Lost in Eternity

Okay, a few reason why my blogging ability fails:

  1. I have Twitter, which is great for those short things that I want to share. Blogs are fairly boring when each post is only 140 characters…
  2. Although I often want to respond to Uru forums posts or other blog posts (such as vaaht’s recent post) I generally don’t (especially forum posts, since people seem to take offense to my criticising of their stupidity) or give my thoughts over IMs.
  3. I have issues with getting my thoughts onto a tangible medium in a way that keeps them intact. I make abstractly logical associations in my head that don’t communicate well… anywhere outside of my head :P
  4. Usually anything personally ends up in IMs, because I have this fear that my blog will turn into an emo-fest. That, and my personal stuff always seems so mediocre and meaningless in the long run.

So, the past two months in recap? $cat < /dev/dox
Melissa got me hooked on A Softer World; and just yesterday Chacal posted a link to Sequential Art. Those are likely two comics that I will follow irregularly, along with my devotion to XKCD.
I’ve decided/discovered that my favourite time was my grade 10 year, the year I started this blog. Despite what it might seem, that year was a lot of fun and if I could build a time machine, you’d find me in spring 2007.
Grad is coming up, and my ambivalence to the world is apparently an issue for some people. I do care about things, just evidently not the things that I’m supposed to care about.
School is both amazing and boring me to death. I’d really like nothing better than to sit in 2029 all day with friends and read cracked.com, but some people seem to think that my marks aren’t good enough to merit enjoyment and fun. I’ll be spending the next week in physics.
I’m passive aggressive. Deal with it.
I can fill in the entire periodic table on sporcle.com in under 4 minutes. Spring break didn’t go entirely to waste. :P (Incidentally, my friend use spring break to learn all 53 countries of Africa on sporcle.)
I’m doing some work on Ahra Pahts, and there are some days that PyPRP makes me want to shoot myself.
I have 3 computers in my room, with RAM sticks on the floor like candy wrappers. Streaming media server: here we come!

Some days, everything seems blurry and disconnected… like it’s impossible to focus on one thing for very long, or pay attention to conversations… Sometimes I like that, and sometimes you go through a day hearing all the conversations that just catch in your mind and won’t let you think.

Moderation Discussion

I’m posting my view on this here after seeing comments from some people about threads not being locked vs. being locked.

In real life, what you say cannot be unsaid: you say it, and it’s out there forever. You can apologize for it and make amends, but what you said will always be out there. My view is that the Internet is much the same. When you make a post, that post is forever. You should not be allowed to go back and remove it or edit it (barring adding information, slight clarifications, and fixing language errors). Nor should moderators go and delete a post simply because it is too “flamy” or too “off topic”.

In the COBBS days, there were flamewars that would continue on for 15 pages of highly personal attacks before the administrator would even offer a warning to the people involved. Yet now, people are sending angry messages to moderators because of a single inflammatory post?

Arguments happen, both in real-life and online. Often it is by looking back at those arguments that we are able to make better judgements in the future. By removing those arguments, you are effectively rewriting history. I’m fairly sure we would all agree that is a very bad idea!

I do understand situations such as the MOUL Forums, where Cyan must maintain a policy in order to keep their future ventures open. While I find the moderation there oppressive and inconsistent, I am able to at least understand what rules the moderators were trying to follow.

People have probably noticed that one of my preferred method of presenting argument is with raw chatlogs. This gives people the chance to make their own decisions and make up their own minds about what happened. By keeping the flamewar threads, we allow people to do the same thing, and form their own opinions about the issues.

Opinions? Please discuss…

Lag in Uru

There has been a lot of discussion about lag recently, with many people blaming the servers. Allow me to quote a chat that I found with chip. For those who do not remember/know, chip was an intern at Cyan, and he was ultimately the one who worked on the Untìl Uru servers and released them to the public.

<chip> oh man, can we please start arguing about plasma again
<chip> the problemm isn’t plasma2.0 or the plNetCore
<chip> its the fucking physics crap
<chip> it was sloooow
<chip> you put like 30 people on the same screen
<chip> it just goes to all shit
<chip> * same area
<chip> I learned lots at cyan. mostly that you can optimize the backend servers all you want
<chip> but in the end
<chip> a shitty client (in this case in c++ and python)
<chip> can still make the whole thing suck

So there you have it, the servers are not the problem. There were a number of improvements during MOUL (including removing the cones entirely), but for lag to disappear entirely will be a client-side issue and has nothing to do with the servers.

Politics

As promised, the most recent political argument about GoW. Note to new members: your opinions aren’t welcome and we’ll keep arguing internally no matter what you think. This sort of logic is why I left in the first place.

<Paradox> 75th Trombone: Looking around the forums
<Paradox> 75th Trombone: And one word pops into my head: BUREAUCRACY
<Paradox> 75th Trombone: I see a very unfriendly announcement about needing Guild Representatives. I see stuff about reorganizing the guild and voting to remove someone from a the post of Councilor of S&V, whatever that means, and everywhere I look it’s red tape and middle-managing
<Lontahv> Rather than dealing with the door for now.
<Hoikas> Tell him to shut the fuck up, bastard
<Paradox> 75th Trombone: So what’re the chances of them waking up and realizing that no one gives a crap about Robert’s Rules of Order and just getting to some Writing?
<Paradox> Except that he’s right…
<Hoikas> no one asked for his fucking opinion
<Paradox> The forums are a mess, and we’re not giving any sort of useful information to new members
<Paradox> and your attitude doesn’t help either… “we didn’t ask his opinion, so he should shut up”… what a nice way to greet new members
<Hoikas> I’m not greeting him.
<Lontahv> uhm… he’s not really right about everything.
<Hoikas> I just didn’t ask his opinion
<Paradox> Why are we still arguing about these useless politics?
<Hoikas> I don’t even know who the hell he is
<Hoikas> if he wants to fix it, then tell him to fix it
<Paradox> How?
* Hoikas is obviously not in the best of moods
<Hoikas> I don’t know, post on the forum?
<Hoikas> Then I can opt out of his opinion
<Paradox> Nobody even knows what’s going on… it basically looks like BAD is the person in control of everything
<Paradox> 75th Trombone: Yeah, that’s good. who’s in charge, this BAD guy?
<Lontahv> Where is this? CC?
<Paradox> yeah
<Lontahv> hmm *runs there*
<BAD> Heh, Ilove hw someone can walk in and criticize the GOW and we got one person buying completely into it and one person getting pissed off about it.
<BAD> Oh wait
<BAD> Now I get the joke
<Paradox> I thought you wanted to make changes so that things could get done? I don’t see anything getting done…
<BAD> Well, Dox, it sometimes takes time to get people organized.
<Hoikas> Well, I’m sitting on my ass doing nothing like how most seem to like it
<BAD> So you can tell your friend, that the GOW is doing the best it can with what was given to it.
<BAD> Which is nothing
<Hoikas> whenever anyone tries to do anything it’s hell on earth
<Hoikas> the power is in the hands of the Reps…
<Hoikas> If they opt to do nothing, then nothing shall be done
<BAD> Exactly.
<BAD> What do you want done Dox?
<BAD> You left the administration of theGOW.
<Paradox> yeah, because it entirely distracts from the actual goals of GoW
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<Paradox> The point is to build Ages… and to work at helping other build Ages
<BAD> That’s a crock of shit.
<Lontahv> Shrinking the GuildCouncil was the worst thing I can think of. >.>
* SFT is now known as SeventyFifthTbn
<SeventyFifthTbn> Hello.
* Hoikas sets mode +m #writers
<Paradox> yo 75
<BAD> Howdy
* Hoikas sets mode -m #writers
<BAD> Come to bash us in person?
<SeventyFifthTbn> Hmm, I didn’t mean to bash anyone.
<BAD> Well you seem to be doing a ood job of it.
<BAD> good*
<Paradox> Oh wonderful BAD… how welcoming you are to new members who have a few comments
<Paradox> “come to bash us in person?”
<SeventyFifthTbn> Well, y’know, things happen. Thought a newbie’s perspective on how welcoming a community is or is not might be appreciated on some level.
<BAD> Well, I am sorry, Dox, but I call things s I see them.
<Hoikas> certainly sounded like bashing, and you relayed it to us like “oooo, look at what’s been said behind your back”
<SeventyFifthTbn> Not that I intended anyone to see my CC comments anyway.
<Lontahv> >.> Just keep this civil. We are not the GuildOfSlackers even though we had a blood transfusion from them. :P
<Paradox> I’m planning to post this log FYI…
<BAD> Well, your intentions seem to be to tell everyone in CC that the GOW is ran by me, and that I do a terrible job.
<Lontahv> BAD isn’t even a Councilor yet…
<BAD> Dox, you do as you please, you always do anyways.
<SeventyFifthTbn> No. I asked if you ran it because I saw your name at the top of some administratey threads.
<Lontahv> He’d just a MOD.
<Paradox> Well as far as I can tell, admins should at least be open to a few criticisms
<BAD> Dox, don’t act naive.
<SeventyFifthTbn> And I didn’t say you were bad at anything, just that your tone was harsh, and you’re not exactly proving me wrong here.
<Kato> SFT: I just want to be constructive here, I’m not trying to take sides or anything–but how do you think we should run the GoW differently then we do now?
<BAD> Your not proving me wrong either.
<SeventyFifthTbn> I don’t know how you run the GoW. It seems a bit unfathomable at the moment, to be honest. I just highly doubt that any subgroup of the already-small Uru community needs as many layers of bureaucracy as I saw on my first five minutes on the forum tonight.
<Lontahv> Yes. The GoW has been wracking their brains about what should be done. Maybe you could take a stand on how it should be run. It’s very hard to know what people want when we just hear what they don’t want.
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<Hoikas> Well, people don’t like one person in power.
<SeventyFifthTbn> Well here’s what I want: Forum admin, maybe two levels of moderators, like other forums. What more do you need? And that’s an honest question
<Hoikas> People all want to be able to vote on everything
<Hoikas> When you put stuff up for vote, no one votes
<Paradox> Adam > People don’t care… as you’ve seen demonstrated
<Hoikas> we’re damned either way
<BAD> We have been trying to organize the administration to be as out of the way as possible. It’s been a struggle with the amount of differing opinions.
<Lontahv> Yes
<SeventyFifthTbn> I mean, if people just ignore the bureaucracy and do cool stuff regardless of it, why not just ditch the bureaucracy, have some moderators, and not go to all the trouble?
<Paradox> Why do we need councillors? *What* do they accomplish?
<Hoikas> then we have all of the other Guilds bashing us >.>
<Hoikas> like I said… Damned
<SeventyFifthTbn> Are other Guilds like this?
<SeventyFifthTbn> Oh wait, I think i get it now
<Lontahv> Yes
<BAD> THeir jobs are outlined.
<Hoikas> somewhat
<Paradox> I preferred it when it was the Guild of Anarchy
<Tahg> Justin
<Paradox> BAD > and are any of them doing their jobs?
<Justin> Yes?
<BAD> Dox, no kidding.
<Tahg> have you considered the bridge in Teledahn?
<SeventyFifthTbn> This is all borne of an effort to model real-life guilds on the D’ni story.
<Hoikas> Well, there’s nothing really to do…
<Paradox> Wait… how can they be doing their jobs when you’re missing a councillor?
<Justin> hmmm
<Lontahv> The GoMa is _so_ like this that it makes us look like anachists.
<Tahg> I think that’s a physical that you have to kick, to unstick it
<BAD> Yes, Kato is, andHoikas is still involved with developing tools.
<BAD> That leaves the open slot.
<Hoikas> (actually Hoikas isn’t… He just watches right now)
<Tahg> and it definitely rotates on an axis
<SeventyFifthTbn> I get it. This is all an attempt to be an actual government like people imagine D’ni was
<Justin> I’ll have to check that out
<Paradox> 75 > bingo
<BAD> SFT, yeah you found us out.
<Hoikas> can we stop referencing Duck Knee for a damn minute
<Lontahv> no. :P
<Paradox> Adam > maybe if it wasn’t relevant
<Paradox> but it is
<Hoikas> I hate it when people bring that crap up when it’s obviously not applicable
<Hoikas> like it’s N/A now
<BAD> Well guess I’ll put back on my vilains hat and skulk off.
<Paradox> because people “expect” this sort of structure
<Lontahv> Yes
<Hoikas> yes, but that has nothing to do with d’ni
<Lontahv> Even if they bash it.
<BAD> Dox, your the one with expectations.
<Paradox> I had expectations that this might work out without falling on its face in the mud…
<BAD> Wll so far it hasn’t.
<Hoikas> which it has
<Paradox> instead I see less and less actually happening
<Hoikas> (not fallen)
<BAD> Ages are being created? Yes or no?
<Hoikas> Really? I see a good bit happening.
<Lontahv> For instance: Who would admin the GoW Uru server when Cyan releases the code? Are dictator-admins better than elected officials?
<Paradox> BAD > yes…, at GoW… not so much
<BAD> Toos are being improved? Yes or no?
<Hoikas> Maybe a bit of a slowdown here and there, but that’s only natual
<SeventyFifthTbn> How many active members does the GoW forum have?
<Paradox> The tools have nothing to do with GoW… tools are separate
<Lontahv> Dox> They have to do the the GoW
<BAD> So waht you are saying is that the GOW has no use?
<Hoikas> Then why is their development so GoW-central?
<BAD> Then lets shut the board down and see how many new ages get made.
<SeventyFifthTbn> How many active members does the GoW forum have?
<Paradox> The tools are used by the GoW… their development happens regardless of GoW
<BAD> Over 600
<Hoikas> BAD: active…
<BAD> mombers, and probably 50 or so active.
<Paradox> he said active…
<SeventyFifthTbn> 50 active members!! How many representatives are you trying to elect?
<BAD> depends on what you consider active.
<BAD> They are not elected.
<Hoikas> Paradox: What’s the point in developing a tool that no one will use?
<SeventyFifthTbn> Okay, appoint?
<Paradox> I don’t
<BAD> Did you actually read any of the info?
<Paradox> I develop a tools that I will use
<Paradox> if someone else finds it useful, good for them
<Hoikas> well, that’s you
* Zrax seconds that
<Hoikas> and Zrax
<BAD> dox, you personal stuff is just that
<Tahg> same here
<BAD> your*
<Tahg> well, I don’t actually develop tools…
<Zrax> I’ll respond to other people’s input on my tools, but even if I’m the only one using them, I’ll keep making them >.>
<Paradox> Adam > me and Zrax and Tahg… who are the only people actively doing *any* tool work at the moment
<Tahg> but if I did, they would be foremost for my own use
<BAD> Except for tagh
<BAD> You just don’t getit Dox.
<Lontahv> I develop tools to help the community. Currently, I have the tools I’d use. I want to make tools others with find easy to use.
<BAD> YOur fighting a battle that has no pint
<BAD> point*
<Paradox> and what are you fighting for?
<Tahg> people will always complain, so I tend to just not cater to them in the first place
<BAD> And ou pick a time when I am on a crappy keyboard to do it.
<BAD> I am not fighting
<SeventyFifthTbn> Okay, you have 13 “representatives” and are asking for more, when the site has 50 active members.
<SeventyFifthTbn> QED.
<SeventyFifthTbn> I have to go, see y’all later.
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<Zrax> >.>
<Lontahv> >.>
<Tahg> GoW has more than that doesn’t it?
<BAD> See ya
<BAD> Itdoes
<Hoikas> bad bye :)
<Lontahv> BAD is standing up the the GoW IMO… whatever the GoW is. :P
<Tahg> idk, I can’t really tell what active means
<BAD> But why correct him?
<Justin> bye
<Zrax> Tahg: people who post more than you and I :P
<Tahg> lol
<Hoikas> that’s a good definition >.>
<BAD> I was saying bye to sft
<Tahg> I post once in a blue moon
<Lontahv> Zrax is actually quite active. The quality of his posts should be taken into consideration. :P
<BAD> Yet you hang out on the GOW chat almost constantly.
<Tahg> nah
<Tahg> this is our main channel
<Tahg> if you hadn’t noticed, we often don’t talk about GoW things here
<Zrax> True, but that’s also just where we happen to be… If not here, it would be #PRP or #libPlasma or one of the others
<BAD> THis channel is for Writers.
<Tahg> only when we have company
<Tahg> like now
<Tahg> right, that’s what I was saying Zrax
<BAD> Whatever, the point is you help out so you are at least passing members f the GOW>
<Lontahv> I wish the GoW would stop getting bombed. If we can change our form so we can keep doing what we’re doing with less flames I’d be very happy.
<BAD> If you didn’t at lest have a passing interest in the group, you wouldn’t help out
<Tahg> I don’t help out GoW
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<Paradox> I have an interest in Plasma, building tools, and building Ages… which can happen with or without the GoW
<BAD> It’s not important, I don’t care how the group is ran.
<Tahg> right
<BAD> Dn’t kid yourselves.
<Paradox> it happened at COBBS, Alcugs, TNT, AB… I can build Ages whether GoW exists or not
<BAD> Then do that somewhere else.
<Tahg> why?
<BAD> Don’t post on the forum and don’t answer peoples questions in here
<Lontahv> I think the main divide is “The GOW” and its members. I try to help its members.
<BAD> If you don’t like the GOW than wh do you do that?
<Tahg> I help people when I have a suggestion :\
<Tahg> I don’t care about affiliation
<BAD> Right, but you don’t hae to do that.
<BAD> ave*
<Tahg> no, I don’t
<BAD> Right, so you don’t hate theGOW.
<Tahg> there are lots of things we don’t have to do, but they are nice things and we do them anyway
<Tahg> no?!
<BAD> You like helping people out on the site.
<Tahg> when did I say that?
<BAD> You didn’t, but yu guys are acting like the GOW is some kind of malevolent thing.
<Tahg> the group is immaterial to me, personally
<Tahg> I help out people, not groups
<Hoikas> still, you usually end up doing so through the group.
<BAD> That’s very zen of you, but that is nto how things work usually.
<Tahg> perhaps
<Lontahv> The GoW isn’t important. The people of the GoW staying around and interested is. If the GoW (however imperfect) breaks down the people will scatter.
<BAD> So imagine their was no GOW, who would you help out?
<Tahg> I don’t visit many forums these days
<Paradox> BAD > I would keep helping out AB
<Tahg> I would help out here
<BAD> the two or three people in this room?
<Tahg> yes
<BAD> Exactly.
<Hoikas> This room is the GoW however
<Tahg> that’s 99% of who I help out anyway
<BAD> The GOW draws others in to build ages.
<Paradox> Tahg hasn’t been a community person since 2004-ish >.>
* Hoikas points to the /topic
<Paradox> BAD > so it AB
<Tahg> this channel just happens to be #writers
<Paradox> did*
<Tahg> must I talk somewhere else to seem impartial?
<BAD> Yes Dox, and now where are those members?
<BAD> In the GOW.
<Tahg> I talk here because we just happen to meet on this channel
<Paradox> On GoW… because AB was shut down and partially merged with GoW
<BAD> You guys just love to be in your impartial little worlds.
<Lontahv> Bah… why do we need a damn guild anyway. If we weren’t a guild we could just be ourselves. It’s this darned “guild” title that makes people expect things.
<Tahg> we’ve had several in the past, and likely will have others in the future
<Hoikas> Tahg: But this is still the GoW Channel, so you’re helping people through the GoW
<Paradox> Lon > partly… yes
<Hoikas> but if you don’t want to see it that way, then fine
<Hoikas> I’m tired of this idiotic argument
<BAD> Well i the real world when you support something, you show acceptance of it.
<Hoikas> it’s like arguing why the color blue was named blue.
<Tahg> I don’t consider Dox, Zrax, Lon, Nad, Adam to be members of the GoW or any other guild
<BAD> It is.
<Tahg> they are fellow programmers
<BAD> Tht’s great
<Paradox> BAD > so Tahg is automatically a GoW-helper just because you say so?
<Lontahv> Look, we wouldn’t be arguing if Cyan hadn’t re-born the guilds. THIS IS WHY DUNNY DIED. >.<
<Hoikas> the toilet is dead?
<Paradox> Tahg is H’uru… H’uru is not the GoW
<BAD> wow, it’s neck deep in here.No he is a GOW helper, BECAUSE he helps people on the GOW!
<vaaht> dox isn’t standard GoW o.o
<Hoikas> OH TEH NOES! I’ve gotta shit!
<Paradox> BAD > so does Andylegate
<BAD> Ideed!
<Paradox> so do a whole bunch of other people who aren’t Gow
<Paradox> Is MarkD now GoW because he helped me once?
<BAD> Andy IS a member of the GOW!
<BAD> Yes!
<Zrax> You can help out a guild without necessarily being a member… I help out one of the Catholic churches in town sometimes, but that doesn’t make me Catholic >.>
<Paradox> Andy would consider himself a member of GoMa
<Paradox> … so because of a single email, MarkD is a GoW member? o.O
<BAD> zrax> The GOW accepts anyone whohelps out. They are all considered members.
<Paradox> “The GOW accepts” *who* is “The GoW”?
<Tahg> if I had to be part of a guild, I’d consider myself part of GoIM
<BAD> Has he posted ot the forum?
<Hoikas> The GoW is not a person :P
<Paradox> But it’s run by people
<Zrax> Also, guilds are not exclusive… Being a member of one does not mean you can’t also be a member of another
<Paradox> How else could it “accept”
<BAD> Zrax, of course.
<Lontahv> Yes! His name is GuildOfWriters and his name is red. ;P
<Hoikas> it is a collective group of people working toward or supporting the creation of ages
<Paradox> “They are all considered members” By whom?
<Paradox> I certainly don’t consider MarkD a GoW member
<Tahg> what is this argument about anyway?
<Paradox> nor do I consider Tahg a GoW member
<BAD> Dox, youreally like plaing dumb don’t ou.
<Zrax> If the people of the guild accept contributors as members, that’s their own right and privelege, but that doesn’t mean one is required to consider themselves part of said guild
<Hoikas> Tahg: <Hoikas> it’s like arguing why the color blue was named blue.
<BAD> you*
<Paradox> Tahg > at this point, your guess is a good as mine… we started with some criticisms… and now we’re defining what it means to be a GoW member
<BAD> It’s simple.
<BAD> If I had the power, I would shutthe wole GOW down.
<Lontahv> I don’t really know. What is a damn guild anyway… looks to me that “guild” is another name for “sect” or faction. And ya know what… having factions and sects isn’t the greatest thing. :P
<Paradox> BAD > and then what would you do?
<BAD> Let you ake over.
<BAD> take
<Lontahv> lol
<Paradox> Oh, thanks
<BAD> You seem to know everything.
<BAD> Please, show us how it is done.
<BAD> What would you do if he GOW did not exist?
<Paradox> As I’ve already said at least 5 times… I would be back at COBBS or Alcugs or TNT or AB
<BAD> Doing wha?
<vaaht> BAD> so, if I manage to model a single teacup for someone, then I’m automatically GoW, even though I consider myself GoL (Guild of Linguists)?
<Paradox> If GoW didn’t exist, those would all still exist
<BAD> what*
<Paradox> Writing tools to build Ages
<Paradox> as I have been for the past 4 years
<Tahg> my work on Uru existed long before I knew about the GoW
<BAD> Well, cobbs has been quiet for a couple years now… SO how would that help you?
<Paradox> vaaht > according to BAD, yes…
<Zrax> s/knew about the GoW/the GoW existed/
<vaaht> what an idiot
<Tahg> the point is we DON”T NEED A GROUP/FORUM to continue are work
<Tahg> s/are/our/
<BAD> You know what? YOu guys can ave your little party
<BAD> You don’t.
<BAD> Exactly.
<Tahg> how come you don’t understand taht we do this for ourselves?
<BAD> Selfish pricks.
<BAD> I understand it
<Lontahv> We need a forum. We don’t need a title that gets us burned.
<Paradox> IRC > Forums
<Zrax> If we did it purely for ourselves, we wouldn’t share our work
<BAD> Thank you Zrax.
<Lontahv> I’m going to go off for a bit.
<Tahg> yes, but if we waited for an audience, we would have the work done that we do now
<Tahg> wouldn’t*
<BAD> An audience?
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<Tahg> other people to use the tools we make
<BAD> is your hed really that far up your ass?
<Tahg> what are you talking about?
<BAD> So everyone else is cattle o you?
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<BAD> they don’t help your work?
<Tahg> wt* are you saying??!
<BAD> You don’t need other programers, and feedback?
<Tahg> we do
<BAD> It’s best you are alone i your efforts?
<Tahg> we have our group
<Paradox> and we have those here
<BAD> Yes insular group.
<BAD> Very productive.
<Hoikas> yet the vast majority of the users are *not* here
<Tahg> we don’t need nonprogrammers to motivate us to program
<BAD> I didn’t say you did.
<BAD> Don’t put words in my mouth.
<Paradox> Don’t put words in ours
<Tahg> what are you getting at then, cause that certainly was what it seemed like to me
<BAD> I haven’t.
<BAD> I asked questions
<BAD> I am getting at that you have benefited from the people you seem to have no interest in.
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<Tahg> how so?
<BAD> Never mind.
<BAD> I am done with this.
<BAD> Forget the whol thing.
<Paradox> @RIUM > the log upto a few seconds ago is on my blog… if you want to catch up >.>
<BAD> Who brought this up anyways?
<Zrax> Not having interest in a group does not mean that you don’t have interest in it’s members… I bring up the church from earlier — the reason I help out there is because several of its members are friends of mine
<Paradox> Hoikas IIRC… after I posted some comments from a new member
<BAD> Oh yeah, Dox did.
<Tahg> this is *exactly* why I don’t visit the forums much, becuase of all the bickering that goes on
<Hoikas> what is, the circus where you bring in everyone to watch the stunts?
<Paradox> sure Adam, if that’s how you see it
<Hoikas> it’s exactly what you’re making it
<BAD> Yeah Tahg it’s constantly like tis.
<BAD> this*
<Tahg> I have an interest in things that interest me, “politics” as I call this all, does not normally interest me
<Hoikas> telling us “Oooh, look at what 75th is saying behind your back.” then calling him in here
<Hoikas> now you’re calling RIUM in here
<Paradox> I’m not calling anyone in
<BAD> Tahg, wht does a mind like yoursfind interesting?
<Tahg> I like to program
<Paradox> and I’m willing to post the log of CC as well if you’d like
<Tahg> and so I do
<RIUM> hmm? I just came in here ’cause I heard people were in here :)
<Hoikas> If you *really* wanted to make a point, then you would have relayed the message in a less derogatory fashion
<BAD> I am sure ox and his friends are having a good oldlaugh t our exense.
<Zrax> RIUM: Good timing, LOL
<Tahg> when I see people post with programming issues, I help them
<Hoikas> Well then maybe I was mistaken, RIUM
<Tahg> it’s as simple as that
<vaaht> hoikas> shush, we came in here of our own volition <.<
<Hoikas> but when I see “<Paradox> @RIUM > the log upto a few seconds ago is on my blog… if you want to catch up >.>” I think we’re being ganged up on
<Hoikas> vaaht: You were in here beforehand :P
<BAD> Well when Dox sees a problem…..
<RIUM> But if you’d prefer me to not be here… o.o
<Tahg> stay
<BAD> Your welcome here Rium
<Paradox> I saw criticisms that I thought you might be interested in knowing so that you could look at what new members see when they join GoW
<Hoikas> Never said I didn’t
<vaaht> nads and/or doxy invited me a little while ago, and I came in because I’d *eventually* like to make small contributions, but I’m mostly going to listen for a bit so I’m not a newbie nuisance <.<
<Paradox> but apparently you don’t care what new members see
<Hoikas> Paradox: Do you know what I saw when you relayed that?
<Paradox> and your reaction to criticism is “<Hoikas> Tell him to shut the fuck up, bastard”
<vaaht> hoikas> I also started listening because I heard doxy was arguing with an idiot <.<
<Hoikas> “Oooh, look what people are saying behiond your back.”
<Tahg> we don’t consider anyone to be a nuisance just because they ask questions
<BAD> Dox, I know for a fact you don’t care either, so what’s your deal?
<Hoikas> And I do not appreciate that or people talking behind my back.
<Hoikas> So what kind of reaction did you expect?
<Paradox> Would you rather I talked about you behind your back and didn’t tell you?
<Hoikas> Me to fall to the floor begging for forgiveness and what I can do to fix the ailing problem?
<Paradox> I can do that too if you’d prefer
<Hoikas> No.
<BAD> Heh, yeah, why change a habit?
<Hoikas> You tell it to my face.
<Paradox> and no, I don’t expect you to remedy the problem istantly
<vaaht> hoikas> as far as I know, doxy didn’t say anything about you <.<
<Hoikas> You tell it to me in a constructive way also
<Tahg> what *is* the problem anyway?
<BAD> Who knows?
<Hoikas> vaaht: I didn’t say dox was
<vaaht> uhm, you implied it <.<
<Hoikas> I said dox made it look like 75th was
<Paradox> So new members are supposed to magically find this room?
<Hoikas> You’re reading too much into my statements
<vaaht> okay, hoikas, BAD, doxy, can you please stop your arguing for one second?
<Hoikas> New members should post or PM their issues
<BAD> THis has turned into a who is more stupid debate
<Tahg> can’t we just get back to building ages, or making tools, or whatever it is that we normally do then?
<BAD> Go ahead.
<Hoikas> Not randomly flood them somewhere and have someone quote them
<Paradox> I at least expected that the site admins could consider what new members might see as their first experience on GoW
<vaaht> as someone who has only ever been involved with mysterium for like…half a year, and otherwise has lurked in this community for a while…
<vaaht> honestly, all the bickering and flaming and calling names and pointing fingers…it’s super annoying
<BAD> Yeah keep going with that angle DOx, your on the high ground….
<vaaht> that is why I left the mysterium committee
<Paradox> and this is why I left the GoW politics
<vaaht> shut up BAD
<BAD> vaaht, Dox caused this.
<Paradox> Yep, all my fault
<Tahg> and why I left the forums almost entirely
<vaaht> yeah, yeah, call someone who cares
<BAD> vaaht, your not helping.
<Paradox> like everything that ever goes not according to your master plan
<vaaht> honestly, this is the reason I *don’t* get involved in the community <.,
<vaaht> * <.<
<BAD> Master plan?
<vaaht> because you guys can’t figure out how to get along
<Hoikas> “<vaaht> honestly, all the bickering and flaming and calling names and pointing fingers…it’s super annoying”
<Zrax> <vaaht> honestly, all the bickering and flaming and calling names and pointing fingers…it’s super annoying
<BAD> Please, expalin that one to me Dox?
<Hoikas> but look what you’re doing
* Zrax agrees with vaaht’s statement
<vaaht> and honestly, with the amount of bickering, I would rather be *outside* of the main community, than in it amongst all this bickering <.<
<BAD> vaaht, good oint
<BAD> point*
<vaaht> BAD> as far as I can tell, you’re in the main community and with the GoW
<vaaht> hoikas sounds like he is too
<BAD> This is actually my fault, now that I think about it.
<vaaht> I know doxy is not
<Paradox> BAD > well there’s a misconception that you’re the admin of the forum… you came in and decided to shuffle all of the structure around, you nearly appointed yourself as head of everything…
<vaaht> and I have no reason to see otherwise besides this conversation since I have never bothered with the politics
<vaaht> *shrugs*
<BAD> Heh, yeah that must mean I have sme kind of master plan.
<vaaht> anyways, that’s all I had to say
<BAD> vaaht> So your saying you have no idea what this is about? So you feel that your interjections are helping?
<Hoikas> Paradox: Can you define “you nearly appointed yourself as head of everything…”
<Hoikas> I’m not sure what that’s in reference to.
<BAD> Dox is pissed that I may get a councilor position.
<BAD> THat is what this is all about.
<vaaht> BAD> I am saying all I’ve heard from GoW is problems, so I have never bothered getting involved
<BAD> So it’s my fault
<Paradox> I’m mad that you basically came in and obliterated two councillow positions
<vaaht> and also, that mysterium has always been the exact same way
<BAD> And there’s a bit of truth.
<vaaht> so I have no faith in the ability of this *community* to work together
<vaaht> I have faith in a few small groups doing great things
<BAD> vaaht, shut up yourself.
<BAD> Your not helping at all.
<vaaht> and honestly, only a few of those people are in here, but I won’t name names
<Hoikas> Paradox: why diodn’t you vent this during the restructure
<BAD> Dox, I have no master plan, I try to help out, and people have asked me to do so.
<vaaht> BAD> yes, I’m sure my call for you guys to take a deep breath and calm down is so terrible <.<
<Hoikas> (or maybe you did, I just remember you giving up)
<Paradox> IIRC I was halfway across the country during most of the restructure
<Paradox> and I never even saw the restructure document… it went from Lontahv to Trylon to Bad
<Hoikas> vaaht: You’re doing a good job of it by calling people idiots and telling them to shut up
<BAD> You told meto shut up, and you have said you have no ideas what’s going on, yet you think you are some kind fo voice of reason?
<Hoikas> Paradox, now we’re getting somewhere…
<Hoikas> I know the document was posted
<vaaht> hoikas> because you and BAD are the ones that keep flaming
<Hoikas> Lemme check the timeframe
<BAD> It was voted on Dox, and it was discussed a lot before that.
<vaaht> I suggest *everyone* step away from this chat for about 10 minutes, take a deep breath, and come back and discuss this calmly
<Paradox> It’s quite possible that it was posted and I overlooked it… that would have been a mistake on my part
<Hoikas> vaaht: I love how I’m suddenly flaming when the only person I flamed was 75
<vaaht> otherwise, all you guys are just yelling for no reason
<BAD> vaaht, stay out of it it is not your concern.
<Hoikas> and it could have been on ours too Dox
<Paradox> Hoiaks > what did 75 do to deserve flaming?
<Hoikas> that’s why I’m checking
<Hoikas> *sigh*
<Hoikas> back to the whole behind the back ordeal
<BAD> 75th, was a victim of you posting his words here.
<vaaht> BAD> it *is* my concern because I would like to contribute one day <.<
<Hoikas> Re: Proposal structure upgrade
<Hoikas> Postby BAD on Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:01 pm
<BAD> If you approched it in a different fasion we probably could have avoided this arguemen.\
<vaaht> but at this rate, it’s not going to be in your big group that can’t get along
<Paradox> I posted it exactly as 75 had posted it in CC
<Hoikas> that was the first post of BAD’s document
<BAD> vaaht, seriously, stay out of this.
<vaaht> what are you going to do to me if I don’t?
<vaaht> kick me?
<vaaht> ban me?
* Hoikas sets mode +m #writers
<Paradox> yeah vaaht… we don’t like new members… stay out of this
<Hoikas> sigh can we discuss the real issue now?
<BAD> You could have softened the blow, at least, or PMed it to Hoikas or Kato.
<Paradox> Kato saw it
<Paradox> and agreed with it
<Hoikas> okay, so that was the date of the first document
<Hoikas> I can post a screenie of the post
* Hoikas gives voice to ddfreyne Lontahv|afk RIUM
<BAD> Hey Dox we seem to be making some headay, whydon’t you turn the sarcasm off?
<Paradox> Adam > I believe you… I admit that I probably overlooked it or didn’t pay much attentio nto it when it was posted
<Hoikas> Paradox: when were you accross the country?
<Kato> what did i see?
<Paradox> vaaht: can you tell them from me, I’m glad that their group is so special that they exclude the newcomers?
<Paradox> Hoikas > June/July… long before then
<Hoikas> okay
<BAD> Dox, stop instigating.
<Paradox> Kato > you saw what 75 posted
<Kato> I was just agreeing with what he was saying about Robert, lol
<Kato> I skimmed it :P
<Hoikas> I don’t even know what we’re talking about now >.>
<Kato> me neither :P
<BAD> We’re taling about the changes to the GOW structure, and how Dox feel cheated about it.
<BAD> I suspect Dox’s whole attitude lately is becuse of it
<Hoikas> I should probably take some blame, because I talked to Kato and BAD about it but never you, and I usually try to touch base with everyone on stuff like that
<BAD> Also Dx thinks this is all some sortof plan I am hatching
<Paradox> BAD > I’m not the only one
<BAD> Which is not true
<BAD> So?
<BAD> What does that mean Dox?
<Hoikas> Well, maybe we should at least prove there is no master plan here.
<Paradox> Well it certainly looks like you popped up out of nowhere and are suddenly influencing the structure of the Guild, nearly appointing yourself as a councillor, etc…
<BAD> Your not alonein your insnity?
<Hoikas> BAD: I do see a certain basis for this claim
<BAD> No where?
<BAD> Oh?
<Hoikas> Well, your “Time to do this” and “Open Source Uru Plan” topics make it seem a little bit that way
<Hoikas> I only just realized they could be interpreted that way
<BAD> Yeah, like I said.
<Kato> I don’t feel that way BAD, but I can see how someone uninformed wholly would make that decisioned
<Kato> *conclusion
<BAD> Well, this is what you get when you try to hep out.
<BAD> I have been down this path before.
<Hoikas> this is also probably stemming from the fact that Kato and I have seemingly vanished into fat air
<BAD> I get asked to helpout, and I get involved….
<Hoikas> and with you doing almost everything publicly, well, it could show that
<BAD> I end up trying to do a couple things I think would help out, and I get slammd.
<Hoikas> and it really sucks
<BAD> Well, perhaps, it would be best f I just resigned.
<Hoikas> nah
<Hoikas> Kato and I need to start doing a little MORE, I guess
<BAD> Apparantly I hve been stepping on some toes, and frankly, with ll of this hitting me now, I don’t care anymore.
<Hoikas> so it doesn’t look like you’re trying to rule the universe with your master plan :P
<Paradox> As a mod, you’re great… I have no complaints there, you’ve done an excellent job, and you should be commended for that
<BAD> I am on vcation, trying to enjoy it, and I practiclly get attacked.
<BAD> No Dox, it’s all or nothing with me.
<BAD> You don’t like how I do things, then it’stime I moved on.
<BAD> You wanted to put me in my place, good job, you showed me where the door is.
<Paradox> “I don’t like that you wear a blue shirt” does not mean I hate the way you dress…
<Paradox> you’re the one being illogical now
<BAD> Well, this isn’t just criticism.
<BAD> Dox, it’s not about logic. It’s about understanding your situation.
<BAD> I will be able to do nothing effective in the GW.
<BAD> With you around, there wil allways be thatthought in my mind that if I do something, you going to freak out.
<BAD> So no thanks.
<Paradox> That’s your choice
<BAD> Damn right!
<BAD> First thing we ever agreed on
<BAD> I’m going to bed
<Paradox> g’night ABD
<Paradox> BAD*
<Hoikas> cya
<BAD> kato can remove me from the mod status, and see yu all later.
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<Kato> …well damn.
<Hoikas> Now I can remove that silly +m
* Hoikas sets mode -m #writers
<vaaht> thank you hoikas
<Tahg> what did vaaht do?
<Hoikas> sorry, but I didn’t know that to do
<Paradox> talked too much
<vaaht> I feel a tad excluded because I was the only one excluded from the chat in a public channel <.<
<Hoikas> the real issue was between BAD and dox
<Paradox> OTOH, a public channel should *never* be muted
<Hoikas> and that just needed to happen IMO
<Hoikas> I usually don’t go to such extremes
<vaaht> hoikas> so what, BAD calls the shots?
<Hoikas> so you have my apologize
<Hoikas> apologizes especially
<Hoikas> *sigh*
<vaaht> I was just trying to get you guys to talk a bit more rationally because all you were doing is yelling
<vaaht> *you guys were
<Hoikas> It eventually cooled down a tad
<vaaht> yes, because I said please take a deep breath and calm down
<Hoikas> and you’re right about yelling
<vaaht> and what do I get?
<vaaht> fucking muted

An observation

CrisGer writes:
Are people willing to risk losing this…….



just because they personally feel they want to prove they can run MOUL on thier own, no matter what the justification, and their thinking, Cyan has asked, very nicely, a number of time, for us to please wait. They know we love the game. They know we love sharing and playing in it together. And they are working as hard as they can to be able to help us get back there.

Source: MOUL Forums

We’ve already lost that a while back…
But now we’re getting it back. Now I can go and visit those places and see them the way they were meant to be: with people, with life, with spirit. I see people having a common place to gather again, and places where they can find the home that suits them best.

What spirit are you cultivating for Uru? Trying to silence everyone who is “lighting a fire and saying at the same time…I am NOT lighting a fire, no, not at all.”? Trying to make sure that Uru stays dead?

Mod Question

Dear MOUL Moderator who removed my posts from Is it MORE yet? thread,

I am still waiting for a PM explanation as to why three of my posts were removed. They were all responses to vid’s question, and contained the line “It is not MORE yet.”. Until I receive a PM explanation for why the posts were removed, I will continue to answer the question each time that vid asks it. I will also wonder if perhaps one of the mods has a personal issue with me and sees the need to harass me by removing my posts.

The MOUL Forum rules state that Moderators and Administrators, at their sole discretion will warn, suspend, and then permanently close an account for rule violations. How do you expect users to follow the rules if you (moderators) aren’t able to yourselves?

I am waiting…
~Paradox