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The CPA Central Archives — The Controversial Modernization

KLONDIKE, CPA Central Headquarters — As we draw nearer and nearer to this site’s five-year anniversary, we will take a look at a more recent era of CPA Central, spanning over more than a year and at a time of great modernization for the site. The visionaries who oversaw it did stumble, however, leading to the coining of this era as The Controversial Modernization. 

The Controversial Modernization

May 2011 — December 2012

Around the time that Sklooperis retired from the site, a promising reporter had recently entered the ranks of CPA Central. Going by the name of Wade12, the reporter’s abilities had surprised administration, and surprised them even more when Wade12 revealed to the army community that he was, in fact, Woton, the creator of CPAC and now, apparently, renaissance man. Conveniently returning right around the retirement of Sklooperis, Woton had not originally expected to become Head of Site again, taking the position of Site Owner.

However, as Bluesockwa2 and Kingfunks4 were slated to become the first Co-Heads of CPA Central, Woton ended up taking the position instead and promoting Kingfunks4 to Secondary Head alongside Bluesockwa2. Promising all kinds of revolutionary changes to CPA Central, Woton began a long push to modernize the site. What neither he nor his Secondary Heads would expect is that all kinds of issues would plague CPAC’s attempt to modernize and eventually deter the entire project.

 In June 2011, the new CPA Central site was launched. With a new design and other changes like a reformed Network, a new Toolbar, an emailed Newsletter and changes in content, this was a time of big promises. After only four months, however, Woton retired from CPAC on August 17, 2011, bringing a close to a long career of success and innovation in the media. Bluesockwa2 and Kingfunks4 assumed Head of Site together, but Woton promised to still act as Site Owner.

The tenure of Kingfunks4 and Bluesockwa2 was a tumultuous time for CPAC, to say the least. Taking strides from its, well, not too professional beginnings, the big dreams of the new leadership was faced with challenges. One of Kingfunks4’s most notable contributions to CPAC throughout his years was the push he made to shape and market tournaments as a major side of CPA Central, introducing all kinds of alliterated fun such as the Scary and Spring Showdowns.

However, the term we’re talking about was littered was issues due to Bluesockwa2’s involvement in the ACP not too long ago and Kingfunks4’s ascension through the ranks even now as he was working for CPAC. This led to the creation of a site called CP Army Accuracy, branching from roots in the Light Troops in the same way CPAC was viewed to have roots with the Army of CP. This was the height of the “ACP bias” plague, and the major war between the two armies was being played out not only on the battlefield but also in the media.

Overseen by Roberto, Ioioluk, and other notable individuals who didn’t like 2011 CPAC too much, CP Army Accuracy was one of the first sites since the original media competition of 2009 to be the best. Also, at this time, CPA Central was a sponsor of the Anti-Hack Bill, which was used as leverage by CPAA, the Light Troops, and those against CPAC and ACP to tie the two together. Tomb147, who was working on the site’s graphics and CSS at the time, was fired from CPAC for abuse of power due to his dislike of the bill.

Boomer20 and Tomb fought over this and Boomer released his thoughts in a private post, which led to Tomb’s firing due to him using comment moderation to work against the Anti-Hack Bill. In December of 2011, following his fallout with CPA Central, Tomb defected to CP Army Accuracy and used the CPAC Christmas design for CPAA, causing issues on the homefront. In a previously private address to the staff, Bluesockwa2 mulled over the issues and what was to happen next

Issues like stealing graphics (such as the logo you see above) and attacking CPAC led to a month-long conflict in which CP Army Accuracy reached over 15,000 views, an impressive showing for a site in their early days. At the end of December 2011, Tomb147 was re-hired by Kingfunks4 and the issues between himself and CPA Central were settled. CP Army Accuracy would collapse soon after that, but issues between the Light Troops and CPA Central were only beginning as 2012 rolled around.

In February of 2012, after attacking CPA Central publicly on their site, CPAC took action to ban the Light Troops from Top Ten rankings, lasting from February 17th until February 24th. Though only lasting for a week, CPAC’s attack against the Anti-CPAC campaign stemming from the Light Troops and their use of “vulgar language” was never-before-seen and shocking from a public relations standpoint. It was only a week until the ban was removed.

The following month, Woton once again returned to CPA Central, looking to fulfill his long-promised ambitions to make the site self-hosted. After convincing his parents that, while functioning on Club Penguin, CPA Central was still a business opportunity, Woton received some monetary backing from his family and looked into making the site self-hosted. Moving away from CPAC’s roots on cpacentral.wordpress.com, Woton looked into hosting the site on wordpress.org, and using a Bluehost server — in retrospect, Bluehost is about the worst possible option we could’ve gone with.

In early May, CPA Central began a long overhaul process that, despite Woton promising to have it finished by Easter, was not fully unveiled until July of 2012. In a private post on CPAC, Woton addresses administration over worries about how the site looks and Bluehost. Through all of problems, Woton continued to feel that self-hosting was the future for CPAC, no matter how the public or other administrators felt about it.

The summer of 2012 brought great changes to the site, as in July of that year I was promoted to CPA Central CEO and the site merged with CP Army Files, bringing Puckley, Joker, Pie1350 and others into the creative process. At this time, those who came to CPA Central from CP Army Files were the major ones covering army news for the site and keeping the site active. Finally, the new CPA Central was unveiled by Woton on July 6th, 2012 and the site was officially left in the care of Blue2, Puckley, Joker and yours truly.

In the second half of 2012, CPA Central, along with, well, myself, was experiencing growing pains. Puckley and Joker would both leave the site before too long, and issues in the latter end of the year focused on the Network, the new self-hosting, and the ACP. My promotion to CEO was due to Kingfunks4 accepting ACP 2ic in favor of quitting CPAC. Finally splitting what had long been referenced as the “ACP bias”, tensions between the two were arguably never higher than during Funks’s time as ACP Leader.

RiotDebates, a newly-hired CPA Central Philosopher wrote a post alleging corruption in the ACP that, while not too great and swinging against ACP undoubtedly, it was the first taste of anti-ACP mainstream media in a long time. Whenever CPAC had actually taken a side, it was in support of ACP or whatever they were doing — this was about to change. 

In a private post on CPAC, Kingfunks4 explained that the post was “bias” and had no purpose on our front page. Deleting and restoring the post in a war that led to four revisions, we were now faced with an opportunity to finally confront the allegations of bias that had plagued us since Woton retired for the first time. In a statement in early August, Kingfunks4 was fired from the CPA Central Board of Trustees, leading to comments like “ACP is outta here!” and drawing a massive amount of support.

Only fifteen days after, the Army of CP was ranked 6th in a CPA Central Top Ten. Being new to the formula, I originally thought I had made a calculation mistake, until fully grasping what was upon the army community. ACP had not been out of the Top Three, maybe even the Top Two, since the Top Ten began publishing in 2009. This was to send ripples all throughout the community, we knew that publishing it, and sure enough, it did.

Also during this time, Small and Medium Army Central once again split from a CPA Central partnership in the first of multiple attempts to oversee a new Network and a site called Club Penguin Warfare Insider. In August of 2012, Splasher99 and Pungy1234 pioneered the new project, however it was short-lived to say the least. CP Warfare Insider, after running for only a few months, slowly died out before being revived another two or three times.

At the end of August, the first Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack hit CPA Central. Now hosted on WordPress.org and Bluehost (which was just about the crappiest server sold), SaW and xiUnknown were the first to exploit this vulnerability, angered over the money Woton was allegedly making from CPAC. At this point, oddly enough, the site was making nowhere near what it is today.

Woton publicly rebuttled those allegations as September rolled around, however the Dark Warriors were now too busy overthrowing SubZ to care about knocking the site offline. This did not, however, end the DDoSing troubles. Despite promising CloudFlare on multiple occasions, Woton either never bought the program or didn’t know how to properly set it up, leading to four months of being knocked offline. At some points, it was not only hard for viewers to read our content, but for us to even access the Dashboard.

At the height of conflicts with the Army of CP, a (in retrospect, rather embarrassing) post attacked Flipper7706’s allegations that ACP’s “downfall” was all public perception. While the post was badly structured and badly argued, I feel that if I had to attack those same allegations today, I would have done much better. A major reason ACP hated CPAC during this time was because they felt their fall from World Power status all had to do with mainstream army media.

Kingfunks4 would be overthrown from the ACP before the year came to an end, leading to a happy ending to his relations with CPA Central. As December came, the DDOS attacks only got more frequent, and some of armies’ best in computers told me the site’s server may be permanently damaged from all the attacks. On New Year’s Eve, a plan was devised to finally move back to WordPress.com hosting. This was big at the time, because no one had really gone against the Site Owner. We had actually planned to move to a new army media site if Woton did not approve the move back. Luckily for us, he did, and as the calendars changed to 2013, CPA Central was once again hosted on WordPress.com.

The site named its first Person of the Year since 2009 that year (Waterkid100), bringing a close to 2012, which had been a time of controversy not only for CPAC but for all of armies. Though 2012 had been a year of good and bad for CPAC — but nothing too golden — I will be the first to say that we were hopeful going into 2013. The era of CPA Central leading up to present day and spanning 2013 and 2014 will be narrated in the fourth and final edition of the CPA Central Archives next month.

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11 Responses

  1. Ah, Bluehost. I remember only being able to load the site about once every 10 tries because you could pretty much DDoS the site offline just by refreshing too quickly. Good times, good times. Thank god we don’t use that anymore.

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    • kingfunks4

    • historical

    • bias

    • corruption

    • tl;dr

  3. hi

  4. Posts like these really give you a look into the political aspect of armies and just how complex this game really is.

    • Very true. It’s often hard to believe that this community started as a small forum organised by 7-12 year olds.

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