Recent posts by JohannasGarden on Kongregate

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Topic: Off-topic / This will be the day i'll be banned.

Daysilence, probably, unless I should take that as a user request?

If you’d like to request a ban, just send me a private message, then it’s less likely to turn into a permaban that won’t be reversed if you change your mind and can have lots of other consequences as well. I’m going to lock this thread as well.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate Avatar Wall 2015

I have a new avatar, mind adding it? Or replacing if I can only have one :-) Thanks!

 
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Topic: Global Assault: Guild Recruitment / Pyckue

It seems like this is a guild recruitment post, or a discussion about creating a Russian guild, so I’ve moved it to the correct subforum. If the thread is in the wrong subforum, posts are more likely to get flagged and then hidden (we have gotten a lot of ad spam in Russian in the past, so that might be a reason this happened—eventually a human comes along and checks the computer hidden posts, though :-) ) Insults, like the one I took out (we don’t need the Putin insults on the forum, particularly with the term you used—there’s enough of that on youtube). Even you calling me and Kongbot “churka”, it makes your posts more likely to get flagged by users and to get hidden when they are flagged.

So, if my translator gave me enough sense of the discussion, there is already a Russian guild, it is worth checking out. And if you wonder why your posts are getting hidden, try to be patient, and also be sure that you aren’t insulting anyone or using language that’s not appropriate for the forums.

 
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Topic: The Arts / Kingdom of Bunnehs (aka Gallery)

Wow, I found “Bluntness” really powerful, Bunneh, and I’ve told you this before, but I absolutely love it when you draw “recipe comics”. As I told you after a Bunneh recipe you posted elsewhere, I think a collection of these could make a cool type of art book.

Also, how does your numbering work on your comics? Your numbers are more static from the right than from the left, it seems?

 
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Topic: The Arts / Gabidou's Pac Man Ghost Dump

These are fun! The galaxy and rainbow ones are prettiest, but the orange, hairy one is like the tribble of Pacman ghosts, so it’s my favorite. If it’s a tribble, we could be seeing a lot of them soon….

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Kongregate Avatar Wall 2015

Would you add my avatar as well, please?

 
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Topic: General Gaming / New Forum Mod[s] for General Gaming--Welcome Precarious and Uzzbuzz!

I just asked Precarious, our new Kongregate Forum moderator, if he’d be willing to take on this forum as well.

[edited to add—Uzzbuzz is also being modded for General Gaming]

Dealing with spam posts has been an increasing need here, and adding a volunteer forum mod will help them be seen and processed at additional times of the day. Some members of this forum have been quite good and flagging the spam posts, by the way, which is very appreciated :-)

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / LIEberals to stop reading to their children because it gives them an "unfair advantage"

I believe this article gives a somewhat more contextual understanding of what Swift was saying.

Note that he is clear that while he would be willing to restrict the ability of some economic groups to provide elite private school educations for their kids when other children do not have access to a similar quality of education, he is clear that we should not take away reading at bedtime even though it contributes to social inequality:

From the linked article, a quote from Swift: "‘Private schooling cannot be justified by appeal to these familial relationship goods,’ he says. ‘It’s just not the case that in order for a family to realise these intimate, loving, authoritative, affectionate, love-based relationships you need to be able to send your child to an elite private school.’

In contrast, reading stories at bedtime, argues Swift, gives rise to acceptable familial relationship goods, even though this also bestows advantage."

He is against unequal access to educational opportunity based on parental wealth, which is controversial enough, no need to stretch his statements to say that he is claiming parents should stop reading to their children when he isn’t. Remember that the more extreme claims of the article in the OP were Rush Limbaugh saying what the poorly researched summary article was about.

When a philosopher starts a sentence with, “From a purely instrumental perspective, we could argue that we should do X…” the philosopher actually doesn’t think that we should do X.

The actual work the philosophers are trying to do is more complex and interesting than reactionary summary articles show. Here are some of the points they are looking at.

If we believe that increased equality of opportunity is a goal, then we need to look at the sources of inequality. Some sources of inequality can be addressed with some type of services, programming, or restructuring. Some sources of inequality are deeply rooted in family experiences that would be hard to equalize without taking away something valuable from the families who are able to provide more positive intrafamily experiences. While that doesn’t mean that we should tell families doing good things with their kids to stop doing those things, but we should be honestly aware of the impact of this.

“Honest awareness” does not have to equal “being constantly consumed with guilt over this”—finding that balance isn’t easy as a parent. The more useful question is how to support more families in being able to provide these experiences. I would say that the low income families in my neighborhood fall into two types employment wise—unemployed (or seriously underemployed or irregularly employed) parents and parents who work long, inflexible hours—if two parents are working, often one parent works nights and the other days because otherwise managing things like school pickup, Dr. appointments, etc. would be unmanageable. Many of them still read bedtime stories, but it is a whole lot harder to manage when the one parent at home managing all the bedtime stuff just spent 9 1/2 hours on work (including commute time) and rushed to help get everyone fed before the parent who works nights had to leave for work. I often seen way too little between the extremes for families.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / I'm butthurt.

I wonder if this book might help solve all your problems.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Please Welcome Serious Discussion's New Forum Mod

Yes, moderators can definitely still post! They can even have opinions and respectfully and intelligently disagree with nearly everyone in the forum on a particular topic.

stanwise does have good history in SD though, and I had plenty of posts I could review both from last November and more recently.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Yes, OT, there is a new Forum Mod for you, too!

Yes, it’s a congratulations thread and doesn’t need a page of insults, racial slurs, antigay language, etc. In other words, I hid some posts that did those things and also were pretty derailing.

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Now that OT has a new active mod, is it time for mme to be dismissed ?

No, we are not demodding anyone. MmeBunneh is also still active. I’m going to lock this thread though.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Please Welcome Serious Discussion's New Forum Mod

After posting this post, I’ll be adding stanwise as a Serious Discussion Forum Moderator.

As a chat moderator, stanwise has always stood out to me as being intelligent, fair, and balanced and as being able to set priorities well. Sometimes people are surprised when we make someone a Forum Mod who does not have a huge post count in that forum. Well, it’s a bit hard to explain in detail, and it’s partly an intuitive “Yes, I think this person has the judgement and personal qualities needed here.” on my part, but there are times when understanding the forum well and an ability to stay calm when tempers flare, not to mention treating people fairly who you strongly disagree with, are far more important than post count.

Welcome to Serious Discussion Forum Modship, stanwise!

 
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Topic: Forum Games / [Special Announcement--this is not a game] Welcome the New Forum Mods!

We have chosen two new Forum Mods for the Forum Games Forum, partly because we like them both equally and think they will make a great team and partly because this forum has more special rules than any other. I was super impressed when reviewing their history on the forum and with how seriously they considered everything during the training process.

So, please give a warm welcome to…

Bluji

and

FelineForumer

Keep in mind that in their own threads they will continue to run games as they have in the past. They use the same principles in hiding posts that they used in flagging posts in the past, so we expect the main change to be that things that should be hidden will be hidden faster and they will have an easier time understanding the flags that confuse the heck out of me!

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Yes, OT, there is a new Forum Mod for you, too!

And uzz, you are probably too nice to use this yourself, but in discussing the decision with Gevock beforehand, I jokingly said (and I was definitely joking),

“I think he’s generally liked and respected in the forum….and if that changes, maybe he’ll someday post, before locking a thread, “Here’s an 8 bit version of you whining about this thread getting locked.”

Gevock responded, “I’d pay to see that.”

If you someday wanted to make an original 8 bit composition of excessive whining, that might turn out pretty cool. Of course, if you shared it, it might become the most overlinked thing in the forums…

 
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Topic: Off-topic / Yes, OT, there is a new Forum Mod for you, too!

I’m quite excited to announce that the Off Topic modding team has a new member: uzzbuzz!

Actually, I’m going to stop here so I can mod him already, but I have a lot of confidence in uzzbuzz and I think it will work out quite well.

 
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Topic: Serious Discussion / Give me your tired, your poor

If anyone happened to see my last post before I hid it, I take that back. After hiding some posts, I see that there’s enough present for things to stay on topic. Sorry for any confusion.

 

Topic: Serious Discussion / Give me your tired, your poor

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Topic: CS Portable / ©ALBANIA©™ - Official Clan Page

Hey there, If you haven’t checked the stickied thread called Using this Forum please do so.

Particular reminders: You can’t use the “f” word, any racist terms, or insult other users (i.e. by calling them “bitch” or “retard”). You may get away with it some of the time, but any of those things are pretty no nonsense reasons to hide your post.

Do keep this part of the forum rules in mind in alliance threads:

Alliances
If you’re going to make an alliance/clan/guild/group, make sure your thread has a well-structured opening post involving a members list, ranks, and requirements. Also, it’s never okay to spam or otherwise harass threads for other alliances/clans/guilds/groups.

If people break the forum rules, please flag the post and move on. Absolutely do not quote the post that breaks the rules, respond with profanity and insults, and then flag the post you quoted.

If someone reports an incident with a user from the clan or complains about the behavior of clan members, a simple post, with no profanity or insults, saying something like “I’m the leader of this clan. Please private message me about a concern or incident with any of our members. Include exact names and details. Sometimes people who say they are a member of our clan in chat don’t actually have any connection with us.”

Also, let’s not wish anyone’s death in real life, keep the it in game ;-)

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Please Welcome Our Newest Kongregate Forum Mod--Precarious!

Ok, he won’t quite be a Forum Mod the second this is posted, because I knew that if I made him a mod and then wrote this post, there would be 3 “OMG has anyone noticed that there is a new Forum Mod?” threads before I finished this post, and I’d feel kind of silly trying to direct the welcomes and discussion to this thread when some of the other threads already got 5 posts in them while I was writing my OP.

Most of you know Precarious from many of the badge discussion and contest threads, especially his recommendations for badges. He is also a Room Mod and the Room Owner of the room called “Your Pants”.

Please give Precarious a kind welcome as the newest Forum Mod for /1!

 
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Topic: Contract Wars: General / Stolen Account

I’m locking the thread and hiding the first post because you shouldn’t be posting all that information in the forums :-)

Please email support@kongregate.com to see if there’s anything we can do. Wait until you are asked for information before giving it, and know that we never request any passwords.

 
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Topic: Contract Wars: General / Knele_ProTotYpe NO HAK-2 post NQSS BLOCK

Regardless of whatever conflict is going on, it’s unacceptable to use offensive language or swear at or insult other users in chat or the forums. Please do not post offensively or make threads such as this.

 
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Topic: CS Portable / ©ALBANIA©™ - Official Clan Page

I can’t even tell who has a reason to be posting in this thread, but I hid a lot of the insults I saw. Clan threads, in any game, are for clan business—you can ask about membership, rules, ask for a leader to contact you if you have a game related issue with a clan or it’s members.

Keep it on topic and keep it polite.

 
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Topic: Kongregate / Seriously, Kongregate?

The user the OP reported is also weekbanned. As Mousethecat said, whether the action is a warning, a silence, or a weekban, the same message goes out to filers.

 
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Topic: Contract Wars: Clans / team bronies

Hey all. Clan threads are for Clan members, people interested in joining the clan, and for respectful and appreciative comments for the clan (e.g. "Played with some of you guys last night, great match!) If you have a game related issue with a clan, you could ask an officer to pm you in a clan thread. Otherwise, you probably have no business posting in a Clan’s thread.

If you have the urge to harass a clan, go off on a tangent, or quote pyramid for the lul’s because of their name, language, identity, or boredom, just keep it to yourself. It does not belong in someone else’s clan thread.