Recent posts by JohannasGarden on Kongregate

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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.

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

Some people in chat are finding that refreshing a whole bunch of times gets them in eventually. I know that Edge has posted something on DNS error issues before, and I’m seeing if I can find it.

(Remember that though I’m a Kong Admin, I just notice these things because I play the game, if one of the true forum mods from R2 show up to post instructions, follow their advice instead of mine, as they know the specifics of their servers).

 
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Topic: Off-topic / If your life were a movie what would critics say?

I’m going to quote (with edits) from a profile I saw on Steam because, even though she’s not me, I’ve never described me better:

It’s a sometimes boring, often touching life story of a woman who I describe as a ‘Tragically unhip tree-hugging bark-munching moss-chewing aging neo-hippie environmentalist jackass. Myopic. Smart-alecky. Frequently mistaken. Means well. Mom of two.’ She does always mean well, and I couldn’t help feeling that watching more might make me a better person, however, I got distracted halfway through by something more exciting: reading the ingredients list on the package of Jujubes I’d bought in the theatre lobby.

It wasn’t all boring. The road trip in during the 80s in which the police staked out her campsite in Oregon, thinking she was escaped convict Diane Downs, that had it’s moments. But a lot of her life was taken up by encouraging people who were feeling down or upsetting someone in some minor way and then apologizing profusely for it.

She is, as she says, multiply marginally talented, so there are also some entertaining moments, but overall all, watching the story of her life leaves these critics with the general impression “Meh, not bad, but we’ve seen better.”

 
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Topic: Kongregate / September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month - Join me!

Here is mine if anyone wants a green ribboned, rainbow backed, Curl up and Fly avatar

http://i.imgur.com/whXahfa.png

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Suggestions

@Chromolot—Sorry for that experience trying to leave detailed feedback. I left you a profile should with more details, but my basic recommendation for now is to leave more detailed feedback on a game on the developer’s profile. Leave a game comment that says you’ve left more detailed feedback in a profile shout. The profile can actually work well for this as users can start a discussion there.

Lots of good ideas here, thanks everyone.

@Rychip I’m sure there is an algorithm that I don’t understand for determining hotness and newness that has to be designed so that it never returns 0 games. Curl Up and Fly is totally hot though, please….

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongpanion Photo Contest!

I was really blown away by the quality, creativity, cuteness and cleverness of these entries. Thanks to everyone for participating!

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Saturday's BOD Problem

When requesting a badge that is the badge of the day, it’s really important to make the request when it’s still the badge of the day. Then you automatically get BotD goodies when we award the badge.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongpanion Photo Contest!

Originally posted by IAmTheCandyman:

Belated invalid entry from me, but here’s my own Kongpanion hanging out with his panda buddy, wielding his +3 sugarmace.

A friend of mine said of that Chupa Mace “+3 Mace, save vs. diabetes”

 
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Topic: Kongregate / September is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month - Join me!

Joining! And my avatar is made from resources made available for Kong avatars, so feel free to use it.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / [Special Event] Kongregate Live: with Jimp

By the way, in our talk this week, we noted that Jimp didn’t talk a whole lot about his soon to be released game with JayArmstrong, “The Last Dinosaurs” Well, it’s gone from “soon to be” to released.

http://www.kongregate.com/games/jayarmstrong/the-last-dinosaurs

You can be a dinosaur with a Kongpanion pet, too :) I’m looking forward to seeing what different developers will do with Kongpanions!

 
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Topic: League of Angels / TA broken, late 2nd TA, S2

TA broke during the 2nd half of the 2nd TA on S2, at least.

You could join a party, but after everyone readied and the leader tries to start, we get the message: Log-in failed, please refresh browser

Refreshing the browser and reforming the team and trying again does not fix the problem, however.

Kestrelsong
S1

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Is RP allowed in Jugon or not?

Originally posted by Klatu:

I never said that, I just said that only excessive RP is not allowed. CiobanuM just did one line of RP, I think that it is fine (the behavior guidelines say: “It’s fine if you want to briefly convey an idea with a pseudo-action (”hugging" as a greeting, “exploding” as expressing excitement, etc.)").

Originally posted by DonPerplejo:

Doesn’t make sense to have ambiguous rules… can an Admin reply and clarify?

I think that the guidelines are not clear on purpose, every room has it’s own identity and some things that are allowed in a room are not allowed in others (I know I’m not an admin, it’s just what I think).

And both of these things are correct. You expressed them well, Klatu.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Is RP allowed in Jugon or not?

Originally posted by DonPerplejo:

Doesn’t make sense to have ambiguous rules… can an Admin reply and clarify?

In some cases, I believe it makes sense to have rules that are somewhat flexible, in other cases, the rules are very firm.

Our rules on posting links (even though you can’t just click on them but have to copypaste, it counts as a link) that go straight to porn or shock sites are very firm. A mod may decide, for a new user on their first offense who they thought didn’t know better or did it by accident, to give a really stern warning and something less than a weekban, but we wouldn’t be okay with them deciding that inappropriate links are okay in their room.

Roleplay in non-roleplay rooms is definitely a more flexible rule. If a mod asks you to stop rp’ing in a non-rp room, you should stop. If a moderator *tosses candy to everyone in the room" or “offers hugs and smiles to all who like them”, or allows others to do the same, I see no reason to tell the mod that they are “doing it wrong” :) Different mods and different rooms may have different customs on this.

There are a few things that, to me at least, really become “excessive rp” in most rooms 1) people rp’ing doing unpleasant things to people—is someone takes out a chainsaw and saws off JohannasGarden’s head, then I think I have a right to ask for that to stop :) 2) really extended rp that takes over chat, particularly if it’s not really that appropriate for chat—the most common examples are 2 people who want to rp and extended seduction scene or a small group that go on and on with the ways they are trying to kill each other.

So, my summary is, “If a mod asks you to stop rping in a non-rp-room, then stop. If the mod allows or even does a bit of what you consider to be RP, trust that they have the best interests of the room at heart, and don’t tell the mod how to mod, please :)”

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongpanion Photo Contest!

I’m loving these entries! :D

 
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Topic: Kongregate / missing achivement reports - feedback

Hmm, actually 1) Missing achievement reports are getting handled faster now, because we’ve got someone better than myself doing them :) You should not expect late Friday requests to get done until Monday or even Tuesday. Most of the week though, they are currently getting cleared within 1 or 2 days.

2) When did you notice that you weren’t getting messages? Can you check your profile pm’s and see if they are there but just didn’t get emailed? If your pm’s aren’t getting emailed and you want them to be, check the settings on your profile, both the checkboxes and your email address.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Permanent Mod needed, Chat room is Bat Country, serious thread, very long Post

Hey, everyone. I am going to lock this thread because it really isn’t the way to get mods for a room. It also tends to lead to arguments and other things that don’t help the situation.

We have talked about Bat Country but haven’t yet found the right people to add as Room Mods. Sometimes the rooms that seem to most need mods are especially difficult rooms to find the right mods for. We’d rather ask users to mute and report until we find just the right people rather than mod someone we have big doubts about, especially in a room that sometimes has big conflicts. Bat Country is also not entirely unmodded, but has two mods that have been active regularly for quite some time.

 
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Topic: League of Angels / Bugs after the update

Remember to put your server and in game name in your post. If you forgot, you can back to your original post, click the “edit post” link under your avatar, and add the information in :)

I also am only showing 10 bondings even though I’ve bonded about 80 times with Nyssa today:

S3: Kestrelsong

 
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Topic: Kongregate / I only have a few days left at Kongregate

Besides that, for anyone here, it’s good to remember to keep your email address current. Go to your profile and check out those buttons. The email address that’s stored in there is the email address we’ll send a password recovery token to, so if you signed up with sfjkla;jsdf@djskld.dms because you thought we were going to spam you with dog food ads if you put in a real email address, or if it still has that juno.com email address you haven’t known how to access since 2008, go change that thing before your laptop dies and you go “oh, drat, I don’t remember any of my passwords that I’ve had stored for 2 years”

 
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Topic: League of Angels / Thank You Edge

Edge, I was too sleepy to send you a message the night before last when you stopped by chat to check on people who’d reported losing items during the S4 trouble, but I really appreciated seeing that. As I’ve told you privately before, I think you do a really good job here :-)

 
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Topic: League of Angels / S4 Problems, Issues List Here

Post here, please, as EdgeLoA needs complete info :) Unlike him, I don’t read all the forum threads here, so if there’s another thread related to the recent S4 issues, you can send me a profile pm with a link to it.