Settle in for a long read, because I think it’s important to add some context to this situation before addressing Marco’s post.
For years Marco (MrPlugShare on this forum) had been an active and valued contributor to both TMC and supercharge.info. He put in a lot of time and effort to discover permits for previously unknown Supercharger locations, and for the most part everything went along without any problem.
However, through the years Marco started behaving as supercharge.info was his own personal website, and that his opinion overruled any other editor or community member. As supercharge.info was essentially without an administrator for a few years, there was no authority to challenge Marco when he would make changes that everyone else disagreed with, or even changes that were purely for his own entertainment. Other editors would correct the data, only to see Marco immediately revert those corrections, repeatedly.
Although this had become a much bigger problem lately, Marco was behaving this way as early as June 2019, when he refused to acknowledge Tesla’s official name for the Sainte Eulalie, QC Supercharger. This is an editor’s view of the changelog history for that site (Marco is “MrPlugShare” in these screenshots):
As shown in this screenshot, Marco renamed it to “Saint-Léonard-d’Aston, QC” and then “Not Saint Eulalie, QC” even after @chuq had corrected it twice by renaming it back to Tesla’s official name. In Marco’s mind, his name choice is more correct than even Tesla’s.
What’s more, Marco had started using supercharge.info as a platform to entertain his Twitter followers. He began caring less about maintaining accurate information and more about provoking social media responses, both on Twitter and TMC. Here is an example of him manipulating the supercharge.info database at an attempt to get attention on Twitter:
Another notorious example of this was his naming of the second and third locations in Needles, CA:
(Marco was removed as an editor on 6/21/2022, which is when we were finally able to permanently correct these and many more locations)
There are many, many more examples like these, where Marco prioritized his own social media goals over data accuracy at supercharge.info.
This was very frustrating for us other editors, who volunteer our time on this project so that a reliable, accurate database of Superchargers is available to the community. In my opinion, it was incredibly disrespectful of Marco to prioritize stroking his ego over the wishes of the other editors and the community.
This all came to a head when he began refusing to set the supercharge.info “forum” links to threads at teslamotorsclub.com (TMC). All discussion of North American Superchargers occurs on TMC, as has been convention from the beginning of supercharge.info.
The “forum” links on supercharge.info are used to direct visitors to sites where discussion occurs about any given Supercharger. Sometimes threads are created long in advance of evidence of a Supercharger, but this is ok because it gives the community a dedicated place to share any information they have. Typically once a permit is found, or construction is discovered to have begun, the conversation in that thread picks up.
However, at some point, in Marco’s mind the purpose of the “forum” link changed. He began to believe that the “forum” link should point to wherever he posts his initial discovery, whether permit, Google Map screenshot, or anything else. No other editor (or community member, as far as I can tell) agrees with this.
And because of this, Marco began creating new (duplicate) threads on TMC so that he could link the supercharge.info “forum” directly to his posts. This was counterproductive, because often a TMC thread for that location would already exist, and sometimes even contain valuable discussion. But with Marco’s posts there would be two separate threads for the same location, creating confusion.
The users and moderators over at TMC began noticing what Marco was doing, and started merging his duplicate threads into the original threads, attempting to clear up any confusion about which post was canonical.
Marco began throwing fits about this on TMC:
This is not the type of behavior that we want associated with supercharge.info.
Around this time Marco decided he was taking a break from TMC because of his frustration with the moderators merging his threads. At this point he began refusing to allow the “forum” links to point to TMC, even when threads already existed. Here’s one example where he repeatedly changed the “forum” link back to his Twitter post:
Finally, on June 14, 2022, Marco crossed a line and this is when I decided it was time to revoke his editor privileges. On the Gananoque, ON location Marco repeatedly changed the “forum” link away from TMC and instead directed it to a bit.ly link to the Rickroll video on YouTube. Chuq tried a few times to restore the link to the TMC thread, and finally Marco left a comment “chuq piss off”:
As you can see in the above changelog, I corrected the link one more time and left a message for Marco: “Marco, do not change this again. This will be the only warning.”
Marco removed my warning message, and changed the “forum” link away from TMC once more.
I revoked Marco’s editor privileges on the morning of June 21, 2022. But, it should be noted that I did not ban him from this forum.
As I stated on this forum when I took over the project, my view is that the primary objective of supercharge.info should be to provide accurate and reliable information about Superchargers to our extended community. People rely on our data to plan trips, and it’s important that all editors take that responsibility seriously.
While the data needs to be taken seriously, the project itself should be fun for those of us involved. This is a hobby for all of us, and the supercharge.info editors should respect each other. If this stops being fun, the project will lose editors and eventually die.
I took over maintenance of supercharge.info to keep the site running and to ensure that this great community continued to exist. However, due to this drama with Marco I’ve had to temporarily pause adding any new editors. Going forward there will be a “Rules for Editors” that all new editors must agree to. We’ll only be accepting new editors who have a track record of contributions either here, TMC, or in other related communities.
After the revocation
After his editor privileges were revoked Marco tried to make this seem as if it were only about a few Twitter links:
He then began sending me messages on this forum and on Twitter demanding that I reinstate him as an editor, and that I change the links to point to his Twitter posts. As you can see below, I responded and explained that he chose to ignore my warning and that there was a consequence to that action:
It’s true that I have not responded in the last month, but that is because of the ad hominem nature of his recent comments. For example,
My view is that there is no point in engaging with a person who is behaving this way.
Also, over the last month Marco has created fake “sockpuppet” accounts on this forum, claiming to be other people.
@RamonCeres, who claims to live in Bakersfield, shares a Montreal IP address with MrPlugShare:
As does @LIBrian (a Long Islander, obviously), who is a “long time lurker, first time poster” and recently discovered a new Supercharger on Long Island (from Montreal):
After LIBrian posted this new find, he requested to become an editor (to help out):
But hey, at least I credited LIBrian when I created the TMC thread for North Babylon, NY.
Twitter, yes or no?
Marco gripes that people are “stealing” his finds, but he specifically granted permission for people on TMC to post his tweets as long as they site the source:
Also, it’s slightly ironic that Marco so frequently “steals” photos from TMC to post to his Twitter without crediting the person who posted the photo to TMC. Here’s another case of that from two days ago.
Meanwhile, he’s upset that we aren’t adding his new “finds” that he posts to Twitter. Yet, up until this morning, he had blocked both chuq and me from his Twitter account:
Finally, to Marco
Marco, you were given a warning, and you chose to ignore that warning. The situation was entirely in your control, and yet you chose to push it.
I’m guessing you are realizing now that with only 4 Patrons on your Patreon, people on Twitter just do not care as much about your discoveries as the TMC community did. It’s a shame you’ve burned that bridge now.
If you feel that your “finds” are not fully appreciated, maybe you should quit doing it? This community and supercharge.info were here before you, and will continue without you.
So Marco, here’s the deal: You are welcome to continue posting your discoveries to this forum. A thread on TMC will be created (if one doesn’t already exist), and credit will be given to you for any permits you uncover. But, if I have to spend even 5 seconds dealing with any more drama from you, your account(s) will be banned and that will be the end of this. Again, this will be your choice. Your actions will have consequences.