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  1. I moved some old 2000s forums of mine before the move over. What you need to do is get whoever had the hosting e mail for the original forum and get them to contact tapatalk to port the invasionfree board over. Everything is moved, avatars, posts and structure so should be fine. Only concern would be if the hand over had a cut off date but there might still be a chance(Best bet would be to see if Storm or Mike hosted the IE board)
  2. This is not a personal sling at the staff, members or community in general it's some feedback I felt It's that time again, does a rant on how to improve sprite wars and future proof it. Stay with me here because I am going to try and be reasonable and give some logic for my solutions. Remember as well these are only bare-bones first steps and not a cure all, sure some of these will have their own flaws and problems but remember constructive criticism is good for everyone. 1: We need to be able to make some compromises while not turning the forum into a toilet The internet isn't the same any more, these are chaotic times but despite that we should remain steadfast and set a better example than “Well X on the internet acts shitty why can't we?” We should allow discussions, world topics, give people a ranting area while avoiding heavy political slanted discussions that risk being extremely divisive. A complete zero tolrence rule is unhealthy while the other extreme is just as bad, in a sense balance is the key to success. Also to staff members do not be afraid to lay the hammer down when people act entitled or shitty, rules should still be enforced if users step out of line. We should respect civil discussions, peoples rights to voice some opinions while also not allowing full shitlord behaviour or people to just vomit edgy garbage on the carpet every day. 2: Clean the inactive moderation staff out. This has been said before, we have too many inactive staff members who look like they have positions for life. Staff should be active when on the board, do their jobs and help promote community spirit on the forum rather than just get a participation trophy because they logged in for one day a month. 3: Staff should be selected on merit rather than activity. Too many people are promoted because they make a lot of posts or are just active on the board rather than “Is this person skilled?” or “Are they level headed and cool under pressure?” have they shown an excellent example and proven they can be good leaders? 4: Promote community spirit When there are no campaigns going on most of the forum tends to “Go to bed” and we have a spike in inactivity. Let's change this and get people motivated again, build excitement, run role play games, host interesting contests, show off our creations to one another and teach our members to be community leaders. 5: People should be called out for being jerks When people act shitty they should be called out for bad behavior and held accountable for their actions because if you enable bad behaviour and entitlement then it encourages future acts of the same poor behavior. It doesn't matter if you are a newbie or the divine god of pixel art you should be called out if you act poorly. Rules stand no matter who you are and we need to stop making compromises with those that violate the sites policy or abuse other members when they don't get their way. "Basically, don't be a jerk: don't attack others, don't lie, don't whine or rage quit when things don't go your way or go better for others, and don't stomp on others for success. Learn from your mistakes, show understanding to others, support each other, and become a shining example of human growth. “ 6: New policies should be put in place to streamline the rules and remind people they exist. Stuff like an anti grudge policy to prevent bad blood between groups forming, he said she said behaviour, Chinese whispers and people having ill will towards members. This can't be easily enforced but it can stand as an example to follow and help build a healthier community while also preventing future problems. "Do not take sides if people have disputes with other members or groups. Seek to be a peace-seeking party. Help keep the community a peaceful, drama-free place. If somebody has a problem with the other groups (or even ours), don't add to the problem by jumping in. If somebody is mad at someone else, getting involved only makes things worse unless you can resolve the issue peacefully. Fighting others only causes more stress: bringing people together reduces it for everyone. " Also a strong mod accountability policy should also be put in place to prevent power abuse or bad behavior from staffers, to cite WSW another group “If a mod steps out of line, have proof/witnesses on stand-by and bring it up to the group. Mods will be up for probation, and those who do not do their job may be removed by the community at large. Please note that the person who calls the probation is not eligible to present evidence at the follow-up: only third parties may do that. Conspiring against admins would go against the Anti-Grudge policy and would be met with administrative action, as well as reinstatement of the removed admin.” 7: Have monthly voice chat meetings over discord to discuss policy, the status of the site, ideas members can put forward and enable a democratic process. Again to cite WSW they have a system called Town Haul which they host monthly to discuss issues with the community, share ideas, bring up important issues and at the end creation a mintues of the meeting, this can also help get members more engaged with the staff team and have their voices heard and encourage people to speak up. I know I've cited that one group a lot but some of their policies are interesting platforms and jumping off points for reform ideas.
  3. Good to have you back, don't mind the mess we upgraded the forums code and it came with many layout changes and stripped down features.
  4. My past era of moderation involved blood showers and a rousing musical called Shiki on ice~
  5. Good to see you around d00d~ As for Viv considering shes filling Mias role I'm sure if you spoiled RE7 you'd figure out where that goes.
  6. I like discord but it's pretty much the skype cult all over again that everyone MUST use it to be part of the cool kids club.
  7. Might as well repost this here since it was a prototype comic for this.
  8. A veteran of this community is in serious trouble IRL, they have been outed regarding personal stuff and it has been used to humiliate them, destroy their life outside of the net as well as weaponized into a tool to spread sick rumours to defame and slander them. All this has literally destroyed their emotional well being and mental state and things will only keep getting worse that's why they've made plans to get out but need to raise some money to sustain themselves for the first few months. Sadly said member refuses to start a gofundme campaign or give too many details out due to stalkers crawling around their social media profiles and trying to find dirt to use which has made them paranoid in case the harassers attempt to track them to where they move too. If people can find it in the goodness of their heart to donate please do I'll start a PM chain with the paypal details. I know people might want to hold to what they got to buy a game or a thing but if you can spare it you will be saving someone's livelihood that is getting utterly destroyed right now. Also advise and insights into their situation is welcome too. I will add a few notes. 1: My friends done nothing illegal, if that where the case I would hold them to account. 2: What caused the mess was harmless but some people are just bigoted fucknuts. 3: They have a lot of fears of their safety which is why they refuse to start some big fundraiser campaign.
  9. So with the forum update we're now on a new version, the benefits of this would be security upgrades, keeping the place tidy so it doesn't fall apart at the seams and other things I maybe don't know about. Yet there are downsides, the userlist has been nixed outside of taking time to go through an extra tab, can't see whose viewing topics anymore, staff list is a pain to reach, the shoutbox has been nixed which is an SW institution with a lot of history behind it. Also on gripes I really hate the rounded avatar/display pictures and the fact animated gifs have been completely done away with. So the question is are there plug ins or adds for this new incarnation of the board that could restore some of this content or perhaps even add something better than the features we had in the past? Also to members any wishes you have for future features? For me besides the above listed stuff I'd like to see more skins and even a restoration of the custom banners we used to have to give the place character so it's not just "BOARD"(tm)
  10. The gist of this is to post positive memes, stories and images that could make someone happy, boost motivation or just make everyone feel awesome. I'll start.
  11. "In a dark future of cowboy builders and faulty unsafe wiring it is up to the next generation of engineer Electrocop! Join Electrocop in his battle against cowboy builders and his epic quest to promote safe use of plugs and fire safety education to householders!" My turn
  12. PS I love Cass and don't think he's an egotistic douche, just needed a placeholder character and he won the part
  13. One entry per person. Also I'll try and fix it most likely since it's mega sized and few image hosts are handling it. On another note added extra time to the deadline which is now the 28th.
  14. Underling


    Political discussion was always frowned upon here and a lot of forums also disallow it because it can lead to flame wars, this is not some new concept nor does disallowing it somehow degrade the standard of themes the site is built upon. Not having to cater to one thing is no issue ether I don't go to a cooking forum and feel it's less of a place because they don't have a shoe repair section. Also nobody is immune to ideas or being infulenced, granted reading the anarchists cookbok won't turn you into an anarchist overnight or give you an interest in bomb making within mintues but there is still such a thing as memetics. http://on-memetics.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/memetic-hazard.html https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/meme I mean if you want to debate with people, share political topics than make a place for it but not every single site and forum on the internet owes you a political platform. Forums still have themes, rules and interests they cater too and end of the day it's up to those in charge of the forum for what content is allowed to be posted there. It's an internet forum not a country. I saw quite a bit of it personally, can't cite logs because the room is gone. The Gish Gallop (also known as proof by verbosity) is the fallacious debate tactic of drowning your opponent in a flood of individually-weak arguments in order to prevent rebuttal of the whole argument collection without great effort. The Gish Gallop is a belt-fed version of the on the spot fallacy, as it's unreasonable for anyone to have a well-composed answer immediately available to every argument present in the Gallop. The Gish Gallop is named after creationist Duane Gish, who often abused it. A dog pile involves a group overwhelming a person in a debate through volume and numbers and it can be extremely stressful to cope with more so if you have to deal with it almost daily and in multiple chats, it also leads to a lot of people muting political or serious rooms because it feels like having the soul ripped out of your arse which adds to group X building an echo chamber over time because group Y and Z have dropped in numbers due to not wanting to get involved any further. Whatever happened to get the room shut isn't really for a huge public discussion more so from me nor does it concern Timberwolf. Regardless of how some in groups view certain boards on that site it does not take away from the sheer extremism they have normalized on the modern internet or the fact it was designed orginally with good intentions to promote debate and to act as a containment board in a sense like /b/ was only for it to spill out end up running the place. Even 8chan itself was born out of the idea 4chan was too PC and tame which says a lot. Personally I don't know why you'd want to hang out on a place like that but it's not my place to question your lifestyle choices. I'm not going to debate this further, I just wanted to vent not deal with cut and comment crap every five mintues here.
  15. So that's where his stomach problems stem.
  16. What is a song comic? Pretty much a sprite comic that features lyrics from a random song that might have context with the scenes you are mixing them together with. Eg-https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/yDpaJpqeL.png https://s27.postimg.org/6vxbw34ip/wayward_son.png themes can be anything from dramatic, epic, funny or just something you think looks awesome. Points will be given for Presentation How well the song choice goes with the comic Good use of effects (Rules) 1: Deadline is Feb 28th same day winners will be called. 2: All assets must be new, so no recycling scenes from past comics you've made. (Prizes) 1st: A game of your choice worth £20/$24 2nd: A game worth £5/$6 3rd: Possible sprite or background request (Slots) 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: 6: 7:
  17. Might as well, don't want the board to fall apart over time due to outdated content and if people are in dire need of an arcade sure someone will make scripts or an app down the line for the new board verson.
  18. Underling


    I want to bring up a topic relating to the discord and don't worry I won't mention any context or touch on heavy topics but rather the princple of the matter. I'm not a staff member but I really wanted to give my own thoughts on this and why it bugged me personally. Basically why I'd rather not have a serious general, extended discussion or politics room in the chat or forums. First part is it's extremely divisive considering these are not normal times we're living in not to mention extremist views are becoming more normalized on the internet and I don't think our community should open the door to any of that as it could introduce a seriously toxic element. Second is we've survived years just fine without the community being allowed a political platform. Don't ask don't tell is the best way if we can't really behave ourselves when given an outlet to do so. Third thing is NOBODY is owed a platform, free speech just means the government can't arrest you for what you say, it doesn't mean a private enterprise, community or internet forum is bound by higher powers to grant a platform for politics. Fourth thing is it stresses the utter hell out of people to have to go into a chat to chill and find themselves debating 5-10+ people every day by themselves while getting dog piled on, then theres people gish galloping, throwing bad faith arguements around and generally having an echo chamber. Not to mention the whole thing is pretty much making some members feel ill IRL which means it is time to stop. Finally there was a trail for a serious discussion and people abused it violating rules 1 and 3 of the community guidelines gleefully(And quite frankly there are a few of us here who don't want to see this place turn into a shitty imageboard or god forbid smegging /pol/) Cite- http://www.spritewars.com/index.php?showtopic=3730 I just don't feel we're ready for a political platform or well behaved enough to use it with care.
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