Recent posts by JohannasGarden on Kongregate

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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.

 
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Topic: Red Crucible / A Simple Joke

I’m locking this thread as it’s not really on topic and it’s drawing in inappropriate posts.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / The Ultimate CROW Down Against the PUMPKINgs [October 2014 Avatar Month Battle]

I’m starting out on team pumpkin, because I love me some Kongbot, and it would be cruel to try to carve Kongbot onto a crow.

Oh, I suppose that if I had a crow and a crow-sized Kongbot T-shirt or costume, I could dress up my crow as Kongbot, however, I have none of these things.

I think I will just use someone’s awesome pumpkin picture from last year (Thanks, missuschainsaw!) as my October avatar, at least until I get a pumpkin. If I decide to carve Walter onto my pumpkin, I might make a midseason switch to team Crowkin…or team Pumpkrow, but I just saw this thread this morning, and it seems like too important a decision to make without coffee.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / What does the above user say?

I don’t get it.

I’m going back to Forum Games.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / About the recent alts

With some of the recent alts that I decided were accounts used only to troll the forums, I removed all their posts, sometimes because it was easier from the particular interface I was using, sometimes because I saw little content in the posts and thought the name itself was harassing to a degree. When I make that decision, I’m looking at everything that user posted, but not the context of every thread. Sorry if there are sometimes confusing results with that.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / All these locks

I am going to lock this thread. OT’s resident Bun isn’t in right now.

There wasn’t exactly something wrong with Gabidou99’s OP, and I don’t think I was the one who hid that. The problem with the post and thread though, assuming you mean the “something is wrong with the flagged post button”—is that it made lots of people test their flag buttons by flagging the post and the thread. I’m unwilling to reopen it for that reason, and I think we can survive without that thread.

I have hidden some flagged posts in this and other forums today, and though I’m trying to get more of a feel for OT standards, most of my experience is in other forums. I might be more likely to hide insulting posts that get flagged by a person mentioned in the post than some OT mods would be.

Anyway, no reason to yell at MmeBunneh, who isn’t here. If you’re mad at me, well, take comfort in the fact that I handle OT flags very infrequently :p

 
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Topic: League of Angels / Hi Johanna

Please be patient with our test thread, everyone!—I’m worried that hiding these posts could set us back.

I’m afraid I haven’t fixed it yet, Lexxiis :( but I’ve got new data to forward.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Are Moderators Always a Necessary Force?

Hey everyone! We consistently find that moderators help rooms. It’s easy to think “Well, the only thing mods can do that other users can’t do is warn, silence, and ban according to certain guidelines, so the main difference having a mod will make is more users getting warned, silenced and banned.” In reality, it isn’t the main difference that mods make, it’s just one tool that we give them. We specifically look for users who can do more than warn and silence when we make moderators. One thing we emphasize is that that good moderators make users want to behave. Some mods excell at humorous distraction, some are great at patiently explaining things to newer, younger users who don’t quite understand why everyone finds their chat behavior so very annoying, other mods are so cool or so kind that people behave to get on their good side or out of gratitude for the time the mod sent them a supportive pm last week when their girlfriend broke up with them. Mods aren’t the only people who do these things, of course, but they tend to have some of these qualities.

Some people are pretty determinedly out to disrupt chat, and it can be useful for an active mod to have some tools to silence such users if it gets out of hand. But FlyingCat also made many good points—it’s a really good thing when users have learned to mute and report and to actually ignore the users who are deliberately causing trouble. When a mod is added to the room, it can be a learning process for the mod and the room regulars to decide when the mod should warn and when the mod should tell users to mute. Before I was an admin, I became a mod in a room that was excellent at instantly muting and ignoring the obvious trolls, so that when I joined, my warnings were the only response they got. We had a number of discussions how best to handle this—I’d still warn and silence the especially offensive spammers who were using racist and/or homophobic slurs, but we’d sometimes all mute, report and ignore the silly spammers. I can’t say what will happen in your room, but don’t assume that a new Room Mod won’t work with you over time to address legitimate concerns you bring up.

We want chat rooms to have moderators, but we will do our best to pick moderators who will be good for the room and make wise decisions. We don’t expect perfection from users, mods, or admins in this. We have a lot of cool communities here, and they are also constantly changing. We’ll do what we can to strengthen them for all, but sometimes we have to try new changes and hope it works out.

P.S. Sometimes we are more aware than you might think we are, but not always. You can send me a profile pm if you have concerns. There are times I can’t respond to them all because of time or privacy concerns, but I definitely read them!

 
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Topic: League of Angels / Maintenance for S5 9-12

EdgeLoA posted in a June thread:

Try to flush your DNS , if that doesn’t solve your issue change your DNS to 8.8.8.8 .

Again, people are finding that they are eventually getting in if they keep refreshing, so if this is way beyond what you’re comfortable with, you can try that.