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(side note: this topic thread was created and written by Cormyn and the moderator team late on Thursday, well in advance of what was cookin' on the site)
Well, after a nice day long hiatus of banning myself, it's good to be back at Armor Games. Of course, the entirety of the antics between myself and the moderators, my "resignation", subsequent "firing" as posted by John, and my "hacks" as reported by James, were all part of our 2011 April Fool's Day event in the forums. The only truth in any of it was me shooting an airsoft pellet at one of John's monitors and damaging it slightly. John still uses the monitor. And no, I don't hoard Dr Pepper at my desk.
Any user accounts with Moderator-or-better level permissions have access to a private forum where we stage these sorts of things, and discuss who's going to say what, how others will retaliate, etc. Several moderators had concerns over the past week about whether we were taking this "fire a moderator" too far, but overall, I think every one of the moderators had a part to play, or at least some say in the direction this went.
As a thank you for playing along, every user who "voted" in the "fire a mod" thread will be given a "merit" -- those who voted more than once, or voted for me (ahem) or any other non-moderator will not be given a merit. Not because I'm mean, but because those were the rules of the game. Pay attention next time. )
To those who raised concern, alarms, staged protest votes, I'll track you down and give you each one merit as well, 'cause hey, seeing the passion in your eyes brought tears to ours.
Several of us, moderators and admins alike, read every single comment left in the "moderator filleting discussion" thread in the Tavern and MY GOODNESS, knowing that you all felt so strongly on the subject was awesome. We truly DO have the best user community among the gaming sites.
Of course, GhostOfMatrix was the first to call us on the bluff and suspect it was an April Fool's Day prank, so kudos to him for having enough insight into the tightly-knit group of Moderators we have. GoM, post something on my profile and I'll throw an extra merit your way too.
On behalf of the entire staff at Armor Games, I want to publicly say a MASSIVE thank you to all of our Moderators. They truly are some of the most unsung heroes on the site. Several of them work full time, some of them work enough hours to effectively be TWO full time jobs, some of them are in school, and they ALL have one thing in common: they LOVE helping make the Armor Games community a shining example of respect. I've lost count of how many times I've seen forum posts from users like "these forums are WAY better than [insert some other game site here]" and we ALL need to give our Moderators a huge thank-you for the part they play all year long, not just at April Fool's Day when they all bring their A-game.
Honestly, though, to back up a moment ... there were several concerns among the moderators and myself about users having hard feelings about how "far" we were taking the prank this year. To those who felt offended, you have my personal apologies. We worked as a team to decide on the course of action, and had good laughs staging everything in the Moderator's forum area. To those that thought I really did get fired and cheered, well, sorry, but I'm here for the long haul.
I've mentioned this elsewhere in the forums, and to other users personally, but wanted to repeat it here. My role with the company is that of "senior web developer". It's not in my job description to be any sort of community manager or to lead the moderator team. Carlie did an AMAZING job of that before real life needed to take priority. Justin's role is to fill that void, helping users where possible, and cleaning out spam and flagged comments, etc. I only got involved because I'm able to help the moderators in a few ways that Justin doesn't yet have the tools to do the same, but in essence, I volunteer my time outside of the office the same way that the Moderators do. However, I do need to cut back on my involvement because we're very busy working on software and my evening time is limited now that I have two kids.
As far as our assertions that the new Armor Games web site in development (aka "AG3" will give "moderator powers" to the average user, there IS an element of truth in there. We do have plans for things like the Reputation system and like/dislike buttons, but they are ideas for future projects and will not replace the need for moderation on the site. Our Moderator team will be just as necessary in AG3 as they are on this version of the web site. However, when AG3 launches, users WILL have the ability to block other users from communicating with them, and establish other communication channels. Check out the AG3 forum if you want to learn more about the new web site or how to sign up for the beta.
Thanks again to everyone who played a part, whether you knew it or not, in our Armor Games 2011 April Fool's Day pranks. I hope everyone has fully recovered from Bieber Fever. A HUGE kudos to James, aka caffeine101, for coming up with the idea.
Ian Douglas, aka Cormyn
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Actually, I hate you guys, not as much as Cenere or NoNameC68 hates you guys, but still, it's pretty up there compared to Cenere's or NoNameC68's hate for you guys (because Strop, Zophia, Asherlee, MRWalker82 are pansies and Devoidless isn't around enough to actually hate you guys). I hate teenagers because I used to be one of you snot-nosed punks who believed the world didn't care even though you were the most important person in the world. And you know what? I hated myself back then too. Even though some of you currently aren't teenagers, you used to be, so I still hate you. ut you know that I am right. At one point in your life, there was a very good reason to hate you.
What is up with your sentimentality? I hate how you guys cared so much. You're supposed to be angsty and hate any semblance of authority. You know what else? I love how there was so much concern for me throughout this whole ordeal. It really shows your true colors. I have zip comments anywhere, which means you guys cared enough not to say anything. Great White Spam Eater my behind. The only mods I had more votes than were you guys' two most hated mods, who needed comments for concern because you guys only voted for them so that they didn't feel left out, which means you hate them that much. What about me? You see, I was right. And I knew I wouldn't get demodded because, let's face it, I knew it was a joke and no one was going to be demodded. But no thanks for everything, guys.
I like to think that I believe in people, but I'm starting to think Cenere's cynical worldview is right. You guys are about as lovable as glow-in-the-dark boogers to a seven-year-old boy. Seriously, you guys are about as huggable as a giant pink teddy bear to a seven-year-old girl. Yeah, I hate you that much. In a few years, only a few of you will still be here, but I will still hate all of you. What an awesome week it been.
P.S. Mono no aware.
This was hilarious to be a part of.
Hope no one feels too stepped on by the lie-stampede.
Thanks for being a cool userbase, people~
(cormyn: Here's some artwork from Cenere and Zophia of the moderator team, and me)
All I have to say is...
You guys got trollolololed.
P.S. I am not a pansy. I'm a whirlwind of terror. SO COME AT ME GANTIC!
Only Gantic would equate a true passion for our users to "glow-in-the-dark boogers to a seven-year-old boy". Genius!
hope you all loved the bieber stuff. it was fun coding it. i look forward to the next time.
So I logged in for the first time after a week of surgical work in the country, and I was all WTF!!! I mean, Bieber!? Why did Bieber have to be brought into it? I had to listen to a whole evening of Children of Bodom before I stopped feeling dirty.
I was also sorely disappointed that my administrator powers were not for real, and that Cormyn had been permabanned, because I wanted to preemptively strike at him myself for saying that he was going to change my username to "DrToiletPaperRoll", after a certain incident during my final exams where I dropped the TP roll I was using and it rolled out of the cubicle... anyway.
And another thing, I suspect that out of the active mods, I scored the least votes in that firing a moderator thread (2, compared to Gantic's and Zophia's 3, and Devoidless, on the other hand... well we always knew he was evil.) But what's up with that? I thought I was doing pretty good at cultivating an arrogant, stand-offish attitude which merely masqueraded as my being absent alot. Oh well, I guess I'll just have to try harder!
But seriously, that was pretty funny. And I wasn't even around for most of it.
p.s. in the time it took me to write this post, 300 people were cured of their Bieber Fever, muahahahahahahahaha
Hope all you guys had fun tearing into your favourite mods! And trying voting us off the island of AG. Well, mainly just me.
And I remember everyone who voted for me.
Wrote down your user name.
So every morning I wake up and look in the mirror, I can remember the reason for living is. To take you all down, one by one.
But the rest of you are cool! Thanks for sticking around through it all, hope you all had fun with the several layers of April Fools pranks!
Now I need to go and hone my GoogleEarth skills.
On a related note:
Thanks to the people who decided to back me up when Cormyn was being a meanie.
Even if he is right I should have gotten more votes.
Oh, and thank to the people who was really hoping I would get fired. Your grudge against me makes my day.
To the rest of you, I had more to say, but I've got cake, so ef that!
s-t-r-e-t-c-h ... good to be back.
am not ...
Well, I'm glad to see that the people are getting rewarded for their participation in the "Fire a Mod" thread and I suppose congrats to Matrix for the extra merit.
cormyn wins the internet
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