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Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:08:57 PM »
Hi everybody !

I don't know if I'm in the right place for this but I have a rant about the YouTube channel "The Geek Group" and it's founder Chris Boden.

I don't personally know anybody from this organisation, this is a personal opinion solely based on videos that I've watched over the years on their YouTube channel. Their content is great, they have a massive collection of video from High Voltage stuff to CNC. They make some donations to charity and they invest in educational spheres for everything that is electronic-related.

But gosh, I don't know, I feel something is going on there. They are super restrictive when it comes to open-world feedback : they have the infamous "Comments may be held for uploader approval." comment system on YouTube, their Forum is very basic and anything a little off-topic or negative is instantly deleted.

Have you seen the attitude of Chris Boden ? Very bossy, very harsh, very spiteful. I feel that his co-workers do not say a word because they are afraid that Chris will kick them out. I almost feel it's like a sect, cult.

Like I said, I could be TOTALLY wrong but this is my opinion based on what I've seen.

If you have any comment to add please reply !


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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2013, 01:15:14 PM »
they have the infamous "Comments may be held for uploader approval." comment system on YouTube

anything a little off-topic or negative is instantly deleted.

That's all I need to know.

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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2013, 01:22:48 PM »
A substantial amount of their income is from support by other sponsors, organisations and donations.

I think they feel they have a public image to uphold or they might lose money.
Bad publicity, negative comments and offtopic subjects are, in their opinion, too risky.

Which i kinda understand but yeah, this is why i'm here and not there :P

I do enjoy their videos though, i really have no problem with them at all.
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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2013, 01:54:29 PM »
A substantial amount of their income is from support by other sponsors, organisations and donations.
I think they feel they have a public image to uphold or they might lose money.

I don't care if I lose money, or subscribers  :P
Well, of course, I do, but you know, I do what I wanna do, and say what I say, and whatever happens happens.

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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2013, 02:04:34 PM »
A substantial amount of their income is from support by other sponsors, organisations and donations.
I think they feel they have a public image to uphold or they might lose money.

I don't care if I lose money, or subscribers  :P
Well, of course, I do, but you know, I do what I wanna do, and say what I say, and whatever happens happens.

I think that's what makes your YouTube channel awesome and successful.

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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2013, 02:06:10 PM »
I've been following them for a while now.  I get the feeling that Chris is very, very passionate about what he does, and is hoping someday to be able to make a living off of it.  So he guards it very jealously and tries to put forth a very polished and professional image.  But he's not a PR professional, so this takes the form of building sets, jealously guarding their image, and very carefully controlling everything that is exposed to the public.

I really like what he's trying to do, but there are a few reasons I don't give them money.

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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2013, 02:13:20 PM »
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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2013, 03:22:05 PM »
On a somewhat related note, THEIR ANIMATOR IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!  :-+ :-+ :-+ :-+
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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2013, 03:46:41 PM »
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Regarding the geek group, they are executing some kind of business plan. Apparently I am not in their target group. They do entertainment, the geek stuff is just a vehicle to do so. Thats why they point out they do awesome stuff. But I prefer solid engineering over awesome, made for TVYT stuff.
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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2013, 03:53:54 PM »
I disagree.  If you watch enough of their videos, you can see who the target audience actually is, as Chris is very up front about it.  12 year olds.  The entertainment is a means to an end, which is exposing kids to technology and giving them a place to build and experiment.

So instead of the geek stuff being a vehicle to do entertainment, it's the other way around.  The entertainment is a vehicle to do geek stuff.

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« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2013, 04:04:47 PM »
I disagree.  If you watch enough of their videos, you can see who the target audience actually is, as Chris is very up front about it.  12 year olds.  The entertainment is a means to an end, which is exposing kids to technology and giving them a place to build and experiment.

So instead of the geek stuff being a vehicle to do entertainment, it's the other way around.  The entertainment is a vehicle to do geek stuff.

But doing geek stuff doesn't require entertainment or publicity. You just do it for your own amusement. They are in the entertainment industry.
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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2013, 04:36:30 PM »
I disagree.  If you watch enough of their videos, you can see who the target audience actually is, as Chris is very up front about it.  12 year olds.  The entertainment is a means to an end, which is exposing kids to technology and giving them a place to build and experiment.

So instead of the geek stuff being a vehicle to do entertainment, it's the other way around.  The entertainment is a vehicle to do geek stuff.

But doing geek stuff doesn't require entertainment or publicity. You just do it for your own amusement. They are in the entertainment industry.

So?  Youtube is an entertainment industry, nobody doubts the educational value it has.  His goal is simply to educate people about technology, and give people a safe and unhindered place for kids to learn technology and be creative doing so.  Not to mention learning how to work with their hands.  I think that he does a great job of fulfilling that goal.  But maybe not at the international level that we expect.
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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2013, 04:41:33 PM »
I do what I wanna do, and say what I say

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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2013, 05:09:52 PM »
I only know about these guys from watching their CNC series on youtube.  While it was pretty obviously an advertizement for Haas and Iscar tools since they apparently donated the equipment, it was also super interesting and they packed a lot of good info in there in-between product placements.  And it was also fun to watch.  I guess I'm just one of those crazy people that can watch someone make chips and think that's fun though.... go figure.

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Re: Opinions about "The Geek Group" on YouTube
« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2013, 05:30:34 PM »
I don't watch the CNC stuff, but I do like the equipment autopsies.  That's actually how I found Dave, I started with the Geek Group and went looking for more because I exhausted them, and whattaya know, there's a crazy aussie bloke ripping crap apart and explaining how it all works in way deeper detail than Chris ever could.  So in a real way, they're responsible for me being here. :)

That's either a good or a bad thing, depending on your point of view.

I tried reaching out to Chris a few times and he never responded, and that told me everything I needed to know.  I joined with the free membership to show my support for what he was trying to do, but I moved on.


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