One of the founders of Dogecoin, Jackson Palmer (@jacksonpalmer on Twitter), has announced his departure from the Dogecoin Subreddit (/r/dogecoin). The departure stemmed from an argument over the decision made by Ultra Pro International (@UltraProIntl) to Trademark the word “doge”, Moolah.io‘s opposition to the filing, and what Jackson described as a, “…sadly cult-like subreddit.”
Moolah.io made the following notice on Twitter, in opposition of Ultra Pro Intl’s filing for Trademark:
Trademark. Notice of opposition. Imminent filing. #dogecoin
— Moolah (@moolah_io) June 23, 2014
Later, Jackson made the following post which, according to sources within the Reddit community, was what instigated the argument. The contents of this post have since been [removed].
The content of the next Reddit post made by moolah.io founder, “moolah_”, which triggered a bit of a flame war and Jackson’s departure from the subreddit has also been deleted:
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Jackson’s first comment on Moolah’s post can be found below:
After much negativity from the community, he posted another comment, which has been edited since its origination:
After making the comments on the subreddit and unsubshibing, Jackson posted the following message on Twitter to reassure his followers he wasn’t completely abandoning the project:
To clarify, I'm not leaving @dogecoin altogether – just staying away from /r/dogecoin on Reddit, which has gotten a little toxic. 🙂
— Jackson Palmer (@ummjackson) June 25, 2014
Ultra PRO has been barraged by messages from Shibes, but seem to have a fairly relaxed attitude about the matter:
— Ultra PRO (@UltraProIntl) June 23, 2014
The company held an official ask me anything (AMA) on Reddit to field concerns from the dogecoin community. They made an important statement, that they don’t care to go after anyone using the word doge:
It appears the company did this as a means to protect themselves from providing Dogecoin related products, having someone else apply for the Trademark, and then getting sued as a result. The following isn’t a statement directly from Ultra PRO, but it was confirmed by them:
Stay tuned Shibes, we have a feeling this one isn’t over yet!
A couple of corrections were made 6/27/2014 at the suggestion of the Reddit community after verifying their claims. We appreciate all of your support!