Timmy the Toolman is in the House!

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Hey Dudes, I was looking another forum to contribute to. I was recently kicked off Tacoma World for calling a guy out for ripping off my video content and it backfired on me. Yes, things got heated and some insults were exchanged via PM but I don't think I deserved a ban. Obviously one of the forum admins wasn't a fan of me. Anyway, I'm not looking to join a forum to cause drama. I like helping people and I like to learn new things. I'm here to help and learn and will hopefully be able to avoid any drama.

I operate a YouTube channel called Timmy the Toolman with my buddy Sean. A lot of you have probably heard of us, but if you haven't, we specialize in Toyota/Lexus SUVs and Trucks. We perform maintenance, repairs and modifications. Most of our content library is for the 3rd Gen 4runners and 1st Gen Tacomas but we have branched out a bit working on 1st Gen 4runners, 80 Series Land Cruisers, 100 Series Land Cruisers, Lexus LX470s, Lexus GX470s, FJ Cruisers, and Tundras.

Here's a link to my channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9EMiD9KPy61kJ6hdXcbjxA

I'm looking forward to contributing and learning from Y'all.

Timmy
 
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Welcome Tim. Care to share a link to the dumpster fire that got you banned? TW has some sensitive members and moderators that can’t handle their emotions, so I’m not surprised they were quick to ban you.
I can't share a link because I'm banned and can't sign onto the forum. But, it was pretty ugly.

This guy that I blasted would take one of my videos and turn it into a write-up format. The first video he copied to my knowledge is my Rear Axle Seal / Bearing Replacement video. I mean it is a 100% copy of my work down to the exact specialized tools I use and the techniques I use. At first I thought, I don't really like my work being copied like that, but if it serves people who don't like watching videos, I guess it ok. He did mention my channel in that video and provided a link to my video. Then I noticed he copied my timing belt replacement video and barely gave my video a mention of Page 2 of his write-up. That kind of ticked me off and I exchanged messages with the guy giving him shit about it. He ended up doing a better job of acknowledging my video on his write-up after that exchange. Then recently, I saw him post a write-up of doing LCA bushing replacements. I looked at his write-up, and it was clear again to me he ripped off my content. While skimming though his write-up, I noticed he provides links to tools and parts. Those links were Amazon and Ebay Associates links that you can make money from. That's when I blew a gasket. So, he took the knowledge he learned from me and he's turning a profit from it. That is just totally dirty of him. It's one thing to plagiarize someone in the name of helping people. It's a whole different thing when you're turning a profit off of someone else's hard work. I use Amazon and Ebay links to make money too. BUT, I don't rip off another person's content to do it. I have used information that I learn from other people's videos and write-ups and I do my best to remember to mention them in my videos. However, I have never just copied someone's content and claimed it as my own. That is a dick move.

So, I blew a gasket and started a thread to expose the guy. Man did that idea blow up in my face. I'd say 90% of the comments were against me and I was getting blasted. Most of the criticism seemed to be coming from the Old Guard, the guys who have been on the forum for a long time with a high message count. It was like they were just waiting for me to slip up so they could burn me at the stake. It felt pretty shitty to be treated that poorly on a forum I contributed so much too. And, I got no warning from any of the moderators, like a PM to tell me to back off the guy or I would get permanently banned. I just got a message I was banned for a rules violation and that was that. I did do some inappropriate name calling on a couple PMs with the guy who ripped me off and another dude who was a huge a-hole towards me, but my actions on the actual forum where all civil even though people were clearly enjoying ripping me to shreds.

What killed me is some of my biggest critics admitted they don't even watch my videos. A couple even said they hate my videos but then rendered an opinion on the subject when they don't even understand what I'm claiming. If they watched one of the videos in question and then looked at his write-up, they would see the uncanny similarities and see he's linking tools and parts he learned about from me and understand why I'm pissed off.

The experience left a serious bad taste in my mouth. I really wish I was the type that could let things go, but that guy ripping off my content and turning a profit from it really pissed me off and I couldn't stay quiet. I don't like letting people get away with shit like that. I believe I had every right to expose him for the crook he is. I don't regret blasting the dude one bit. He deserved it.

Anyway, that's the story. Looking forward to a fresh start here.
 
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Welcome. Drama is to be expected here. Just try not to take it to heart and get butt hurt TW style.

Yep, I'm sure they'll be drama. I can take it and dish it out. I guess the moderators didn't like my level of dishing and they decided to protect the crook and ban me. Oh well, life goes on.
 
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Not jberry. Looks like they sent ya packing under the excuse of code of conduct. Ohwell. Welcome. We are all banned here.
Well, at least the moderator did mention the guy stole my content. And, that apparently is ok. If you make a stink about it and expose the guy for the dirt bag he is, we'll that's just not acceptable.

Thanks for sharing this with me. At least I got a name for the guy who banned me and what he said about me.

What's even more ridiculous is my content is a direct benefit to the members. I provided content directly related to repairing, maintaining and modding 1st Gen Tacomas. What a joke that was the reason for my ban. They gladly let me post my videos there for 6 years, but attack one of the chosen and I'm gone.

Oh well, their loss and I'll contribute where I'm welcome.

On to greener pastures....
 
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I can't share a link because I'm banned and can't sign onto the forum. But, it was pretty ugly.

This guy that I blasted would take one of my videos and turn it into a write-up format. The first video he copied to my knowledge is my Rear Axle Seal / Bearing Replacement video. I mean it is a 100% copy of my work down to the exact specialized tools I use and the techniques I use. At first I thought, I don't really like my work being copied like that, but if it serves people who don't like watching videos, I guess it ok. He did mention my channel in that video and provided a link to my video. Then I noticed he copied my timing belt replacement video and barely gave my video a mention of Page 2 of his write-up. That kind of ticked me off and I exchanged messages with the guy giving him shit about it. He ended up doing a better job of acknowledging my video on his write-up after that exchange. Then recently, I saw him post a write-up of doing LCA bushing replacements. I looked at his write-up, and it was clear again to me he ripped off my content. While skimming though his write-up, I noticed he provides links to tools and parts. Those links were Amazon and Ebay Associates links that you can make money from. That's when I blew a gasket. So, he took the knowledge he learned from me and he's turning a profit from it. That is just totally dirty of him. It's one thing to plagiarize someone in the name of helping people. It's a whole different thing when you're turning a profit off of someone else's hard work. I use Amazon and Ebay links to make money too. BUT, I don't rip off another person's content to do it. I have used information that I learn from other people's videos and write-ups and I do my best to remember to mention them in my videos. However, I have never just copied someone's content and claimed it as my own. That is a dick move.

So, I blew a gasket and started a thread to expose the guy. Man did that idea blow up in my face. I'd say 90% of the comments were against me and I was getting blasted. Most of the criticism seemed to be coming from the Old Guard, the guys who have been on the forum for a long time with a high message count. It was like they were just waiting for me to slip up so they could burn me at the stake. It felt pretty shitty to be treated that poorly on a forum I contributed so much too. And, I got no warning from any of the moderators, like a PM to tell me to back off the guy or I would get permanently banned. I just got a message I was banned for a rules violation and that was that. I did do some inappropriate name calling on a couple PMs with the guy who ripped me off and another dude who was a huge a-hole towards me, but my actions on the actual forum where all civil even though people were clearly enjoying ripping me to shreds.

What killed me is some of my biggest critics admitted they don't even watch my videos. A couple even said they hate my videos but then rendered an opinion on the subject when they don't even understand what I'm claiming. If they watched one of the videos in question and then looked at his write-up, they would see the uncanny similarities and see he's linking tools and parts he learned about from me and understand why I'm pissed off.

The experience left a serious bad taste in my mouth. I really wish I was the type that could let things go, but that guy ripping off my content and turning a profit from it really pissed me off and I couldn't stay quiet. I don't like letting people get away with shit like that. I believe I had every right to expose him for the crook he is. I don't regret blasting the dude one bit. He deserved it.

Anyway, that's the story. Looking forward to a fresh start here.

Feel free to name names, I don't give a fuck. Haha.
 

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@Timmah! Full disclosure, Amazon links posted here do auto convert to the forums affiliate links. We do this to pay the bills, nothing more. As you know it's pennies on the dollar for most purchases. Just fyi if you do try to post your affiliate links, it won't work.
 
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@Timmah! Full disclosure, Amazon links posted here do auto convert to the forums affiliate links. We do this to pay the bills, nothing more. As you know it's pennies on the dollar for most purchases. Just fyi if you do try to post your affiliate links, it won't work.
My links are embedded in my video descriptions. Amazon actually doesn't allow people to use their links on 3rd party sites. So, I only use those links in my personal videos.
 
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Feel free to name names, I don't give a fuck. Haha.
The dude that ripped off my content is "turbodb". He has a website called Adventuretaco. His write-ups are excellent. They just happen to be for the most part based off my work. The most blatant ripoffs are of my rear axle seal video and timing belt videos but there's others like his LCA bushing write-up. It just irks me the dude is actually making money off my work. At this point, even if he prominently mentioned my channel and linked my videos in his ripoff write-ups, the fact he's making money off it really annoys the shit out of me. He did mention me in the rear axle seal job and I was mentioned for a while on the timing belt write-up but any mention of my channel or video is now gone.

Am I wrong to be pissed about this? I am wired a bit tightly, but this just feels shitty for a guy to turn a profit from ripping off my work.

A guy on Facebook had mentioned this turbodb guy (Dan) also does trip reports of sensitive areas in Utah which draws people to these archeological sites the park service wants to deter people from going into. The guy thought Ol' Dan was a serious dirtbag, just like I do.
 
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