice I can. It's easy for me to ignore things like this but when you include my wife into the mix, it's a little too personal for me to just simply shrug it off.

I've read a lot of supporting comments both here and other places that shows just how much a lot of you appreciated my content so I decided earlier today to create an unlisted playlist of all of my Samples Spotlight reviews for those who are looking to spend some money this Holiday season and need some resources to research. You can check them all out below. I would love to produce future content and I'm considering my options of it in the future but for now, Samples Spotlight just became a part of my life that wasn't fun to manage or deal with because the drama involved was absurd. I'm a working professional now, I only have so much of my time dedicated to dealing with industry drama. Haha. Anyway, thank you all so much for the support. I'm still going to be an active voice on here so I'm not entirely dead to you all....yet.

Cheers,

Chris
I have been there too man. Sometimes its a bit much, take a few weeks then see how you feel. I know people here will be sad to see you stop. I always report death threats to the police. The bad names and stuff I just ignore these days, there was a point there when it would get to me. Now I just block those trolls from being able to comment on the videos. Its your space you can do as you please :)

Hope it gets better soon mate, some people can be c****. Trust me xD

-DJ
 

The Darris

Senior Member
I have been there too man. Sometimes its a bit much, take a few weeks then see how you feel. I know people here will be sad to see you stop. I always report death threats to the police. The bad names and stuff I just ignore these days, there was a point there when it would get to me. Now I just block those trolls from being able to comment on the videos. Its your space you can do as you please :)

Hope it gets better soon mate, some people can be c****. Trust me xD

-DJ
Thanks man. I'm considering the police report but I'm one who doesn't like to overreact too much. We'll see how just taking a break and getting a breath of fresh air will help. Thanks again!!

-C
 

artinro

Active Member
Thanks everyone for the thoughts and kind words. It's much appreciated. The situation, as some have explained here, went beyond just simple trolling in my opinion. I won't go into the details of the comments made but they were threats against myself and my family. Had this been a simple troll poking fun at my style, production quality, etc, I would have ignored it. However, these comments were directed at me personally and were enough to basically ruin any joy I had in producing content.......
You have many friends here, Chris, and your content and the time you take to create it is most appreciated. Hope some of the offenders in question are dealt with by youtube.
 

Janos McKennitt

New Member
I feel very sorry for you and your family. Thanks a lot for giving us the playlist of your videos (I watched many of them in the past, when I needed certain information).
I can just second what's already said: turn off comments. I think not everything has to be social today. If people have important questions, they can still contact you.
 

synergy543

Senior Member
Sad to hear the news Chris. I really enjoyed your reviews and thought they were top-notch and will miss your POV. You went in depth with your knowledge as a percussionist and composer that was very insightful. And I also really appreciated your replies to msgs when I had questions as they were very helpful to me in making decisions. Best wishes in your new endeavors.
 

JEPA

Senior Member
go with the police with no exception! The a**&%oles ruining your live don't deserve your condescendence, they don't care any f** about how you are feeling. Sick people..
 

frank_m

New Member
I am very sorry to hear that. I have seen many of your reviews when I needed to decide whether to buy a library or not and I always found them helpful. Take care and keep your head up. Frank.
 

ionian

Member
Shame that people go so out of their minds but it seems to be prevalent both online and, across the entire world, today. Everyone seems to be nuts.

I remember someone posting once about belonging to a gardening forum and two members got into it over the correct way to plant roses or something, and the thread had to be closed down ultimately when one threatened to go to the other's house and burn it to the ground. Over friggin' roses.

The internet was a mistake.
 

MusicIstheBest

New Member
I enjoyed your videos quite a bit, you are appreciated. The madness of our world is displayed in the youtube comments sections. And we really know things have gone to shit when you're getting threats over (very well-presented) reviews of sample libraries.
 

Mike Fox

Senior Member
What in the actual hell?! Seriously. The douche bag trolls of the earth need to back the fu$! off. You know that this kind of schoolyard bully/death threat BS has gone way too far when someone can't even review sample libs without being threatened to these kinds of extremes.

@The Darris I always enjoyed your reviews, and you were actually one of the reviewers who inspired me to create my own review channel. Don't forget that what you did meant a lot to us.
 
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