Dear dude who keeps hacking my sites,
A lot of people would take this opportunity to rant about hackers being dickheads. I’m not going to do that. It’s unproductive, and it fails to recognize the contributions hackers and ex-hackers have made to society. I firmly believe that a strong community of hackers is part of citizens’ protection from government encroachment on freedom of speech online.
That said, let me tell you why you shouldn’t hack my site.
First, the professional. Regardless of what you think of me personally (though I don’t know if this is whence the maliciousness), SMBC’s success helps a lot of people. I have a part time assistant and a business manager who make an important part of their income off my ad revenue. Whenever you knock down the site (or lessen its traffic by loading trojans), you decrease my income, and thereby decrease my ability to pay for these people.
Additionally, the success of SMBC helps pay for SMBC Theater. SMBC Theater is a project that, on any given weekend, might bring together one or two dozen talented people putting in their spare time for something they love. When you mess with my revenue stream, you also jeopardize that. Again, regardless of how you feel about me or that project, what you’re doing poses potential harm to a lot of nice, intelligent, hard working people.
Whenever you knock down my servers, other websites go down as well. This includes Snowflakes, The Weinerworks, and Weinersmith. All of these are sites that I, James, Chris Jones, and Kelly work on without making much of return, and all of them are educational sites. When you down these, the way I see it, it makes the world a teeny tiny little bit worse.
I don’t consider myself to have a great amount of influence over the way people behave, but in my short career I have the privilege of helping a lot of young people. I’ve gotten countless emails from people saying I helped them through depression, inspired them to take on challenges, and encouraged them to stay in difficult academic programs. I don’t believe for a second that they did these things BECAUSE of me – nobody does anything hard without putting in the bulk of the effort personally. But, I do believe SMBC provides a helpful service to a lot of good people. When you down my site (or any of the others), this goes away.
I suspect a lot of the above could be said about many websites, and that’s sort of my point. I understand hackers who try to get at sensitive information, or who try to harass jerks. I don’t understand what the value is in taking down a site like mine, which provides nothing but jokes and information.
Lastly, whenever you hack my site, it causes a lot of anxiety for me, and for everyone who works with me. Right now, because of this latest attack my brother (who was at work, and who has two lovely kids) had to run home to deal with this problem. In other words – when you attack my site, you’re not just attacking some abstract thing on the Internet. You’re causing physical distress to a lot of people who don’t deserve it.
So please, please just stop.
tl;dr: When you hack my servers, you distress me and others physically and financially. We’re not a black box – we’re real people. So we’d all take it very kindly if you’d stop.