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  1. So, here I am.

     

    This has been a difficult 24 hours, to say the least. I recognize that moderating decisions haven’t been very popular here as of late. I also realize what’s been flying around has been a lot of misinformation and vitriol. So here’s what I’ll address.

     

    1. I have always been as transparent as I can be about my own moderating decisions. If I ask someone to message me, it’s usually because there’s little sense in continuing to derail the thread the moderating decision was made in. I will always refer people to a second opinion or an admin if they do not find my decision was agreeable. 

    2. I don’t have control of what other moderators do. I will address a non-public decision (i.e. a warning) as best I can but I won’t always have the answer, unfortunately. We mods talk a lot to each other but we don’t talk about every single action we take. 

    3. I realize that it is not great that there is no FAQ, public staff page, or rules. This was something that was an issue long before I came on board and there have obviously been some attempts to address this. We’ve been working as hard as we can on it but rule-making on such a widely diverse public forum can be difficult, to say the least. I have said many times in moderating discussion that I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be for people to receive warnings and sometimes not know what actions they could take to prevent being warned in the first place. This is something that will be addressed as soon as humanly possible. It will not happen overnight.

    4. I tend to take as hands-off a moderating approach as I possibly can, but that does not mean there will be no consequences for shit-posting or shit-headery. Some people seem to think that any moderation action is a bad thing, and that approach simply does not work for this forum, due to the volume and diversity of members. 

     

    Lastly, Endless, I’m going to address you, by saying that despite what has happened, I dearly loved and appreciated the Wadazine and its efforts. I loved contributing to it. I loved watching you grow into an avid reviewer and mapper. And that hasn’t changed. I hope you continue to do well for yourself, wherever your journey goes. And I mean that, sincerely. I can’t say I’m not disappointed at what has happened, but I will never regret the past year of contributions and fun we had. 

     

    My door is open for anyone to talk to me, leave me constructive feedback about moderating, how to improve the site, etc. I’ve fielded all kinds of feedback from all sorts of places and people since I’ve become a mod and I appreciate the love and passion that you guys still put into this site and its longevity. But most importantly, I just want to know if something is a problem before it blows up. I don’t want anyone sitting here feeling like they can’t touch me, can’t talk to me, can’t look in my direction because I’ll ban them if they do it wrong- that has never been my M.O. I’m empathetic to a fault and I’ll always do my best to level with people. Just talk to me. I’ll answer, in kind.

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    2. TheMagicMushroomMan

      TheMagicMushroomMan

      Not directly related to this conversation, but I think some members take warning a little too personally. A warning is usually just to say "try not to do this in the future". There is no reason to feel opressed by a simple warning. I've gotten several of them and I have never felt like I was being targeted by the mods or at risk of being banned. Most of them were minor, and I accepted them and moved on. I have one major warning for 5 points, and I understand why I got it.

       

      With new members, I imagine that it's hard to get a grip on their personality. It's harder to tell when they are being sarcastic, if they have an attitude problem, or if they just aren't aware of how to behave like a humanoid. I tend to be somewhat of a smartass, but I never try to hurt anyone's feelings or insult their personality. I think that over time, the moderators got a better overall picture of my personality and that I'm not trying to be an asshole, because I haven't got warned for anything in a while. 

       

      As a moderator, you end up getting to understand members over time, and with new members or people who don't post a lot, I imagine that can be challenging. If you got warned for a simple incident, it doesn't mean you are being targeted. If you feel you are being targeted, I'd suggest taking a step back and asking yourself why. I don't believe that any of the moderators here are going around picking random people to snipe at with warnings.

       

       

      In terms of "hypermoderation", I think it wouldn't be a bad idea to keep some derailed threads open as long as healthy discussion is taking place. For example, the "FEAR is overrated" thread had some nice discussions going on, but it was locked. Even if a topic deviates from the original discussion, that doesn't mean it's a bad thing. I think threads should be locked if they become spiteful, antagonistic, or filled up with shitposts. But it's not a huge problem overall.

    3. Liberation

      Liberation

      @TheMagicMushroomMan

      Don't pay attention to the points, they don't actually mean anything.

       

      With regards the "FEAR is overrated" thread, for transparency. I closed it down because while there was some good discussion it kept getting pretty close to "your opinion is bollocks and mine is not" and the thread was kinda bad faith to begin with. Not to mention that matey who hated everything :rollingeyes:

      I personally don't mind the odd thread being used as a bit of shitposting/lol thread, providing there is only 1 or 2. Anymore than that and we end up babysitting multiple threads, which just sucks.

    4. TheMagicMushroomMan

      TheMagicMushroomMan

      @Liberation 

      Thanks for the reply, I don't want you to think I was calling you out in particular, you haven't done anything wrong.

       

      I totally get what you're saying, that thread was no doubt made in bad faith so I agree with you there. I probably shouldn't have used that as an example, but I can't think of any other examples, so this probably isn't much of an issue in the first place. People who confuse their own opinions as facts can be a huge nuisance.

       

      I also appreciate the fact that a lot of times you make a final post stating why a thread is locked before you lock it. Little things like that go a long way. I think you do a good job overall, and you interact with the community which is a great thing. I can definitely understand not wanting to have to babysit threads that aren't serving any real purpose.

       

      In regards to points, the post I got warned for was a total blunder on my part, so I understand either way, even if the points don't have real meaning assigned to them.

  2. What should I do for my 500th Doom WAD Review?

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    2. Reisal

      Reisal

      @geo: I've tried this, it's ridiculous enough I had to tone the quantity down from 7.0 to 4.0 and even it's still tough. Having heaps of ammo/health and very soon weapons helps a lot too.

    3. geo

      geo

      I too have tried it with Brutal Doom and oddly enough I got used to the sheer mountain climb that is the first 10 minutes of hiding in order to survive. It gets easier the more weapons you get of course.

       

      Back on topic, like others have suggested... Action Doom, Scythe, any Aliens mod, Russian Overkill, D!Zone, anything from the Cacowards. As someone who hasn't watched all 500 videos I'm only throwing out ideas.

    4. nxGangrel

      nxGangrel

      If you're looking to play levels, I would suggest something odd or unique like action doom. If it's a gameplay wad, Doom 4 Doom or russian overkill and things like this are pretty fun.

      ...*ahem* Misasma is overrated. Like seriously.

  3. Just saw a dude at my school with a DOOM shirt on, trying to figure out if he's wearing it ironically or is actually a fan

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    2. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      Eh, to each their own tastes. It's not representative, IMO, of what made DooM great to me, which was giving you freedom to pretty much progress through the game how you wanted and no way-over-the-top gore gameplay. But that's another discussion for another day. 
      To get to your point, I agree with you. But it's kind of like wearing a Metallica shirt all the time when you maybe know like two of their songs- ya just don't do it.

    3. FantasmeDel'Esprit54
    4. BigDickBzzrak

      BigDickBzzrak

      sounds like boyfriend material

  4. I'm a mini-member now. Did they know somehow I was 5'1"?

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    2. nxGangrel

      nxGangrel

      I'm 5' 10" and some people think I'm short. I still feel that way sometimes.

    3. CzechMate29200

      CzechMate29200

      ^I guess it just depends on where you live. Im 6' 5" and that's considered "taller than average" here.

    4. everennui

      everennui

      I'm 6' and I eat bugs like y'all for breakfast.

  5. Putting serious consideration into doing my own community project based on near death experiences. 

    this project asks mappers: what does death mean to you? Do you fear it, do you embrace it, or do you simply accept it as part of life? What are your thoughts and experiences with it?

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    2. Misty

      Misty

      I wish I could join, but I'm already knee-deep in mapping projects, so I can only tell you good luck with your first community project ;)

    3. obake

      obake

      A very deep idea, indeed.

    4. DMPhobos

      DMPhobos

      Sounds a bit unusual, but it's a fascinating topic, definitively it requires something outside of a traditional maps or even usual gameplay to do justice to the ideas you're asking. UDMF seems perfect for this

  6. I have no good explanation for this. Just... take it and go...

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    2. Major Arlene
    3. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      OK, so it's not an actual 1911. I'd heard of a Casull before, now I know what one is! :-)

    4. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      The only issue I take with Hellsing is that Hirano (the creator) did not do a lot of research when he was designing weapons and ammunition, which they discuss a lot in the wiki. 

  7. Starting back at school this evening and not looking forward to it :/

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    2. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      Interesting... Most colleges don't do evening classes, as far as I'm aware...

       

      Cybersecurity -- that sounds like a blast! :-D

    3. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      many business classes are actually designed to have the option for people who are going to school while holding a job to come there in the evening. many companies offer tuition reimbursement for people taking business classes, so people will work their job and then go to school after. it's more a program-centered thing than anything.

      the only reason I chose cybersecurity was due to an auditing class I took in the spring. internal control is a huge thing now that companies put their accounting and other financial info into computerized systems. therefore, cybersecurity seemed like a pretty logical choice to go from there instead of doing a master's of accountancy like everyone else does. diversity of skill tends to make you more desirable in the job market.

    4. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      I think security is just a good thing to study anyway.  The computer security class I took was easily one of the best classes I had in college, even if the math was a bit over my head.  I still thumb through my Applied Cryptography book from time to time.

  8. Got through my first quiz of the semester....yay... I think

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    2. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      Literally like two calculus classes was all. Accounting math is very basic algebra at its worst. I'm nearly at the end of my degree so pretty much all of it. 

    3. Master O

      Master O

      *watches a Maulotaur press the other 49 switches at Shadow Wood High.*

       

      *Major Arlene runs away.*

    4. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      Cool, calculus was fun! :-)

       

      Finish strong!

  9. is it bad I'm sorta sad I'm no longer a mini-member? I actually kind of liked that name, it fits me I think ^-^

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    2. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      ... Or maybe @Linguica could make you a mini-member permanently. If you ask nice.

    3. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      That's a thought. I might pimp that title a bit though. Like... "mighty mini" or something like that. Hmm. Maybe I could hold a name contest on YouTube to see what people would come up with :P

    4. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      "Mini Major"

      <There was supposed to be a list of clever titles here, but I'm only clever enough for one title. :-(>

  10. psst... I finished Hexen (and actually enjoyed it...)

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    2. leodoom85

      leodoom85

      Also, if you want a nice RPG-adventure-esque mapset, try Serpent: Resurrection by all means. 

      Spoilers: It has the 3 serpent riders as bosses and it has 4 or 5 endings....

    3. Endless

      Endless

      I got lost every 2 levels... :C 

    4. Phade102

      Phade102

      i definitely loved Hexen. the weapons weren't quite as interesting, but the levels were so fun to explore.

  11. Cleaning my house while listening to metal. Am I wife material yet?

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    2. Fonze

      Fonze

      Haha Hell yeah! Doom, metal, and not dirty; just don't get mad at me when I try to help.

       

      And by help I mean to provide the mashpit-like atmosphere that belongs with said metal music. Belonging's safety not guaranteed.

    3. Nevander

      Nevander

      I clean my house while listening to Opeth.

    4. dew

      dew

      > I clean my house while listening to Opeth.

      Now there's good wife material.

  12. So... yeah. I'm doing the 150 Hell Knights in a Square Room map. Even if the project doesn't come into fruition. Currently, I'm going through the Beastiary at Realm667 and having WAY too much fun.

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    2. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      got it! actually, movement is ESDF in that mode, W returns you to the 2D mode.

    3. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      Oh, that's right! Sorry about that! :-P

    4. BigDickBzzrak

      BigDickBzzrak

      I'm starting to think taht that guy is a conspiracy by DW admins aimed at getting legit good content instead of the modern 150-HKs... wait, damn.

       

      Srsly though, I fully non-ironically agree with the guy

  13. So, I played nuts.wad again, and I learned a couple things:

    1. invulnerability powerup improves framerate. this may have to do with the amount of color being rendered, but I reached around 12 fps when using the powerup.

    2. there is a distinct change in fps when reaching the second sector and keeping your back to the first. anytime you are somehow angled toward the first sector, there is much more lag. however, facing the right wall in the second sector seems to help fps. 

    Sorry if these are obvious things, just seemed cool to me :)

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    2. Edward850

      Edward850

      What port is this? As far as Doom's software renderer is concerned, that shouldn't be physically possible (you still need to do colourmap lookups even if the lighting is disabled).

    3. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      @Edward850 I believe gzdoom was what I played on. 

    4. Edward850

      Edward850

      Well there's part of your problem, you are playing nuts.wad on the worst port for the job, and really the lighting alone having an effect on performance speaks volumes. PRBoom+ runs it the best and Eternity isn't far behind (although its rendering has a tough time with the scene due to the high precision).

  14. Slowly starting to make the realization my dog may not make it through the end of the year. Hurts, man.

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    2. DOOMmarine918

      DOOMmarine918

      Until death us do part.

    3. DOOMmarine918

      DOOMmarine918

      All dogs go to Heaven.

    4. [McD] James

      [McD] James

      So sorry to hear. No dog ever deserves to be in pain. 

  15. Catching up my transaction register, filled out a bunch of medical forms, and made a grocery list. Adulted hard today.

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    2. R1ck

      R1ck

      This post reminds me to pay my rent and bills on Monday. Sigh. 

    3. Doomkid

      Doomkid

      I just got a fine for not voting.. I forgot to adult, now I have to adult twice as hard to make up for it D:

    4. Da Werecat

      Da Werecat

      Adultery sure ain't easy.

  16. Prepare your butts for the Hexen series- it begins tonight >:D

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    2. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      Thank you! It's been my main stake as far as DooM is concerned- I suck at making maps :P

    3. KVELLER
    4. Ichor

      Ichor

      "1/256th of the puzzle has been solved"

  17. sinus infection has upgraded from mildly annoying to kicking my ass in the span of 24 hours. help.

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    2. Captain Ventris

      Captain Ventris

      Yeah they can do that :(

       

      Do you have Antibiotics, Afrin, etc. already?

    3. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      Mucinex currently, usually that helps at least keep me comfortable until it blows over. 

    4. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      :-(

       

      Sorry to hear that. Get well soon!

  18. Bad news: my nose is running like Usain Bolt.

    Good news: Two 100 quiz grades to start the semester right.

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    2. pavera

      pavera

      Just about as hot here. Mucinex is good stuff, though I was actually asking about your classes :P

    3. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      oh, lmao. cost accounting and accounting systems :P

    4. pavera

      pavera

      Nice, studying to be an accountant? Seems like a great career field

  19. so... I graduated today.

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    2. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      @YukiRaven I'll be going back to the community college to get another associate's in cybersecurity. the CPA license (what puts people on the path to being god-tier accountants) requires 150 credits, the bachelor's only has 120 credits. I already have half the associate classes completed, just have to take the tech stuff.

      @40oz I couldn't have said it better! believe me, it was a fight to get this far!

    3. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      Congratulations! :-D And good luck with your future career plans!

    4. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      Thank you all ^-^

  20. Feeling MUCH better today, both physically and mentally. Going to fuck around in Sony Vegas a while before class :P

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    2. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      OK, I was totally overthinking that...

    3. DOOMmarine918

      DOOMmarine918

      What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.

    4. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      some of my viewers probably wish it did :P

  21. started playing Heretic! enjoying it thus far.

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    2. pavera

      pavera

      I have a soft spot for Heretic, despite all of the convincing arguments against it. It has a deeper nostalgic effect for me than Doom actually does, especially the Cathedral level (E1M5?).

       

      My dad and I used to play it together when I was growing up, and I remember us stopping just before we began exploring that level. That night, I dreamed about it and wondered what kind of weirdness would be beyond the mysterious opening screen. It's one of the most vivid dreams I still remember from my childhood.

    3. Manuel-K

      Manuel-K

      @42PercentHealth: If I remember correctly the weapons are more powerful than in Doom, but all monsters have more health. :-P

       

      I like Heretic. It does not have many textures, but most of them are nice (no FIREBLU). The Tome of Power was a nice idea.

    4. leodoom85

      leodoom85

      Heretic ftw, the firemace is terribly underrated and for a good reason but when it's powered up....

      @PaveraThe Cathedral is E1M6 :)

  22. New blog post on Wolfenstein: The New Order. This one's a bit NSFW and contains spoilers so read at your own risk.

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    2. MrSkeltal

      MrSkeltal

      They try to add some depth to their relationship in the diary entries you get starting from the eigth chapter or so until the end of the game.

       

      In regards to the game's timeframe (and the sex joke) there's gaps between the missions. iirc it takes place over the course of a month or two.

    3. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      Thanks for the clarification.

    4. Linguica

      Linguica

      I liked that it inverted the usual "will they or won't they" attitude of most romance subplots and they basically *start off* having sex soon after "meeting" (although the whole thing with Anya being his nurse and presumably changing his diapers or whatever for years makes the whole thing kinda weird) and as the game goes on the question is whether there will be a "real" romantic relationship there.

  23. More BS'ing about Wolfenstein: The New Order. Read here.

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    2. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      Gee, what gave it away :P

    3. Remilia Scarlet

      Remilia Scarlet

      Do you ever see videos of other peoples' Shepards and feel odd about it?  Like I always made a Femshep, and she always looked mostly the same.  Any time I see a Shepard with different colored hair, different facial features, or male Shepard, it's like "That's not Shepard" in my mind.

    4. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      Only always. I almost never deviate from a FemShep with the bright red layered medium cut, blue or green eyes, and pale skin. I only now just did a male Shepard and it's been the weirdest experience. I even romance the same person generally (Garrus). I was working on this project and pulling video from other people to do it was the oddest experience, cuz I don't think of Shepard looking any other way (first Shepard was mine).

  24. began playing Quake 2 tonight... I don't think I've experienced such a strange sense of whiplash. 2 is definitely a LOT more different than the original...

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    2. Major Arlene

      Major Arlene

      Feels just like a doom reskin- like Voltcom said, it’s very generic and repetitive. I’m going to finish it but I’m underwhelmed to be honest. 

    3. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      Mkay, I'll probably just save myself the time/money.

    4. Lüt

      Lüt

      But, but... Processing Plant.

       

      So worth it.

  25. Coming down with a sinus infection in the face of a 40-hour work week is not what I would have hoped for. :/ hopefully a few cups of tea and some rest (not to mention Mucinex) will chase it away.

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    2. 42PercentHealth

      42PercentHealth

      Ugh! I struggle with sinus issues too, and they are NO FUN!

       

      Hope you get to feeling better soon.

    3. Deleted_Account

      Deleted_Account

      Take a salt tablet.

    4. Johnatone

      Johnatone

      Hope you feel better soon. I go a sinus infection literally on the first day of Fall, and I never get to take days off (even my days off are busy) so I feel your pain. Glad you're smart enough to take care of it properly; I've been drinking beer, eating shit food and refusing to take medicine as I just tough the things out like a moron lol

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