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#52 Jan 19 2012 at 12:17 PM Rating: Good
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I had Tailmon on my ignore list for the longest time. Works much better than with that douche, since no one quotes her.


Wait... there's an ignore list now?
Aye, hover over someone's name and options pop up. Bottom option ti to put them on ignore. Treats them like a sub-d filtered post. You know they posted, but you can't see it unless you chose to open their post.


Works well WHEN PEOPLE DON'T FUCKING QUOTE THE POSTER ALL OF THE TIME! I'm looking at all of you Alma quoters. Smiley: glare
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If OOT'ers leaving is a side effect of this place getting boring, then I'm okay with it.

Newbie. I spent at least a year here before I was aware that the OOT even existed. The Asylum slowed down so much while the OOT revved on that a whole cartload of bored Asylumnites spent increasing time in the OOT. The Asylum almost died in the water for a while, which is when BT moved over to the OOT, took his Asylum rule-book with him and proceeded to give the admins headaches for well over a year. The admins didn't want to alienate all these Treehousers playing in the Sandpit, and the Sandpitters who had learned to play comfortably by Tree house rules. But they finally realised we were breaching the PG 13+ site rules and tried to drive us all back over to the Asylum.

We'd been indulging in the blackest of humour, adult humour, trolling and flaming in the OOT. BT was just plain flagrantly, publicly sociopathic. We got driven bacl to an Asylum that was supposed to be a space for those purposes... only to find that in our absence the remaining residents had met personally, had kids, and just couldn't bring themselves to troll or flame people they knew personally, and wouldn't carry on creatively in a way that was inappropriate to model for their 5 year olds. Probably just plain tired, now too. They didn't want to make rape jokes and wish each other dead. Which is absolutely splendid, change is good for people, and parents should be responsible people. But sober political and religious discussions, no matter how devisive, are OOT fare if they are conducted without the rape jokss and wishing each other dead, maimed, and tortured in horrible ways.

I'm not saying The Asylum can't be full of serious political and relious discussions. I like them too. But it's lost its old culture of verbal spice and chili. A mass, daily give and take of insults, statements and descriptions of poor taste, ooky things, psychological warfare, flirtations, innuendos, sexual tension, and senseless personal feuds (calling Almalieque, gbaji, et al stupid, racist, intolerant, stubborn, selfish etc is just nothing compared to the insults that used to fly around).

You reject someone, reject a post, rate them down, then call it done.

It's not done. Where is the flair? The creativity? The side-ways thinking? Where is the weirdness? The edginess? Where is the variety of subject matter, personal style, language style, vocabulary range, and post type? Where is the frivolity and on-purpose empty headed facileness? I'm at such low energy I can barely bring myself to post. I need some people or some one to bounce off. But no-one is bouncing. Or dancing. Or knife fighting. Or molesting. Everyone is on a stroll.

Edited, Jan 19th 2012 1:41pm by Aripyanfar
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If you beleive Ari's timeline and story, than BT pulled off the ultimante troll on the Asylum.
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I had Tailmon on my ignore list for the longest time. Works much better than with that douche, since no one quotes her.


Wait... there's an ignore list now?
Aye, hover over someone's name and options pop up. Bottom option ti to put them on ignore. Treats them like a sub-d filtered post. You know they posted, but you can't see it unless you chose to open their post.


Works well WHEN PEOPLE DON'T FUCKING QUOTE THE POSTER ALL OF THE TIME! I'm looking at all of you Alma quoters. Smiley: glare


I'll be goddamned. These are the things I miss when I don't visit much. I would have found this extremely useful back in the day...
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Aripyanfar wrote:
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If OOT'ers leaving is a side effect of this place getting boring, then I'm okay with it.

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Thanks for that. It's like the expositional summary of a preceeding book I hadn't read. Now I feel like I know what happened while I was very rarely visiting.

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If you beleive Ari's timeline and story, than BT pulled off the ultimante troll on the Asylum.



Sonofa...

So did BT quit this place completely then?
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Works well WHEN PEOPLE DON'T FUCKING QUOTE THE POSTER ALL OF THE TIME! I'm looking at all of you Alma quoters. Smiley: glare
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So did BT quit this place completely then?
Banned for raping gbaji.
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If you beleive Ari's timeline and story, than BT pulled off the ultimante troll on the Asylum.

Well, it's not like he can take any credit for anything. At the time he was usually blackout drunk.

I have a suspicion that's why he was so outraged by and incredulous of the final warnings and ban, so opposed to any notion that administrator opposition to his behaviour was in any way fair. I think Kyle was simply unconscious of scores of warnings that drunk BT received, and unconscious of countless past interactions with a host of admins.

Dr Jekyll got made to carry the can for all the stuff that Mr Hyde did.

Edited, Jan 19th 2012 2:10pm by Aripyanfar
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Huh. I wouldn't have guessed that. I always enjoyed his posts, imo he was one of the most creative regulars the Asylum had. Of course, I can see how his style wouldn't fly in the Sandbox, given the restrictions over there.

I remember seeing a few posts about him quitting drinking a while back, but didn't realize it was serious or anything. Regardless, I hope the dude is doing well.

Not to turn this into a puff piece or anything... wouldn't want to ruin whatever rep I once had.
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Uglysasquatch wrote:
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So did BT quit this place completely then?
Banned for raping gbaji.

Banned for saying in The Asylum that gbaji is a rapist.

To be fair to the admins, he was on his last last last last last warning with them. But I think there are at least a few other Asylumnites who feel like I do, that this is the place where we are promised that we can say outrageous stuff like that. The admins pleaded that no matter how much leeway they want to give in The Asylum, they have to stick to the Law, as a minimum. It leaves me feeling confused. This was created to be a place for people with strong personal boundaries, for people who were prepared to take nothing here seriously. If you wanted your person respected then the OOT was created for you especially. Don't walk into the kitchen if you can't stand heat. Now we've had times where posters have felt libelled inside the Asylumn, and admins have pulled out the "you are not allowed to break the libel laws on the internet" stick.

Confused and disappointed. Bounce flattened.
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Or you could just, I don't know... fucking hide them.

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If OOT'ers leaving is a side effect of this place getting boring, then I'm okay with it.

Newbie. I spent at least a year here before I was aware that the OOT even existed. The Asylum slowed down so much while the OOT revved on that a whole cartload of bored Asylumnites spent increasing time in the OOT. The Asylum almost died in the water for a while, which is when BT moved over to the OOT, took his Asylum rule-book with him and proceeded to give the admins headaches for well over a year. The admins didn't want to alienate all these Treehousers playing in the Sandpit, and the Sandpitters who had learned to play comfortably by Tree house rules. But they finally realised we were breaching the PG 13+ site rules and tried to drive us all back over to the Asylum.

We'd been indulging in the blackest of humour, adult humour, trolling and flaming in the OOT. BT was just plain flagrantly, publicly sociopathic. We got driven bacl to an Asylum that was supposed to be a space for those purposes... only to find that in our absence the remaining residents had met personally, had kids, and just couldn't bring themselves to troll or flame people they knew personally, and wouldn't carry on creatively in a way that was inappropriate to model for their 5 year olds. Probably just plain tired, now too. They didn't want to make rape jokes and wish each other dead. Which is absolutely splendid, change is good for people, and parents should be responsible people. But sober political and religious discussions, no matter how devisive, are OOT fare if they are conducted without the rape jokss and wishing each other dead, maimed, and tortured in horrible ways.

I'm not saying The Asylum can't be full of serious political and relious discussions. I like them too. But it's lost its old culture of verbal spice and chili. A mass, daily give and take of insults, statements and descriptions of poor taste, ooky things, psychological warfare, flirtations, innuendos, sexual tension, and senseless personal feuds (calling Almalieque, gbaji, et al stupid, racist, intolerant, stubborn, selfish etc is just nothing compared to the insults that used to fly around).

You reject someone, reject a post, rate them down, then call it done.

It's not done. Where is the flair? The creativity? The side-ways thinking? Where is the weirdness? The edginess? Where is the variety of subject matter, personal style, language style, vocabulary range, and post type? Where is the frivolity and on-purpose empty headed facileness? I'm at such low energy I can barely bring myself to post. I need some people or some one to bounce off. But no-one is bouncing. Or dancing. Or knife fighting. Or molesting. Everyone is on a stroll.

Edited, Jan 19th 2012 1:41pm by Aripyanfar


Not sure if serious. I certainly wasn't.

Seems a bit melodramatic to me, though. I'm on the record as saying that I'd love for some of the "old Asylum" edge, but looking back, a lot of that old stuff that we're all nostalgic for was actually just kind of dumb. People got older, smarter, and more even-keel, yeah. But I think it's got as much, if not more to do with the fact that there really aren't any new folks around here.

I daresay I think I've been here longer than you, if that's what ya meant by "newbie". When I came in, I was dumb and ran my mouth off about all sorts of silly idealistic crap. There were a ton of others who did the same. Lots of posting across different forums. Lots of fireworks and the whole lot. Now people mostly keep to their own. I guess people are getting a bit more internet savvy, in that kind of way. That, and most of the more clueless people restrict their stupid to facebook and twitter, which weren't around back then. Don't get a lot of new people who wander in here unawares and find themselves in a fight. It's just the same old faces.

I do think that the OoT is, by and large, a completely other kind of dull, with the same root problem. It's an AIM chatroom among a few friends. That's basically it.

Just need some new blood. Or fresh meat, if you'd rather.

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Aripyanfar wrote:
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So did BT quit this place completely then?
Banned for raping gbaji.

Banned for saying in The Asylum that gbaji is a rapist.

To be fair to the admins, he was on his last last last last last warning with them. But I think there are at least a few other Asylumnites who feel like I do, that this is the place where we are promised that we can say outrageous stuff like that. The admins pleaded that no matter how much leeway they want to give in The Asylum, they have to stick to the Law, as a minimum. It leaves me feeling confused. This was created to be a place for people with strong personal boundaries, for people who were prepared to take nothing here seriously. If you wanted your person respected then the OOT was created for you especially. Don't walk into the kitchen if you can't stand heat. Now we've had times where posters have felt libelled inside the Asylumn, and admins have pulled out the "you are not allowed to break the libel laws on the internet" stick.

Confused and disappointed. Bounce flattened.


I think you have to keep in mind, that this isn't the same site that came over from UBB and split the OOT to the Sandbox and Asylum. It's owned by big corporate now, not just some lawyer/gamer in his basement. In my experience, one thing that corporations hate almost more than reporting bad performance, is legal issues. It wouldn't surprise me if at some point they just delete the Asylum just to avoid any possible repurcussions, and have everyone play nice.

It's not necessarily the Admins fault, as they are dictated what policies to follow, etc. Still, I get your point. They are effectively censoring everyone as to what is allowed. But again, it's their website so they can do what they want. We can chose to play along and abide by their policies, or find somewhere else that allows complete freedom of speech.
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I think you have to keep in mind, that this isn't the same site that came over from UBB and split the OOT to the Sandbox and Asylum. It's owned by big corporate now, not just some lawyer/gamer in his basement. In my experience, one thing that corporations hate almost more than reporting bad performance, is legal issues. It wouldn't surprise me if at some point they just delete the Asylum just to avoid any possible repurcussions, and have everyone play nice.

It's not necessarily the Admins fault, as they are dictated what policies to follow, etc. Still, I get your point. They are effectively censoring everyone as to what is allowed. But again, it's their website so they can do what they want. We can chose to play along and abide by their policies, or find somewhere else that allows complete freedom of speech.


Could be that there isn't a way of ensuring total freedom of speech, as gov't laws can overrule anything dictated by the site, I guess. Or at least, make it murky enough that legal issues are still a threat.
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Oh BT's style flew in the Asylum for a year. He and other Asylumnites "corrupted" it before the Admins realised it had gone too for for OOT rules, and the OOTs purpose in life. Then there was a year or two of warfare between the Admins trying to get the OOT back to a safe place to be, and the hardcore posters in the OOT who didn't want to be shifted into a dead Asylum, and barred from a lively, moving OOT.



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It's just a guy who used to post not posting anymore. One who could be fairly amusing and entertaining, for sure. But I don't think anyone should be really worked up over him not being here, so I don't think it's anything that you or anyone else should be apologizing for. Besides, he certainly did it of his own volition, and I doubt he's real choked up over having done it. Dude seriously does not like Kao.

Don't guilt yourself over it.
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I honestly never think of BT until someone mentions him. Don't get me wrong, I liked the guy. He made me giggle and I played some WoW with him. But like Eske said, he's just a guy that used to post here and now he doesn't.

Now Mrens on the other hand... /mourn
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I think you have to keep in mind, that this isn't the same site that came over from UBB and split the OOT to the Sandbox and Asylum. It's owned by big corporate now, not just some lawyer/gamer in his basement. In my experience, one thing that corporations hate almost more than reporting bad performance, is legal issues. It wouldn't surprise me if at some point they just delete the Asylum just to avoid any possible repurcussions, and have everyone play nice.

It's not necessarily the Admins fault, as they are dictated what policies to follow, etc. Still, I get your point. They are effectively censoring everyone as to what is allowed. But again, it's their website so they can do what they want. We can chose to play along and abide by their policies, or find somewhere else that allows complete freedom of speech.
Facebook, Twitter O-bards for every MMO, I think these all impacted the traffic here. I think the American recessions did too, at least among the people I spent most online time with, all ex regulars from here, almost all went back to study, or changed jobs and are spending way less time online recreationally.

I totally get that the admins have to prevent legal problems, and obey the corporate rules, which will all have a reason to be in place. It's just a shame that this place is less lively than it used to be. And frankly, I think some of the liveliness came from the young and dumb posters. Youth and immaturity breeding conflict, and conflict being, at least, interesting.

I guess the reason why I occasionally harp on about the good old days here, and how I wish things would liven up again, is that no matter how dire it gets here, it's STILL a better forum community than anywhere else I've looked, and I occasionally look hard and extensively and in as odd places as I can think of. Everywhere I go the forums are modded to death, peer-pressured to death, or unreadable in layout. Said it before, will say it again: no matter how flawed the karma system here, the rate buttons serve excellently to let off social steam without going to the trouble of posting, quoting and writing out a reason why you extremely approve or extremely disapprove of a particular post.

I want this place to be interesting, because it's sure as **** less interesting anywhere else. Oh sure, you can get better discussions on particular subjects on sites dedicated to a particular purpose. But still. Modded to death.
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Now Mrens on the other hand... /mourn

I miss Skeeter, and Thundra, and Totem, and the banjo-playing lesbians. Smiley: frown
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I miss Kechup. Smiley: crymore I bet hardly anyone else remembers Kechup.


oh, I remember him.
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Just a couple things to clear up after attempting to read this thread:

BT didn't get banned for calling gbaji a rapist, he got banned for making insinuations about p*dophilia towards Kao. THAT was the line he wasn't supposed to cross, and did. If you could get banned for calling gbaji a rapist, I think we'd all be banned by now.

Also, in case anyone missed the memo, Ari is ******* crazy.

Also, gbaji is a raping rapist.
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Lots of stuff


Apparently there was way more going on than I ever guessed.

Demea wrote:
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Now Mrens on the other hand... /mourn

I miss Skeeter, and Thundra, and Totem, and the banjo-playing lesbians. Smiley: frown


All of the above, to one degree or another.




Guenny wrote:
Just a couple things to clear up after attempting to read this thread:

BT didn't get banned for calling gbaji a rapist, he got banned for making insinuations about p*dophilia towards Kao. THAT was the line he wasn't supposed to cross, and did. If you could get banned for calling gbaji a rapist, I think we'd all be banned by now.

Also, in case anyone missed the memo, Ari is @#%^ing crazy.

Also, gbaji is a raping rapist.


Ahh, the old p3do card, that makes sense.

And yeah, getting that impression. Also, apparently Ari is a chick. Either that or BT actually did bat both ways.
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I may not have been quite the fan of BT that everyone else is (mostly, I thought he was a melodramatic douchebag), but it would be hard to deny he had a few bright moments, especially since my zam.com moniker is forever linked to one of his more amusing stories.
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Poor Brown Duck Smiley: lol


oh NO WAI!

How's this for crazy stalker chic:
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/shrug

Wasn't in my notes I guess.
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Regarding Barkingturtle's ban, Guenny is essentually correct. The thread in question was this "Wed Feb 9 19:22:12 2011 [Kaolian]: Banned for this post. http://everquest.allakhazam.com/forum.html?forum=4&mid=1297199847276642703&page=3&howmany=50#msg1297262092227302410 "

Regarding Varus, He was presented an option for being unbanned, he chose not to avail himself of it as of now.

Regarding slowness in the forum, its always a little slow in the holliday season typically, it should pick up here around mid february if past indications are any guide. Both Asylum and OOT lack sufficient good content generators. Their is sufficient population to reply to threads and keep them going, and there aren't many that I would consider detremental thread creators, but there aren't enough to keep that gestalt going. As i've mentioned before, I have hangups about seeing too many posts by me as an admin on the front page that I never had as a user, though I've also posted my share of annoying threads so that may be a good thing. We have the lurker count, we have a small, but significant active population that is active in both forums, so merging OOT and Asylum at this time probably wouldn't help, and it would be hard to spell AOOTsylum. Whatever else you say about Varus, he created alot of threads.

Part of the thread creation problem stems from the forum longevity. thouse of us who have been here a particularily long time have seen most of the standard classic threads multiple times. We get in ruts, and it becomes hard to think of things that havent been done, when in reality it doesn't really matter because there has been so much time between them. New posters seem to subconsiously have the opposite problem. They seem reluctant to post threads potentially because they are worried that they have all been done before. Thats one of the reasons this place runs so heavy to news and politic discussions these days.

There are a few core thread types:
User interaction game / quiz / entertainment threads - These range from the Weekend update threads, to quizpolls of doom and back again. LAST, Continue the story. End of the year Forum awards, etc. They tend to be quite popular, but also take effort to set up, and they can get overused and repetitive really quickly. Thats mainly what happened here. People took LAST too far, and annoyed a bunch of other people who aren't even here anymore, and they slowly trickled off.

Flame threads - The core "us vs. them" mentality of the 3 or 4 different factions that once dominated the Asylum isn't there anymore. Most of the posters who have been here longer are older now than we were, some of us (present author excepted of course) have matured somewhat. We've also several of us met one another now. It's hard to build a good mad at someone you have shared a good meal with. Plus there is the need for new blood in here, so people have toned it down a little over the years to try and help aquire new users. Or maybe they just got bored. I dunno. There isn't the underlaying remnants of spectacular guild implosions to drive anything anymore. Also, the troublemakers go away sometimes quicker than they did before, which dampens things a bit.

Politics / news / discussion threads - These we have plenty of, but they only go so far as relevance remains. Some last longer than others.

Random wackyness threads - Many of these were me before I was an admin. There are still some in the OOT, but they tend to go in different directions than the Asylum is used to historically. It's hard to pull off without annoying the crap out of everyone.

Of those thread types, we really only see one of them in quantity anymore. There is definitly oppertunity for new threads more often. People need to really consider that New Content, even if it doesn't go the way they plan, is still new content. If its annoying, people will thread jack it into something else quickly enough.

Whatever else you think about the rest of the site design, the recent forum upgrades seem to have been popular, and our view numbers are up. There are more people watching what we post at any given time, we just need to convince more of those lurkers to start posting. As much crap as people get for ever suggesting other forums come in here, recruitment threads are probably exactly what this place needs to be honest. I dunno. I'm open to ideas if anyone has any.
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#84 Jan 20 2012 at 12:24 AM Rating: Good
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Regarding Varus, He was presented an option for being unbanned, he chose not to avail himself of it as of now.


Personally, I don't understand why you keep giving him chances, but that's just me.
#85 Jan 20 2012 at 12:35 AM Rating: Excellent
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Belkira wrote:
Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Regarding Varus, He was presented an option for being unbanned, he chose not to avail himself of it as of now.


Personally, I don't understand why you keep giving him chances, but that's just me.


Mainly, because it is the asylum, and he confined his posting here. Despite appearances to the contrary, I do tend to give people many chances before they are banned usually. Probably too many to be honest. But I also try to balance the fact that what I find offensive other people may find entertaining in here, to a certain degree. There are several examples of posters I regret not banning sooner. There are few if any I feel I banned too quickly and didn't give a chance, so you can see the direction I at least try to err in. Then there is the whole moderation by committee aspect of it, which due to certain changes a while back is somewhat lessened, but things could tend to get somewhat confusing at times when comparing moderation. Thats one of the reasons the forum rules came into play. Of course, a secret Cabel of Asylumites (the Asyluminati) helped craft them too. but thats secret and you can't know about that! so pretend I didn't write that last bit, and this post is now about waffles!
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#86 Jan 20 2012 at 1:41 AM Rating: Good
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Regarding slowness in the forum ...Whatever else you say about Varus, he created alot of threads.

A little direction like this helps a lot.

I'd prefer to see a more active forum, but without sufficient information it's ahrd ot know what the issue is. I assumed it was the dwindling regulars, but if there are sufficient posters and lurkers as you say, then clearly we need a shift in content generation.
#87 Jan 20 2012 at 4:09 AM Rating: Good
That thread is freaking epic. That's going to entertain me for hours.
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#88 Jan 20 2012 at 2:17 PM Rating: Excellent
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Allegory wrote:
Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Regarding slowness in the forum ...Whatever else you say about Varus, he created alot of threads.

A little direction like this helps a lot.

I'd prefer to see a more active forum, but without sufficient information it's ahrd ot know what the issue is. I assumed it was the dwindling regulars, but if there are sufficient posters and lurkers as you say, then clearly we need a shift in content generation.


It's kind of counterintuitive, but threads definitly bring more people. You can have hundreds of posters in a forum, but if no one is making new threads, the forum gets stagnant and you lose your people. You need to have a solid core of people to begin with, but from there, population follows content. The game forums are particularily susceptible to running into this. Once a game ages to a certain point, its hard to keep making interesting threads about it, even if they are still updating it. All it takes is a major japanese earthquake to shut the servers down for a while, then suddenly you lose a third of the forum population.

There is definitly a balance required. Too many new threads, especially by one person tend to be offputting. The effect actually has a scientific name in the asylum, as the "Katielynn Effect". Too few is even worse though. And that number is a variable based on population of the forum and on the person doing the posting, so its hard to find the right balance sometimes.
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:

There is definitly a balance required. Too many new threads, especially by one person tend to be offputting. The effect actually has a scientific name in the asylum, as the "Katielynn Effect".


Smiley: lol
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#90 Jan 20 2012 at 6:15 PM Rating: Good
Oh gods I remember her... I can't really say too much about her though, since the time I popped in here back in 2005 I was pretty much clueless and had no idea what the atmosphere here entailed. No one was very nice to me and I quickly departed. I pretty much deserved it though. And I still have the PM from Kao telling me so after I whined to him about being karma-bombed. Smiley: grin
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#92 Jan 20 2012 at 8:09 PM Rating: Excellent
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If you beleive Ari's timeline and story, than BT pulled off the ultimante troll on the Asylum.



BT is Keyser Soze.

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Kechup is the reason I realised how brilliant Samira is.



Wait, what? I don't remember this.

Also I like stories about how brilliant I am, since I'm clearly too brilliant to remember, myself.

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#94 Jan 20 2012 at 8:39 PM Rating: Good
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If you beleive Ari's timeline and story, than BT pulled off the ultimante troll on the Asylum.


BT is Keyser Soze.


Probably the result of a serendipitous blend of booze and ketamine.

BT did do ketamine, right? He must have had some to hand, what with all those dogs.
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#95 Jan 20 2012 at 9:43 PM Rating: Decent
Convincing lurkers to post moar is as simple as making occasional sad panda threads about the dwindling population such as this one (though im sure there was a skype or something about this exact plan... :tinfoilhat:) I suppose I could make an attempt to join in on the conversation, but i have a feeling im going to end up posting a la lolgaxe, only with FAR lower quality.
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I expected more from the big, bad Asylum.


Forum =4 is a rotting corpse that only appears to be alive because of the squirming of the =28 maggots that it is infested with.


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I expected more from the big, bad Asylum.


Forum =4 is a rotting corpse that only appears to be alive because of the squirming of the =28 maggots that it is infested with.


GFY

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#98 Jan 24 2012 at 3:03 AM Rating: Good
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Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Belkira wrote:
Dread Lörd Kaolian wrote:
Regarding Varus, He was presented an option for being unbanned, he chose not to avail himself of it as of now.


Personally, I don't understand why you keep giving him chances, but that's just me.


Mainly, because it is the asylum, and he confined his posting here. Despite appearances to the contrary, I do tend to give people many chances before they are banned usually. Probably too many to be honest. But I also try to balance the fact that what I find offensive other people may find entertaining in here, to a certain degree. There are several examples of posters I regret not banning sooner. There are few if any I feel I banned too quickly and didn't give a chance, so you can see the direction I at least try to err in.


I still don't understand why you keep letting Varus back in, but Dracoid got a perma-ban. I think it was part of your plan to slowly drive away Nobby.
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#100 Jan 24 2012 at 12:31 PM Rating: Good
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afaik Dracoid was at the stage of his schooling career when grades were critical, and he just wasn't doing enough homework. Self policing wasn't working. Allakazham was his main distraction, so he went out of his way to burn his Alla bridge to little black smoodgy bits in the stratosphere. Nobby mostly left when he landed a freaking hot babe.

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I'm amused that I keep seeing Varus on the recent visitors list. Even 'banned', he can't quit us Smiley: inlove
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