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Date Posted: 14:53:49 06/16/16 Thu
Author: A Casual Observer
Subject: DK's rant against his developer


First off, thank god this board is back!

Second, during the outage, did anyone see DK's ego explode over his site going down after a stanley cup final.

If you want, feel free to search for the entire tirade - it happened June 7th - but this tweet bugged the hell out of me:



http://twitter.com/Dejan_Kovacevic/status/740159743654658048


What kind of person airs their dirty laundry in public like that? Granted, anyone can do a reasonable search to see who his developer was...but why would he publicly shame someone like that? Even if he wanted to vent he did not have to name the developer like that.

That is someone's livelihood he's dealing with. Keep it behind closed doors. Take the high road for once in your career, DK.

But then again, DK is used to messing with people's livelihoods

Nate Barnes
Neal Coolong
Alex Messmer
Original graphics dude who moved back from Germany to work for DK full time
Original Social Media person
Sales Dude
Dan Kingerski (if you believe his story)
Alan Saunders - fired over text message.

I'm very curious to see what happens with Yohe and Gatjka over the summer...Yohe is the highest paid employee in his outfit. What is he going to have him do all summer?

If I'm Gajtka, I'm looking for the next thing.

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[> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- Low road, 09:17:42 06/17/16 Fri [1]

The trib and pg coverage of the hockey playoffs was not only superior to that offered by DK's blog but also free! I couldn't imagine paying for a lesser product and then not being able to access it. Definition of lunacy.

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[> [> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- MMPgh, 16:47:59 07/31/16 Sun [1]

Not only is it for pay, but for pay and the info is readily disseminated by blogs or Twitter accounts almost instantly (esp. the hockey info) who pay for a subscription themselves.

There's really no need for a single reader to subscribe, they can just read his info elsewhere.

I expect people who are less- DK die-hards, more middle of the road readers will realize that and cancel when prices inevitably increase.

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[> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- DK's sheep, 11:34:15 06/17/16 Fri [1]

The worst was seeing the blind followers he has endorsing that behavior.

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[> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- Betsy, 21:46:12 06/17/16 Fri [1]

Egomanic first, journalist second. But if he's able to make a living doing it in this media environment, good for him.

"No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public."

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[> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- Ralph Sampson, 05:37:22 06/19/16 Sun [1]

A Casual Observer: what do you mean by Dan Kingerski and his story? Did he mention on his twitter or blog about Dejan shafting him?

As far as the playoff coverage, if one can tolerate the overdramatic writing and the even sillier responses by his readers who talk about being in tears at reading his pandering words about the Pens, they actually had some good stuff during the playoffs. PG has become a joke. Why are Ron Cook and Collier still putting out columns? Seth R is their best hockey guy and deserves a bigger space.

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[> [> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- The Cheap Seats, 07:05:18 06/28/16 Tue [1]

The readers who kiss his rear crack me up. Comments saying "Im crying at my desk" are hilarious. If people are brave enough to call out the stupid over-the-top praise, his "lunatics" just crucify them. He could tell people that drinking water cures cancer and heart disease and he would be lauded for sharing.

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[> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- More turnover, 12:24:16 06/23/16 Thu [1]

You can add the Pick guy that was the blog's photographer. He's gone.

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[> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- DK the hero, 12:46:07 06/24/16 Fri [1]

Why has nothing been discussed of Dejans heroic cussing out of entitled brat Richie Walsh in front of a hot mike following the Pens title clincher?

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[> [> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- A Casual Observer, 18:34:54 06/24/16 Fri [1]

whoa I completely missed that! What was said?

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[> [> [> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- Faceoff, 03:41:54 06/26/16 Sun [1]

Richie jumped an interview and hogged it with his simple questions and DK cursed him loudly and clearly. I wasn't there but heard from several who were.

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[> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- MMPgh, 17:03:37 07/31/16 Sun [1]

I don't think Gajtka's going anywhere. He was the very first hire if I recall correctly. DK's "protege" and a true devotee to the church of DK.

And he really didn't have a very prime gig prior to working for DKOPS. So I don't think he'd be poached by another major outlet in town. DK's probably as good as spot as he'd get anywhere.

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[> [> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- Skeptical, 06:09:45 08/01/16 Mon [1]

DK's first hire was Yohe if I recall correctly.

Gajtka won't last, both his and DK's egos are too large to co-exist. At least DK is somewhat accomplished enough to have an ego. I find Gajtka's love of himself and his hair very difficult to stomach.

That's the quality of writers DK can afford tho. Writers are overworked and I would guess underpaid. I see Kaboly tweeting at Yohe for covering football and believe he is also covering baseball this week. How long till Yohe jumps ship too? Then what real writer will DK be left with? No one with any sort of following. No one worth reading? Interesting to see how long this can sustain itself

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[> [> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- The Cheap Seats, 06:30:37 08/01/16 Mon [1]

I agree - he was just doing Riverhounds play-by-play - DK's site is a step-up for him.

For everyone - does DK pay his staff salary or is it based on pageviews, etc? Or a combination of the two?

Did Yohe get a salary bump to leave the Trib or did he want to leave so badly because Mackey got the Pens beat writer job that he left for whatever he was offered?

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[> [> [> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- Benny, 06:12:44 08/02/16 Tue [1]

Forget salary. Do you think what still qualifies as a start-up is offering any health benefits? Retirement? Anything like that.

Without knowing the writers' individual circumstances (could be on spouses insurance, etc.), a salary bump probably still doesn't compare to having other benefits from the P-G, Trib, etc. Would need to be a SIGNIFICANT bump to compensate for that.

Again, who knows what DK offers. But if you had to guess...

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[> [> [> [> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- skeptical, 09:16:03 08/04/16 Thu [1]

Nope pretty sure no past or current employee gets benefits of any sorts. Sad because DK can afford to send himself to Rio while his employees can't afford health insurance.
Especially considering AHN is a site sponsor, it shouldn't be that hard to broker a deal.
Grass is always greener. May they all find greener

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[> [> [> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- MMPgh, 11:59:23 08/02/16 Tue [1]

From what we can gather it's different for every employee. Yohe's apparently paid very well and salaried.

The others, the "littler" known writers, don't seem to be and probably on some type of pageview incentive deal. This prior thread had some specifics- http://www.voy.com/158430/21404.html

I'd imagine the more working class writers are also on an advertising incentive plan. DK's been on Twitter in the past tweeting he'll give any fan who wants to secure him site sponsors a percentage of the deal. I'd assume that'd extend to writers too.

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[> Re: DK's rant against his developer -- Linux, 20:25:02 10/07/16 Fri [1]

Did you see morning java? The new web guy isn't even from Pittsburgh!

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