Fan Art: TapTap vs the trees of Grow Island, by Cremexbutter!

This fan art is by Cremexbutter, based on my Grow Island Let’s Play! Thanks a lot💚!

Don’t ask. The trees…the tees had it it coming. I love the happy TapTap in the top too. Probably thinking about destroying trees.

The Let’s Play is below, the Grow Series of Flash games is a blast. Rated T for trees, contains Mild Parker Interruptions.

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SirTapTap.com Year In Review 2017

Once again I’m a bit later than I planned, but that’s just how things go! Here’s how things have been doing on SirTapTap.com, my Youtube, and all the other stuff I do. I did one of these last year and after reading both posts over myself, I’m quite happy in the change in tone, it really was a great year.

Patreon & Donations

Despite some initially troubling changes that Patreon swiftly reversed, it’s been a good year on Patreon for me. We’ve exceeded $100 a month and, while the fee change halted my momentum, things seem to be back on track there. At $200 monthly I’ll have a special Paker Cam stream!

Several very generous people have also donated via PayPal, which is another valid way to support me.

Thanks so much to everyone who’s supported me no matter how, how much, or on what platform! You all made it a great 2017 and will help make an even better 2018!

New Server

As I mentioned in an earlier post I’ve recently moved to Linode after initially using Namecheap hosting. There were various factors involved in the move but there’s a time when shared hosting simply isn’t enough for a site and I was pretty much there, with fairly regular downtime on Namecheap’s SSD tier.

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This UI Change Could Have Prevented Patreon’s Fee Change Debacle

Patreon announced a new fee structure last week. It was intended to prevent the problem of “double charges” and allow them to roll out Charge Up Front to all users. People hated it. A lot. Today they canceled it, as I suspected/hoped they would.

How bad was it all? My campaign lost 10% of Patrons in under 24 hours, and I strongly suspect I won’t get all of them back. And from posts on Twitter, I was hardly the only one who lost a substantial amount of Patrons. That’s really not fun to experience, especially as someone who had nothing to do with the actual change at hand.

Patreon Screwed Up

I could actually write several articles on all the little problems with their proposed changes and their reasoning. But the biggest problems were such:

  1. Patreon moved the fees from Creators to Patrons, and added a 35 cent flat fee that drastically affected $1 pledges. This strongly discouraged Patrons from pledging the most common pledge amount of $1.
  2. Patreon did this because they came up with a brilliant new system that multiplied the amount of fees Patrons would have to pledge. This destroys the incentive to pledge to lots of creators.

That’s basically the coolest thing about Patreon gone: the ability to support lots of creators with small donations.

I’ll let Patreon’s own charts speak for how terrible the basic concept of their change was:

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What’s New on SirTapTap.com?

It’s been a busy month on SirTapTap.com, but perhaps not in a particularly visible way, so I thought I’d post a little update.

$100 a month on Patreon!

Before getting into the nitty gritty of the site changes, I’d like to thank all my Patreons! My monthly contributions have grown, just recently activating the $100 goal, reducing ads on this here site! I keep ads sparse in general, only putting them on Guides (the highest effort and highest traffic pages), but the moonshot goal is to not need ads if my Patreon grows large enough.

That’s why the next goal is $200 where I can turn off another ad unit, leaving only a max of 2 adsense ads per page (no fishy ads here, adsense only). I’m not in the financial situation to throw out my ad money at the moment, but if the Patreon ever gets large enough that’s one of the first things I want to do.

The support from my Patreons has been great and makes it so much easier to plan my spending and use of time around my site and videos.

New Host

SirTapTap.com is now hosted on Linode! Linode is a Linux Virtual Private Server hosting company and basically by moving to them from “managed hosting” I gain more control over my site and faster speed in exchange for complete responsibility for making sure everything worked.

Sort of like getting a shot, it hurt a lot at first but once the initial panic left I realized it wasn’t so bad after all. I got it all running in about 3 moderately confused days full of learning Linux commands, file structure and so on, and now the server runs beautifully without any babysitting at all. I even save money compared to my old hosting plan!

New Slogan

I updated my little blurb at the top left: I wanted something short, descriptive and upbeat. The one thing I never wanted to be is one of those “Angry Gamer Hates Games: The Screamening” type YouTubers. You know the ones. Hell, statistically, you probably even subscribe to one of them! But that’s okay too, no worries.

The new slogan is “Love Games. Share Love.” It’s sappy, but I think it shares my message pretty well; games are for enjoying, and my mission is to help you enjoy them even more.

Faster Pages

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Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium Fall Event (2017) Mini-Guide

This is a “mini guide” for Tap Tap Fish – AbyssRium, with only the Fall Event (2017) information, split out to be faster & easier to load on mobile devices. Feel free to add to your homescreen for easy access!
See the main guide for a more comprehensive set of information.

If you enjoy my guides, please consider contributing to my Patreon to help me make even more, higher-quality guides & articles! With enough funds I can reduce or even remove ads as well!

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A Word on Reviews

When I started SirTapTap.com, the core intent was to have a place for more detailed, written reviews since I felt more detailed and deliberate analysis didn’t really fit in with my YouTube channel. My attempts at “reviews” had little distinguishment from the Quick Look/Let’s Play videos and their view counts would never justify the additional effort. So, a website specifically for reviews was the clear solution!

I wrote a few, as you can see in the Reviews section. I tried to keep myself to a high standard and go over the games thoroughly. Covering even one game turned out to be an impressive degree of effort and, again, the actual amount of people reading each didn’t really justify the effort.

So long story short, I’ve decided I’m going to be reviewing games less, and talking about them more.

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Alex Mauer Debacle: The DMCA Abuse That Is (and Isn’t) Possible on Youtube

So YouTube has a DMCA problem. We all knew this, since the DMCA itself sucks and YouTube doesn’t have the best track record regarding copyright. But what do you need to know if you’re affected? What’s the long and short of it?

Editor’s Note: I don’t have an editor.

Sir TapTap’s Note: If I did have an editor, they’d probably note that I’ve already written an extensive timeline on the Alex Mauer DMCA Debacle here, so if you don’t know what that is or wish to learn more, start there. This article is mostly about YouTube’s process and it’s problems and solutions, not the Alex case itself.

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A Factual Timeline of the Alex Mauer DMCA Debacle

In June 2017 Alex Mauer began a series of events including DMCA claims, death threats, and releasing personal information of countless parties due to a contract dispute with her former employer, Imagos Softworks/Imagos Films. The dispute also spread to include River City Ransom Underground and includes several other games as well.

As sick as I am of talking about, hearing about, and generally being in the same plane of existence as this issue, it’s a very confusing and fast-moving topic and no one really has the full story. And unlike other articles, this one will be kept up to date with new events and will be corrected as needed.

So, here we are; a timeline of events in the Alex Mauer DMCA situation. There will be little analysis in this piece for various reasons; the horse is dead, I’m sick of talking about it, discussion on the issue turns nasty fast, an objective analysis isn’t easy to find, etc. etc.. Most of Mauer’s actions speak for themselves when presented in proper context anyway.

Times may be approximate. Feel free to contribute or correct anything you feel is relevant and I’ll update the list as necessary, but some of the more minor issues are not tracked due to the extreme depth of this ordeal.

If you’re curious about the YouTube specific situation, see this article by me on how YouTube’s DMCA system is being exploited by Alex (and could be exploited by pretty much anyone else).

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