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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #20 on: September 09, 2008, 11:51:06 PM »

Are there any plans to implement an ignore list function to the boards anytime soon?  If properly used, it should cut down on the drama/arguments/flames/etc.
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #21 on: September 10, 2008, 12:00:27 AM »

Why did you move around all the different forums? I thought they were fine as they were =P. Aesthetics?
There are a lot of minor reasons.  I'm in the middle of some other maintenance, so the movements aren't finished.

Loosely, though, I feel that it's important for the forums to evolve, at least slightly, from year to year.

Do you have any information on when the new website will be done for Fanime?
I can't speak for the front end, sorry.  I need to clean up some of the other applications, though.

I'd like to be a moderator/global mod, as I have a long extensive list of credentials as admin/mods on large boards. How do I apply =)?
As I stated in this very thread, I will create a proper announcement in the future.  I do not plan on giving away a lot of specifics now.  I hope I am being clear.

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49er's or Raiders? This will determine whether you enjoy inflicting pain upon yourself watching Alex Smith every week or just plain crazy.
Alex Smith is essentially out for the season, so I really don't get the other part of the question.
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #22 on: September 10, 2008, 12:08:19 AM »

Right...but that's this season. I'm asking if your a 49's fan (Which is masochistic) vs. Raiders fan (Crazy people). I didn't phrase it very well apparently.
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #23 on: September 10, 2008, 12:18:04 AM »

Right...but that's this season. I'm asking if your a 49's fan (Which is masochistic) vs. Raiders fan (Crazy people). I didn't phrase it very well apparently.
LOL raider fans are crazy bastards.
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #24 on: September 10, 2008, 01:39:09 AM »

Are there any plans to implement an ignore list function to the boards anytime soon?  If properly used, it should cut down on the drama/arguments/flames/etc.
I have no plans, but it's an interesting idea.  At one point, I figured that everyone here was mature enough to ignore someone by just "not clicking reply" and skipping to the next post.

Well, that dream is dead.  So I guess I need to look for code options.

Right...but that's this season. I'm asking if your a 49's fan (Which is masochistic) vs. Raiders fan (Crazy people). I didn't phrase it very well apparently.
Oh.  You have a weird sequence of tenses and parallelism.

I'll go with the 49ers.  At least there is some hope from year to year.
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #25 on: September 10, 2008, 06:14:25 AM »

Are there any plans to implement an ignore list function to the boards anytime soon?  If properly used, it should cut down on the drama/arguments/flames/etc.
I have no plans, but it's an interesting idea.  At one point, I figured that everyone here was mature enough to ignore someone by just "not clicking reply" and skipping to the next post.

Well, that dream is dead.  So I guess I need to look for code options.


Of course, that dream would've been a nice one.  However it also hinged on having users that didn't go out of their way to push people's buttons, to put it mildly.  Unfortunately, this is the Internet and we have folks who specialize in that kind of thing, and unfortunately that includes the boards here.  Since there doesn't seem to be much effort by way of removing those types from the boards (and in fact, letting one back on), then it would be nice if we users have some recourse in terms of having a more pleasant experience on the boards here by not having to deal with them to begin with.

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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #26 on: September 10, 2008, 12:22:31 PM »

Of course, that dream would've been a nice one.  However it also hinged on having users that didn't go out of their way to push people's buttons, to put it mildly.  Unfortunately, this is the Internet and we have folks who specialize in that kind of thing, and unfortunately that includes the boards here.  Since there doesn't seem to be much effort by way of removing those types from the boards (and in fact, letting one back on), then it would be nice if we users have some recourse in terms of having a more pleasant experience on the boards here by not having to deal with them to begin with.

I didn't see a question in there.

Anyway, to put it mildly, yes, there are difficult people on the boards.  News flash: there are difficult people every day.   Sometimes, it isn't possible to just wave a wand and make them disappear.  I fail to understand why people seem to believe that as an answer to life's problems.

For people on Internet forums that annoy me, I adopt a strategic approach of "not clicking the reply button" and go onto the next reply.  However, there seems to be some sort of Internet culture where "not engaging someone who is wrong" is frowned upon.  If there is this type of culture, it's pretty stupid.

Great, I'm annoyed again.  Time for more chicken alfredo.
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #27 on: September 10, 2008, 02:54:45 PM »

What is you opinion on tattoos?

Do you have any?

What is your opinion on piercings?

Do you have any?

(if yes to either)
What hurt the most?

What is your opinion of suspension (Hanging by hooks)?

Why am I constantly smelling lavender?

Did I spell that right? ???

(From my previous slew of questions about my bday)
Yeah, I'll be turning 24...but there isn't anything exciting here. Know of any cool places?
If all else fails, what sort of bday hat should I wear? XD

What is your opinion on mainstream anime?

Do you like Youtube?

What would you suggest for a real good gaming laptop?

What is your opinion on Worms Armegeddon?

Blue Cheese or Ranch?

How's that Chicken Alfredo, btw?
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #28 on: September 10, 2008, 03:20:13 PM »

Do you prefer Popuri or incense sticks or candles?

Have you ever done the carameldanse?

Are you going to cosplay this year?
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #29 on: September 10, 2008, 04:09:51 PM »

Is there a possibility we could get a spoiler tag installed?
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #30 on: September 10, 2008, 05:21:08 PM »

I didn't see a question in there.

Anyway, to put it mildly, yes, there are difficult people on the boards.  News flash: there are difficult people every day.   Sometimes, it isn't possible to just wave a wand and make them disappear.  I fail to understand why people seem to believe that as an answer to life's problems.

For people on Internet forums that annoy me, I adopt a strategic approach of "not clicking the reply button" and go onto the next reply.  However, there seems to be some sort of Internet culture where "not engaging someone who is wrong" is frowned upon.  If there is this type of culture, it's pretty stupid.

Great, I'm annoyed again.  Time for more chicken alfredo.


I was going to post a massive reply, including questions in relation to this, but I decided against it.  It would've only added to the unpleasantness of the subject and more than annoyed the two of us.  We already have enough unpleasantness on this board as it is.  Oh, and as a returns associate at Fry's, I'm full aware that there are unpleasant people online and off (and I've got stories for you in that regard).  I just would rather not deal with them when I'm off the clock, thank you very much.

Now, for a question since you'd rather be dealing with them: you mentioned changes in the rules for administration/moderation upthread...what sort of changes are we looking at here, or would you rather keep them under wraps until they're ready?

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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #31 on: September 10, 2008, 06:39:53 PM »

What is you opinion on tattoos?  Do you have any?
What is your opinion on piercings? Do you have any?
(if yes to either)
What hurt the most?
I consider them forms of fashion, like hairstyles or clothing.  If it's done well, it's part of their identity.  If it's done to shock or to be tasteless, that's a different matter.

I do not have either tattoos or piercings.

What is your opinion of suspension (Hanging by hooks)?
When I was around 5, I was given an IQ test.  This was done with a child psychologist, and had different questions and puzzles involved.  I did pretty well on all of them, although there were two that I didn't do well on.  One was a block puzzle that I just couldn't see, and I let the clock get the better of me.

The other was my response to the question "Why do they hang meat on hooks?"  My answer was "so that the meat doesn't fall down and get mixed up with the other meat".  In my defense, they never covered this subject on Sesame Street or Mister Rogers, so I took a guess.  It wound up being wrong, but apparently it was odd enough to make it into the final summation.

Why am I constantly smelling lavender? Did I spell that right? ???
Lavender is spelled correctly.  And maybe you have one of those fancy soaps?

(From my previous slew of questions about my bday)
Yeah, I'll be turning 24...but there isn't anything exciting here. Know of any cool places?
If all else fails, what sort of bday hat should I wear? XD
I am a fan of road trips, and enjoy going to Los Angeles or Las Vegas to take in a show.

What is your opinion on mainstream anime?
I mentally subtitute "TV Show" when I hear the term "anime".   "Mainstream anime" is just another TV show to me.  Some people like it, some don't.  I'ma go watch some Time Team and QI.

Do you like Youtube?
Unless it's slow.

What would you suggest for a real good gaming laptop?
Whatever SH/SC recommends at the moment.  I'm happy with my recent laptop purchase.

What is your opinion on Worms Armegeddon?
I haven't played it.

Blue Cheese or Ranch?
Ranch.  Always ranch.

How's that Chicken Alfredo, btw?
I had meatloaf instead.  It was meaty, yet loafy.

Do you prefer Popuri or incense sticks or candles?
I'll go with candles over potpourri.  Maybe I like fire.   To be fair, I don't really go for strong scents.  Maybe a squirt of Febreeze to freshen the living room.

Have you ever done the carameldanse?
Only in one of those "doing it confusedly and half-heartedly for the sake of comedy" styles.

Are you going to cosplay this year?
I have never really cosplayed, and I have no plans to dress up as a TV show character.
Well, maybe Jamie Hyneman.

Is there a possibility we could get a spoiler tag installed?
Sure.  I need to figure out how to install mods and features on SMF.

I was going to post a massive reply, including questions in relation to this, but I decided against it.  It would've only added to the unpleasantness of the subject and more than annoyed the two of us.
I appreciate both your candor and your judgment.  In my perfect world, people learn how to deal with each other, even if it means "scrolling down to the next post".  But in my perfect world, I'm a three time lottery winner too.

I'll add the "ignore user" feature, but I'm not convinced it will actually change anything.  Still, it's worth an experiment, and that's an important theme going forward.

Now, for a question since you'd rather be dealing with them: you mentioned changes in the rules for administration/moderation upthread...what sort of changes are we looking at here, or would you rather keep them under wraps until they're ready?
I'd prefer to keep them under wraps, but I suppose there's little harm in disclosing some of the particulars now.  This isn't an official announcement, but some thoughts that I'm trying to create.

I'd like to tighten up the separation between "posts about FanimeCon 2009" and everything else.  This is mostly to encourage senior staff members to at least read the threads in their respective areas.  The "Registration" subforum is fantastic because people stay on topic, and the staff replies to legitmate questions.
This is less so on the other forums; part of the problem is the large amount of "noise" involved.

I'd also like to shake out the community a little bit.  We essentially have forums for just gaming and just anime; perhaps a couple of related forums may be in order.  As these would be clearly non-FanimeCon forums, I see no problem with appointing non-staff to moderate them.  I acknowledge the risk of too many subforums, but I have the right to re-combine forums in the future.  I mean, we'll always have Things in the Universe.

These appointed moderators would initially have limited terms (maybe 60 or 90 days) and control of only one subforum.  If it doesn't work out, they'll be de-modded and life will move on.  If it does work out, then there may be more.

It's an experiment to encourage more active moderation; there are risks, sure.  We'll see.

The main reason for the secrecy is that the application to be a moderator involves an extra non-electronic step, so I'm trying to secure that first before the formal announcement.  In other words, there's one more step above just emailing me.  It's a minor step, but I have to get it set up first before I can announce it.

I have lots of other ideas; for now, I'll keep these queued to keep things lively during slow periods.  I like change.
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #32 on: September 12, 2008, 06:09:39 PM »

Do you drink alcohol?  If yes, how often?

Have you thought about recruting volunteers for moderator positions?  You probably know a few posters personally.  Good way to network.
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #33 on: September 14, 2008, 04:51:50 PM »

Do you drink alcohol?  If yes, how often?

I drink rarely.  Only if I'm hanging out with one of my friends.  See, there's this one friend I have.  I only drink when I'm with him.  I think the term is "enabler".

Have you thought about recruting volunteers for moderator positions?  You probably know a few posters personally.  Good way to network.

That is a very interesting idea!
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #34 on: September 14, 2008, 05:25:43 PM »

Is it possible to genetically engineer an organism to have a digital brain?

Have you ever thought about living in a hobbit hole?

Are you an introvert or extrovert?
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2008, 10:15:27 PM »

Did you know that there is a correlation between autistic children and anime?

(You probably know who I stole learned this from. lol)

Are you still going to be our IT for 2009?

What does IT do?

Is it fun?
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #36 on: September 18, 2008, 04:02:44 PM »

Is it possible to genetically engineer an organism to have a digital brain?
Yes, but it would be grossly inefficient.  We live in an analog world.  Digital is just easier to count.

Have you ever thought about living in a hobbit hole?
No, but hobbits aren't my thing.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I've taken the Briggs-Meyer test a few times, and I tend to score right in the dead center.

Did you know that there is a correlation between autistic children and anime?
I've never heard of a connection.

(You probably know who I stole learned this from. lol)
Honestly, no idea what so ever.

Are you still going to be our IT for 2009?
I will continue to work in Fanime for however long I am appointed to do so.  One day, the phone will stop ringing, and then I will move on.

What does IT do?
Is it fun?
IT is a catch-all for a lot of the backend servers and code that represents the infrastructure of the con.  Hosting accounts, physical servers, PHP code, etc.  That kind of stuff.

It's sometimes fun, especially on deadline.  I like deadlines and I like praise.  It's just how my brain is wired.
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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #37 on: September 26, 2008, 10:39:49 PM »

Did you get my letter thing?!

Do you like it?!

I should have colored it all nifty like, huh?
(sorry.)




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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #38 on: September 29, 2008, 01:43:37 PM »

Did you get my letter thing?!

Yes, it came in a few days ago.

Do you like it?!

I should have colored it all nifty like, huh?
(sorry.)

It's very nice and it looks just fine the way it is.  I think I can scan it and put it somewhere, if you want.




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Re: the "Ask sysadmin" thread
« Reply #39 on: September 29, 2008, 05:34:49 PM »

I took a pic of it before I sent it off. But I am glad you like it!
 ;D

It was one of those random things at 2 am in the morning. You know?

What do you mean analog world?
Does it have to do with a game controller?
You know, the analog stick...?
;>.>

I'm gonna go sit in my corner now.
*feeling stupid*
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