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3 mos ago
Current Happy 10th birthday RPG. You've got to enjoy my company for 8 years now, bask in that glory. PS: I do not have an ego
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5 mos ago
So this is what it is like to be a regular user again. At least I can now browse on my mobile without accidentally hiding posts.
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5 mos ago
I would like to thank every member of the guild for their support over my last three years as a mod. I hope I made as good of an impression on the guild as it did on me. Now, please don't ban me :)
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10 mos ago
My reaction to seeing spambots: youtube.com/watch?v=ofFH3rDu..
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11 mos ago
I think today has been a great example of why international people have a stake in US politics; for reference the Australian Stock Exchange lost $46 billion dollars in value today.
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Well damn, here I was thinking I was done with roleplaying. Then I saw this and it gave me that fizzle again. I remember having a crack at one or two of these in years gone by.

If I can pump out a character that isn't complete trash, I might just be in.
@The Spectre
Two parts to this answer.

Firstly the return, a while ago (around or month or two I'd guess) a fair chunk of my time freed up and I mentioned to Hank that if he felt like he wanted me back on the team, I'd be happy to do it. I was then invited by Hank a few days ago to rejoin the team as my perspective on this issue was wanted and I delivered that as I saw best.

As for my own activity, well I finished my masters degree so I'm no longer both studying full time and working full time. Will I be an active role player? I would say unlikely because I felt out of the loop with that a while ago. Will I be active on the forums? If I see a thread that I feel I can positively contribute to and piques my interest then I will be involved in it.

I'll likely be most active on the discord due to accessibility and quicker response times, but unless my work blows up something crazy and starts bleeding 6-7 days a week out of me, all should be well.
For some reason I'm awake again at 1.30am and deciding responding here is a good idea, so excuse any glaring errors that may exist.

@didgeridont
The first point I'd like to address is the need for private moderator discussion on this topic; as I have previously said we are a collection of individuals that try to make mutual decisions. We have different thoughts, opinions and processes by which we would respond. Therefore a chat were we can openly have our differences and reconcile them before we talk to users. Having an argument between moderators in public would not be a good look. We discuss as a team so we can operate as a team, that is it. No maniacal plans or evil intent behind a private chat, just somewhere we can hash things out.

There was a couple of questions at me from @Odin

1) Regarding the function: I believe so yet in remains in the admin team's hands to change that role function. If they decide champions of virtue for the forum are required then that is what will happen. I left the team during that thread so I cannot comment on the discussions or events that occured after till my reappointment.

2) Bringing it to the mods. As I said before I left use my discord. I run up a fair bit of mobile data keeping push notifications on discord so if you have an urgent issue hit me up. Bear in mind my timezone is a little wonky so that can throw a spanner in the works.

3) Screenshots and trolling. I may be misreading this but I don't think I've done any of those things. My contributions to this thread ahve been to see what I can personally do and to try and keep it civil where needed.

@BingtheWing The major call for civility was after the invoking of Nazi/Facism comparisons. I felt at that stage it needed a course correction as that breaches the realms of civility. May just be my opinion on that though.

@RWBY Spectre See above for my personal reasons for wanting a private discussion on it beforehand. It was part of our founding mod principles 4 years ago when Sherlock, HeySeuss, Lillian and I got together to hash it out. I still stand by moderators only standing out by position rather than being the old school sherriffs of the west.

@pugbutter sorry mate the 10 hour shift at work got the better of me. I'm here for however long I'm awake again if needed.

As for the ignition point, I wasn't on the site at the time, so I have no contribution towards that.
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I'm not here to create parity in the argument, I'm here to try and find a solution. I have no stakes in the argument that is being had.

I will never ban someone for constructive criticism when it's presented in a civil manner, which I'm hoping my actions in this thread are helping promote.

Asking for a little compromise from each side is the best way to find that path IMO. Anyone that knows me from my previous stint as a mod will know I owned up to my mistakes either publicly or privately, depending on the situation.

@Kangaroo
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I can understand how you feel that way and accept that there's nothing I can do for your personal situation. However the compromises I'm asking for is how can we mend this rift for the betterment of the community. As I've said before, there are discussions being had between the mod team, we just need to find the appropriate solution that we cna all get behind.
Can we cut the Nazi references at this stage? The premise of this thread is civil and those kind of comments are nothing close to that.
I'm happy for this thread to continue as a discussion rather than an argument, which it is threatening to turn into. Once again, I cannot comment on the events that happened because I wasn't there at the time.

However what I will say that intentionally insulting a member of the staff, especially if you're unfamiliar with them is not a great idea. Yes staff make mistakes just like any other user, but that is not an invitation to go open season on them.

To me, mistakes were made on every side and finding a path forward is gonna take some compromises from everyone.
From what I can see there is no storage centre of screenshots for anything to do with this beyond the publicly available evidence chest, though maybe I just haven't delved deep enough into the lair of evil.

My position on screenshots for the record is that if they demonstrate an intent to break the rules of the site, then yes they should be used as a source of evidence to justify a warning or ban. Therefore I suppose if you felt the screenshot of a private conversation constituted some sort of abuse of power it would be understandable why you did it but don't be surprised if the person involved in the discussion is less than receptive to having private conversations screenshotted.

If that view makes me a hypocrite then you have no idea the meaning of the word.
@Nytem4re

Again, I wasn't present for the events being discussued, I can only pass my judgement on the available information. Given that's from a deleted discord, most information is without context.

Discussions are freer between staff than they are between staff and users as we share a mutual task. It's simply a reality of the role but if you wish to provide me with more context, my inbox is available.

@Master

The issue we have with public announcing of bans is that it previously used to lead to celebration of bans and competitions to see who could 'trigger', for the lack of a better work, staff. In reality the system worked for around two years with bans not being openly discussed, but perhaps it has swung too far the other way.

Discussions are being had about this.
@POOHEAD189 How is being able to kick/ban anyone you dislike, and getting away with it at no costs to yourself, not a blatant social benefit?

I was banned for (not) breaking a rule which doesn't even exist on this site. And we still haven't seen the proof of Nyt or J8cob's wrongdoing. In fact the mods cannot even deign to tell them what they did wrong in the first place, instead making up bullshit about how they "know what they did wrong."


From what I've seen of your ban, it was a little short on Nutts side which he admitted and lifted the ban. We're not perfect decision making machines, we make mistakes and I can only speak for myself in this context, but I will admit to them when I make them.

As for no cost to yourself, there has been an instance of a moderator being removed from their position and being banned for abusing their position about 2.5 years back. So I wouldn't say there was no costs whatsoever.

As towards the screenshots, I will publicly admit they don't reflect positively on the people involved, but whether it constitutes abuse of power is less clear cut. Furthermore it's not my position to pass an official ruling on that, it is down to the admins.

@Nytem4re

In regards to your concerns, we are a collection of individuals who try and cooperate together to pass a ruling on events. Some staff may want to be more open, others more closed. But if you have a genuine concern/request, bring it to me and I will pass it on to the mod forum. Or bring it to Hank and he will pass it on.

The process instituted when we first established the moderator positions was that we always made mutual decisions unless it was a situation that demanded an immediate response. I am happy to discuss what that kind of situation is if you want.
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