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    posted a message on Animal Crossing
    Animal Crossing: New Leaf is to be the newest installment in the Animal Crossing series. Slated for release in Q1 2013 in North America, New Leaf brings back what we loved in the previous iterations and adds much more, to boot. To my knowledge, the game will only be released for the Nintendo 3DS.

    The most significant new feature is the ability of the player to be named mayor of his host town and see to its development however he sees fit. I am led to believe that this duty entails the ability to personally order outdoor constructions like bridges, lights, and benches. As mayor, you will have a secretary, a single character (fixed across all towns and games) who will presumably aid you in your endeavors.

    You will be able to build up your house, as is customary in the series. You will be able to place items on walls - something that has not been present in any previous Animal Crossing game. You will be able to swim at the beach, and probably in lakes as well. K.K. Slider makes a return as a disk jockey (a questionable, but interesting direction), and he will perform onstage as he has in the past.

    I look forward to its release.
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    posted a message on Moderator compensation (Toxicity II)
    I would like to extend my most sincere condolences to the good administrators and moderators of the Minecraft Forum. I apologize on behalf of the misguided majority for your undue hardship, and I hope your honest endeavors see the success they deserve.
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    posted a message on Thank A Moderator Week!
    Quote from Countbisquit

    So, if people liking you is an unavoidable side effect, then why on earth do we need a week dedicated to them being told that? I'm sorry, but that's hardly a decent argument. That's not even getting into the _occasional_ times when moderators wave their banhammers around.
    I'm not going to say it's necessary. I'm just putting forth that no one really gets hurt or even unduly rewarded from this arrangement. Thanking people for the stuff they do is a great courtesy, and I feel as though the moderators earn - not deserve, mind you - the brief celebration. The week-long dedication is just to give people a more clear outlet for that appreciation.

    I'd be totally cool with a thank whoever you want week, too. My intention is not to put anyone down.

    EDIT: What I mean to say is that the thanks - not exclusively toward moderators - are a nice reward for a nice job, and I'm a big fan of such nice exchanges.
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    posted a message on Thank A Moderator Week!
    Quote from antoligy

    Anyway, let's not further derail this thread. Neither of us want to sully our respective reputations in front of the moderation team.

    Quite the unintentional low-blow there, granting a reply that begs my response while requesting I withhold it.

    Please do not mistake my compliance for inability.

    Anyway

    @Countbisquit
    I don't think any of the moderators are doing it for fame or recognition. It turns out, people liking you is an unavoidable side-effect of doing good things for them. The idea that this, or any, harmless demonstration of appreciation toward others should be regarded as inappropriate or otherwise wrong strikes me as silly.
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    posted a message on Thank A Moderator Week!
    Maybe every year that starts with the number 2 should be a "Thank a moderator year."
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread XII : Go away joj / Twilight of summer edition
    The period wouldn't be in the name. The name would just be

    FillyRarity

    with that little space on the end.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread XII : Go away joj / Twilight of summer edition
    Quote from "Kata" »
    I'm getting tired. THIS IS NOT GOOD. Coffee maybe?


    I just woke up,
    and this is crazy,
    but man I'm tired...
    coffee maybe?
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    posted a message on Thank A Moderator Week!
    You've almost hit the nail on the head, but I think you're looking at things backwards. The moderator status is an elevation only in title; it represents the good users that define the community. We don't mean to say that moderators are better than normal users because they're moderators - we mean to say that moderators are good users in their own right, that they earned the distinction by fitting the bill and taking the initiative.

    While you're right that It doesn't require any special recognition, this is just a nice sentiment to the people who devote themselves more thoroughly to protecting and promoting the well-being of the MCF community. Its aim isn't to belittle anyone else. It was never implied that good users weren't as good as moderators, but without the formalization, it's harder to draw a distinction between the good people and bad. And it's important to note that, yes, there are people whose interests could be considered very detrimental to the sanctity and high spirits of the forum.

    So sure, throw endless thanks toward the many, wonderful users who keep this clock ticking, but it isn't right to intentionally downplay the importance of moderation. If they weren't here to put up with the ton of crap that passes as acceptable on the internet, well, we'd be seeing a whole lot of crap.

    tl;dr

    Thanks, moderators
    keeping the place clean for me, and all
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    posted a message on Is this possible?
    My estimate is that telling if someone you can't see is stopping time is just as impossible as... you know, stopping time.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread XII : Go away joj / Twilight of summer edition
    >shairn is still active here

    This is a pleasant development.
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread XII : Go away joj / Twilight of summer edition
    Quote from OrcMaster

    How long ago?

    Started in I dunno.
    Quit in June last year
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    posted a message on Official Chat Thread XII : Go away joj / Twilight of summer edition

    sup artificial intelligence

    Used to be a moderator here. Stoppin' by for a visit. Being pleasantly surprised by the state of affairs.
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    posted a message on What immediately makes you furious?
    Quote from KHAJIITI
    to place trust into something that there is literally no evidence for is foolish.

    Ah, but isn't that just the question! To the people who believe, it is an unfathomable source of power and motivation! This is why faith has the capacity to trump knowledge, this is its power; its holders operate on a subjective truth which defies any analog born of logical folk.

    Further, what measure marks it foolish? I bet you think very highly of science and objectivity. I bet you're willing to give a lot to defend its superiority above other systems, and with good reason... now consider that a devout theist feels this exact way about his beliefs. To him, the beliefs he harbors are regarded as truth... and it is only natural to obey it as such! This is the immense power of belief.

    What it comes down to is, can you really blame someone for following the doctrine he, in the deepest depths of his heart, regards as true? How so, when we cannot choose what we believe? When we cannot define with absolute certainty the legitimacy of any such system?

    The questions are many and fascinating.
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    posted a message on What immediately makes you furious?
    I agree entirely that science explains more than religion. I've just come to question the ultimate value that many people place in explanation. Sometimes, when the science is done and the truth is uncovered, it's important to acknowledge the abstractions that make us who we are. We aren't just machines; ceaseless rationality, logic, and objectivity are not our sole directives. You know this already.

    I love science and technology. I hope mankind can fly higher every day. I don't like people who force their beliefs on others. We're totes on the same page.

    ... and you are correct in identifying my initial appraisal of your open-mindedness. Oh, how my judgement fails me.

    I just thoroughly believe that in a universe born of chaos - as you agree, we will never have all the answers - the abstract is king. With enough faith, knowledge is robbed of its power. With enough passion, the greatest obstacles are rendered feeble. And these are ideas we're born with.

    What I mean to say is that even the blindest of faith is justifiable as an intrinsic part of our being. The pursuit of absolute knowledge is much the same, it being an extension of curiosity and self-betterment. Dragging this conclusion to its logical extreme (I guess I identify with idealism, myself), my point is that scorning people of faith, however irritating... well, isn't a path defined by its moral backing.

    It just doesn't strike me as justifiable to cast aspersions on someone for confiding in the immutable aspects that define them as an individual. An interesting note is that it also isn't justifiable to scorn you for doing so, because you are simply responding to what you believe, what you feel is right.

    So it's a perfectly reasonable conflict of interests where every contender is just as right as the others. There is no perfect perspective. We represent a collective of ideas and philosophies greater than ourselves, and that's really a beautiful thing.

    Now, maybe you really don't want to have a debate about all this, but I know I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
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