Why I Detest Bill Armintrout’s The Miniatures Page

UPDATE

It appears Bill has decided to take issue with my post below (LINK). As I still have no right of reply on TMP, let me clarify again what happened and make it crystal clear for the drones and morons:

1. I made a comment on a thread on the Ultramodern board.  Rather than ask me “what I mean by it” in public, Bill locked my account and asked me via PM in the tone of addressing a schoolchild.

2. My post broke no TMP rule.

3. I told Bill exactly what I meant by my post.  I asked if I had broken any TMP rules.

4. I received no reply.

5. I asked again if I had broken any rules and if my account could be unlocked.

6. I have never received a reply.  I have no idea why I was locked out of TMP.

 

As for my advertising claims, which Bill takes issue with, claiming that driving up hits does not benefit him:

“So I wish people would bid this myth adieu – it’s not true.”

Sorry, but that is a lie Bill

Your system is based on what you call “multiples”.  The lowest multiple costs a fixed price per month.  Each higher multiple comes at a higher fixed cost.

The reason an advertiser would select a higher multiple is to GET MORE ADVIEWS.

When you use his Ad system, is even SHOWS YOU how many pageviews (adviews) you will get for a higher multiple based on current pageview levels.

So his system is designed to entice people to buy higher multiples with the promise of more PAGEVIEWS.

The more pageviews TMP gets, the better value his ad system seems, and the more people are enticed to spend.

But the problem is a LOT of TMP pageviews are generated by arguments, and issues – which Bill encourages BECAUSE IT RAISES HIS PAGEVIEWS, MAKING HIS AD SYSTEM SEEM BETTER VALUE TO USE.

If Bill used a Pay Per Click system, like most responsible people do nowadays, the pageviews would be irrelevant.  Each ad would be shown equally in rotation and you would only ever pay XX when someone CLICKED on that ad to visit your website.

That would make it VALUABLE for advertisers, rather than them paying on the promise of pageviews (and therefore implied more clicks/visits to their site) with ZERO guarantee of a single person clicking to visit their site.

You can buy a high quality “off the shelf” Pay Per Click ad system and link it into any website for about $200.  So it’s not that it can’t be done, it’s that Bill wants to rake in revenue without offering any guarantee that an advertiser will get even a single click through his current system, based entirely on empty PAGEVIEW implied promises.

 

“Our advertising revenue is not tied to website hits”

Bill – that is demonstrably untrue.  It is clearly intended to entice people unfamiliar with how ad systems work that they will get more visitors if they pay you more – which you cannot guarantee as you do not offer a Pay Per Click model. 

It’s an empty promise ad system based purely on “you might get more clicks if you pay more to be shown more”.

I’ve opened comments on this post Bill – feel free to reply.  I give you that right, even if you won’t give me the same courtesy.

 

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I used to visit TMP every day, several times, to contribute and read the latest hobby news.

 

Then Bill decided to make is to only paying members could submit hobby news, meaning the dynamic news stream dried up.

Then Bill allowed the “good old boys” to dominate the forums with right-wing politics.

Then Bill allowed “Tango01” to basically spam the place every day.

It was the Tango thing that annoyed me.  It didn’t annoy me because of the blatant spam Bill tolerated.  It was because I understand how Bill’s advertising system works.

It’s not a “pay per click” system like if you advertise on Google.  It’s a weighted views system.  So the more views your ad gets, the more you pay each month.

So I could see that Tango was tolerated because he generated controversy that means advertisers are screwed for more money for no actual gain.

I could also see that Bill stoked the fires of his “ladboy” editors situation because it meant more page views.

I could see that Bill introduced the “Ultra Modern” board, and incited political discussion at the expense of locking the accounts of participants who took the discussion in good faith, because it generated controversy – and more pageviews.

 

My crime was to post on a thread Bill started on the “Ultra Modern” board, where I said “we all know what the ultra modern board is really about Bill”.

My account was locked and I was messaged by Bill to explain myself like a child.

So I explained politely that I was simply referring to the fact it was created to generate more pageviews.  I was polite and according the the rules of the house, I had not broken any.

But my account remained locked.

I wanted to share this blog with other gamers, so I decided to set-up another TMP account.  I have no intention of misbehaving, so i thought it was worth trying as Bill was blanking me.

I used a free webmail account for the email address and confirmed my account.

The next day I found I could not access TMP, it was locked, and neither could I access my webmail account.

I contacted the webmail support and was told it had been reported as a spam account.

So on top of blocking me from TMP, which is his right no matter how pathetic it is, Bill personally tried to hijack another account I owned.

Bill Armintrout is a vindictive individual who has sat on his mountain top for far too long.  His activities as “Monty Schwab”, running a blog where he pays ladyboys to share intimate stories is just plain weird and shows what a fucked up individual he generally is.

The hobby needs it’s premier site to be inclusive and attract gamers of all ages, not just old, right-wing Americans.  As it stands I feel TMP as an experience is detrimental to the development of our hobby.  Bill needs to shape up, or sell it and retire.

Bill, your time is coming.

 

 

 

 

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35 comments

  1. Reblogged this on fig v fig from bayonets to breechloaders and commented:
    I dont have much more to add…. or subtract for that matter. TMP is, in my opinion, fast becoming a lost cause and I found it very easy to let my membership drop, indeed I have never been back since. I cite the bizarre antics of the editor, not the bi curious/lady boy antics, but his utter contempt for decent moderation and his bias foolishness regarding posts and members and the nonsensical approach to discussion/debate when asked to verify or explain his comments. Bizarre!

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    1. I have not made errors in the original post Bill, I have merely clarified what I wrote.

      Bill I notice you do NOT deny the facts in the update to this post, the big bit at the top with lots of words.

      To others, note some of Bill’s replies were posted before the update.

      Also note trying to shift the focus onto who I am, like it’s a conspiracy.

      It doesn’t matter who I am, other than I ‘m someone who used TMP and was excluded by Bill for no reason whatsoever, and I have a problem with a guy who screws advertisers in a small industry by pumping up pageviews to make his advertising upgrades seem better value.

      And finally, Bill, note that I have no problem with the editors as individuals, but I do have a problem with you parading them and stoking controversy to pump up the pageviews – you exploited those people for your own financial gain. This is the type of person you are, and you’ll even shout about throwing money at the desperate to make yourself sound good and win the hearts and minds of TMP gullibles:

      “That’s on the wargaming front. Now let me talk about the humanitarian front. There’s a young lady who would like to work for TMP. She has a job now, but the economy is poor, and many days she makes no money. She’s the breadwinner for her entire family. I don’t have money to hire her right now. But I heard they were out of food, so I slipped her a little money for groceries – and she was able to buy a chicken for her mother to cook! She was so happy! Of course, that money came out of my own pocket, but I wouldn’t have money in my pockets if it wasn’t for all of you that support TMP.”

      PS: Thanks for sending this post 1200 views in 24 hours Bill. The more gamers who know what you get up to the better.

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  2. And Bill is now orchestrating a finance drive on the back of this. Does the man have no shame?

    Perhaps the comments on Frothers Unite about TMP are true – “TMP is drying up. I just looked at Alexa and TMP’s ranking has dropped even further than last month and all the metrics are in the red. I’m sure it’s affecting Bill’s bottom line…”

    Sudden membership drive a coincidence? I think not.

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  3. Is this the correct definition then Bill?

    ‘It’s an empty promise ad system based purely on “you might get more clicks if you pay more to be shown more”.’

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    1. So having more impressions, generated through bumping them up with tango spam and arguments about chicks with dicks makes it look better value for the cost then.

      Just as was stated!

      More impressions does not mean more visitors for the advertiser. So no inbuilt value.

      Just as stated!

      You’ve lost this one Bill. Go away and have a long look in the mirror, or keep on buying chickens for the poor. Your call I suppose.

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  4. Yes, shame on you mysterious blogger, I mean it’s not as though Monty Schwab… Sorry Bill would hide behind an alias. Nice to see WordPress, as a business, just like TMP won’t make your e- mail or personal data public…oh sorry, yes Bill / Monty does breach data protection.

    Mind you this is all probably just made up trolling, perhaps the 1200 and those linking from TMP would find this of help in the sorting out who is shady…

    Read away TMP faithful, advertisers and future contributors…

    http://frothersunite.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=49038

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  5. TMP is doing fine, thank you. Advertising is at record levels. People are supporting what we do. I’m sorry you don’t want to be part of it. I’m sorry you think feeding poor people is something to mock. Maybe like the Grinch, your heart is a few sizes too small.

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    1. I’m really pleased for you Bill.

      So what will you do with the record income?

      Another six editors?

      Perhaps start a noble new site for another repressed minority? How about lesbian, wheelchair-bound, ginger, BDSM enthusiasts?

      But then I suppose the lack of penis would make it a non-starter?

      Or you could buy a chicken for every homeless person in America?

      Actually, I’m a bit short this Christmas Bill. If I put on a dress and some lipstick can I write an article on my new found sexuality for $10?

      I could write a piece on how I like to have sex with supermarket chickens warmed to human body temperature? That way we hit two of your favourite topics in one go.

      As for the grinch poke, well lets just take another look at what you alias “Monty Schwab” (as you have no admitted is your alias) likes to discuss:

      http://transpinayhelper.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/the-harem.html

      “The idea of a harem composed entirely of transpinay is something that comes up from time to time on the Tranny Chaser forums, where the men dream of their fantasy of having three or four woman all to themselves.”

      Your fantasy Bill. Your fantasy. How many editors do you have?

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    2. Maybe that poor person should sell their PC and internet connection. They’d be able to have more than one gringo chicken that way.

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  6. Why do you mock the transgendered? They face terrible discrimination in the Philippines. It is nearly impossible for them to find work, even with a college education. I have no regrets for providing jobs for some of them.

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    1. I think they are mocking you Bill, not the transgendered. Its your obsession disguised as goodwill that people find sick, its you mocking them by exploiting them.

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  7. The bit I think Bill has done a very good job on avoiding questions on is this.

    If he wanted to help the disadvantaged then why didn’t he just hire americans who are not traansgendered?

    He wanted to hire chicken woman allegedly, so why didn’t he hire people like her, rather than foreign transgenders?

    I suspect its because:

    1. They are cheap.
    2. He doesn’t have to comply with US employment law.
    3. He gets off on it.

    Hire poor Americans or hire foreign transgender folk who can’t speak your language well?

    Hmm…..over to you Bill.

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  8. That’s easy, Rayleigh. I hired transgendered individuals because I meet them through my other work with my blog. They are qualified, intelligent, educated, tech savvy, and grateful for the jobs. They earn good wages. They enjoy the work. Filipinos speak English quite well.

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    1. Just young attractive transgender people though eh Bill.

      Don’t fancy hiring a fatty? Or paying an older transgender person to post smut on your “helper” blog?

      And you haven’t answered why you didn’t just hire domestic people who also, as you pointed out, need the money.

      You’re full of shit and you get sexually aroused by young tramsgenders, just admit it ffs.

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      1. Oh and I don’t think they are young slim and attractive, I’m saying you do.

        That’s why the mission of team slim at helper was to help them meet western men.

        Your words western man Bill.

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  9. “I think we too often make choices based on the safety of cynicism, and what we’re lead to is a life not fully lived. Cynicism is fear, and it’s worse than fear – it’s active disengagement.” – Ken Burns

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    1. Blatant, ludicrous evasion.

      To claim you are only helping young, attractive to you (as you admit with your own comments on Facebook and the transpinay blog), ladyboys for noble reasons, when there are old lady boys, and countless needy Americans out there, is so pathetic that only a moron (Mormon?) Would believe it.

      Just admit it, you help them because you get a sexual kick out of it and you don’t mind exploiting them to get it.

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  10. He does the quote thing when he’s losing the argument. Seen him do it on TMP and on Frothers (yes, he has an account (or two) there and is therefore a Frother himself).

    He will admit nothing. Ever. But, by being deliberately obtuse and evasive, Bill leaves others to draw their own conclusions. He forgets grown ups make up their own minds based on the evidence presented.

    And those ‘send money’ sympathy threads on TMP are just pathetic and do him no favours whatsoever. He does the TMP membership a great disservice daily. The man is a joke.

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  11. First off, helping Filipinos makes economic sense, since I plan to relocate to the Philippines in a few years.

    Second, I’ve been hiring for TMP from the pool of writers that work for the blog, since I already have experience with them and know their skills and abilities. Age and “attractiveness” aren’t taken into account when hiring writers for the blog, except that we require all workers to be at least 18. Most of our workers are in their late 20s.

    Third, we have nothing against hiring older ladyboys, but we have no writers that are older than around 32. Maybe the older ones are not tech-savvy.

    Fourth, nobody is being exploited. The wages are quite competitive. That’s why there is a line of people waiting for any job openings.

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