Trev joined on Jul 25th, 2011, since that has made 753 posts that are still accessible today, 52 of which are threads. Helping shape the community, Trev has given 901 upvotes, and was last online on May 27th, 2015.
I've a craving to go deep-sea fishing again. I do miss the battles I used to have as a boy with bonnethead sharks and marlins.
Though I probably had a hundred times as many battles with Magikarp. Strewth.
Colorless, the times, they are a-changin'.
As of today I am the sole administrator of The Colorless. Gargron and acostoss have, on my suggestion, volunteered kindly to step down so that they may focus on Artists&Clients and turn the site over to my guardianship.
I intend to restore the site and its community to its former glory, and more.
As such, there will be some policy changes in the near future, and one to be added immediately. Give the Rules a read and see if you can't pick out the new one. It would be nice if someone mentioned it in this thread.
There will be changes in the moderation staff and in the internal moderation guidelines. Based on the relative success of my "week without mods" experiment I believe that more permissive moderation is in order for occasional offenders. We also have some extra nasty surprises for repeat offenders in the works as well.
Additionally development will be taking a very different turn from the previous direction. My focus will be on slow, gradual changes based on user input. As such, with the assistance of @NGH and a few other very motivated users and former users I am preparing a User Climate Survey to ask you guys individually what you like/don't like about the current site and the people on it, and what you want changed.
A caveat -- I believe that maintenance, bug fixing, testing, and security are more important than new features. So don't be surprised if your suggestion is agreed to, and then takes quite a bit of time to implement, especially if the current technical limitations of the backend code make the implementation challenging. I don't plan on turning out any broken or half-assed features.
In short, I really want to let you guys be the community you want to be, and I want to give you the site you want to have. I plan to throw out features that don't meet your satisfaction or degrade the quality of the site. I plan to introduce new features that multiple users request and will actually use. I plan to be nicer to people who occasionally or ignorantly break the rules. And if you fuck with my work on CL that I do on my own free time for free I plan to find new ways to step on your balls.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, my inbox is easy to find.
A toast, to the Old CL. A toast, to the New CL.
Don't bother just yet. Major changes are coming and I'd really hate for your guide to be out of date already.
Heyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy @SENsei guess what?
I just deleted that because it's unwelcome behavior intended to make the site less fun for another user, and therefore against the Rules and ToS.
So guess what that means?!
That's right! You're banned. Probably for a week.
You've been asked to stop posting information for the purpose of humiliating another user several times. I don't think I need to warn you again.
Yes and this is an interesting idea but something tells me most 13-25 year olds don't have the attention span for a command line application. This would need a responsive environment simulation graphical user interface, which is a much taller order.
@NGH It's an interesting idea but the implementation would be rather heavy. That's something we'd have to consider in the future once the reliability and security issues are dealt with.
@DeathByBiscuit actually, we -could- make it mandatory reading. But it's up to the community to be able to inform them of rules violations without indulging in abuse or smug superiority. We were all new here once, myself included.
@Pariah we have flags and they do get checked. The issues is primarily with the fact that we have a lot of false positives for content that doesn't break any rules as well as rulebreaking content that never gets flagged. But the flagging system works as intended.
@schmidt The current software stack is like a giant totem pole... made of dominoes. Far too long development has progressed, sacrificing reliability for innovation with unimpressive results. That's all going to change.
Bad analogy aside there are way too many single points of failure and something breaks damn near every day, usually chat. I plan to work on this very, very hard this weekend, and in the future trim the less appreciated features from the site in order to streamline performance.
@Xyopq The previous asking around I did on social network integration saw most of the users lukewarm to hateful of the idea. I'll include a question about that on the upcoming user survey, maybe.
@SENsei Perhaps for the time being, yes. I do feel like it's a pretty halfhearted way to solve the problem, but it's the best we've got until I've got a long stretch of time to work on it..
That reminds me, I still haven't finished my chat minimode sidebar extension. I guess I should get on that!