VampireFreaks.com is an online community for the Gothic–industrial subcultures. It was created by site owner Jet Berelson in 1999. It began with a small number of forums dedicated to Gothic–industrial music. Over the years it has grown to be a large social network, with millions of members.
As of 2020, it became an online store themed around Goth subcultures, with social networking being removed.
Why They Were Rotten and not in a Gothic way.
- Many fake members of the alt culture used the site to come off as cool and edgy but came off as pretentious and attention seeking.
- Many members were linked to various crimes.
- Kimveer Gill, the perpetrator of the Dawson College Shooting, maintained an account on the website.
- A triple homicide in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. In 2005, a 12-year-old girl and her 23-year-old boyfriend, whom she communicated with on VampireFreaks.com, were charged in the murders.
- Two Toronto men were charged with carrying out the bidding of a woman they met on the site by stabbing a 12-year-old boy 73 times, killing him, and drinking his blood.
- The site has been linked to a church arson in Manitoba and the rape of two underage women in New York City and Texas.
- In Australia, in 2007, a 47-year-old man and his 17-year-old son from Victoria were accused of using VampireFreaks.com to create fictitious characters to meet under-aged women. On January 21, 2010, the man was found guilty of the murder of Carly Ryan, a schoolgirl he had groomed via MySpace.
- In December 2007, in California, a 13-year-old girl posing as an adult met with a 23-year-old man on VampireFreaks.com. When it was found out they met in real life, he was arrested and found with photos of them kissing. The jury had reasonable doubt however, and the man was found not guilty on two of the charges.
- The site was also a hivemind for political correctness and social justice.
- VampireFreaks had a profile rating system, much like many other profile sites. Users could rate profiles on a scale of one to ten, according to the quality and content of the profile, the appeal of the profile pictures, the user's tastes in music or merely the rater's whim. The rating system had its rewards, namely a moment's recognition on the front page's "top rated" feature. Thus completing an otherwise meaningless existence of a sad-sack-drac. This recognition would last usually less than a minute, as the previously top-rated person inevitably would down-rate the new top-rated profile and ask their friends to do so as well. Due to the widely popular "10 and you're in" motto, rating a fellow member with anything less than a perfect 10 would result in massive butthurt and/or drama. VampireFreaks also had a daily "featured member" spotlighted on the front page. It was widely believed that the featured member would be the user who sends the most noodz to the site admin before midnight.
- The journals written by the users also tried to be poetic and romantic yet they fail to do so.
- Speaking of attention seeking the site had many users who do outlandish stuff and claim they are not mainstream.
- The advice forums were filled with petty useless first world problems and WikiHow quality of self help instructions.
- Poor merchandise is sold through the site. And even by goth standards some of the fashion is not that well designed. The merchandise itself is also very overpriced.
- The Lounge forum was established as a refugee forum for users who had been banned or kicked from the Chat or flamed out of the Random Thoughts forum. To no surprise, it was full of even more pointless nonsense than Random Thoughts, only without newbs and other losers to flame. They called them 'random thoughts light.' Correction: The regulars in the Lounge tend to try to be just as hard and asshole-ish as the random thoughts crowd that they strive to be like and admire.
- Every musician who would pose on the site often called themselves "the most hardcore underground band," but they are the same as any other band.
- Toxic arguments would frequently happen even in the Intelligent discussion section of the site.
- The chat section was arguably the most notable thing about the site. The comments would be poorly spelled and filled with excessive amounts of slang.
- One cult called VF mafia was very Elitist.
- It was extremely prevalent with older adults flirting with underaged users.