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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. Send me a message if you'd like to keep in touch with me & Steve.

Please do not make a mirror copy of the forums in their current state - things will still change, and some people have requested to be able to edit or delete some of their personal info.

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


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Do you know what to do if you see a post/thread consistent of advertising or some other kind of spam?

If you guessed "send a snarky reply" or "start a discussion about black magic", you guessed incorrectly!

When a spambot leaves unwanted messages, and no one else has done anything yet, don't delay: Unapprove their threads and/or posts. The option for this can be found at the bottom of any thread's page; as forum helpers, we have access to a few of the moderator tools. No one else (except for the moderators, who will finish the job and ban the spambot responsible) will then be able to read their messages, thus defeating the point of leaving spam here.

The ability to split, move, and hide posts is a privilege, so use it wisely.

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09-12-2014 03:30 AM
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I also would encourage helpers to post somewhere a list containing the posts and a link to the posts

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09-12-2014 03:39 AM
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(09-12-2014 03:30 AM)DoA Wrote:  If you guessed "send a snarky reply"

am not forem helpuuh
09-12-2014 03:42 AM
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(09-12-2014 03:39 AM)Chanku Wrote:  I also would encourage helpers to post somewhere a list containing the posts and a link to the posts

Don't the posts/threads show up in red to you when unapproved?

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09-12-2014 03:52 AM
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They do, but we still have to manually find them, so if there are several of them might as well point us to them.

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09-12-2014 03:57 AM
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Moderators/Admins can also view the recently unapproved posts in the queue here:
http://forums.school-survival.net/modcp....n=modqueue

Don't think Forum Helpers can see that though.

I killed the spam. Smile

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FWIW, I never wanted to be a forum helper; I never asked, never was asked, and apparently was given this status while I wasn't even active. And the mythical "leave group button" still hasn't materialized, so saying "U NO DUIN UR JAB" is very reminescent of, um, oh yeah school...

Hello, traveler.

This is an ancient account I have not used in a long time. My views have changed much in the intervening months and years.

Nonetheless, I refuse to clean it up. Pretending that I've held my current views since the beginning of time is what we in the industry call a lie. Asking people to do so contributes to moralistic self-loathing. "See, those people have nothing damning! I do! I'm truly vile!"

Because you can never be a good person with a single blemish on the moral record, I thought that simply entertaining some thoughts made me irredeemable. Though I don't care for his writing style, William Faulkner presents a good counterexample. He went from being a typical Southern racist to supporting the civil rights movement. These days we'd yell at him for that, probably.

People are allowed to change their views.

Nevertheless, this period of my life has informed some of how I am today. In good ways and bad ways. To purge it would be to do a disservice to history. Perhaps it will not make anyone sympathetic, but it may help someone understand.

If, after reading all this, you still decide to use the post above as evidence that I am evil today, ask yourself if you have never disagreed with the moral code you now follow. In all likelihood you did, at some point. If some questions are verboten, and the answer is "how dare you ask that," don't expect your ideological opponents to ever change their minds.
09-12-2014 05:32 AM
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(09-12-2014 05:32 AM)no Wrote:  FWIW, I never wanted to be a forum helper; I never asked, never was asked, and apparently was given this status while I wasn't even active. And the mythical "leave group button" still hasn't materialized, so saying "U NO DUIN UR JAB" is very reminescent of, um, oh yeah school...

Alright, no problem - I removed you from the group. If anyone wants to join or leave the Forum Helpers group, just tell me.

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(09-12-2014 05:32 AM)no Wrote:  FWIW, I never wanted to be a forum helper; I never asked, never was asked, and apparently was given this status while I wasn't even active. And the mythical "leave group button" still hasn't materialized, so saying "U NO DUIN UR JAB" is very reminescent of, um, oh yeah school...
It was just a friendly reminder. No need to compare this to that living hell. Smile

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What?

I missed a spam invasion?

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(06-14-2013 08:02 AM)Potato Wrote:  watch the fuq out, we've got an "intellectual" over here.

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If 5 duplicate posts about fake ID's counts as an invasion... sure.

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