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Blog: Blog Post
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
Well thanks to those responsible. I must be the only sane idiot left on this site who didn't want fig hunter to undergo the apocalypse, but too stupid to defy the rules and go try my luck getting on one of those other sites.

Honestly, did anyone stop and think for a minute that maybe trying to do things that piss off the admin was not a well thought out idea? I realise there's been a fair few users pissed from losing friends, but at the end of the day, if you keep trying to annoy the admin, sooner or later that is only ending badly.

I won't absolve Pseudo entirely of blame. Its been a mess to say the least, especially with bans failing to show why said user has been banned (probably would have been a useful feature to keep, but too late now), and I'm not even going to bother going near the excrementstorm that is frances/ratio (well not in this post anyway) but claiming the site would end, proceeding to rage and swear all over the blogs and forums was never going to achieve you anything, and quite honestly I'm amazed Pseudo even considered the backflip on the bans.

If anyone paid attention, you might have realised that if you go against the rules often enough, you get banned. Now this doesn't necessarily apply to all of the latest bans, but there's a few other unwritten rules that might be worth considering in future. In particular, the one about DO NOT PISS THE ADMIN OFF! I have my doubts exactly on heiveldboy now that I think about it (still not getting involves on frances/ratio), but if you can't understand the reasons behind the rest, you either needed to
A. Ask a mod exactly why it happened
B. If you actually do know why and still don't like it, too bad. They all knew the rules, and if they didn't break them but just kept annoying the admin, they only have themselves to blame. If you don't understand why annoying someone who has the power to ban you is a bad idea...what the hell are you doing on the internet then?

And just to undermine all my moral crusading, I have to say while I barely contribute here anymore, I kind of feel like a dragon on a hoard of gold. I wouldn't have known the true value of such a place, and sadly I doubt I ever will in the way some users did, but I'm seriously pissed when I see it stolen or ruined.

Unfortunately I don't have anything smart-arse beyond my moral crusade really (not without the over-dramatic goodbye some users are trying to pull off). What I do have to say is for those fleeing, remember that you have stuff all power unless you reach a moderator rank. Even then you can still be crushed underfoot. Don't think you can try and get around the rules and cry foul when you or a friend get banned, because you damn well know what you're doing. Again I'll stress that point does not apply to all bans, but it sure as hell applies to several of them.

Oh and the sites not dead yet either. Its dead when we can't use it anymore. Seriously sod off with your doomsday prophecies will you?
Blog: Blog Post
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
That's easy enough to explain. The ban is simply because people shouldn't be tinkering around with things they should otherwise not be accessing on a site that they do not own. Also in the case of at least two users, colour wouldn't be the only issue there by a long shot. They've made it quite clear what they think now.

The downside is that of those banned, they'll probably consider it a badge of honour at this point.
Blog: Should I reverse the bans?
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
Your middle paragraph was acceptable, and I won't defend Pseudo in terms of how he handled that affair (I don't really know the details myself, other than the fragments that appear from time to time about it). Unbanning Frances however is unlikely to work that well at this stage, considering that Pseudo and Frances get along quite poorly, and that sharing of sensitive information is going to sit really badly too. I'll leave Frances alone from the rest of this post now since that case is more an exception to the rule.

Even if Pseudo has shown his "true colours", it does not permit the community to respond the way it has. We could explain why his viewpoint on trans is wrong, which has now been done, but the damage from this has already been done once everyone went crazy about the site falling to pieces, and attacking Pseudo without even trying to clarify the issue in the process.

Your first paragraph shows you have no clue about anything I said. Seriously have a think about what you said. You've pretty much just said it doesn't matter that the majority of the banned users greatly upset Pseudo because he hardly checks in on his own site (which he doesn't check in on much because of crap like this). Your aplogizing for the hurt they have caused Pseudo. If you can't see how that is a bad thing you shouldn't be commenting further on this issue.

The short version is my previous points still stand. One exception does not permit the beginning of the apocalypse of this site.
Blog: Should I reverse the bans?
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
I would say that none of the bans should be reversed, except for maybe pixeldragon as she might not have known whether she was permitted to share the information you told her.

To me, you more than justified the reasoning for the bans in your previous blog posts, which is probably why people were confused in the first place. People really should know better than to break what should be a blatantly obvious rule of any forum, and I'm going all caps for this because it needs to be rammed through some thick skulls, which is

DO NOT ANGER THE ADMINISTRATOR OF THE FORUM YOU USE

That should not be too hard for anyone to understand really. You said it yourself in a previous blog post too, that we should respect what decisions are made here and that we are lucky to have a community like this.

Now that I've addressed the point of this post, I want to say something additional on top of this which I feel to be important that relates to unbanning in a way. In the past, I would have thought rather highly of allowing some members back (do note the word some, as I' aware of quite a few unfortunate tales of certain users) because I did not like how we used to remove unwanted members.

That opinion is now dead. As far as I'm concerned now, if they do anything that otherwise causes harm to a user, regardless of whether its in the rules or not, they need to be infracted at a minimum, and banned if it serious enough.

I want to apologise for my past ways of thinking, because as I notice the drama unfold, I realise something. That something is that it is not okay to excuse the behavior of other users who disrespect the rules or members. It does not matter how liked they were, how harmless it might have seemed, they just have to be dealt with, and I think very highly of you taking a stand against this A β Pseudolonewolf Apologistic behaviour is not okay in any circumstance because what matters is that the harm should not happen in the first place.

Comments such as "just ignore it" and "toughen up bro" are crap. You're only excusing the behavior of trolls or other harmful users rather than dealing with the problem of people should not be treating other people in such harmful ways. Even if criticism seems useful or something, its not okay to keep going against the wishes of A β Pseudolonewolf

Again, I have to say do not unban. My opinion is that you have done the right thing by showing the site how it is not acceptable for this to happen. I cannot understand how members might think it okay to say what you do is tyranny or hurting the site, when its anything but.

Forum: Why FigHunter hurt.
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
As someone who has stuck up for the fools in the past, or at the very least frowned on what has been thought of as harsh punishment untoward them, I agree with the article. I would not have considered it from such a stance before, that the things that have been allowed to slide with minimal punishment may really build up and hurt in the long run.

Firstly Newstomper, while there may not be many trolls as of late, your ignoring a very long history of troll warfare that fighunters many incarnations have been struck by in the past. I can't remember them all, nor have I been here long enough to see every last one, but there is a very long list and asking around the chat would probably end up with some very nasty stories.

Secondly, both Mania and Scintilla have brought up good points on discrepancies in behaviour. I wouldn't have a clue of recent problems, but I can think of a few examples to support that. At least 2 members off the top of my head have tinkered with the site in ways Pseudo was not happy about, yet lived to tell the tale so to speak (and there are a lot more than that who've tried, these 2 are the ones I remember). There are more instances of such that have occurred, but I have no idea how much got reported, so nothing more specific I have.

Still, I accept harsher punishments are needed, but some members do comeback from punishments. I can remember back in the old days of old fighunter when during the time of the HP system, a user got to about -150HP before making a remarkable turnaround to avoid being banned (he got back into the positives) so it is possible through discretion to have some members return to proper site etiquette, rather than trolls who were dead in the water upon joining.
Forum: 30-day Ab Challenge
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
Update time.

Well I've managed to hang in there, having just completed day 5 as I type this. It's getting much more difficult now, but in a way, also slightly easier as my techniques begin to get better, so its possible for me to do more sit-ups in a row before I start to stuff them up and hurt my back. Everything else is mostly fine.

At the moment, I'd say there are two stumbling blocks in front of me now. The first is that I'm still finding the thought of day 30 daunting, especially since sit-ups still hurt. I'm hoping to overcome this...but no guarantee there.

The second is that stupid me has just realised that time management is against me, combining this with hockey and the fact august is normally more busy for me at work. This might make progression slow down significantly, so it'll be interesting to see whether I can continue, or if I do this challenge in 30 days...

I have not noticed much definition yet, but bearing in mind I do have a rather large stomach, I guess there is more patience required before I see noticeable results, or the kind that stay even after one breathes out :P

Hope to keep posting, though really I guess I post for my own benefit. Maybe I should move this onto my own userpage, since that is rather barren...
Forum: 30-day Ab Challenge
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
Well, I've started to try this, and I have to say I'm already in trouble from day 1.

I did manage to do everything in the first day, but only barely D: Courtesy of too many years of poor sit-up technique, 15 was a fair struggle. The leg raises and crunches weren't as bad, at least. As for the plank...oh dear me, I have let myself go. 10 seconds a struggle? This is just freaking sad....

I'm also not being helped by an old injury failing to go away (a rather bizarre incident where I got rammed in my rib-cage) which is making both the crunches and sit-ups more of an effort than they need to be.

I really don't know how I'm going to be able to get to the first rest day, let alone the end of the month at this stage. I'm rather suspicious of how realistic this programme is, although its probably more my negative attitude and lack of fitness prior thats making this hard.

Suppose I'll see how many more days I last then...On the upside for you at least CtG, I'll probably bump this thread semi-regularly until I finish/rage quit since its sort of interesting for me to be writing this (I wouldn't normally), so enjoy some free thread publicity.
Forum: 30-day Ab Challenge
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
Interesting. I probably should give this a go, considering I'm starting to develop a keg for a stomach rather than a 6-pack. I might have to modify it a bit for myself if I do since I'd rather not try and stuff myself before hockey training/games though.

I also realise I have completely forgotten what a crunch or a leg raise was too. Geez I'm unfit...
Forum: Vicious Cycle: Procrastination-Overwork
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
Unfortunately I don't. The only thing I have to say really is that I feel your pain to some extent (I get more sleep luckily, but in exchange, I actually manage to find a way to do nothing with my time, not even late night gaming).

No wait, I tell a slight lie. The only advice I really have is if possible, have someone nag, if not force you to go to bed. While being forcibly made to do something pretty much goes against ourselves, maybe? But it seems the only way for me to break that cycle.

I really do feel for you otherwise, since those are unimaginably bad hours. And here I thought 7:45 am to 5ish pm was bad...
Forum: Ten words about the above poster!
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Silence 23 Australia PhlegmaticCholeric ISTP 5w6 72C
Hmm, lets see now...

M  Wolf

-Survivor (Of many fallen previous incarnations of fig-hunter)
-Just
-Scientific
-Ancient (Only in terms of time being a user here, third only to Pseudo and Firequill)
-Thoughtful
-Intellectual
-Gamer
-Trusted
-Watcher
-STRAYA! (Couldn't resist this one)

Interesting to see if you agree with this Wolf. I don't often describe others, let alone in 10 words.