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I-Mockery's Big Q&A Page!
by -RoG-
(last updated - May 2004)


People are always asking me questions about my life and I-Mockery. Things like "Where do you live?", "What's your favorite food?", "What's it like running that site?" and "What's your credit card number?" Well, I've decided to save myself a little time by posting answers to some of the most frequently asked questions. So here ya go...

Question: What made you start I-Mockery?

Answer: Well, way back in high school my pals and I started up a little print periodical that we called "Visionary Darkness". We ranted about just about anything and had a great time doing it. When we went our separate ways for college, I started writing humorous articles for the newspaper. It was great getting emails from people who read them and got some chuckles out of my rants. The threats of physical violence from those who didn't approve were an added bonus.

While seeing my work in print was definitely cool, the audience just wasn't as broad as I wanted. Fortunately, a buddy of mine gave me some free hosting space on the university's server and I started teaching myself HTML. I was amazed at how many more people I was able to reach with an extremely basic web site. From that point on, working on the web became quite the addiction. I started teaching myself more and more about coding sites, and I also got into Photoshop and Flash big-time. Since I couldn't stay on the university server forever, I signed up for a new free web service called "Geocities" and registered about 10 different accounts on there for all of my various web sites. Yep, one account just wasn't enough. As my audience grew and grew, I realized that I had to get the hell off of Geocities and get a domain of my own. So, I registered good ol' I-Mockery.com and moved all of my old sites over to the domain and the rest is history.

Question: Where does the name "I-Mockery" come from?

Answer: When I registered the domain, all the companies out there were using names like "I-this" and "E-that", so I figured I'd poke fun at them with my domain name as well. Thus, I-Mockery.com was born.

Question: Just who in the hell are you?

Answer: My name is -RoG- (that's short for "awesometastic" in case you were wondering)

Question: Why do you work on this site so much?

Answer: I love making people laugh. It's really as simple as that. Every now and then I'll get an email from a person who is absolutely miserable sitting in their cubicle at work, but they inform me that I-Mockery helps break up the monotony of their day by giving them some hearty chuckles. It's that kind of stuff that makes me happy to keep doing this. Sure, the site has given me some great opportunities and opened all sorts of doors, but the fact is I'm still here doing it because it's one of the things I like to do.

Question: Does I-Mockery make any money?

Answer: In recent years, yes, I-Mockery has started to generate a nice income thanks to some great sponsors and advertisers who've been cool enough to help support this site. I'm now able to cover my hosting bills and then some, but I'm by no means sitting on a mountain of gold like Scrooge McDuck. One of my goals is to make this site my full-time job, but until that happens, I continue to work as a full-time / freelance web designer. Currently I'm a full-time web designer / slave for Circuit City.

Question: Can I write for I-Mockery?

Answer: We used to be more open about accepting submissions, but generally nowadays, we stick with the people that we already have on staff (ie: Dr. Boogie, Protoclown, Max Burbank, McClain, and Pjalne). While none of them are full-time staffers, though Dr. Boogie is close considering how much he helps out around here, when they do send in new material it's always a classic read. I also just don't have the time to read the HILARIOUS articles that every 12-year-old decides to send in to me. Still, you're welcome to submit material for the Visionary Darkness section of the site. Just don't expect myself or the others to find the time to read it for about a year or so.

Question: How come you haven't updated [insert section of I-Mockery here] in a long time?

Answer: Ever heard the phrase "beating a dead horse?" No? Well, I have. Certain sections of this site (the anti-rave and metal mockery sites for example) were created with the intention of giving people some great laughs about things we hadn't covered yet. Rather than try to update those sections with the same kind of jokes over and over, I just prefer to leave them be. Besides, my interests fluctuate on a daily (if not hourly) basis... so I often like to start up new projects rather than work on 5-year old ones.

Question: Ok but what about the main sections of I-Mockery like the Minimocks? How come you don't update those every day?

Answer: While I wish the other staffers had the time to write for the site on a constant basis, that's just not the case. They have lives and families and flesh-eating viruses which take up an ample chunk of their time. So... that leaves the site in my hands. I'm in charge of coding it, creating graphics for it, and writing for it. Oh yeah, and paying the bills for it. Considering I also work 40+ hours a week and take martial arts classes at night, I'm doing the best I can with what time I still have. The new "Shorts" section has just recently been created so that myself and the other staffers will be able to post smaller pieces on the site that won't take us quite as long to write. In all honesty, most minimocks take DAYS to finish. We put a LOT of time and effort into making them extremely in-depth and entertaining... and if it takes a few days or even a few weeks to achieve that, then so be it. Quality over quantity baby!

Question: I can't find one of my favorite pieces on I-Mockery! Where is it?

Answer: If you really can't find it, email me and I'll try to help you locate it. However, I suggest using the Google search engine first.

Question: What's with the Pickle hats and Wacky Space Goggles?

Answer: The pickle hats came from an old advertisement that I found. You can read more about that HERE. The goggles came from a place called "Zipperhead" in Philadelphia. It's a great little shop on South Street and I really miss living there (not in the shop, in Philly). The goggles and the pickle hat just seemed like two things that went together perfectly. I never thought the two would become such a staple of this web site. It's just another one of the pleasant little oddities of I-Mockery history I guess.

Question: Why haven't you written about [insert movies, games, toys, etc. here] yet?

Answer: There's a bajillion things out there to write about, and I'm still working on getting to each and every one of them. If there's something you'd really like to see featured on I-Mockery.com, email me and I'll put it on my gargantuan to-do list if I think it's worth writing about.

Question: How come you wrote about something that some other sites already wrote about?

Answer: If some other site wrote about the same thing I wrote about, it doesn't matter to me. I don't care if they wrote it before me or after me. The web is a big place and we're all bound to cross paths here 'n there. We each have our own thoughts on certain topics so there's no reason any of us shouldn't write about something just because it appears on some other site already.

Question: Where's the latest I-Mockery Club Pack?

Answer: While the club packs were a huge success, the fact is they took a lot of time to put together and mail out. Being that I already work a full-time job on top of writing for I-Mockery, I just don't have the time to put together all of the orders for new club packs. The sticker sales on I-Mockery alone are hard enough to keep up with. Still, I might release some more club packs in the future as a "seasonal" kind of thing. You know, more Halloween club packs, and things of that nature. We'll see what happens. Meanwhile, there's still a few extra club packs left over, so if you haven't bought one yet, get 'em while you still can.

Question: I can't download/find a file on I-Mockery, what happened to it?

Answer: We recently converted the entire site from ASP to PHP, so a lot of the paths have changed. Your best bet is to start from the main page and try to locate it. If you find any broken links, by all means feel free to report it to us and we'll try to fix it as soon as possible.

Question: I want to make a rom hack. How do I hack a rom?

Answer: Listen bub, we don't make the rom hacks, we just review 'em. Should you want to create your own atrocious rom hack, more power to ya, but we can't tell you how to do it. Visit http://www.romhacking.com if you want to learn how to hack roms. They'll point you in the right direction.

Question: I submitted a review to your Classic Games, Music Reviews, and/or Movie Reviews site. How come it hasn't been approved?

Answer: While we generally don't screen reviews for grammar, as you can tell by the plethora of horribly written viewer-submitted reviews that we have, we still do screen them to make sure the information is generally correct. The people who work on the 3 review sites do it on a volunteer basis, when they have the time to do it. So rest assured, if you followed the rules for review submissions, your review will eventually get approved. Whether people will mock you to hell for writing such a horrible review, however, is another case entirely.

Question: I have a product/site/company that I want to advertise on this site. How should I go about doing this?

Answer: Email webmaster@i-mockery.com for all the juicy details. We've got very affordable advertising rates and we're also happy to run sponsored contests.

Question: How can I help out I-Mockery?

Answer: Well, the best way to help out I-Mockery is to tell people about it. We've never spent a dime on advertising. It's all worth-of-mouth. You can also buy some of the stickers, donate to the zombie movie project, or buy something on the ol' Amazon wish list. It all helps!

Question: Are you really going to make a horror/comedy zombie movie?

Answer: Does a brain go "squish" like Jell-O?

Question: Can I use your content on my site?

Answer: Generally, no. What reason would a person have to come visit this site which I spent so much time working on when they can find the same exact content elsewhere? So that's generally why all the material on I-Mockery is exclusive to this site. Still, there are some rare exceptions, so if you are interested in using one of my pieces or hiring me to write something for you, feel free to contact me.

Question: Will you make a sequel to Domo-Kun's Angry Smashfest?

Answer: I'd love to, but the fact is, that game took over 4-months of work between myself and Tom Fulp. We both have extremely busy schedules these days, and neither of us would want to start on the game without the other. So it's all a matter of the two of us finding the time to dedicate to it. Not making any promises, but the two of us always talk about doing the sequel sometime in the future. In the meantime, you can expect plenty of other gaming goodies from both of us.

Question: Are you still in a band -RoG-?

Answer: I've been in a couple of bands, and done some comedic stuff with "Abbreviated. Life. Expectancy." but I haven't had a chance to record anything new in a while. That's mainly because the motherboard on my new computer wasn't compatible with the external recording device I was using. Anyway, I do plan on getting a new machine which I'll use strictly for recording purposes, so you can expect more stupid songs from me in the future. In the meantime, just keep listening to me sing "I Will Beat Pacman" or "Dead Backstreet Boys" instead.

Question: What happened to the funny flash intros on the I-Mockery homepage?

Answer: I've created a page that archives some of the best intros we've had over the years. It also explains why the intros are no longer the default page of I-Mockery. Click here for details.


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