Recent posts by JohannasGarden on Kongregate

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Topic: Technical Support / My forum thread vanished.

I’ll pm you about it and we’ll see if we can figure it out.

 
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Topic: Technical Support / weird chat issues

Hi there! Most of the people I talked to who had trouble earlier today and last night say they have better connections now. If you’re still having trouble with unusual chat delays or frequent disconnection from chat, let me know and I’ll upate my message to our team to reflect that.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [Contest] Run 3 Level Creation Contest!

It’s really exciting to see that people have submitted levels already. I’m looking forward checking these out!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chat Rooms that will be Closing on Nov. 3

I just pm’d you, Sargesteve.

I know that a lot of people made personal appeals for their rooms, and I’m sorry that I didn’t respond to each. I spent a lot of time not really knowing what to say—I did look at data each of the rooms brought up in the thread again, and the other Community Managers and I talked it over as a team. By the time we made the announcement, we were pretty confidant about our decisions.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chat Rooms that will be Closing on Nov. 3

I have completed the closings. It doesn’t immediately kick you out, but people won’t be able to join the room.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chat Rooms that will be Closing on Nov. 3

Originally posted by Ubermorgen:

I think people wouldn’t be so panicky if an automated process sent PMs to whoever posted a set number of messages in a deleted room so they could come back to their community. We’re already getting spammed with game advertisements so it’s clear the website has an automated mass PM feature. It’s an easy step that makes everybody happy.

That sounds close to what I sent out last week before starting this thread. Users had to have some (sometimes significant) activity in the room in the past 2 months to get pm’d by me, because that’s what I have access to, so it did leave out long term users who haven’t been active in the room for the past couple of months.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chat Rooms that will be Closing on Nov. 3

The closing of rooms won’t be an automatic process, but I will be closing them today and will be starting soon.

I honestly do understand and feel the sadness at this. I did review the petitions and messages as well as more recent activity in the room, but we will be closing all the rooms. I will not close Greed today, but will need to close it in the next couple of weeks. I’ll be in touch with someone from your room to keep track of things.

Let me share a bit about my process with this—as a Room Owner of Didactic Fractals, one of the closing rooms, and as an admin who was definitely part of the decision about room closings this time.

During the first round of room closings, I got the kind of message I sent to some Room Owners this time, that my room had pretty low activity, though not so low that they would insist on closing, but that merging with another room might be a better for both rooms. My feelings at that time were similar to what many users are saying in this thread—Our room at that time had pretty low activity, but it had a very distinct culture and the regs connected a lot off the site (and many still do). The room could be quiet for awhile and then suddenly everyone would come back, and it would be really active for a week or two, then get somewhat quiet again. Some of us still chatted every day though, but there were long quiet stretches, but it wasn’t a place that would reliably be a place where a newcomer to the room had a good chance of finding a conversation happening that they could join in.

On the side of not closing the room, part of my thinking was, “Well, the regs aren’t here all the time, but they’ve known each other for years, it’s a really important community for them, and they do come back occasionally. I’d hate for this room not to be there for them when they do come back.” But on the side of trying to merger our users into another room, I thought, “Honestly, the majority of the time, this room does not provide a good chat experience for new users. It’s empty lot of the time, and even when people ask if anyone is there or wants to chat, there’s no answer.” I talked to my users about the possibility of closing the room, and, not surprisingly, we had a couple active weeks where lots of the old regs showed up and chatted a lot to talk me out of it and show me that they were all still around. It didn’t stay that active though. In fact, it eventually got far less active—in our case there were some fights involved in that, fights that happened around the time when my mother was dying, so I also wasn’t around to help with damage control.

Not surprisingly, becoming part of Kongregate’s community management team means that I’m going to make decisions based more on that second line of thinking. I still have all the feelings from the first line of thinking, but I make decisions based more on, “Can this room provide a good chat experience for many users on most days and for a good portion of the day?”

I do hope that users with strong feelings about closing rooms will make the effort to stay connected. If you haven’t already made plans as a group, at least try visiting the room I suggested for you. If you all do that, it will be a good place to find each other and talk about where to be. You can work to stay together in a new place, and I hope that you will.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chat Rooms that will be Closing on Nov. 3

Hey, everyone. I apologize for not coming up with a response to your concerns and questions sooner. I’ll try to explain our thinking more on this tomorrow, but I don’t want to raise any hopes about us changing our mind. We’ve looked pretty carefully at the rooms we’re closing from August to now.

I am reading the thread, the messages you’ve sent me, and will do my best to get back to people. I hope that you can find ways to stick together.

Greed members, I’ll see if there’s anything we can work out. I’m sorry that he’s going through this, and I’m glad he has your support.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / How to create a room?

Hey there. It has been said in the thread, but yes, we wouldn’t make a new room to replace a closing one. My room is closing as well, and I do recognize and feel a lot of sadness over it. I also recognize that many rooms have strong communities associated with them who chat elsewhere or privately. As much as we value that and as much as we believe that there are valuable communities that Kongregate has built, we also believe that we need to mostly have rooms in which active public chat is happening in the chat room on a daily basis, through many hours of the day.

I do hope that you will give Cookie Kingdom a try, as it was one of the clearer matches. I’ve had contact with all Room Owners of closing rooms and rooms being merged into, and Akasharoo requested Cookie Kingdom right off the bat. Many Blackmyst users, from what I hear, have already gone over to Cookie Kingdom, or at least started spending a lot of time there, so you may see some old friends you thought drifted away from Kongregate. I would recommend talking with Akasharoo about your concerns, and even with Rachiface, the Room Owner of Cookie Kingdom. I hope that they can help you work out many of your concerns, and they know that they can contact me if there are conflicts you can’t quite work out.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [Contest] Kongregate Pumpkin Contest!

Wow, some impressive pumpkins have come in these past couple of days!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chat Rooms that will be Closing on Nov. 3

There are a number of things in this thread I haven’t commented on because I want to do some more thinking about how I respond.

This is definitely a more assertive round of room closings than last time. Many of the rooms being closed this time would not have been closed under the previous round. We also did more work with the matchings, particular in the rooms with a more active, stable chatting community. I do understand the sense of loss many of us have at the thought of our rooms closing, but I also think that users in those rooms might really enjoy getting to know users in the room I matched them with if they take the time to try it out.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Chat Rooms that will be Closing on Nov. 3

As you may know, Kongregate isn’t shrinking but it is shifting a bit over time. Players are showing a clear tendency to be more active in game-specific chat rooms and private rooms, and are consequently chatting less in our regular rooms.

As a result, people who get placed into quiet rooms aren’t getting drawn into conversations. What this means is that, for the good of Kongregate as a whole, we need to remove quite a few of the least-used chat rooms. Were closing quite a few rooms this time, many that used to be very active and that many of us will have strong feelings about. In many cases, those feelings are more about what the room used to be than about what is actually going on there today.

We’ve looked at recent chat in the rooms we are closing and have tried to find more active rooms that we think will be a good fit. We will do what we can to make this as smooth a transition as possible for everyone involved.

We hope that the users in the closing rooms can take what is most important, the community and friendships that have formed there, and continue and expand that community as we move to different, more active rooms.

Here is the list of chat rooms that we’ll be closing. In parentheses beside the closing rooms is the name of a more active room that we think would be a good fit for the room that we are closing, and that is prepared to welcome users from the closing room. Here is that list:

Blackmyst (Cookie Kingdom)
Didactic Fractals (Pride)
Echo Hall (Now Entering The Twilight Zone)
Eternal Solstice (The Abyss)
Gluttony (The Spiderweb)
Greed (Babylon)
Imaginarium (MalFunction)
Impossible is Nothing (League of Gamers)
Ivory Tower (Lepidopterists)
Labyrinth (Dragon’s Cave)
Lantea (Dragon’s Cave)
Lunatic Pandora (The Boardwalk)
Mockingbird County (Your Pants)
Ninja Chat (The Holy Grail)
Possum Lodge (Cookie Kingdom)
Road Scholars (The)
Scribbles (The Boardwalk)
Teh Bleachers (Dystopia)
The Basement (The)
The Garden (Pride)
The Hillside (Pride)
The Monument (The River)
The Parking Lot (Gaming at Work)
The Red Bucket (Your Pants)
The Room of Champions (League of Gamers)
The Underground (World 1-2) (Lepidopterists)
The Vortex (Counterproductive Procrastinators)
Traverse Town (MalFunction)
Utopia (Dystopia)
Yuijiopea (ItBeARoomYo!)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Missing Account!!

Locking this thread, but if you are still having trouble with access to your account, reset your password as TheRealPip suggested. Check your spam folder.

If you still have trouble, email support@kongregate.com with more information on the situation.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [Contest] Kongregate Pumpkin Contest!

@clockwork_human Mind if I try making an avatar out of that pic?

 
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Topic: Off-topic / foods that you hated as a kid but now like

Green Peas

They still aren’t a favorite (thought I love sugar snap peas and don’t mind peas in other things), but I really didn’t like mushy vegetables as a kid, and the texture would make me gag. My mother would insist that I eat them if they were the vegetable with the meal that evening, and I would get a glass of milk and swallow them like pills.

 
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Topic: Platform Racing 2 / Community Building Competition

We don’t generally allow this sort of link on Kongregate, particularly if it’s a referral link.

 
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Topic: Freefall Tournament / Please ban [removed, please don't make threads naming particular users]

We don’t allow negative threads about particular players in the Kongregate forums, you can contact developers privately about legitimate rulebreaking or concerns, but please don’t start threads like this.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Official "Show me your Tits" Masterthread!

Yours may be prettier, but it’s tits everywhere at my house…

 
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Topic: Off-topic / [removed]

I’m locking this and taking away your title, too!

 
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Topic: Off-topic / The Official Birthday Thread *braves055*

Happy Bunny Birthday, MmeBunneh!

 
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Topic: Contract Wars: Bugs and Unofficial Tech Support / Auto-hidden forum messages

@VladimirPimpal —I don’t see evidence that your posts are being autohidden.

I’ve been in touch with everyone else in the thread, and I’ve unhidden your recent posts.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Fire ants and other woes

Originally posted by Aleazor:

tHErofLwaffLe ,
I used to terrorize ant colonies when I was kid. Magnifying glass, water hose, lighter fluid, superglue, excavation, dissection, you name it.

In the name of science.

Karma, dude. It sounds like the ants you terrorized as a kid called upon their biting insect and arachnid brethren and sistren to take vengeance upon you.

All in the name of justice.

[but I still feel bad for you and hope that the insect/arachnid world will deem that you’ve suffered enough and end this torture.]

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Fire ants and other woes

Originally posted by Aleazor:

I was fishing the other day and managed to stand myself on a nest of fire ants. Soon after I was swarmed. The sting of their bites is uncanny, like red hot needles wherever they land.

I was reminded of chigger infections and falling into wasps nests.
Have you ever been attacked by bugs?

In the late 1980s, I went on a trip to Florida with my boyfriend (who I later married and am still with, but not because of fire ants) another friend, L. We were camping in one of Florida’s national forests, I think it was Ocala. I went out to collect fire wood and was carrying a few logs on my shoulder. Well, one of them turned out to be covered with fire ants. At first it was these little biting stings, but in less than two minutes I dropped everything and was screaming for help. They’d gotten under my shirt and were all throughout my hair, which is long and thick. The scalp stings were the worst, but what I mostly remember was the panic at not being able to get them off of me. Luckily, my friend L, unlike me at the time, was able to think, and she pulled me over to a water spigot and pushed my head under the stream of water. Eventually we washed/drowned them out.

But owww! That was about 25 years ago, but I remember that pain and panic very clearly.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [Update] The forums will be *not be*[admin edit] shutting down at the end of the month!

Hmmm, I’m pretty sure I would have heard about this plan ;)

Locking this thread, though!

 
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Topic: Contract Wars: Bugs and Unofficial Tech Support / Auto-hidden forum messages

Hi, everyone. I asked maraklov to collect the information and I’ve contacted most of you. Since many of you have more than one account, can be sure to specify whether you are still having this problem and the name on the account that’s getting posts autohidden. It’s fine to see “on this account” if your posting from the account having trouble.

@VladimirPimpal—I’m not clear on whether you’re still having that problem—you have a lot of recent posts that aren’t hidden. The rest of you I’ve been in contact with.