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Why is Back Online - Update

   Fri, September 12, 2008 - 11:28 AM
I did a little digging now that tribe is up again and here are some info & links to explain what has been going on with

From what I understand, there is a very small crew of people keeping alive right now - I'm talking 2 - 4 people if I understand it correctly. They attempted to move the physical location of from one set of computers to another, but a series of hardware and social problems have set in. Tangled wires, faulty equipment, politics, frayed nerves, rabid dogs and who knows what else.

I don't think they succeeded in moving tribe's servers, and the process of bringing it back online was anything but smooth, so once they got tribe plugged back in it kept crashing cause everyone was hitting it so hard trying to get back on!

Now apparently Darren Mckeeman - Operations Manager @ has resigned,
(read it here on Darren's twitter blog: ),

apparently because his co-worker Mark Pincus cursed at him:

Meanwhile DJ Shatter has been helping put tribe back together,

while also planning an escape route; a site for tribe refugees:

and then Shatter and his dog were attacked by a Pitbull:

and his hands are all messed up.

So its seems like its a miracle that tribe is working at all, and it is also a very real possibility that unless some brilliant, amazing, dedicated hardworking people step-up to the plate, tribe may eventually collapse under its own weight.

If you want to get in on some discussions and be in contact with Mark Pincus:

Darren Mckeeman
(and here is the official company blog: but don't know how useful that is.)


Hope this helps!
Tom Sepe


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Fri, September 12, 2008 - 12:58 PM
thanks, tom! that's great info... i didn't want to give up on tribe... but it seems like it might be inevitable. let's try to get everyone on this "ning" thing, because facebook and myspace just don't feel like a replacement.
Sat, September 13, 2008 - 8:49 AM
no conspiracy theories to explain it- yet...
Thanks for a heads up. I've been frustrated as I think this is the best site going. Nice to know some of the details.
Sat, September 13, 2008 - 10:35 AM
thanks Tom - I haven;t found another site that's even remotely as interesting

prayers and love to the management and especially to Darren and Shatter

- hope they work it out and keep it going
Mon, September 15, 2008 - 2:28 AM
I find it cool that all things have beginnings, middles and ends. If this is the end I am honored. I am honored that my blog posts and poems will die along with tribe. I thought about saving them someplace else... but then I remembered that I burnt all my sketchbooks and journals at burning man (did I mention I hat burning man now that it is so big and fake). Anyway I have issues and whatever... oh did you see Titanic? Remember the strings players playing as the ship sank... thats me :-)
Mon, September 15, 2008 - 2:49 PM
Thanks, Sweets. You're so RAD!