Infected Something Awful and Friends - The rollercoaster trainwreck embarassing downfall of a Web 1.0 giant.

purpleboy

Exceptional the Individualhog
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Hotwheels must be smuckling his ass off knowing that he, a chairbound autist who probably has sex like once a year maximum is likely doing better than Ricky, because he made the smart decision of selling 8chan in 2016, when it was still semi-popular, as opposed to just letting turn into a thinly populated circle jerk that hurts him financially
 

DanteAlighieri

Anti authoritarian asshole asshole
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What's amazing is that no one on SA is pointing this out and instead just "poor Lowtax" and " chronic pain is the worst" and giving him money. A fundraiser for a rehab stay would be the best use of his windfall because giving an addict a large lump sum of money is just a disaster waiting to happen. No good will come of hooking an addict up with another free money supply, it just prolongs the problem or leads to their death. SA had been Lowtax's free money supply, but his addiction managed to fuck that up royally.
Anybody who says anything close to this will be promptly banned.
 

Tanner Glass

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Here's a random question. Why do people on Something Awful hate reddit? I think one sense, reddit is a more successful version of SA. It's one of the most popular websites in the world and even normies like to use it. Compared to SA which is dying a slow, sad death.

SA acts like reddit is only full of pedophile nazis. That might have been true ten years ago, but today people on reddit are pretty left. In fact, there are a lot of commie subs on reddit too like /r/ChapoTrapHouse. Of course, there are a lot of trans subreddits too.
It's two parts.

1) Of all online communities, SA and Reddit are the most similar, which means there is the most interaction there and the most similarities. Ironically, they're both shitty software, for shitty communities, to write down shitty posts, which are in turn shittly moderated for a shitty leadership team to generate a profit. SA and Reddit don't like it when you hold a mirror up to them. There's SA and Reddit Let's Players, Trans communities, political discussions, WoW guilds, EVE Guilds, etc, etc and they're all full of basically the same people.

2) Even though they are similar, the being a "cool kid" on one forum doesn't make you a "cool kid" on the other. FAU/KM couldn't ban people they disagree with over on Reddit, so it must be garbage.

The only real difference between SA and Reddit is Lowtax, who is his own boss. Reddit has investors (and a valuation) which forces them to have an occasional surge of effort but Lowtax only reports to Barefoot Wine and Ambien. There may have been something of a rivalry ages ago but for most people SA has been 100% replaced by Reddit.
 

Dreamland

Mural of coral and cold
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More Lowtax stuff:
I have been fucking living in a bed for over a year. I sleep and work in the basement. I usually go through the entire day without wearing pants. I play Xbox games in the nude. One time I accidently shit in the shower because i thought it was a fart, and i spent like 10 minutes trying to stomp that motherfucking log through the drain.
Man, imagine having a father like that.
 

repentance

True & Honest Fan
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Probably because, like many speculate, he's intentionally exaggerating his pain in order to get oxycotin
He claims to be allergic to opioids (I doubt it's a true allergy - that's not common), and also says that muscle relaxants weren't helping.

Lyrica is very much the drug of choice for chronic back pain these days so it would make sense if it's the cornerstone of his treatment. What wouldn't make sense is if that's the total treatment plan. Chronic pain is usually treated on a multi-disciplinary basis, but I don't know how that works in the US if your insurance won't cover it.
 
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Gangster Talk

You lookin' at my gut?
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There's also that picture of LowT passed out on the couch, with Barefoot wine and pill bottle sitting prominently on the coffee table. He said those pills were for his cholesterol, but washing down cholesterol meds with wine seems like a good way to fry your liver.
If I recall correctly Lowtax posted a thread on the forum inviting people to come hang out at his office space out of the blue. 6 hours later one dude shows up and the door was unlocked so he walked in to find him passed out on a couch next to a bottle of wine and a bottle of pills, took a couple pictures of him, then took some stickers and left. My favorite goon adventure

e: Found a pic
 
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MirnaMinkoff

Mama, nobody sends you a turd and expects to live.
True & Honest Fan
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Has anyone ever actually posted any proof Lowtax is addicted to opiates, other than wishful thinking?
No. we only have what little he says and his behavior to go on. He’s not going to post his medical records so unless he admits it or his wife leaves and tells all we won’t ever have proof. It’s the backpain stuff and his own behavior that just makes it seem obvious the root of all his problems in the past years and why he just let a profitable business and community wither on the vine.

I don’t buy the “allergic to opiates” crap either @repentance , that’s something I’ve only heard from pill heads trying their best to deny they would ever take those pills when asked. Actual opiate allergy is so fucking rare it’s barely even been studied. He expects people to believe he had this major back surgery and then got by on Tylenol? Nope. Lyrica is also pretty low level for the unbearable pain Lowtax claims to be in everyday.

Ive known people with chronic pain and addicts with chronic pain and just plain addicts. One thing all the addicts had in common - no money, weird behavior and laying around all day in their PJs. People I’ve known with painful conditions that didn’t regularly take opiates still managed to be productive and weren’t dead ass broke.

The fact that Lowtax lays in bed all day points to addiction. If you have a bad back laying and sitting causes the most pain. People with bad backs are usually most comfortable standing or walking.

But it’s really about how he managed to piss away all this money and let a profitable business just rot from pure negligence- it’s classic behavior of an addict. I’m sure he is depressed too, but that goes hand in hand with addiction and laying around all day. All the stuff about his back pain and laying around naked all day just makes it a lot more obvious.

I mean he probably really does believe he has the worst back pain in the world - almost all prescription pill addicts claim the same thing.

But we probably won’t have proof until his supply of free money really runs dry. He will be the happiest little SA admin in the world while that money is floating him along.
 

repentance

True & Honest Fan
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No. we only have what little he says and his behavior to go on. He’s not going to post his medical records so unless he admits it or his wife leaves and tells all we won’t ever have proof. It’s the backpain stuff and his own behavior that just makes it seem obvious the root of all his problems in the past years and why he just let a profitable business and community wither on the vine.

I don’t buy the “allergic to opiates” crap either @repentance , that’s something I’ve only heard from pill heads trying their best to deny they would ever take those pills when asked. Actual opiate allergy is so fucking rare it’s barely even been studied. He expects people to believe he had this major back surgery and then got by on Tylenol? Nope. Lyrica is also pretty low level for the unbearable pain Lowtax claims to be in everyday.

Ive known people with chronic pain and addicts with chronic pain and just plain addicts. One thing all the addicts had in common - no money, weird behavior and laying around all day in their PJs. People I’ve known with painful conditions that didn’t regularly take opiates still managed to be productive and weren’t dead ass broke.

The fact that Lowtax lays in bed all day points to addiction. If you have a bad back laying and sitting causes the most pain. People with bad backs are usually most comfortable standing or walking.

But it’s really about how he managed to piss away all this money and let a profitable business just rot from pure negligence- it’s classic behavior of an addict. I’m sure he is depressed too, but that goes hand in hand with addiction and laying around all day. All the stuff about his back pain and laying around naked all day just makes it a lot more obvious.

I mean he probably really does believe he has the worst back pain in the world - almost all prescription pill addicts claim the same thing.

But we probably won’t have proof until his supply of free money really runs dry. He will be the happiest little SA admin in the world while that money is floating him along.
I don't really consider him a reliable narrator anyway. He talks about having checked out of the forums for half a decade in 2005 due to the forums bleeding into real life. Except that timeline implies that he checked back in some time during the last 9 years and that's not true. He's been an absent parent to the forums for all of that time. All that has varied is who was at the helm during his absence.
 

Nekromantik

I was phone!
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One thing I don't recall him mentioning, though, is any kind of physical rehabilitation therapy - which seems a bit odd.
It is. Rehabilitation is very important. I had a family member that had major back surgery a while back. It took him about a year with rehabilitation to really get back on his feet. He's doing fine now, if a little bit slower. Sad thing is he's twice Lowtax's age.
 
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