I tried really hard not to laugh when I saw Eppo had muted you Brad. Honestly I held it in for about three seconds which took more willpower than I usually have.:lol:
I didn't even know it was possible to mute a Mod! Sure I know admin can kill Mods and eat them and regularly do, but I had no idea they muted them. Still funny, even now. (I will be supportive at some point, but it's just too early for that yet):titter:
We are even the simplest of us, all very complicated indeed.
I have never met a human being who was not within, a whirling mess of contradictions. Sure some people might on the surface seem pretty one dimensional but underneath there is always a tangle of thoughts and feelings all fighting for supremacy. Sometimes those who are most confident must battle the hardest of all to suppress their doubts and insecurities. Sometimes the quiet mouse roars.
All of us are far more alike than unalike but it's often hard to tell. What gets filtered out to the rest of the world from within us is different for all of us. Some of us have a strong support system like family or a group of very close friends that we can talk too. Some of us deal with the pressures of life by slowly letting things out over time, and some of us try to keep it in and every now and then, it all comes out in an explosion.
I think many of the battling contradictions within us arise from a desire to be better than we are, while struggling to match that against what our instincts tell us we presently are. We certainly can change and be better than we are. Everyone of us knows at least one person who turned something around in their life and became a better person. ("Better" of course is a matter of perspective) Why it is that it is rare for people to really change though I'm not sure. I have seen so many people in my life who I have wished would change the direction of their lives and who wanted too, but they never did. Perhaps the reason so few do manage to change the things about themselves that they don't like, is because they found a way to refocus. Maybe we cannot change the core of our nature, but maybe it's possible to find a way to harness that which we do not like, and put it to a good use.
Like an alcoholic starting the journey to sobriety, the first and only way anyone can ever change is by believing it's necessary. Someone who philanders possibly needs to face up to some insecurities and meet them head on and see those insecurities for the small things they are. Someone who uses their force of will to get what they want, could learn to see that working with other people and giving up a little control, would in fact probably get them more than they could get on their own.
We may not all be athletes or beautiful, or gifted with a great intellect, but we can all with patience and desire, at least be the masters of our own minds. (Nobody ever fully masters their mind, but getting into the driving seat is achievable for most of us I would think)
Glad you shared Vik and eloquently explained. Hope you find a way to slay (Or at least subdue) your demons. Another terrific poem as well. That is one benefit of being the kind of person who always looks within, introspection makes great poets, artists and musicians.
Yeah that really is a daunting task. I have been shirking doing the same thing with my music collection for quite some time. Most of my music is perfectly ordered but I have a few gigs of music that just shows as "unknown" and I really should have dealt with it by now but just keep putting it off.
I hope those that occasionally like to talk about how easy it is to upload books take note of just how much work is actually involved when people are really passionate about it. Good luck with the other nine thousand and thanks for the sparkly kisses, they fizzed when they hit.:lol:
It's a valid point ChasingCoyote and in some circumstances a more direct approach for those who are too damn stubborn to take the hint is required.
I have no idea if the user we are talking about now will get the achievement for writing a blog question every day but I certainly hope they will not. To give it to them will water down the original achievement given to PiratMas.
It is very clear that the person who is doing it at present is simply doing it to gain the achievement and they make no attempt to interact with anyone at all in their blogs. They do not have a good grasp of English but if you are going to blog every day then you really should be interacting with those who post in those blogs. They certainly do speak English well enough though to understand what "copy" and "paste" mean and they have simply chosen to ignore any and all criticism of this practice on such a regular basis. I personally think they should have been told a long long time ago that they would not get the achievement for copy pasting and maybe they would have stopped a long time ago. Perhaps they will get the achievement but if they do, I will be doing something I have not done in a very long time, namely calling out a few people on a bad decision.
People have to go a long way for me to think they are being inappropriate ZR. Turning up to one of my parties with cheap honey instead of the good acacia honey and expecting me to still want them to smear it over my naked body and have them lick it off, now that is what I consider to be inappropriate.:lol:
Oh please god no! Not the face not the face! I really should have thought more carefully about plastering my mug all over the place. Just never thought anyone would ever be evil enough to threaten the face! Should have taken into account the necessity for Supermods to be evil.:lol:
(Because I always use a thousand words where only a few would do I had to split this comment in half to post it, second part is below)
The current blog rules came about because a few of us felt the same way about the blogs as you do and we spent months kicking round ideas for how things could be improved. Staff listened to us and eventually the blog rules were created. Those rules have been enforced because people can no longer create more than one blog in a twenty four hour period. Two line blogs do get taken down now as well and that has made a huge difference to the blogroll. Sure, every now and then one slips through but it's pretty rare.
As for why the rules are not set for an outright ban on copy and pastes, well it's because sometimes blogs are created that really are relevant to a pirate community. New laws and legislation to do with piracy and internet freedom sometimes get posted in blogs and again it's rare for that to happen without the blogger writing at least a few lines at the bottom about why they have posted it. If someone does copy and paste though without saying anything themselves then there are better ways of letting them know that they should have done a little more than saying "Shit blog!" You might think of it as a criticism of the blog alone but if you use such a strong worded condemnation then you really are bringing anger into the blog aren't you and that cannot really be separated from an attack on the user. (The aggression makes it more personal)
We here at KAT set higher standards for ourselves than anywhere else I can think of so a much better way to object to a blog is to do it in a way that encourages rather than attacks. If you see a blog that you feel is skating perilously close to breaking the blog rules then why not simply say, "The blog roll is limited and a lot of people spend a great deal of time creating their blogs and it's not really fair if their blogs get pushed out of sight before they have really had a chance to be seen, by someone who did almost no work by copying and pasting. We want to hear your thoughts about the things you blog about so maybe next time you can create something original for us all to enjoy. Good luck with your future blogs."
The energy expended by being polite and supportive is no greater than the energy expended being rude and confrontational. Sure you have to bite your tongue and grind your teeth a little but you are more likely to get the result you want. Give someone something to fight against (Like an attack) and nine times out of ten, people will get defensive and you will get nowhere with them. Yes some people will just ignore you but those people would have ignored you no matter what you said so you have lost nothing by being polite and at the end of the day, you get to feel good about what you said and you help to set the tone of the site.
(Because I always use a thousand words where only a few would do, I had to split this comment in half to post it, first part is above)
The idea of voting down blogs was discussed in detail when the blog rules were originally created and we decided that it would be unfair. Unfair because the very people who create two line blogs or who post nothing but an image with a funny comment are the very same people who often spam hundreds of walls. Those people would probably also have lots of wall spammer friends and they would all up vote each other's blogs. New bloggers who are reserved and do not have a large circle of friends would also lose out so it really would not be very fair at all. The last thing we want is for the blog roll to become a popularity contest.
I do understand your frustration though and we all felt this way not so long ago when the blogroll was such a mess. Things really have vastly improved now though and bad blogs are pretty few and far between.
As for the question blogs. Well PiratMas really did something extraordinary there. I only wrote about twenty five question blogs when I was occasionally helping her out (Which you can see on my profile page) and it was incredibly hard to think of an original question every day that would engage the community. Some of them took many hours to create. (This one took a huge amount of work because it was interactive
My personal opinion is that the achievement for writing a blog a day for a whole year should not be given to anyone who has not actually created original content. After all, that was the point of her setting herself that challenge. Anyone at all can copy and paste for a year. The decision about that though will be taken by those above me but regardless of what decision is made, her achievement is still probably one of the hardest to get and I doubt many if any others will get it so I don't think we have to be too worried about the blogroll being taken over by daily question blogs.
Oh damn Brad, in that image I look as though I was born to hold a lightsaber.:lol: I always thought of myself as more of a "Han Solo" but I did always want to have a lightsaber when I was growing up. (Who didn't) When I was a little kid I had a toy one which looked amazing. Much better than the stupid little telescopic ones they make for kids now. Mine was rigid frosted white plastic that was about three feet in length from the handle. When you switched it on and went outside at night it looked like the real thing. Me and my brother tried fighting with them at first but it bent them, but they looked so good and I wish I still had it. (Would probably be worth some money now as well)
Yeah the methylated spirits are pretty damn manly. I once tried to drink white spirit at a party so I could blow fire. The moment it filled my mouth it dried my throat and the inside of my mouth. It was really painful and started to burn me immediately. Thank god I didn't swallow any or it or it would have badly burned my stomach and throat and maybe even killed me. Never tried to blow fire again with white spirits.
You're right his avatar does look similar in style to mine. I really should do something different with my avatar because it's been pretty much unchanged for about two years. I would still want to have my face in my avatar but maybe it's time to update it a little. Probably going to be formatting and doing a clean install of my computer over the weekend but will have a play around with my avatar soon perhaps.:smile:
Poor little turtle, destined to never reach the ocean.
Apparently their cousins the giant tortoise are so delicious that when they were first discovered and they tried to bring about fifty of them back to Britain on a ship, the crew could not stop themselves from eating every single one on the voyage home.:lol: (The voyage home did take quite a long time back in those days)
Doesn't matter how many times I read all the incredibly supportive and brilliantly written comments in this blog, none of what any of us write here can really get across how sad we all are to see you no longer in the Mod team.
Moderators all over the internet have a bad reputation for being abusive power mad bullies, and sadly it's often true. Here in KAT though we have set higher standards for how all of us behave and interact with each other. From the Users all the way up to Admin everyone here behaves in a way that makes us all incredibly proud of this site.
Nobody here more exemplifies the creed of KAT than Ron. "Speak softly and carry a big stick" could well be Ron's motto. Always approachable and patient but fully able to deal with things quickly and efficiently when decisive action was required. Very sad indeed to see a Ron shaped hole in the Mod team but if this is retirement, then you can rest assured your mark has well and truly been left.