Dear oh dear. If Carlsberg did worst business man of the decade, you’d have to think Mark Vaughn would win it hands down.
Look, i think it’s good that he is close to his Mum, and the fact he gives her a role to keep her busy is great. But making her ‘Community Manager’ just hasn’t worked. Anybody that can read knows that. I’m not suggesting he should just sack her, just give her a role that is behind the scenes.
Another plan that has not only worked, but destroyed any ‘Community’ that existed, was the VIP package. The one where you pay the Vaughns $15 a month, to do what AdblockPlus does for free.
So what would any sensible business man do in this situation? Well, if it was me, i would give my Mum the role of Financial Manager, or Commercial Executive, a place where she could still be a part of the business, but not get everybody’s backs up.
Then i would abolish the VIP shambles, and look into how other online company’s make a healthy profit, without asking their customers to foot the server bills (big hint..Blab.im)
Then we have Mark. What does Mark do? Still lets his Mother ruin what is left of the sinking ship by remaining as Community Manager, but even worse, tries to scam his customers out of even more money, by introducing VIP Gold!
I shit you not. If this wasn’t so tragic, it would be hilarious.
I’m beginning to think Mark is somehow getting off on ruining what was once a great site. I mean, seriously, who on earth is going to fall for all that nonsense?
Vaughn is dying and it’s sad to see a site i once loved being ripped to pieces like this. But this new money parting scam will be the final nail in the coffin. And the Vaughns can blame the Blogs, blame jealous rivals or blame the entire human race as much as you want. But ultimately, your idiotic running of the site is what’s finished it.