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August 2001 - June 2017

The School Survival Forums are permanently retired. If you need help with quitting school, unsupportive parents or anything else, there is a list of resources on the Help Page.

If you want to write about your experiences in school, you can write on our blog.

To everyone who joined these forums at some point, and got discouraged by the negativity and left after a while (or even got literally scared off): I'm sorry.

I wasn't good enough at encouraging people to be kinder, and removing people who refuse to be kind. Encouraging people is hard, and removing people creates conflict, and I hate conflict... so that's why I wasn't better at it.

I was a very, very sensitive teen. The atmosphere of this forum as it is now, if it had existed in 1996, would probably have upset me far more than it would have helped.

I can handle quite a lot of negativity and even abuse now, but that isn't the point. I want to help people. I want to help the people who need it the most, and I want to help people like the 1996 version of me.

I'm still figuring out the best way to do that, but as it is now, these forums are doing more harm than good, and I can't keep running them.

Thank you to the few people who have tried to understand my point of view so far. I really, really appreciate you guys. You are beautiful people.

Everyone else: If after everything I've said so far, you still don't understand my motivations, I think it's unlikely that you will. We're just too different. Maybe someday in the future it might make sense, but until then, there's no point in arguing about it. I don't have the time or the energy for arguing anymore. I will focus my time and energy on people who support me, and those who need help.

-SoulRiser

The forums are mostly read-only and are in a maintenance/testing phase, before being permanently archived. Please use this time to get the contact details of people you'd like to keep in touch with. My contact details are here.

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  Thread: they just don't make ninjas like they used to...
Post: You're all wrong. This is the greatest ninja ev...

You're all wrong. This is the greatest ninja ever. http://youtube.com/watch?v=D2kJZOfq7zk
Optik Movies/TV/Videos/Books 23 3,280 02-14-2007, 03:12 PM
  Thread: Hannibal Rising
Post: I've seen some absolutely horrible reviews. But I ...

I've seen some absolutely horrible reviews. But I saw it, and I liked it. I think critics are placing too much emphasis on comparing it to what Silence of the Lambs, Red Dragon, and Hannibal were. Han...
Optik Movies/TV/Videos/Books 6 1,136 02-14-2007, 03:10 PM
  Thread: The Golden Compass, Dec 2007
Post: Read the books first, they're really deep, and int...

Read the books first, they're really deep, and interesting. There's so many different things that can be discussed and interpreted. Precisely why I said I think it's hardly a kid's book. Last I check...
Optik Movies/TV/Videos/Books 7 1,659 01-16-2007, 09:23 AM
  Thread: The Golden Compass, Dec 2007
Post: [quote="Rebelnerd"]OMG those books were fucking AM...

Rebelnerd Wrote:OMG those books were fucking AMAZING!!!!! they'd better not screw it up. looks good though. that guy looks perfect for Asriel, but i always imagined Lyra as older than that, like a you...
Optik Movies/TV/Videos/Books 7 1,659 01-16-2007, 09:00 AM
  Thread: Battle Royale-the book
Post: [quote="The Wandering Soul"]Wait, didn't Mitsuko f...

The Wandering Soul Wrote:Wait, didn't Mitsuko fall in love with one of the other people in the book, when one tried to protect her from getting killed? No, Wandering Soul is right. There is a scene i...
Optik Movies/TV/Videos/Books 9 1,633 01-15-2007, 03:58 PM
  Thread: Death Note
Post: I love this series. Absolutely brilliant. I watche...

I love this series. Absolutely brilliant. I watched 13 episodes last night. I need to pick up the manga.
Optik Movies/TV/Videos/Books 5 1,133 01-15-2007, 03:45 PM
  Thread: My sketches and drawings.
Post: [quote="cradle"]Optik, you remind me of someone th...

cradle Wrote:Optik, you remind me of someone that would frequent Gothic.net or Globalgothic.com... Mainly because of your art style and name. Meh... Nice picture though, what technique did you use fo...
Optik Original Artwork/Writing 15 2,443 01-15-2007, 03:40 PM
  Thread: The Golden Compass, Dec 2007
Post: The Golden Compass, Dec 2007

The Golden Compass, a film adaptation of the first book of Phillip Pullman's epic trilogy, His Dark Materials, is set to hit screens on 12-07-07. The books are great, and I'd recommend them highly. Th...
Optik Movies/TV/Videos/Books 7 1,659 01-15-2007, 03:29 PM
  Thread: My sketches and drawings.
Post: Now that you say that, it does. I got another ...

Now that you say that, it does. I got another one I have yet to upload that has always looked to me like a magnified image of muscle tissue...
Optik Original Artwork/Writing 15 2,443 01-07-2007, 04:47 PM
  Thread: Rebellion
Post: I think I read somewhere that someone actually fid...

I think I read somewhere that someone actually fiddled with this idea once. I dunno how far it took off.
Optik Original Artwork/Writing 11 2,387 01-06-2007, 05:45 PM
  Thread: My sketches and drawings.
Post: This is one of my favorite abstract pieces I made....

This is one of my favorite abstract pieces I made. So much, it was my desktop for 3 months. [img]http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/OptikalIlluzion/awesome.jpg[/img]
Optik Original Artwork/Writing 15 2,443 01-06-2007, 05:39 PM
  Thread: My sketches and drawings.
Post: Not quite yet. I'm going to digitally color some s...

Not quite yet. I'm going to digitally color some stuff here soon. As I said, I've got a crapload of stuff laying around. I just haven't taken the time to scan and upload everything yet.
Optik Original Artwork/Writing 15 2,443 01-06-2007, 04:36 PM
  Thread: Battle Royale-the book
Post: Reading it right now, actually. That's why this th...

Reading it right now, actually. That's why this thread stuck out. xD I love both the movies and the book.
Optik Movies/TV/Videos/Books 9 1,633 01-05-2007, 03:21 PM
  Thread: My sketches and drawings.
Post: My sketches and drawings.

My artistic rendition of...myself. There's some muthafuckin' snakes on a muthafuckin' shirt, too. [img]http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/OptikalIlluzion/scan0001-1.jpg[/img] Nagi, from when I didn...
Optik Original Artwork/Writing 15 2,443 01-05-2007, 03:13 PM
  Thread: The photography thread.
Post: How about some Cliché Guevara....starring me? [...

How about some Cliché Guevara....starring me? [img]http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y9/OptikalIlluzion/fulche-1.jpg[/img]
Optik Original Artwork/Writing 114 26,565 01-05-2007, 02:02 PM
  Thread: The US Police State
Post: [quote="freak-of-nature14"]Examples from the US: P...

freak-of-nature14 Wrote:Examples from the US: Pearl Harbor- They kill 1100 people, we kill how many? 75,000 was it? Iraq- Well you guys remember all those 'patriotic' speeches bye the president, and a...
Optik Philosophy, Politics & History 19 4,535 01-05-2007, 12:05 PM
  Thread: Robots In The Middle East?
Post: That's all we fucking need are robots armed with m...

That's all we fucking need are robots armed with machine guns. This is just asking for something that would exist only in Orwell's nightmares. The likelihood of these things replacing small infantry u...
Optik Philosophy, Politics & History 20 6,671 01-05-2007, 11:53 AM
  Thread: Hanged?
Post: This whole thing is a mess, really. Whoever record...

This whole thing is a mess, really. Whoever recorded the execution on their phone was arrested, or made arrests of suspects. Some people claim it was not actually Saddam. They claim they're continuing...
Optik Philosophy, Politics & History 27 2,993 01-05-2007, 11:48 AM
  Thread: DeviantArt.
Post: [url=http://optikalilluzion.deviantart.com]http://...

http://optikalilluzion.deviantart.com I'm afraid I don't update it very frequently. But I'm working on that. The problem is I don't give my creative genius a fair chance to just sit down and create. ...
Optik Original Artwork/Writing 71 22,228 01-04-2007, 12:12 PM
  Thread: Hanged?
Post: Conveniant enough for the US. Now they won't have ...

Conveniant enough for the US. Now they won't have to worry about any testimonies from him on how some key US figures gave him the gas to kill the Kurds...They claim the trial is going to continue, tho...
Optik Philosophy, Politics & History 27 2,993 01-04-2007, 11:56 AM
  Thread: Sleep with your eyes open!!
Post: My family claims I do this all the time when I sle...

My family claims I do this all the time when I sleep regularly. I do not know how it happens, or how I do it. But apparently, it does happen, because friends have observed the same thing, without ever...
Optik School Talk 24 5,906 01-04-2007, 11:42 AM
  Thread: 33 got suspended :none:
Post: And depending on how long they suspended them for,...

And depending on how long they suspended them for, it could lead to cuts in their state aid money. And not to mention, the students are probably pissed and will walk out again. Honestly, depending on...
Optik General Talk 4 876 04-10-2005, 05:36 AM
  Thread: this teacher needs help from you guys...
Post: [quote=lilkitkat]I REALLY wanted to help this kid....

lilkitkat Wrote:I REALLY wanted to help this kid... I told him that he had the intelligence to do it, and I did some examples for him on his paper, but he still would not work. I'm still not sure how ...
Optik General Talk 63 10,364 04-10-2005, 05:34 AM
  Thread: school computers and software
Post: Bypass Filters

To bypass school filters, use http://www.peacefire.org 's Circumventor program. There's a link to instructions and the download here: http://www.peacefire.org/circumventor/si...tions.html
Optik General Talk 12 2,876 04-10-2005, 05:23 AM
  Thread: My view of a better School Survival
Post: Debate is great, but sometimes its good to just ch...

Debate is great, but sometimes its good to just chat about senseless nonsense. And you seem to feed that pet peeve of yours by posting such wonderful debate topics like "Fuck Optik."
Optik General Talk 17 2,185 03-27-2005, 03:42 AM
  Thread: No Sense in Hiding
Post: Sanlands... I truly appreciate the suggestions yo...

Sanlands... I truly appreciate the suggestions you made, and trust me, I've considered them all. I already know her address and things, because we exchanged letters and called eachother quite a bit. ...
Optik General Talk 14 5,093 01-04-2005, 02:34 PM
  Thread: Helpful Ways to Use the Net (and other goodies)
Post: Helpful Ways to Use the Net (and other goodies)

Well, a recent post concerning a member's inability to view websites due to parental blocks, I decided I'd teach how to bypass securities on your own computer, as well as use the net to it's full pote...
Optik General Talk 1 1,000 11-27-2004, 04:02 PM
  Thread: too many guests :P
Post: Hehe

I was just thinking a few days back of suggesting a "register to post" thing so we don't have tons of 'guests.' It was getting really confusing. This board isn't THAT crowded, James, so it'll be a lon...
Optik General Talk 14 2,539 11-27-2004, 10:38 AM
  Thread: This site blows
Post: Hm...

Yeah, maybe they are different. Maybe they aren't. It could just be a coincidence that two people with the same racist idealogy have wound up here.
Optik General Talk 11 1,702 11-27-2004, 10:07 AM
  Thread: Valve encouraging piracy with Half-Life
Post: Hooray for Kianbung! =D!!!

Hooray for Kianbung! =D!!!
Optik Games 13 4,027 11-27-2004, 03:55 AM
  Thread: My School Is Unfair
Post: Hrm..

As SoulRiser said, the severity of the criticism could either be helpful or useeless. If it was harmless jokes and fun, then this sort of punishment is wrong. However, if he put up a bunch of little f...
Optik Youth Rights 10 5,780 11-27-2004, 03:53 AM
  Thread: This site blows
Post: ...

How could anyone overlook the fact that Krankes was a neo-nazi? Just peruse some of his old posts, if they are laying around. And I have this weird feeling that good old 'James' here is none other tha...
Optik General Talk 11 1,702 11-26-2004, 05:13 PM
  Thread: No Sense in Hiding
Post: Hmm...

I never blamed it all on Congress and school, but they certainly were part of the problem. Afterall, as I said, if it weren't for some 50 year old politician, I might be able to drive right now, as we...
Optik General Talk 14 5,093 11-26-2004, 05:08 PM
  Thread: I can't see some pages...
Post: Hm...

Well, you aren't the only one with this problem. So, be proud it isn't just your compy. ^_^ But, I investigated these pages, and they aren't loading for me either. They might've been taken down, or th...
Optik General Talk 6 1,270 11-26-2004, 04:54 PM
  Thread: No Sense in Hiding
Post: Heh

Haha, yeah... Sorry about the length. I had alot to get off my chest there. Good news is I'm feeling better. And James, I don't know exactly what you mean by your comment, but if you mean 'does this s...
Optik General Talk 14 5,093 11-25-2004, 05:04 PM
  Thread: No Sense in Hiding
Post: No Sense in Hiding

Well, folks, I've finally managed to admit it to select people. Now there is no point in hiding the fact anymore. My relationship between me and Rebekah is over. She broke up with me. It's been over f...
Optik General Talk 14 5,093 11-21-2004, 08:32 PM
  Thread: This site blows
Post: Haha, and since when did 'communist' become an ins...

Haha, and since when did 'communist' become an insult again? This isn't the 1950's, in case you haven't noticed. As for Krankes...If you like supporting neo-Nazis, well, that's all fine and dandy, but...
Optik General Talk 11 1,702 11-15-2004, 08:21 AM
  Thread: start the countdown to war
Post: ^^^That was me.

^^^That was me.
Optik General Talk 14 1,580 11-15-2004, 08:18 AM
  Thread: Weekly Chat
Post: That must really suck. And I thought paying $50/mo...

That must really suck. And I thought paying $50/mon for high-speed was bad.
Optik General Talk 20 3,890 10-18-2004, 03:03 PM
  Thread: What do you think about anarchy?
Post: I would assume that probably 50% of the US populat...

I would assume that probably 50% of the US population believes anarchism is about blowing shit up, thanks to a bad reputation by corporate media and biased texts. As for renaming anarchism, some peop...
Optik Philosophy, Politics & History 16 6,934 10-15-2004, 03:01 PM
  Thread: what do you think of war?
Post: To me it is always bad. Sure, sometimes it is unes...

To me it is always bad. Sure, sometimes it is unescapable. But many wars, especially those from recently (Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam...) were completely unnecessary, in which thousands and even hundre...
Optik General Talk 13 2,075 10-15-2004, 02:54 PM
  Thread: Weekly Chat
Post: I would say Fridays or Saturdays are good, since e...

I would say Fridays or Saturdays are good, since everyone is generally off then. I can make it just about any time then. I'd like to have it sometime like, between 2-8 PM central. But hell, that's not...
Optik General Talk 20 3,890 10-15-2004, 01:25 PM
  Thread: well....theres this lad
Post: Wee...

It's a little early to tell, but hey, I said I'd keep you updated. :P It seems that, since last night, things have gotten better and we are back on good terms. She's not quite herself yet, which is wh...
Optik General Talk 11 1,533 10-12-2004, 10:32 PM
  Thread: schools selling us to corporations
Post: It's nuts that we have become nothing but corporat...

It's nuts that we have become nothing but corporate advertisements and paychecks to them. Schools, governments, corporations, the whole of society- corrupt. The young are nothing but names, numbers, a...
Optik Youth Rights 4 2,249 10-12-2004, 07:49 AM
  Thread: Preps
Post: I would guess that preps are your townies. If they...

I would guess that preps are your townies. If they are ignorant and cruel sorts against those that are different, and if they wear fancy or name-brand clothing, they are most certainly preps. They don...
Optik Youth Rights 10 3,404 10-12-2004, 07:40 AM
  Thread: The Other Way
Post: Unschooling

Unschooling sounds great, and it is something I've always desired to do. In fact, I'm considering doing so when my junior or senior year comes around. Yes, it is true that some students would take adv...
Optik Youth Rights 12 5,632 10-12-2004, 07:35 AM
  Thread: well....theres this lad
Post: ^^^ That was also me. I musta not have been logged...

^^^ That was also me. I musta not have been logged in.
Optik General Talk 11 1,533 10-12-2004, 07:17 AM
  Thread: AHHHHHH SCHOOL(Poll:What will happen?)
Post: Sorry.... That twas me above. ^^^^

Sorry.... That twas me above. ^^^^
Optik General Talk 18 3,268 10-12-2004, 07:16 AM
  Thread: site back!!! :)
Post: Woohoo!

Hot damn, I was worried! This site was like, my home base. I nearly shat when I loaded up the net one day, and my homepage didn't come up. (Yeah, School Survival is my computer's home page. That's how...
Optik General Talk 13 2,023 10-12-2004, 05:58 AM
  Thread: Do you let other students copy your homework?
Post: Copying Homework

While we're on the subject... I came back to school, and guess what new system they are implementing? An "Honor Code". Basically, it's an anti-cheating/plagiarising code. First offense: 5 Detentions....
Optik General Talk 8 3,222 09-03-2004, 12:58 PM

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