WPC over the years
Hola to my homies! Few things in life remain constant, and few things in M9 have changed as much as WPC over the years. So what I decided to do was dig deep, use my special ‘powers’ that gives me access to M9’s secret treasure chest of information locked behind seven levels of encrypted code and bring you all the dirty little secrets about WPC
Note: though I am included in a part of the story, you can expect an unbiased, factual and informative post throughout.
First there was the beginning
WPC was the brainchild of Patricia (Arthurwill) and possibly Patrick. And it seems Rikard_Sweden (currently inactive) had some hand in its formation too. I could bring you all the little conversations, of course, but I am not allowed to by the M9 rules (talk about secrecy! ) So suffice to say that after a lengthy discussion, the first WPC week was started on January 7, 2007. It’s been just about 3 and a half years since WPC started….it’s still a baby!
All I personally know about Rikard is from what I read about him on M9. You can see his posts by clicking HERE. He left M9 before I came (of course…else I would never have been the WPC manager! But we will get to that in a minute). But there’s one thing I can say about him- he was the perfect first leader for WPC. He had everything a leader needs to have – charm, wit and decision making abilities. Most of the first WPC rules were framed by him or under his consultancy. He gave WPC a great start!
And then he left
For all my searches, I couldn’t find the reason why he left. One post he is leading the WPC competition, the next he is just saying hi in the next WPC competition. No discussion in between about leaving M9. Whatever happened, the first switch over for WPC was a swift one. AzureSephiroth, one of the heads of Hazard Blue, took over. He stayed at the helm for four weeks. Apart from a new manager, WPC saw no major changes in this period.
AzureSephiroth left just as abruptly as he came. Blame the college schedule of youngsters these days! DeZal pounced upon the opportunity and became the new face of WPC. He stayed in business from Week 27 to Week 87. That’s a long period! Then he left, just like everyone before (and after) him, due to a lack of time.
It is saddening to acknowledge that towards the end of his term, WPC was getting just 3-5 entries a week, and the future of the competition looked in severe doubt. In his entire term, WPC never moved beyond 9 participants (Week 42) due to a lack of awareness and lesser members on Mobile9 itself. DeZal deserved more than that, for sure.
BoxieBlue on Board
Next in line was… me. I was already the gallery mod at that time and I let the admins know of my intent of becoming the WPC manager. I am not too sure of what went on during that period (it’s the truth!) but for some reason, the admins thought I was up to the task and made me the new manager. From this point on, I will refer to myself in third person just to maintain consistency in this post.
The first week BoxieBlue managed was Week 89. That marked the beginning of WPC’s growth over the next weeks. Somehow, participants seemed to drop in from nowhere. It is possible that AW’s renewed interested in getting WPC out of the dumps might have played a role in this.
The one thing BoxieBlue loved to do was make changes. His first post as the WPC manager? Here is how it began:
Hello everyone, and welcome to WPC Week 89. This is the week BoxieBlue takes over! And your new manager brings with him a completely new format and new rules.
Changes in the first ever week! He later proceeded to make WPC fully democratic with topics like Member Opinion and others. And introduced some ideas, like ‘continuous weeks’ that speeded up the WPC process.
Formation of The WPC Team
BoxieBlue seemed to realize he wouldn’t be around forever and he needed to nurture the next WPC manager. So he formed a team consisting of Sam1374, rhtz, sp0rtskiller03 and elaginn. Out of these, sp0rtskiller03 went on to become the next WPC manager. The Team, meant to be like the undercover police, never really took off. One of the many failures of BoxieBlue’s period.
Sp0rtskiller03 and the decline of the Blue age
Sp0rtskiller, from the start, showed himself to be an eager manager. It was clear that he enjoyed his job and was excited to be at the top. He had a lot to learn when he first came around but he was instantly loved by the participants. Over the next few weeks, BoxieBlue started entrusting more and more responsibilities to sp0rtskiller and eventually went into a kind of hibernative state. It became clear that sp0rtskiller was taking over WPC entirely, a fact confirmed by BoxieBlue’s official semi-retirement notice.
Sp0rtskiller loved to make changes just as much as his predecessor. WPC changed again. A lot of times. The WPC of today is barely recognizable when compared the WPC of former days. Changes were done and undone, and then re-done. Sp0rtskiller, it seems, wanted a perfect WPC.
Your mother kept a watch too
In between, after BoxieBlue went into semi-retirement, sp0rtskiller got your_mother on board to help out. WPC had become too big for one person to handle alone. Over the period when sp0rtskiller, and later your_mother, were ruling WPC, the number of participants fluctuated wildly. It went from 20+ to about 7, and then back up. Your_mother quit soon complaining of a lack of time. M9 is addictive, isn’t it?
Yet another one disappears
Sp0rtskiller disappeared all too suddenly. One day he was here, the next he was not. He later explained that he was grounded at home and not allowed to use the internet. WPC needed new managers immediately.
But where are all the leaders?
There was a lot of eagerness amongst everyone to become the next manager. But there was no perfect leader. A manager needs to be nurtured over time and at the time, there were few people who could make WPC grow further. And i mean this is the most respectable manner. The participants were eager and excited about leadership, but they were not prepared.
The process took more than a few weeks. In the meantime, RC managers Pantoflica and Christina readily stepped in to take control of the competition. They brought with them their charm and ready wit (pantoflica also brought her of course). After days of deliberation, the admins finally announced the new managers: kewlone and mohib-rameen. Both of are pretty qualified individuals and, as we near the end of the tale, here’s hoping that they last longer than the previous managers!
That’s about it
That’s about all the information I have! So I am going to end this long post right here and wave goodbye! Hope you enjoyed it.