I recently mentioned I was considering cancelling my subscription to HackerBoxes. Turns out the owner of the company made that decision much easier with the way he treats customers. Box #0030 is my last one.
The HB owner came up with some crazy conspiracy theory that all of his most active customers were trying to run him out of business. He started attacking us and censored us from helping other people in the community. You can see what the owner says in this deleted subreddit thread (also on the Internet Archive in case that page gets removed).
He also jumped into the comments on one of my unboxing videos and started making a bunch of incorrect assumptions about me and attacking me. It was so outrageous I thought it was a YouTube troll and I blocked the account soon after the 2nd comment came through so other HB customers to see the garbage this person was saying. Later that night I found out it was the owner! I wish I had saved those comments.
If you’re a HB subscriber or thinking to start you can decide for yourself if it’s a company you want to support. I won’t be giving my money to someone who treats customers like this. It’s disappointing because the concept is sound, I learned a lot, and there were some fun projects. If HB embraced and appreciated their community it could be an awesome way for people to learn about electronics.
The community has moved over HardWareFlare. Discord info is there as well, which is very active.
I’ve restarted my subscription to AdaBox and I suggest you check them out. Adafruit actually cares about people. Their next box (8) will be all about building robots. Another subscription electronics service I’m enjoying is Boldport Club, which comes once a month.
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I agree that AdaBox is worth checking out. It is a lot more polished for beginners. Adafruit is a great company. HackerBoxes is a much better deal but the boxes are complicated.
It looks like the link to deleted reddit post and even the archived version both show the original post is [removed]. That and your deleted YouTube comments does sort of sound like a conspiracy theory. Long post about lost evidence and a list of other companies is sort of like you are trying to run them out of business?
[removed] is what happens when a Reddit post gets “deleted.” Even after unblocking the user on YouTube there doesn’t seem to be a way to retrieve the comments (or he deleted them on his own since the user doesn’t know they are blocked). I’ve tried several times to get them back.
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