So part 2 of the changes will involve rules and such. It was made abundantly clear to us that the policies over the last while of letting people run rampant doing whatever are fairly off-putting a lot of the time. This is a fun place full of fun people but it seems at times people just don't know when to quit or don't really care. Whatever the case may be, we're going to lay out some structure to build this place back up.
First up, we're reviving the Current Events forum and we're axing General Discussion. General Insanity will now house any serious or spam content and Current Events will be a forum where serious discussion occurs and will be policed quite heavily by the staff. As such, if your aim is to post in these topics to troll, irritate, or spam, we're going to remove your post without a second thought and you'll be warned via PM. When attempting to have serious discussions such as the ones we've tried in the past, this kind of irritant popping up simply isn't going to fly anymore. It can't. It alienates people and then the only ones left are the ones that are perfectly happy yelling at each other which isn't really conductive to a good discussion. Some basic ground rules for the new Current Events forum:
No insults of any kind. Do not insult someone's position or intelligence. Just disagree. You can in fact disagree without being angry or condescending. We're all guilty of this to some extent so it's just something you need to think about when you post. Read through what you're saying after you're done writing and make sure it isn't a bunch of angry nonsense.
Avoid sarcasm. Sarcasm has its time, place and tone, and that can be hard to convey with plain text. Please refrain from getting personal with sarcastic remarks and make sure to convey your tone to others. If you don't like what someone is saying, simply address it. Being sarcastic about it is both needlessly disrespectful and counter productive. You aren't going to get a good discussion out of a bunch of people mocking each other over nothing.
Avoid constantly playing devil's advocate, asking millions of useless questions, or just generally avoiding actually participating in the discussion directly. People want to know what YOU think so they can discuss it. Irritating them with a constant barrage of questions rather than stating your opinions is simply unhelpful.
Don't be a dick. You know exactly what this means. Don't troll people. Don't purposely annoy people. Don't be an asshole. Don't be rude. If your post is removed for one of these reasons, don't act surprised or get mad that someone was annoyed by you purposely annoying them. Just don't do it. This above all else is the thing that the most people hate so just don't do it. At all.
These rules will be enforced in the Current Events forum with very little leeway on them. The "don't be a dick" directive is all encompassing. Everyone knows what that means. You aren't going to get us on a technicality. Just be nice. As for the rest of the forum, there will be some more wiggle room but just know this: If you make it your aim to harass and irritate people, it will be dealt with. If you want to go troll people and be an asshole, go to 4chan. This forum is for friends to have discussions, do fun things, and relax. Having to deal with trolling for the amusement of a few people pretty much kills that. This is not a challenge for people to try and rally against...it's a call for people to chill. There are plenty of places on the internet to be sarcastic annoying assholes and we'd prefer you keep it in those places. If you want to do some gentle ribbing, make a joke here or there, no one is going to swarm down on you. That's not what we want. All we're looking for is for people to give each other mutual respect. Joke away. Say funny things. Making a joke at someone's expense that is obnoxious or rude...you're walking the line. Think about what you say and the person you are saying it to.
If someone gets upset, don't mock them for being upset. Apologize. Saying "sorry, I was just making a joke, wasn't trying to upset you," goes a pretty long way to most people and prevents a shitfest from opening up.
On a side note, Outer Heaven will still be around for people that like offensive obnoxious trolling humor (e.g. me and Chax). If you MUST get it out, feel free to let it seep out there. Anyone entering into that forum has essentially agreed that they will not be offended. If you are currently able to access this forum and are offended by something you see there, then ask to be removed. This place barely gets used anyway but if there's a need for it, go for it.
So how are we going to deal with this stuff? We're going to remove/edit out offending content and we're going to PM you and ask you nicely to stop. We don't need strikes or bans or any of that and I trust that, considering the fact that many of us are nearly/over 30 years old, you can understand what we're asking of you and throw us a bone here. If you want your friends to keep posting here, then you have to be nice to them. I don't think that's really a lot to ask for.
At this point we've tried many different approaches to things on this forum. When we first launched v5, we pretty much had the niceness police. Then we loosened up a lot and had flame wars, bans, etc. Then the forum floundered and died. So we launched v6. After a time, we decided, hey, we're all adults, just do whatever and things have been slipping downward ever since. I know that a lot of people think that they should be able to say and do whatever they want but here's the thing...we've tried every kind of rule making and enforcement imaginable. Someone is always unhappy. Our aim here at this point is trying to find a nice medium somewhere so we don't irritate a large portion of the members and make them want to leave. I've heard the argument many times that people need to quit being babies or suck it up, but guess what? Some people are just more sensitive and some people just don't want to deal with bullshit. It's not up to them to stop having their feelings hurt, it's on other people to show a little restraint. We can watch the forum spin downward again into the shitter like it did with v5 or we can all come together and make a genuine effort to just be nice. It isn't going to hurt you. You've played nice under FAR more restrictive regimes here (remember v4?).
Now go, have fun, don't be a dick :), and check out the Current Events forum for more serious chat. It's safe, we promise.
We've been taking in survey responses and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for responding to those that did. One of the first things that we've got in the works is...new staff and a few changes to current staff.
First things first, Ma has decided to leave the moderator team. You are hereby released from your modly duties. :P Thank you for sticking with us Ma. :)
Second up...a small change but worth mentioning nonetheless. MT has decided to step away from the day to day of actually running the forums (modding, setting rules, what have you) and decided to focus more on the back end. He is still an admin but he'll be focusing more on building DTGS and just posting on the forums. Just to clarify he is still an admin at The Center Network but is stepping away more from actual forum admin duties and more towards just posting for funsies (not the first admin to do this really). No tears though because he's not going anywhere. He's still the same lovable Christmas-footed young man we've always loved. :heart:
That leaves us with 2 mod spots! So without further adieu the new mods are Anelle and Nick! As we debated on who to send up these two came to mind almost immediately.
Anelle is the weird screaming dirty-drawing-making and surprisingly level headed and fair person that has stuck by this place for the whole damn time. We couldn't be happier to have her on board. :unkeke:
Nick is the guy who has really grown around here to a guy that everyone likes and who generally likes everyone else. As time goes on he's grown close to us as a family almost and wants the best possible thing for the place. We can't wait to have him on board!
So please give them congrats. We'll be helping them post spam in the mod forum acquainting them with the mods tools and bring them into finalizing some more changes (that would be the part 2 topic). Those changes mostly deal with the main content and feeling of the survey responses. Rest assured we have heard you loud and clear and are hoping to change things up around here.
Finally, a couple housekeeping type announcements that I wanted to throw out. First off, I've replaced Nostalgia with Nostalgia 2.0. Why? I had been working on a banner selector a while back and finished but had for some reason opted to keep it as a separate "Anime" skin when that was not really necessary. So starting about 5 hours ago, Nostalgia is out and 2.0 is in. How does the banner selector work? Up at the top right of the forum next to the search you will see a "Banner Skin" drop down and when you click on it you currently have 2 options: Anime and Classic. The skin defaults to Classic when you have not chosen a skin (with the sexily redesigned left side that Chax redid the other day...good job Chax). The anime banner skin is what I made a while back for anyone that was previously using the old actual Anime skin. Side note this sets a cookie on your PC so if you go to another one, the banner won't stick. This was mostly because it wasn't worth the effort to dig into the forum code just to make banners stick from computer to computer. If you've got any questions about this, lay em on me. Problems? You know what to do.
And a side note on the banner skins. As soon as I can, I plan to add back the April Fools banner as options to forever immortalize them. Enjoy. :D
So that pretty much concludes Part 1. As I mentioned before we just need a little time with the new guys to finalize the new rules and other changes and then I'll have Part 2 ready to go and we'll start implementing the changes. We've been hard at work trying to make sure we took in feedback from everyone (I even sought out a few people myself to chat with as have other staff members) and want to make sure we get a good balance for how we want the environment to be around here. This place is extremely important to everyone and we want to make sure everyone wants to stick around. Again, this year is the 15th anniversary...let's make sure there's another 15, huh? :)
Over the years, we tend to go through highs and lows at the Center. You may have noticed there's a cycle. As of late, it seems like things have gotten a little out of whack, and we've seen a few members quietly drop off the radar not to be heard from again for various reasons. With this in mind, we've been brainstorming over in the mod forum (it's not just spam!) about how to change things up and improve the overall environment around this place. In the course of doing this, we thought "hey, let's actually ask people about what they think," and so we've created a short little survey. It's more short answer than multiple choice but I really wanted to gather up opinions somewhere and I wanted it to be private from the rest of the forum (only the mods will be reading this...sort of like if you'd sent us a mod report).
Few things with this. ANYONE can take this. If you've been going here a week, a year, a decade, or if you STOPPED going here or you know someone that has, take the survey. Pass it along to someone that you know that left. It's a fairly simple survey but it's the first step we're taking to improve things around here, and we want to know everyone we're serious about it. This is nowhere near as bad as the last version that was hanging by a thread but I don't WANT to see the place wither and die. Tell those people you know that left that we're genuinely listening and hoping to improve things. The survey uses your Google account to prevent duplicate surveys. I've left a box for you to enter your forum name as well, but you don't have to put it in there. We just want feedback. You can cut the shit and be as frank as you want. If you think we're fucking something up, tell us. If you think things are fine...tell us. If you think Xylus smells funny...well maybe keep that to yourself. He has a fragile ego. :(
This year marks our 15 year anniversary. 15 god damn years. Holy shit right? Let's make sure we make it to 20 and then 30! If you're seeing this message somewhere other than the forum itself (or you're lurkin'), hop on back and say hi.
Without further ado, here are the complete results of the 2014 Center Awards.
Category: Best Male How you define "Best" is up to you, but the guy must be a guy.
Joint Winners: webhead and Garlic Junior
For those who have been keeping up, I have had to re-type this part of the Awards three times now. The winner here has wavered every which way, so to me it seems pretty fitting that the 2012 winner and the 2013 winner would end up in joint first place!
For my part, I thank each and every one of the 25+% of you who voted for me. It really means a lot and special thanks to those who highlighted my work on things such as these Awards.
webhead was highlighted last year for his work on putting together what was looking like a potentially life-affirming Center Gathering, and this year the proof was in the pudding. Although the Gathering was very much a team effort, it cannot be understated how much it takes for a guy to put aside his own time and effort to ensure that we all got as great an experience as possible.
Both online and off, our de facto leader is always there to reign us in when we need it, and nudge us towards great things. I for one applaud his ability to keep us lot generally speaking in line throughout each and every year. Hats off to you web.
In a not insignificant third place comes Xylus. As much as I rag on you for not posting a ton lately, when you do, you bring the quality stuff.
In joint fourth come Blackjak and Dezner, two great guys who really represent opposite ends of The Center spectrum in a really positive way.
Congratulations go to everyone who got a vote for this award in my opinion, so here's to you Mad Jr, Deejay, h2ojunkie, Emtee, Ghostfire, Jambie, like2spray, Orange Joe, gokuu, KuraiKaze, Nick, Chaoxytal, Oochie and Mera'din!
Category: Best Female How you define "Best" is up to you, but the gal must be a gal.
With over 50% of the votes, Betty was the clear winner in this year's awards.
One word that came up in the voting for Betty was "respect". Whether it is chiming in with a fun (often dripping in sarcasm) post, or an intelligent and level-headed response to the often ridiculous crap we seem to post, there was an outpouring of respect for everything Betty has contributed to The Center in 2014. Certainly I continue to use the life-lesson she taught me in my daily life - my American accent must be coming on strong, as I'm getting less weird looks now.
In second place came 2012's victor Anelle who has been described as "embodying" The Center. Certainly, I for one look forward to every topic she starts at is sure to be unique.
The battle for third was fiercely fought, with newcomer Ghetto Onion, moderator Super LucyJin and often overlooked himemiya all sharing third spot with three votes apiece.
Contratulations to all three.
Once again we have a joint fourth place between Lady Jane and Slix, two wonderful women I had the pleasure of hanging out with last year, and congratulations once again to everyone who got a vote. Here's to you Fruity, Saiyajin18, Kittychu, Deszae077 and .... Birthday Greeter??
Category: Best Newbie Anyone who signed up for the first time since 1st December 2013 is eligible.
Winner: Ghetto Onion
The battle for this one was fierce between Ghetto Onion and our eventual second place, but in the end, the roller-derby loving, jiu-jitsu practising, Pixie Hulk got the top prize!
Another poster to come to us from Stupid-Boy, for a woman who was referred by someone who was referred by someone who wasn't even here at the start, it says a lot that many voters commented that they didn't even think you were eligible. It genuinely feels like you are naturally one of us, so welcome to the fold Ghetto and please don't feel like you're a newbie any more - get posting some more topics, as they few you have started have been some of the most real we've had in 2014.
In eventual second place came Nesticles. Having known Nes for many years, it warmed my heart to see him not only join up to The Center, but also be accepted by us all so quickly, no more so than when he gave us that scare during the Summer by posting that he may be dying... then afk'ing for 3 months! Don't ever do that to us again Nesticles! Stick around, keep up the great posting, and help me recruit some more former Origin members ;)
In third place came the returning Perfect Cell, back after an almost five year absence. It is always great to see someone come back to us after so long, and even better when they stick around and remain active. Keep it up P :)
Others who got votes included drakenatasha, TDUB, Poison Ivy and... Orange Joe, who although just misses out on eligibility by a month (and by being gokuu), is certainly worthy of praise. Keep up the great posting everybody, and feel free to invite any of your friends.
Category: Best Staff Any of our current staff are eligible.
Winner: Garlic Junior
I think I might need to remove me and web from eligibility in this and the "Best Male" category, as for the past two years we have shared both awards and won each outright once apiece.
Not going to say too much about myself, but from the comments, people praised the fact that I want what is best for both individual people and The Center at large, that I have an amicable style when it comes to resolving disputes, but that I'm also not afraid to state where sometimes The Center can be lacking, whether it be in decorum or effort. These factors combined appear to make me a great staff member for driving us forward peacefully.... so, thanks!
In second place came webhead. There really isn't much else I can say about you at this point web :P level-headed, calm and collected, and a great leader. If you're looking for more, go see the previous years ;)
In close third place came Mad Jr. The man who at times may seem to doubt why he is a mod has been backing up the decision to promote him consistently this year, taking action where it is required and simply "nope"ing some of our more outrageous posts. Kudos.
Right behind him is Super LucyJin. As I alluded to above, Lucy is seen as a great leader and certainly the one I always look to for a second opinion on moderating matters.
Chax and Emtee bring up the rear, with each being praised for their conviction and dedication to The Center, and I'm sorry to say Xylus but even Birthday Greeter got more votes than you this year ;) :P :sorry: but hey, sometimes the best refs are the ones who don't get in the way of the sport :thumbs:
Category: Most Improved Has anyone grown on you since the start of 2014? Praise them here.
This was another tight competition, but Nick Paul is certainly a worthy winner. Generally seen as more conservant than before, the feeling amongst the board is that 2014 was the year you truly came out of your shell so to speak. I know I personally had an absolute blast hanging out with you at The Gathering and don't think I would have had half as fun if you weren't there. You've been described by some as a funny asshole, and I think that sums things up perfectly. You're our grumpy cat, and we love you for it.
In an extremely close second place (I'm talking one vote here) comes Slyph. Sometimes a polarising character, in the past that would have been defined in nuclear terms. But 2014's vintage Slyph is a guy who gets to the root of many of our societal issues when it comes to debates, but brings things around in a very collected manner. Gone are the days of big blow-ups either from Slyph or towards him, and here to stay are the days of really involved discussions where both sides learn. And besides all that, you're just a cool guy to have, especially in the music topics.
In joint third place are Orange Joe and KuraiKaze. Joe, I hold Nick and Slyph up as two of my favourite members I have met offline, and despite not spending a lot of time together during The Gathering, I hold you in that high regard also. KK, I've enjoyed chatting with you for years online, and this year your Center peers have recognised that in nominating you for this award.
Others who have grown on other members during 2014 include Eizan, Mera’din, Ghostfire, like2spray, Garlic Junior, Jambi, Vertigo and Baby Bettlus :rotfl: congrats to everyone who got a vote, all I will say is I think a lot of Mafia feuds were ended through the PMs.
Category: Quality Poster That poster who puts their all into posts, whether it be through humour, content, best use of smilies, etc
There are a few reasons I do these awards. One is because I think they are a great way to bring the community together, two is because I love seeing the neck-and-neck races evolve as the PMs start coming in, and the third is I love seeing the people who maybe talk smack about each other in the public topics really come out and praise each other in PMs.
I'd say a few of the votes for Downshift fall into this third category. Many people gave comments along the lines of being impressed at the level of detail and effort that Downshift gives to the vast majority of his posts that, while the context of which may be disagreeable to some, the content cannot be denied. You keep things interesting and provide a lot of valuable topic material so just keep on being you man.
In second place comes Garlic Junior. Thank you all. I genuinely didn't think I could top my Step Up post from 2012, which I'm sure is the reason I won in both 2012 and 2013, but even though Downshift has stopped me from threepeating, I am thankful to everyone who recognised the amount of work I put into putting these Awards together. Thanks.
In joint third place comes webhead and gokuu. With web, it cannot be denied how much he puts into his posts, especially when it comes to trying to balance his opinion with taking on board that of others. I am always a fan of web's longer posts in debates (except when he disagrees with me). Gokuu has been a constant and consistent source of great humour and character for many years now, and that consistency is where his greatest quality comes from.
We have a joint fourth place for Nick, Chax and Mad Jr, very similar posters in many ways, and mentions go out as well to Lady Jane, Emtee, himemiya, Woofie, Slyph, Revolver Rossalot, Kinmotsu and like2spray
Category: Most Valuable Member A non-Staff member who continues to improve The Center, acts with the conduct of a Staff member, or is in general considered of high value as a member.
Joint Winners: Slyph & Downshift
As I alluded to above, Downshift contributes a ton to the Center in terms of high quality posting, and Slyph's general demeanour and own quality of posting has really risen over the course of the last twelve months. Although from mostly different people, votes for both these guys came in for roughly the same reasons. On the one hand, Downshift's contributions are what we need to drive the forum onwards, and on the other, the conduct that Slyph has been exemplifying is of high value to us all.
Now, Worringly, some people didn't seem to grasp the concept of "non-Staff" member, or perhaps more worringly they thought many of us Staff, myself included, aren't. Anyway, special mention goes to Xylus who got a bunch of votes here for his contributions to Mafia but is unfortunately ineligble for this award.
In official second (or third?) place comes Nick who has been carrying himself well in an almost understated manner. Just behind him comes gokuu and I personally would love to see a forum with gokuu as head Admin.
The runners up for this award were himemiya, KuraiKaze, Blackjak, Orange Joe, Kinmotsu, Mera'din and once again Birthday Greeter :rip:.
Category: Most Underappreciated Any member, Staff or non-Staff, whose contributions you feel go unnoticed - give them their dues here.
2014 has been the year of Nick Paul as he has been praised in these awards already for his good humour, coming out of his shell and acting somewhat like a Staff member. With this recognition, perhaps it has also been realised that we've maybe neglected Paul a wee bit. So here you are Nick, enjoy your award and the appreciation of your peers :)
In close second place comes Super LucyJin. It has come up a few times before how Lucy's moderation is extremely appreciated at a deep level, but it isn't perhaps sung from the highest mountaintops. One voter in particular felt you needed some love Lucy, and praised your recent handling of "extracting the Justin Bieber tumour" as just one of many examples of your unheralded leadership on these forums.
Joint third goes to webhead, whose past record in these Awards surely nullifies him from "underappreciated" voting :P, Emtee, last year's winner, gokku, who surely must work hard at being so awesome, and Shade, who gets ragged on a lot in the debate-type topics but has consistently been a source of positvity around the forums and always strives to bring people together.
The runners up for this award was a wide and varied crew - Garlic Junior, Ghostfire, Deszae077, Darkce, Mera'din, Ziggler Mark, KuraiKaze, Revolver Rossalot, Dezner, Jambi, h2ojunkie, and once again Birthday Greeter, "because no-one ever thanks her". Birthday Greeter is now officially the new Orange Joe (which makes her gokuu too).
Category: The Kinmotsu Award Most Respected The member who no-one ever has a bad word to say about.
It was genuinely neck and neck this time around, and I had a whole line set up for when our eventual second place Centerian was going to finally wrench this award from Kinmotsu's grasp, but alas a slew of last minute voting saw it returned to its natural owner. Seemingly more mellow with each passing year, Kin has still never lost the spark that makes him who he is. Nappa. Voldemotsu. Kinmotsu. One in the same, yet growing with our endearment. Kudos on the threepeat.
In another repeat from last year, Xylus came within one vote of taking the prize. Once again, the quality of your posting shines through, and you came so close and got so many votes yourself that I am resolutely not retiring this award yet, something I felt for sure I would do if Kinmotsu threepeated. That in itself is saying a lot, I think.
In third place we have a draw between Blackjak and Emtee, two dudes who I know I certainly had a lot of respect for meeting them in person and who always carry themselves great online.
The runners up for this award actually got several votes each and deserve a special mention - Super LucyJin, webhead, Anelle, Deejay, himemiya, buzzbomb, Lady Jane, Betty, gokuu and like2spray, who was described as "such a kind dude". Maybe one of you all will beat Kinmotsu in 2015 :P
Category: The gokuu Award Funniest Member The one that always makes you :lol:
The only reason this Award isn't being retired is because I kinda cheated a little last year and awarded it to both Orange Joe and gokuu. :shrug:
You need only read a couple of gokuu's (or gokw, gokou, etc) posts to understand why he always has us in stitches. As one person put it "90% of what he says is complete gibberish, but it still makes me lol" and as another puts it "sometimes it seems like it's getting old, but somehow it never is". He has the knack.
In second place came Chaoxytal who genuinely made a great run at this award until around the midway point in voting. Still, he is consistently humourous, even if he does get a bit more outrageous than even gokuu at times.
Third place is a joint award between Orange Joe, who lets face it had us all fooled this time last year (nope, just me then?), Anelle, dickbutt extrodinaire, Garlic Junior, guess because I'm always drunk and Scottish? (racists!), and Dezner :shiny: :shiny: :shiny:
The runners up also get to share joint fourth amongst Xylus, MadJr, Nick, Jambi and Shade.Keep on making us :rotfl:
NEW! Category: Biggest Shitlord Reminder: this is meant to be fun, but we have a healthy dose of trolls, sarcasm and in-joking. Who does it best and still makes you laugh while sporting the biggest shit-eating grin you've seen?
"Is there even any other option?"
"This should have been called the Chax award."
"I hate him and I hate you for making this award."
A sample of the quotes I received. Seriously though, I was trepidatious in adding this but ultimately, like it or not, our tastes change and our styles change. We have always been a bunch of sarcastic dweebs that endlessly and mercilessly poke fun at each other. I have been on the receiving end of it and didn't enjoy it, until I learned to embrace it a bit more and some of my most favourite back-and-forths have been "flames" with Chaoxytal. For the majority of people, this award was taking in the tone it was meant to be, which is embracing our tongue-in-cheek behaviour without rewarding the outright wrong areas we sometimes venute into. When he hits the sweet spot between outrageous and hilarious, Chax is the master here.
That isn't to say others weren't in consideration, but even strong second placed Ghostfire only got around half the votes as Chax. Ghost himself is another master of the arts - you need only look at his imitation avatar/signature to see that evidenced in every post. The man is so sarcastic I have a hard time telling truth from fiction. I know, but why? Because he's cool, cool like a zombie. :zombie:
I am lumping everyone else into the runners up category to exemplify how much Chax and Ghost ran away with this reward. Although I came close, it was really only ever going to one guy. So us runners up were, in order - Garlic Junior, gokuu, Downshift, Ziggler Mark, Emtee, Nick, Anelle, Slyph and Shade. Thank you all who voted for me - I was genuinely wanting to come close :koffing:
Category: The Anelle Award Most Creative Be they poet, GFX artist, doodler, carpenter, or other.
While I'm not retiring this Award outright, there was only ever two people genuinely in the running here. Winner of both 2012 and 2013's Awards, Anelle has once again stolen the top spot. Whilst the Creative forum at times sinks in activity, Anelle's ability to turn out an amusing and artistic image at the turn of a dime is always awe-inspiring. Not only for her art, Anelle's creativity in her posting was also spoken highly of. Henceforth, this category shall now be known as The Anelle Award in future years.
There was only ever one other contender, and her name is Lady Jane. Being a huge fan, I whole-heartedly agree with one voter who described Jane's work as "beautiful". Having spent a bit of time in her presence IRL, I can categorically say that her creativity seems to exist more like a life essence than any kind of attempt.
Mentions go out too for FarceMajeure, himemiya, gokuu, Sketch and Chax "for his Mafia designs".
Category: Best Screename/Ava/Sig This award goes to whoever you consider to have had the best Screename or Avatar or Signature or combination of all.
This is always the hardest category to decipher as few people actually do as requested and specify why they are voting for someone, but there was one winner who emerged from the bundles of cryptic votes and that was Kinmotsu, specifically for this avatar:
There were then two rounds of runners up, roughly speaking. Mad Jr for his Shinsuke/Swagsuke material, the "Sailor Moon Gang" of Super LucyJin, Lady Jane and Dezner, Chaoxytal and Ghostfire both for their screenames and the whole "Chax 2.0" thing, Ghetto Onion both for her name and her laser cat avatar, and finally Jambi for the peanut butter Winnie The Pooh avatar and its connotations.
The final round of runners up included Garlic Junior, Nick, Anelle, Xylus, Darkce (the bear avatar), Slyph (Kanye), Woofie (smoking crocodile), Falcon (cookie monster), Mialee (Miabee) and Revolver Rossalot (Piccolo). A broad spectrum of fun.
Category: The MIA Award That one member of yesteryear who has yet to sign up to v6 but bloody well should! (Anyone from v1-v5 is eligible).
Normally I don't allow ineligble people to win any of these Awards, but truth be told now that we are in the third iteration, I think it's time we acknowledge that some of our beloved v6 members can unfortunately be classed as MIA. nighstar is one of them. Given nigh's eternal reluctance to sign up to The Center, it seemed inevitable that she would leave eventually, but being one of those who pushed so hard for her to join, I am deeply saddened by this. Still, given the multitude of votes she received, one can only hope she may return one day. There would be several people waiting here to welcome her back with open arms.
In joint second place we have both someone who hasn't signed up yet in Chiatzou and someone who has stopped posting lately in Hetu. Sad times guys :( come back!
Lastly, a little clarification. I stated last year that Futile hadn't signed up, but he did indeed, having only posted 6 times. We still don't have Undead back however, so despite her winning this award I'm not holding my breath for nighstar either. Others that we miss and voted for include Spawn_Syxx9, Nicodemus and MickMcMack. We also want to see more from MyKill, Cassius, Peeve, Kenju, Perfect Cell and Moofininja. Post more please :) we love you all.
Category: The Chaoxytal Award Most likely to still be posting in 12 years Who here will never leave!?
With well over half of the votes, and beating the second place by 25%, it's Chaoxytal. This forum is his lifeblood and, whether we agree with him or not, his passion for keeping this place alive runs deep. He does a ton of thinking and behind-the-scenes stuff for The Center and honestly, I was hesitant about meeting him IRL, but now that I have I think I click with him a lot more. Dude loves The Center and he is here to stay.
In second place is webhead. Seriously man, how were you not here in v1? :lol: you are The Center, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
In third, dramatically behind you two, comes Garlic Junior. Well... yeah, I wont deny it. I've been here since (almost) the start, I'm gonna be here until the end, and I think the post count speaks for itself :P even if most of it is drunken crap. I love this place, thank you, truly, for these votes.
We then have a joint fourth in Eizan and Downshift, and our runners up are Super LucyJin, Anelle and Nick. Not sure how you guys feel about being in such esteemed company, but congratulations anyway!
Category: Most likely to be famous in 12 years Who will be the first of us to earn $1,000,000, get a TV show, have books written about them and become world-renowned?
Personally I have a bit of a soft spot for this category, as I am always hoping to find one of us plastered all over the news as world reknowned members of society. I know a good few Centerians are advancing well in their chosen careers, but we're all wishing Oochie well as he sets out to be the world's greatest. Check out his latest project here.
Lady Jane comes in distinct second place, but we have no doubt her talents will take her far. gokuu and Shade are in joint third. While Shade has a lot going on and the charisma to make a real go of it all, I personally think gokuu is already someone stupidly famous just masquerading on these forums. Brad Pitt perhaps?
Our runners up come in a wide variety of forms - Blackjak has a burgeoning career in media ahead of him no doubt, although he may yet make the switch to military, Kid Romeo is going to be a Masterchef, Downshift was nominated for being the World's Greatest Cheapass, Chaoxytal (probably for something insidious), Betty, Deejay and Nesticles, especially if his books take off.
Category: Favourite Forum Your favourite place to post in The Center.
Winner: Video Games
Back once again after losing out last year, Video Games remains our most cherished hobby and a forum that is bustling with activity.
In second place comes both General Insanity ("I like to shitpost" said one voter) and Sports, which has a rabid following for what is essentially a very geeky forum.
After that, there were a smattering of single votes for most of the other forums. Special shout-out to the Gathering sub-forum which I was surprised to see get a vote. Cool!
Category: Favourite Topic Your favourite topic of the past 12 months. (Mafia games not eligible).
Winner: Cringe Thread
"post em if ya got em"
With that, Chaoxytal started what has become the Center's favourite topic of 2014. Posted on 7th June and amassing well over 300 replies to date,
The Cringe Thread has offered a multitude of laughs and some deep societal discussions over the past 6 months.
Although originally started back in 2012, Post Whatever Amused You On The Net Today is an almost daily favourite and has placed number one in the past two awards. I think next year I may in fact revise the rules to include only topics started in 2014.
There were a bunch of other topics vying for third place and to list them all would have me here all day finding the URLs - the one where you found your Sonic character, the Update thread, the Mixtapes series, Today In The Chat and BREAKING NEWs all got a mention or two - but broadly speaking there were only three topics that could have gotten third, fourth and fifth place.
First of all, The Gaming Chat topics, specifically Destiny, have been officially banded together and awarded third place. Next up, The Wrestling Topics including the general wrestling chat topic and the monthly Pick Em series, as well as NXT and other sundries. Finally, the Debate Topics with Can We Have A Serious Debate About Minimum Wage getting a special mention.
Category: Favourite Mafia Game This includes all of Season 2 and I will accept anything as far back as Mafia 33: Far Cry 3 from Season 1.
Winner: Soul Eater
Another year, another victory for a Chax game. Congratulations to you, you're always bringing the quality and it certainly shows in your third award in a row for this category. Boasting a phenomenal 28 players and amassing well over 1700 replies, your game was incredibly fun. It was also Nick's first victory in a Chax game, so 'grats to you Nick :P I mean look at that player list: Crono. Kinmotsu. Silhouette. Skyfall. Atamagaokishii. Everyone and anyone really.
Casting a quick glance back as far as 2013, there were only a handful of games that came close to the success of Soul Eater - Chax's own FMA, Moofininja's Kingdom Hearts got within 4 posts of it, and only Harry Potter 2.0 surpassed it. Incredible stuff, and closing out Season 1 in style.
In clear second place, we had Downshift's Dragonball Z. One of the best decisions I made last year was giving up the reigns of DBZ to allow Downshift to realise his vision, and as hoped for, it was a great success. Our second last Mafia game (until we re-start with Season 3, hopefully some time soon!), Downshift managed to get 19 players including Shade, Betty and Revolver involved, and amassed well over 1100 posts, easily the most successful game of Season 2. Downshift, to be frank, carried Mafia for a long while with his always impressive minis, so it was great to see him rewarded here at the end of the year for the most maxi game of Season 2.
Joint third goes out to Downshift again (Shootout), Chaoxytal (Toonami) and Betty (Center Gathering), all great in their own merit. Unfortunately this year saw the death (hopefully temporarily!) of Mafia, and that reflected in the voting, with only Corpse Party, Dr Seuss and Final Fantasy gaining extra votes. Let us take a moment to appreciate these great games, then maybe strive to bring about Season 3.
Category: Favourite DTGS Article or Podcast Not sure what is eligible? Check out the DTGS? sub-forum and refresh your memory!
Yeah, I think unless there is a huge call for it, this category may get axed next year. From the 21 voters, meaning a possible 105 slots, I only received four individual votes for this - the E3 podcasts, "the one with webhead ranting about Gamergate", Dark Souls 2 review and Rogue Legacy. :shrug: sorry.
NEW! Category: Most Controversial Post Reminder: This is meant to be positive, but we can have a laugh about stuff we have done in the recent past. Seen something on The Center that shocked you? Share it here.
Winner: Feminism (Eggshells)
There was a ton of votes for various "Feminism" discussion related posts, but this one just edged out and I think the topic and it's various spin-offs exemplify Controversy in its most naive and unintentional form. Check it out here, if you dare.
There was also a lot of discussion on the differences between the US and UK, mostly featuring Chax on one side and Lucy on the other, but actually the post that got voted in second place came from webhead and spawned various tirades from Lady Jane over... digestive... biscuits.
After that, there was no definitive third place however these two crackers were mentioned for demonstrating the humour in controversy courtest of KuraiKaze:
KuraiKaze, on 04 January 2015 - 11:44 PM, said:
"You're so fine I'd suck your dad's dick to get a taste of the recipe"
and this one from Xylus for the "shots fired" nature of some controversial posts:
Xylus, on 17 September 2014 - 09:20 PM, said:
KuraiKaze, on 17 September 2014 - 09:18 PM, said:
Xylus, on 17 September 2014 - 08:30 PM, said:
No McDonald's employee below shift manager deserves anything close to $15/hr. Excuse my lack of empathy, but people who work at McDonalds are some of the least skilled people in the nation and deserve to be compensated accordingly: in my estimation, that's just above whatever minimum wage is set at.
I don't know much about what effects minimum wage hikes can have on the economy, so I'm not really qualified to speak much on that.
There was a time when this was correct, but the modern economy laughs at that sentiment. Many, many McDonald's employees are college graduates trying to make a living because there is literally no one hiring inexperienced people in the field they went to school for.
Your experience and background might cause a slight hike in your wage, but ultimately your wage is determined by the skillset required to complete the job. If you are a college graduate and you're working at McDonald's, then you aren't trying hard enough. Sorry.
Ultimately this category was a bit of an experiment to try and take some of the sting out of our more barbed nature and on the whole it produced a few great results.
NEW! Category: Favourite Image It could be from Post Your Picture, it could be from the Gathering topics, it could be from anywhere. So long as it features a Center member, or was made or shared by a Center member, it is eligible.
Another new category, another mixed bag of varied responses and one-vote nominations, but one clear winner emerged. Following a request from his wife that we "take lots of pictures of him", The Center took that to the only extreme we could - by taking LOTS and LOTS of pictures of Eizan. Here was our favourite:
Category: Surprise Of The Year This is an entirely subjective award - what to you has been the biggest surprise of 2014?
Winner: The Center Baby!
Announced on the 29th of December and just scraping into contention (yeah, like that wasn't planned!) the announcement that Betty and Xylus are expecting leapt to the top of the charts. Although there are several members with children, and some of their significant others have since signed up to The Center, I believe this is the first fully-fledged case of Center Baby. congratulations guys, be prepared for us all to pester you constantly for updates across 2015.
In second place came The Center Gathering and specifically how smoothly it all went. "We seem so much more bonded now", "surprised there was no drama", "Getting to meet some members I never thought I would", these are the types of sentiments that came in through the PMs over the course of these awards. Gratz to everyone who attended for making it as amazing an experience as it was.
In third comes Finding out that Orange Joe and Gokuu aren't the same people :lurk: I may have voted for that one too. Although we still technically haven't seem them together yet, so there is that whole Clark Kent/Superman shit going on.
Fourth was the getting-together of like2spray and Falcon. Another Center romance blooming, we wish you both all the best and hope it is a long and happy relationship :)
Category: Moment Of The Year Finally, what to you has been your favourite part of 2014?
Winner: The Center Gathering
The Center Gathering dominated the votes, with many people trying to come up with specifics but finally opting for "all of it". A few specifics highlights were in the form of finally seeing a baseball game (that was mine!), Lucy visiting Anelle, Lucy and garlic visiting Slix and Kanji, the fact that so many people came out and that we all had a ton of fun and also even the members who didn't get to physically attend still put "getting to read about it" as a highlight.
In second place, a reversal of the previous award, comes Baby Bettylus. From there, a few more personal moments were submitted - Shade buying his third business, the Destiny release date, the D&D games, and Ziggler especially sent a personal note, saying his moment of the year came with the gradual acceptance of him into The Center hold and he wanted to thank all of us for supporting him and being there for him throughout his year and the struggles he has had with his girlfriend and her illness and life in general. A touching moment that I think exemplifies why The Center is so special to all of us beyond the joking and tomfoolery, the fact that when push comes to shove we are there for each other.
NEW! Category: Favourite Gathering Memory Whether you were there or not, I'm sure you've all heard the stories. What was your favourite part of The Gathering 2014?
The battle here was surprisingly fierce. I was expecting a ton of one-vote answers, but really there were a good few that were fighting for top spot, with Jambi in general taking it thanks to a whole itenary of reasons - the missed flight, the human tornado, Winnie-The-Poohing the peanut butter - I for one found Jambi to be a blast to hang out with and loved every story he told, from the stuff that happened on the trip to some of the crazy tales of shooting pigs. The man is amazing and I hope somebody one day writes a book about his exploits :P
In second place came Karaoke night. Let's face it, on a certain level we're all geeks and with that territory sometimes comes a fear of public performance, but each and every one of us really went for it with wreckless abandon. If I remember correctly, didn't HikageRyu even show up for that too? Anyway, actions speak louder than words so here is the video to end them all:
Super Lucyjin, on 05 May 2014 - 11:29 PM, said:
((my YouTube is being a dickbutt because I'm logging in from a "foreign" IP so no YT link at the moment, I'm afraid. :( ))
Fun aside - that picture was in the running for "Favourite Image" btw.
Anyway, an extremely close third came to Wrestling Car which I'm going to lump in with Antelope Canyon. For the wrestling car (The Best! The Best! The Best!) four Centerians really, truly bonded for life. Myself, Emtee, Nick and Eizan had an absolute fucking blast driving to and from the Canyons, all of us were on the same page about absolutely everything, we clicked in ways I never thought we would have and we came up with a metric ton of crazy, stupid in-jokes (The Best!). As much as we missed out on the actual camping at the Grand Canyon, I wouldn't have traded it for that drive home. Goofing off posing for pictures at the Canyon, meeting some moose, Eizan's cowboy boyfriend (I respect that!), man it was the best.
As for Antelope Canyon itself, I'm so proud that it got so many votes as it was one of only two things I desperately wanted to do on the trip. I honestly hadn't heard of it until I decided to go to Arizona anyway, but as soon as I saw a picture I knew I had to see it for myself. And pictures were one of the reasons it was rated so highly - Eizan's mass picture taking was a hoot. Getting there was a bit arduous, but fuck was it worth it. Those views, that walk through it, amazing amazing stuff I am so glad I shared with you all. In fact, that most everyone went to it and made it a truly CENTER moment is why it was voted so highly. We all have that experience to share, no matter what else we did or didn't do during the rest of the Gathering.
In fourth, with truly enough votes to distance itself from the runners up, comes The Very First Day / Meeting X For The First Time. There were a few individual moments of people meeting for the first time, but really the very first day, opening the gates to hell Center House and everyone just buzzing was what made it special. I think these words do it justice better than I can - "Mostly just how cool it was when finally realizing that for the next week+ we would all be hanging out together as one giant group. No work, no errands, no daily routine. Just hanging out with Centerians all day long, and thinking "this just began, we have so much time, it'll never end". Day two seemed so far off at that point, you know? Day one was just awesome."
Getting major feels here, so I'll give you the runners up in order of most votes to last - The Hub Gatherings ie Seattle, Texas and Liverpool. Lucy visiting Anelle and Vertigo, going to see Queen, Lucy and myself getting to share dinner with Slix and Kanji, and myself, Lady Jane, Slyph and Saiyajin18 playing Cards Against Humanity, was all included in The Center Gathering 2014 because we Scots get about ;) :thumbs: - speaking of which, Garlic's accent / mad ramblings also got a fair few votes. Uh, thanks?
Chaoxytal, on 27 April 2014 - 12:09 PM, said:
Movies also featured highly in Center memories, specifically two camps - Going to see Spiderman, between some people heading to the wrong theatre, the awesome feeling of us taking up like two full rows (what a gang!) and the movie itself (Gwen :(), it was an experience - and Watching movies at Center House, specifically Alien and some pair of assholes talking all over it, and Jurrasic Park and a revelation about someone's dinosaur scat fetish - the last day with Carl's Jr no ice no tomato, IRL Mafia and just chilling with the Stipps - Broomball, Shooting, Baseball and Trawling retro games stores all getting mentions too. God damn I'm sad now, but also happy at all the memories of what has been an awesome, awesome year.
So there you have it, 21 votes cast eventually which is not too shabby really. It has been an overwhelming year in a lot of ways, but ultimately it has been my favourite for The Gathering alone. Outwith that, there was still a ton of great stuff on the forums themselves.
I hope you enjoyed reading the above and that it inspires you to make 2015 an even more spectacular year on The Center. Thank you to all who took part, and congratulations to all our winners and nominees! :thumbs: :mosh:
As if this post wasn't lovey-dovey enough, here is one final gift from me to you: