Welcome to a weekly section, a Sunday supplement if you will.. We haven’t thought of a name as yet, but it is the weekly musings, and ramblings of that most divisive of people, Lord Grep.
Well… Hello… And welcome to my weekly roundup of what is going on in my world. This is very much an opinion piece, though I am going to do my best to shy away from too much political stuff, though I can assure you I will not shy away from controversy, and drama.
There has been so much that has been going on in the last week, some of it I can talk about, and some of it I can’t. There has been an election on, AVEN has brought in a new rule that seems as if it is aimed squarely at as-ns.net, I have been dealing with the continuing saga of being cyberstalked, and the antics of AVEN infiltrating AS-NS’s trusted user group in order to screen shot things, and then take them out of context, and huddle round like a bunch of old ladies pointing and saying “ooo this will never do”…
To start with, though, perhaps I should explain the name changes (on AVEN).. I originally changed my name on AVEN from Lord Grep, to “/dev/null” as a joke. It’s a joke that maybe three people actually got, but I found it funny, and that’s all that matters. Now I could discuss the reasons, but we here at Ace Times make at least some effort to keep up with the idea of “News” being something that happened some time in the last month.
After that kerfuffle, I thought I would change my name to something else, but as I don’t take AVEN seriously any more, I wanted my new name to reflect that. So I changed my name to “Moderator”. I then went round playing practical jokes on my friends, by giving them warnings and the like.. I posted a thread on AS-NS, asking “How long do you think AVEN will let me keep my name”. The answer was about 3 days. Funny really; it takes them 2 weeks usually to make any kind of decision, but not this one. The reason provided was that I might just fool some young vulnerable people, and they might inadvertently give me personal details. Translated into English, this means “Don’t that is just too much fun, and we forgot to make “impersonating a moderator a rule”. So I then changed my name to “Administrator”, to which I heard the synchronised face palming of AVEN moderators, and it took less than an hour to receive a new mail giving me a long list of things I could not become. So then I changed to “O_0”. But to be honest, it did not suite me. I liked being Lord Grep.. But it felt for some reason like I would have lost to return to it.
A few days later, I was trying to think of an account on AS-NS to be the voice of the council. We had decided that just having things said by one person makes that person look responsible for everything. As I have seen again and again, many people keep assuming that as I was the spokesperson for AS-NS, that I was wholly responsible for AS-NS, and this is just not true. At the end of the day, I settled with “GOD”. I thought that ticked all right the boxes. It sounded like the name of authority, it was amusing, and it was slightly controversial.. I loved it.. So I took it. I spent some time looking for the perfect avatar, I wanted to use the God picture that Monty Python used, but for the life of me I could not find it.
Anyway. I liked this so much… I though.. Mmmm… What about AVEN… I still have one name change left. I bet that it is not available though. Any way.. I tried.. Now GOD was a bad name (according to AVENs nanny state automation ), But G0D was just fine… So I became G0D…. Although I sort of shot myself in the foot, as once again, I have made my username on AVEN the same as the authoritative user on AS-NS. Foiled again.. Who cares though, eh? Nope, me neither.
There is an addition to this story, as I did find the GOD from Monty Python image after all, and it looks just fantastic on AVEN.. So there it will remain. Strangely enough no one as yet has given me any grief over my choice of name. Maybe AVEN has gone soft, maybe no one noticed, or maybe just maybe, they thought “Let’s let this silliness go, and let’s work with Grep, and the good people at AS-NS“..
A few days later I discovered the answer to that one. As some of you may be aware, a couple of weeks ago I wrote the following open letter to AVEN staff members who joined AS-NS under false pretences, and then screen captured things in order to show AS-NS in a shitty light to AVEN admons… There has been a longstanding campaign over the last few months to try and get AS-NS banned from AVEN.
There is more on this HERE
Well.. It seems as though we got our response. I was not expecting much but there seems little doubt about where this is aimed at:
You should read the whole thread HERE You will get the idea..
Perhaps I should now talk about the election on AVEN? Well… It seems to be a car crash, even more so than most. I have had most of my posts removed on the subject. I can only see one person now that really has what it takes to do the job, and that’s @toffington. I did mail “@And Peggy” to ask her why she withdrew from the election, but if she was indeed 13, then.. call me old fashioned, but do we really want children telling us what we can or cannot say? Maya, well. She has shown just how politically biased she is on many occasions, and while I have a soft spot for her, I just don’t see how she could realistically stop disputes, as she is usually the one hitting the “report button”. I get the feeling we will all be banned.
The only person for the job is @Toffington. He is by far the best person for the job. He has been one of the best people I have ever worked with online. He is not perfect, but when he makes a mistake, he will always listen, apologize, and just get on with things without drama, or ill feeling. He is just the best person I know of to deal with the bickering and political games that some on AVEN like to play. It will be a sad day for AS-NS when he wins, as he will not have as much time to invest in AS-NS.
Talking of AS-NS… This week while looking through the stats I realised that most of the people who would disagree with many of the sentiments discussed on AS-NS don’t say anything at all. All they seem to do is read the site, and screenshot the place in order to go off and complain. It struck me as to how silly this behaviour is, and I tried to think ‘Why’?
Here we have a place where people can say exactly what they want, where no one is going to get in trouble for any disagreement, and where a degree of personal sniping is permitted. So it seems like a place where those who wish to strongly disagree could voice their opinion. So why don’t they?
I think it is all about the fact that there are no moderators about. I think the reason they engage in passive aggressive behaviour is to try and get someone else to react, and then run off crying to a moderator to get them banned, something that won’t happen on AS-NS. So they try another tactic. Rather than put forward an argument that would fall down, they simply take a screenshot, and then try to complain on AVEN.
This is self evident in the election where someone was trying to drag @tofu through the mud by bringing up screen captures from AS-NS. I think this kind of behaviour shows exactly what these people are like. Rather than discussing a subject, and trying to have an adult conversation about something, they really are only interested in personal assaults.
It really is a shame, as AS-NS lends its self so well as a place where difficult and divisive subjects can be discussed without fear of repercussions. I mean you don’t even have to use the same name as you do on AVEN. Really, the place is far better than AVEN’s Hot Box in this regard, and I think that those who enjoy engaging in heated discussions are really missing a trick.
I know many people think that I hate AVEN. That is simply not the case. I strongly dislike some of its policies, and I know full well that many of the administrative team dislikes me, but I still think that in many regards AVEN does a good job.
When I started AS-NS it was with the idea of it being a sister site to AVEN, and to a degree that is still something I would like to see happen. I know that we have done our best to accommodate AVEN, even after the crap we have had to deal with. I still feel that we present an area were people can let their hair down, and more importantly discuss subjects, and present views that AVEN does not appreciate. So to all those that just take those silly screen shots, why not just say “You are wrong, and here is why”, and you never know, you might actually change someones mind, rather than just make them out to be lesser people.
I know I am open minded about almost everything, and the reason I discuss things and debate is not to make people out to be stupid, or to some how win, it is because I actually want to learn, and appreciate someone else’s point of view. So how about it? Why not engage with your detractors, or is telling the teacher on people the height of your intellectual being?
Let’s end this week with something good..
I have started work on an inter-site chat system. The idea is that it will be a centralized IRC-based system, and each of the different IRC sites and forums will be given admin rights over their own rooms, but the users are free to go where they like, even set up their own groups, etc.
I am looking for people who are interested in helping out testing the system, and administering the system once it is up and running.
That is that for this week… There is lots more I could say, but I get the feeling you will have finished your cup of tea by now, and you have more interesting things to do than read my bleating.
If you want to give me grief, or share your opinions, then feel free to check out the thread dedicated to this weeks supplement right HERE.