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    Hey, Steam-Gamers, Quite awkward of an outro thread, might I say, but yeah, here it is. I joined early 2015 after getting ddos'd by the owner of another csgo community. Originally, I came here for admin, and I ended up staying for thanks. Once I got on high enough on the board, I figured I'd get more thanks if I got promoted, so I did. Eventually I got director, somehow, and amassed an incredible amount of thanks. After being notoriously inactive due to a certain pandemic whilst working in healthcare, I decided I'd probably step down in May. Things lead to another and I ended up staying there until last week. None of this is news to anybody in the community by now, but I had a situation back at what used to be my house, a week prior to me moving back for university. That kind of precipitated the inevitability of me stepping down, but worry not, it was meant to happen very soon regardless. Speaking of the happening, I wanted to sincerely, from the bottom of my heart, thank everybody involved in both the hosting/managing of the livestream that happened earlier this week. You have no idea how much this means to myself and my family. I've already split the money with them, and they also share their thanks. I had absolutely no expectations and I still came out of there flabbergasted given the incredible support that came my way. I reiterate, thank you, thank you. I'd like to give special mentions, regarding last week, to @patrick. This man, believe it or not, built and donated a complete, new and powerful pc my way, days after the tragedy. I've already received it and, wow, I still cannot believe it. To assert his dominance over the peasants out there, he added a mere $1100 on top of the computer. Although he's probably tired of hearing me say it again and again, thank you so, so much. Second mention goes to @Caution and the rest of the board for allowing all of this to happen. This platform is a huge one, and god fucking damned generous at that. I will forever owe you one for helping us out in these tough times. Of course, there are way too many folks in this place to thank, all of you guys, you know who you are, thank you. I can't stress enough how much this affects us all, I love you all a lot Enough with the sad shit. I've found myself a new passion in 2020, I've started some serious projects (that you guys might be lucky enough to see very soon(tm)), and I'm going back to school for some serious studies now. If that isn't enough of an excuse for me to not have opened csgo since december 2019 then I don't know what to add. I'm a busy, cool, handsome, humble gentleman. I'll make sure to advertise as much of my shit in this place as possible before eventually getting banned, cause it seems to be the recent trend nowadays. I'll post my Ph.D on here once its done, in like, 8 years. Thank you SG. You've been a big part of my life and English development skill for years now, and I'm forever grateful to the friends I've made along the way and what has been done to this place due to everyone's efforts. Special shoutout to the cityboys. I'm at a loss of words right now, its like I've seen this thread coming from miles away and still don't know what the fuck to write, because of how much of an impact this place has had on me in the recent years. I apologize for my lack of activity, but I don't apologize for being the dankest fucking memer this place has seen since wooper. I say this from the bad dragon enthusiast perspective to you all, please thank the fucking thread so it gets more likes than @eXtr3m3's stepping down thread, because I am cooler than he is. I'll stick around, of course. Catch y'all in the joe biden club, love them hairy legs. fuck them kids. give me gp on osrs. long live steam-gamers. edit: thank you for the gold kind stranger!
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    It has been a good run everyone, but it is finally time for me to go. I have been around Steam-Gamers for years now and it definitely holds a special place in my heart. Unfortunately the stresses of managing the Zombie Escape server have begun to affect my mental and physical well being. I have come to the conclusion that despite how much this place means to me I cannot place it above my own health. I will still check in every once in a while so if anyone wants to reach out to me feel free. I have known so many of you over these past years so instead I will do a general call out. Thanks to everyone here that has been a friend to me, who has helped out the staff and especially those who have worked on Zombie Escape which is my favorite server. Hopefully the ZE server will be able to continue but if not it had a good run, recently a lot of people helped out in order to revive it which is greatly appreciated. Please all of you take care of yourselves and enjoy the time you have been given.
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    Okay folks, it's time to get serious for a minute. Two weeks back a fellow community member, roux, suffered a great loss when his house burnt down with all his personal possessions inside. Now roux and his family are stuck living out of their relative's house and trying to work with the insurance company to somehow recover from this horrible situation. Unfortunately, due to uncertain times with Covid and bureaucratic red tape they most likely won't see any money for a long time, and what money they do get won't be nearly enough to cover all of their losses. SteamGamers is a community first and foremost, and when someone in the community suffers we do what we can to help remedy that suffering. So, on August 29th we will be hosting another 12 hour stream similar to our charity stream, only this time all money will go directly to roux and his family to try and help them recover. I know the turnout was big at the charity stream and the support was even stronger than we expected, so we're asking you to bring the same energy and support to this stream. The schedule 12 PM - 3 PM Hawks 3 PM - 6 PM Acer 6 PM - 9 PM BoM 9 PM - 12 AM Hawks Saturday August 29th (all times in EST) There are obviously less people up there and longer run times. something we chose to do differently this time. I'm sure you guys won't complain though because I know you guys all love Hawks and he'll be up there TWICE. I really urge everyone to come and join in on the fun and hype of the 12 hour stream even if you can't donate any money. I look forward to seeing everyone there on Saturday!
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    Dominic and Zayne were permanently banned from SG by unanimous vote for general unwanted behaviour, including poaching admins, advertising, and attempting to incite drama over accusing us of stealing. Constructive criticism is fine, baseless slander is not. We have 0 tolerance for that kind of behaviour here. Below are further details regarding the above. Take a look at the below admins at another unnamed community's new TTT server - what do you see in common? Several SG admins were contacted and asked to be admin at another community to help Dominic and Zayne launch a competing server. Note that their admin roster is entirely SG admins. Furthermore, both Dominic and Zayne decided to hop onto our TTT server this morning and advertise. Dominic's attempt to start drama is below. TL;DR: he accused us of screwing over people by having subscriptions (automatic donations). Interestingly, Dominic actually supported recurring payments as a BD. Prior to this permanent ban, Zayne was demoted from the Veteran rank for recurring attitude issues and impersonation of an admin while in the rank. He was expected to uphold a level of professionalism needed as both a former higher-up and Veteran, but failed to do so on multiple occasions. Copy-paste from an IA thread: Good luck with your new endeavour, but don't bring SG into it.
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    So they said to promote a few people, just a quick small promo thread...at least that's what they said at first. Let's get into it! First, join me in welcoming Applily to the Events Team! His new responsibilities will include: Organize, plan, and run events Manage/Promote special events on our servers Manage and monitor gaming tournaments Make sure servers are ready for all special events Schedule events to fill servers in need via the steam community Work with the Administrative Team to create events that cater to community interests Next up, we have a familiar face returning to the Media Team. Join me in welcoming back the very talented crazedkanagroo! He held up the media team when we barely had anyone else, and after a brief hiatus he has come back to make pretty banners once again. His responsibilities will include: Manage forum and community website themes and layouts Manage all forum and community images (awards, rankbars, etc) Manage forum design sections (signature/avatar requests, etc) Work with Marketing team to manage branding and community logos/external advertising Work with Game Divisions to keep in-game branding and design (map textures for SG) up to date and relevant Work with Marketing team to manage social media accounts (Youtube, Twitch, etc) Following that, we have a new person joining the Marketing Team. This person has put in tons of time and effort into this place over the last few months and absolutely crushes any task put in front of him. Noxstar is the newest addition to the Marketing Team! His responsibilites will include: Manage all third party sites/applications. Manage all advertising, sponsorships, and affiliations. Recommend upgrades and general marketing aspects for the community. Research what the community likes / doesn't like. Upkeep the image of SG and help expand. Work with the Media Team to manage branding and community design. Work with Media team to manage social media accounts (Youtube, Twitch, etc). Next, we have a few Community Advisors joining us! These folks are very dedicated and have demoted many hours to helping the servers and contributing to discussions on the forums. Joining the team today will be Hawks, Toasty, and Venom! Their responsibilities will include: Work with the higher staff on implementing important decisions and projects Handling player complaints and issuing bans Moderation of the forum Give awards to members on request Send group invitations to members on request Post in-game server problems on the forum Help in any way to make the servers fun Handle reported posts on the forum In we're gonna have new CAs, we are gonna need a solid Lead Advisor to help them out. This person has displayed great leadership skills and has probably called you bud on more than one occasion. Jumping in as LA is the one, the only, Maniac! His responsibilities will be the same, with the addition of managing the Community Advisors. We're not done yet. Next up, we have two folks joining the Internal Affairs team. It's kind of awkward because I just got done talking about them, but please join me in welcoming Maniac and crazedkanagroo to the team! These two have shown they are more than capable of handling whatever we ask of them, and we know these new roles will be no different. Their responsibilities will include: Handling and resolving admin complaints, player complaints and ban appeals Handling admin disputes as they arise Managing member of the month/staff of the month nominations and award Last, but certainly not least, we have a new Lead Server Manager approaching. I don't know how this little shrimp has managed to climb as far as he has, but at this point I can't do anything but support him. You may know him as a great server manager or as an absolute killer in the scrim server, either way I know you know. Please stand, or I guess sit, and applaud for Trazz. His responsibilities will be the same, with the addition of managing the Server Managers. Congratulations all around!
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    New 2Fort and Dustbowl Servers! @Greggy G @Damon and I are happy to announce the launch of our brand new Team Fortress 2 Servers. We will be launching a 24/7 2Fort server and a 24/7 Dustbowl server. The game is FREE TO PLAY. You can go pick it up right now in the Steam store. It is a very fun game and I have spent the last two days slaving away to release this. We hope you guys enjoy it. We have GameMe set up on the servers so that you can climb to the top of the leaderboard. There are some cool plans in store for the server that will be coming out in the coming months. What Is Team Fortress 2? Team Fortress 2 is an online action FPS game filled with various game modes such as Payload, Control Point, and many more. Two teams, RED and BLU, fight it out to compete as the best team and win rounds. There are nine unique classes that provide a broad range of tactical abilities with a variety of player skills. TF2 also includes character and weapon customization where you can tweak your favorite class to suit not only your gameplay but also style and personal taste. What Are 2Fort and Dustbowl? What is 2Fort? 2Fort is a Capture the Flag map. Two similar forts face each other, separated by a contaminated canal of deep water. A covered bridge spans the stream and battlements exist on each fort, providing excellent positions to assault oncoming players. To win, a team must repeatedly capture the opposing team's Intelligence by picking it up from deep within their fort and carrying it all the way to its own base until reaching the game's capture objective, while preventing the enemy from achieving that same goal. What is Dustbowl? Dustbowl is an Attack/Defend Control Point map. The goal of the attackers, team BLU, is to win through a series of stages in order to win the map. Within each stage, the attackers must capture two control points, A and B, which are held by the defenders, team RED. Point A must be captured before the attackers can assault B. The timer is increased by 4 minutes and 30 seconds for every point capture and once a point is captured it is locked and cannot be retaken by the defenders. How Do I Connect???? Connect to 2Fort using 2fort.steam-gamers.net OR 198.50.197.40:27015 Connect to Dustbowl using dustbowl.steam-gamers.net OR 198.50.197.41:27015 Important Links Team Fortress 2 Subforum Team Fortress 2 Rules Team Fortress 2 Changelog Team Fortress 2 Bug Reporting
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    Kayden has been banned for a week for posting a lewd picture containing lolis.
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    Good morning everyone, As I referenced in my previous announcement, we've got some major community changes slowly being implemented. I've got two topics on the list today: Ban policy & Racism. I'm going to talk about our change in our stance on racism first, because it will lead into the next portion regarding bans. For those of you that have been around for awhile, you saw how hardcore our 'No Racism' rule was. People were instantly-banned in some scenarios, or banned heavily oftentimes. In an effort to try and see if there would be some comfortable breathing room by relaxing on that rule, we changed it up to allow racism - but give admins the discretion on how far is too far. The intent was basically to allow light joking, banter, etc. We knew that there would be a few people who took it too far (like with anything), but after letting it play out for awhile, we're ready to change it up a bit again - mainly because it caused confusion among members and admins alike on how far is too far. While the old mentality was too far in one direction, our rule as it stands today is a bit too far in the opposite direction: so we're trying to find the spot in the middle. Racism Effective immediately, we're changing the stance on conduct normally deemed as 'Racism' in SG. Admins and higher, there will be additional threads listed in the admin sections to reemphasize this. Moving forward: Forums - Not allowed in any capacity, meaning no slang, jokes, etc. Music and whatnot in the appropriate section(s) is fine. Discord - Not allowed in any capacity. In an effort to partner with Discord, we are not allowing any and all racist slang, jokes, pictures, etc. However, if you're in a private channel among friends and no one reports anything, did it actually happen? I'm going to leave it at that. Servers - To be straight up with you guys, I had a hard time wording this. I can explain the point we're trying to get at all day and night, but someone will always loophole around whatever we post. We stole this from another community's rules because, honestly, they worded it better than what I could think of. Blatant or extreme racism is NOT allowed. Small jokes are fine. Use of the N-word with the hard 'R' is strictly prohibited. To be frank, the hard 'r' was a huge issue, and that's what we're trying to solve. We all like to mess around and tell jokes, but that in particular is not what we stand for or what we encourage people to do. If this continues to be an issue, we will reevaluate our stance and discuss as needed. We have also done away with the 'Bannable Words' list. We all know what should and should not be on that list, so there isn't a need for us to publicly display that. In addition to this, the ban length and general punishments for 'Racism' are going to be lessened, which leads into the next topic: change in ban policy. Ban Policy This is going to be two-part, covering ban policy in general & ban lengths. As it stands now, here are the basic admin rules regarding ban lengths and whatnot: Moving forward, this is what it shall be: You're going to notice a few changes here and there. Mainly, some time lengths got swapped around, we added a 'case-by-case' section, and also incorporate bans that are less than 12 hours. The point of this is not only the aforementioned, but also to restructure the actual '3 strikes, you're out' process we have here. From now on, we're going to handle bans a bit differently as a whole, including leading up to an eventual perm. So, let's dive into it: Time-out bans / Cool-down bans: Any ban length that is less than 12 hours. These bans will not count against somebody's 'record', and are meant to sort of serve as a period of time for a player to chill out for a bit. Sometimes 5 minutes works, and sometimes a bit longer is needed to get the point across. The equivalent to this is how sometimes we will issue a warning to an admin prior to issuing an official strike. These will typically be (but not limited to) handed out on a real-time basis in the servers. There will be situations where someone will be issued multiple cool-down bans without the admin knowing, and at that point just make an increase request. This is not saying that someone can't get multiple cool-down bans, but that it really shouldn't be continuously used if the point is not getting across. Ban #1 & Ban #2: 12 hours to 7 days. These should fall typically closer to lower-end of the spectrum, with the first offense being inside of the windows listed in the table above, and the second just being somewhere @ 7 days or less, depending on severity. Ban #3: 2 weeks to one month. If it is the same offense committed three times, this should be one month. If it's different crap, fall somewhere along the two week line. Ban #4: Three months, regardless of same or different offenses. Ban #5: 6 months, and we will stop saying 'permed' in these instances, instead simply saying 6 months. Someone who is actually 'permed' will be decided upon by the Board (with the possibility of extending this decision to the IA's) and listed in a Do Not Unban list in the higherup section. These will be a bit more uncommon. Extreme offenses, such as doxxing, DoS threats, harassment, sexual harassment, death threats, etc., will be handled on a case-by-case basis. While there are definitely times where these will be permanent, there are also situations that have arisen where we issue something shy of a permanent ban; it's completely dependent on the situation. Additionally, 'alting' on a server after being banned will issue a kick to the player instead of a perm. The point of this is because we may not know if someone is intentionally going to the extent of alting, or is just genuinely confused about why they can't connect to the server. Someone going to the lengths of resetting their IP, changing connection locations, using a VPN, etc., will probably be deemed as intentionally alting and will be bumped up to the next step in the banning process, meaning if they were on ban #3, they will now go to ban #4 for intentionally alting. This will be deemed by the board and / or IA's. Ignoring admins has been moved as well to bans that are less than 12 hours - ie, cooldown bans. While there is merit in the frustration that can occur behind somebody not complying with what you are asking them or telling them as an admin, 'ignoring admins' is a gigantic, catch-all loophole that can be used to circumvent one of the appropriate ban reasons listed above. Instead of taking this away entirely (because of the aforementioned merit), we are just reducing the length of time in which people can be banned for it. If it happens multiple times, it will be addressed - but the point is that people shouldn't be being banned for days on end for 'ignoring admins'. If there isn't a legitimate reason outside of this to ban someone, you should check with an IA, a BD, or just another admin on the legitimacy of the ban itself. The Board fully retains the right to change this process, apply it in a different aspect, or make exceptions when deemed absolutely necessary. While this policy is meant to cover 99% of ban situations, there are going to be people and offenses that will be handled differently due to whatever the unique nature of offense is that may come up. It's a huge change, but ultimately we are hoping to have a tad bit better player-retention by allowing a bit longer of a punishment before going straight to the perms. What this means for players currently permed on a three-strike process (or other): We will need to reevaluate the situation, but they did commit the offenses while the old policy was in place. This will be a case-by-case basis, but anyone may feel free to appeal their ban, regardless of when your appeal date was given (unless you were told not to appeal at all because it is simply 'no'). We will evaluate how they fall into this lineup, but we are not going to go out of our way to unban people who do not appeal. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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    Hello everyone, We've got a super big promotion to announce and it's the best one yet! This man has been a part of SteamGamers for a decade now... let me say it again, a whole 10 years. He's been a higher-up twice during his time here. Previously was a former AO who ran our Jailbreak server in the past and now he currently manages our Internal Affairs team and our Marketing Team. Since his return, he's done an absolute stellar job at every rank he's obtained. He kicks ass as an IAO manager and has helped pushed for the growth and development for our community along with his team from all aspects of marketing. Our next promotion is no other than BoM! He will be promoted to Secretary to the Board of Directors! His new responsibility include: Support/build/fix servers Approve admin applications Set up new Admin and Subscriber access Issue admin warnings/punishments Keep the community updated of any changes Final say in all admin disputes Plan for growth (website/servers) Support forum/plugins/logos Review and implement community suggestions Promote/demote server admins Handle admin complaints Handle disputes among fellow admins Be a role model to all admins/setting by example Collect donations, manage subscriptions, and pay the bills Manage the website, forums, and bansite Manage AT staffing and responsibilities ... anything else that needs to be done Please join me in welcoming this man to our Directors team! Congrats
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    @Kopstaand I are happy to announce a brand new Squad Server coming very soon! The developers are releasing a huge update soon, including a new faction and map! Squad is also going on sale from September 23rd - September 28th, so take advantage of that while you can. I'd like to thank @BoM, @John, and @Cautionfor allowing this to happen. What is Squad? Squad is a large-scale online multiplayer first-person shooter that aims to capture combat realism through communication and teamplay. Two factions are tasked with Capturing and Defending flags around the map. Players can choose from a variety of kits - Rifleman, Machine Gunner, Anti Tank, Marksman, Sniper to name a few. Each team needs to build Forward Operating Bases around the map to respawn and rearm to get back in the fight. Squad has a plethora of vehicles, including - Tanks, IFVs, APCs, Armored Cars, Helicopters, etc. These vehicles are used to assist your team in attacking Flags and FOBs. How do I connect? [SG] STEAM-GAMERS | US EAST | NEW PLAYERS WELCOME | 24/7 Fallujah + MEA Important Links Buy Squad! Squad Subforum Squad Rules and Helpful Information Squad Changelog Squad Bug Reporting Squad Staff List Squad Admin Applications
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    I have a pretty good amount of games to giveaway to you guys! No special occasion, just feeling generous. In order to enter the giveaway, simply like this post and you will be entered into the drawing. Coincidentally (or not), this also helps me farm likes! I will select 16 winners which equals the amount of games available to give away. I will use Wheel of Names to pick the winners. It will end on September 3rd! Game selection will be prioritized by the order the names are selected on the wheel! The games in this giveaway are.. Age of Wonders: Planetfall Deluxe Edition Battlestar Galactica: Deadlock Sigma Theory: Global Cold War Metal Unit Vampyr Hello Neighbor + Hello Neighbor (Hide and Seek) < In order to win this, you must be a supporter of the community. Any of the 3 levels are fine. Wargroove Call of Cthulhu Little Big Workshop Genesis Alpha One Deluxe Edition Automachef Through the Darkest of Times American Fugitive: State of Emergency The Coma 2: Vicious Sisters We Were Here Together A Case of Distrust
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    DerpySlerpee and micklandusa have been permanently banned for inciting drama involving Zombie Escape countless times. We are sick and tired of having to deal with drama surrounding Zombie Escape. Case has also been banned for 5 days for inciting drama and leaking info from the staff Discord.
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    Scrolls is banned for the day because he REFUSED to admit his love for roux on mic. Un-fucking-believable.
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    After the situation a few nights ago, we wanted to make a post addressing some things publicly and clearing up any misunderstandings people might have while giving some insight into the decisions we made. While we understand some people were unhappy with the decisions made, these were decisions made with the full weight of the board. John did not go off on some tyrannical mass banning and to think that is how any situation would go down is quite ridiculous. I suppose it's fair we start at the beginning of all this, or at least as far back as I'm willing to go. This whole issue that seemingly pitted the higher-ups here against the ZE community started back about a year ago when Pikajew was banned from our community. We are fully aware of the fact that some people believe he was wrongly banned, but at this point, it should be old news. The board at the time decided that Pikajew did not belong here based on pictures on his profile, as well as pictures and comments he had made over time. I was not around when this situation happened, but per request, I looked into it further. At first glance, it did not look like there was a lot of evidence supporting the ban so I can understand how some people would be upset. Not all the evidence of things done back then was preserved, with some evidence actually being deleted by ZE staff at the time. Nonetheless, there were multiple witnesses to Pikajew posting what at the time was considered "borderline" pictures (loli) and making inappropriate comments about those pictures or other subjects. I even had a conversation with Wesker this week where he told me and another BD that we should never unban Pikajew. Now I'm going to make a very clear point that the BDs are never obligated to show all the evidence we use to make decisions, and sometimes we couldn't possibly share all the conversations we've had or reports we've combed through. In this case, however, it was public knowledge that Pikajew was throwing around the word loli way too much and posting lewd loli images. Now you can argue that "it was just a joke" or "he didn't really mean it", but at the end of the day I'm pretty sure everyone knew he was riding the line of inappropriate. The board at the time found anything related to loli to be unacceptable and subsequently banned him. When it comes to loli, there really shouldn't be this "anime people" vs "non-anime people" situation, but somehow it still turned into that. Sure the board at the time was not that in tune with anime culture and viewed it as pedophilia, but they were not wrong to act on it. This is something that is banned in all general gathering places of the internet as well as being illegal in multiple countries including parts of the US. Yes, that's right, multiple countries that have made it illegal to possess (as well as create and distribute) sexual images of fictional characters who are described as or appear to be under eighteen years old. It's clear that the Pikajew decision started this rift and built a layer of distrust between ZE and the BDs (even SG as a whole), but it was a necessary decision. No BD team is going to unban Pikajew probably ever and plenty of people stand behind that, even if they're not the ones being the loudest about it. That distrust because of these decisions built and got twisted by people in the ZE community basically making people believe SG hates ZE, higher-ups are evil, etc. We were made aware of the gap in trust and things being said on both sides, but never with any substantial proof. Fast forward to about a week ago, maybe a little longer, several BDs are made aware of some issues centering around the ZE population. The primary issues we were looking into were the ZE population being harassed and called pedophiles. The issues weren't making it directly to us, but we heard rumblings loud enough we had to investigate. I went and sat down with a few of their more senior people in a private discord they have for ZE people (Cascade). The conversation went well enough that I thought there would be a positive future after some long needed TLC. There were obvious things that caused the ZE rift, most notably a lack of unity and trust between ZE and SG and a lack of strong leadership within the ZE server management. The latter leads into the former, which is to say the lack of strong leadership led to the rift between ZE and SG. It was clear that the SG ZE community was being led by a few ZE regs who were horribly misinformed or perhaps ignorant of how this place runs. Most notably was derpy, who in my ~90 minutes in discord with him threatened to pull the ZE population and go to a different community. Yes, you're reading that correctly, a reg was holding our players hostage. I'll be honest, on top of that, this was someone who was clearly misinformed about how certain things work in SG, particularly how we handle complaints of things happening as well as expecting us to unban people or strike/ban them simply because the demand for it is there. I get it, the person who has the loudest microphone gets heard the most, but hearing talk like that was really concerning. I understand that some people are friends with derpy, and I don't mean to out him as a horrible guy here, but there were some points where he was leading people astray. Having someone as a friend is one thing, but letting them lead you down a bad path is another. The ZE community go-to people are always going to be the SMs and CAs helping run it, and to rely on anyone else for accurate information or proper leadership will end poorly for you. This was proven not more than a week later when in a rage about an admin contest post derpy decides to "declare war" and start spewing nasty shit about SG. There were a few things that happened after that, all being encouraged and pushed by derpy and others involved. First, in an attempt to dismantle the admin contest, multiple people from Cascade made alternate accounts to vote on the admin contest. Messing with admin contest votes is petty enough, but breaking forum rules at the same time? Big no go. On top of that, suddenly people were pushing "A vote for Case is a vote for Fuck You John" which was started by derpy. Suddenly Applily is posting in the announcements section of the SG ZE discord, and after that, we pretty well had to shut the admin contest down. From there, we went to have a conversation with Bright and Wesker to see if we could get control of these ZE players as this sort of behavior was unacceptable. After a long conversation we had come up with an action plan going forward, but the BDs who attended still felt that the entirety of the BD team would have to get more involved. As I referenced earlier, there was a questionable lack of strong leadership in the ZE community beyond some regs, so it became a BD issue to solve. From there we banned derpy and mick for inciting this drama and pushing this ZE vs SG mentality even after we had reached out with him and maintained multiple open conversations throughout the week. There are going to be things that don't fall directly under a rule or previous precedents, and this is honestly one of those times. We saw derpy as a direct source of toxicity and negative that was dug deep into the ZE community and was seeping into SG as well. While you may not all agree with it when we see something like that we cut it out of the community immediately. Mick was banned for promoting this disruptive drama ridden behavior alongside derpy. Applily was demoted for posting the "A vote for Case is a vote for Fuck You John" in the SG ZE announcements, abusing the trust and access that was given to him. He was later permed after we received proof of him talking about DDoSing the servers. Case was demoted for leaking information from the staff discord as well as continuing to get involved and contribute to this ZE drama. The bans that followed were standard in a situation like this, and by that, I mean that when shit hits the fan IAs are often authorized to [temporarily] perm people causing trouble to stop the chaos as quickly as possible. After everything is calmed down then the IAs and BDs go back and re-assess who deserves what length ban if any. This was the plan this time as well, but unfortunately in the two days following this, near every person who was permed originally made alt forum accounts to send more toxic crap in SB, troll PM a BD, make a complete troll ban appeal, etc. It's unfortunate that in the end all those who were permed went and proved that they were rightfully removed from the community in the first place. If you didn't participate in all this shit after your ban and you're reading this, appeal and we will hear you out. All issues surrounding ZE are being looked into and evaluated by the higher-ups, including drama being started by our staff members. In the last few days, we've received evidence of our staff members adding to this drama as far as two weeks ago. I'm sure there have been plenty of things said and done over time, and if you have evidence of that please bring it forward. We do our best to investigate all situations especially those that are causing drama, but we need people to bring evidence forward through the correct channels for us to act on it. We are fully aware of negative comments being made and false accusations being thrown around, and we will look to issue punishments accordingly. We are completely willing to be reasonable and understanding in any situation, but when a group continues to act out and prove they're incapable of meeting us on that level we will always take action. That's not without its losses though, and as I'm sure many are aware we took a big hit by doing this. The board felt we were in a no-win situation, as we knew if we banned derpy shit would implode, but we also felt that if we let all this toxicity and negativity continue to grow the aftermath would have been even worse. When it comes to decisions made by the Board, we try to collect as much information as we can before making a final decision. This includes media, talking with involved/knowledgeable parties, and full-length discussions among ourselves to find the best solutions possible at the time. Understandably, these decisions may not make much sense or seem reasonable from an outside view. These decisions might not always be the best when looking in hindsight, but it's the best we can do with the information we have available. We'd also like to apologize for the late response, and we are aware that some of the negativity and fallout surrounding this situation built up as we took multiple days to release something public. That was not us blowing you off, just like this isn't us trying to save face with anyone. It's just how it goes sometimes, we're all really busy people and it's hard to sit down and get one person to write up all the thoughts of 6 people. On top of that, we had to continually field questions and conversations with people on all sides of the situation. Gator didn't even sleep the night it happened. I spent my entire workday Thursday talking to people. Black Rain was answering questions all day. Fantastic tried to engage in conversation with the ZE regs and coordinate with Maniac to keep an open line of communication. We also had to sort through evidence that had finally been brought to us regarding our staff acting inappropriately. We were all fucking exhausted and were just trying to keep up. As it always is, you are allowed to ask us questions, and we will always do our best to answer them all. To those of you who decided to step down or step far away from SG, I'm sorry it didn't work out how you had hoped. To those who are here and wondering what's next, all I can say is big things. Moving forward we will be continuing our efforts to support the ZE server and community. TL;DR - If you care you'll read it.
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    Hey everyone We got a bunch of promotions lined up tonight so let's cut to the chase. First up, we're promoting someone who's going to be working with his fellow Event Coordinators in providing the SG community with some awesome events in the near future. Please join me in welcoming gween to the Events Team! His new responsibilities will include: Organize, plan, and run events Manage/Promote special events on our servers Manage and monitor gaming tournaments Make sure servers are ready for all special events Schedule events to fill servers in need via the steam community Work with the Server Managers to create events that cater to community interests Second, these next three individuals have been working very hard and absolutely earned the title of Community Advisor. Please join me in welcoming Astral and Dom to the team! In addition to these two guys, we have our very own Charliere coming back to the team! Their new responsibilities will include: Work with the higher staff on implementing important decisions and projects Handling player complaints and issuing bans Moderation of the forum Give awards to members on request Send group invitations to members on request Post in-game server problems on the forum Help in any way to make the servers fun Handle reported posts on the forum Up next, this grill has been a Community Advisor for quite some time and has expressed interest in helping at a higher level. She's shown great dedication in her rank and will be running the CA team with Maniac. The CAs have finally escaped Kieran! Please join me in welcoming Stephanie. to Lead Advisor! Her responsibilities will remain relatively the same, while taking on the role of managing her team. Moving on, we're sad to see Wesker and Bright step down, but we know that life takes priority and we're very grateful for the contributions they've made towards ZE. We wish them all the best in their future endeavors and hope to see them return to SG again someday in the future. They left some pretty big shoes to fill in, however, we are very confident that these next three guys will make ZE great again! One man is a former Zombie Escape AO himself, while the other two guys are ZE veterans too. Please join me in welcoming back Paralyzed, and welcoming Maniac and Takuto to Server Manager! Lastly, we also have one more familiar face returning to Server Manager! Please join me in welcoming back Infinityward to the SM team! Their new responsibilities will include: Verify that servers are operational Reboot dead/lagged servers Assist in training new admins Search for new maps for all servers Upload maps to the servers and fast downloads site Edit map lists & rotations Congratulations everyone!
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    Hello everyone, Through a clerical error from our Junior Director (coughblackraincough), we overlooked two additional promotions. Please join me in congratulating Tyymunk to Lead Advisor and Kopsta to Events Manager! @Tyymunk @Kopsta
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    Hi everyone, There is a long list of crap that the BD's are discussing, which mostly covers major changes as to how we operate as a community. Instead of waiting for us to finish discussing everything, we're just going to push out changes piece by piece as we get to them. Most of us have been pretty busy lately, so it's taking a bit longer to get through everything. Effective immediately: JA's will no longer be required to undergo admin training. We encourage people to reach out to other admins for help, techniques, tips, etc. We also encourage other admins to help out JA's when they see them in the servers. Maybe step back a bit and walk them through how you'd handle a situation in admin chat. This isn't meant to be micromanaging - think 'on the job' training. As always, please reach out if there are ever any questions. There will no longer be a discussion for demotions for JA's who receive a strike within their tenure before becoming SA. While this had good intentions, it is doing us more harm than good because people are afraid to use their powers during that timeframe. JA's will now be held under the same exact system as SA's. After 90 days, just reach out to a BD and we will promote you. There is no discussion that takes place...you will be promoted right away. The point of the 90 day wait is to give some time to gain 'street smarts' with your new powers and abilities and not to go overboard. The jump from JA to SA serves as adding a few more tools in your toolbox. I encourage everyone, of all ranks, to reach out to new JA's during their time and see how they are doing, and if they need any help. There will be no official process for this, but please feel free to reach out and check how people are doing. Additionally, to make it abundantly clear: the goal of a 'punishment' system is not to remove an admin. The entire point of it is trying to fix shit at the lowest possible level that we can. Admin retention is our priority; we're not trying to remove people. Any questions, please reach out and ask.
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    in case anyone was worried about roux's computer being lost in the fire, @patrick also built a brand new computer for @roux and shipped it to Canada for him. As if dropping something like $1000 on the stream wasn't enough....the true fucking MVP. @patrick@patrick@patrick@patrick@patrick
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    Just sent it out a few hours ago. The original goal we had set among BD’s was $1500, so it’s awesome to see that we doubled it...and then some. Roux, I wish you and yours nothing but the best. While money can’t replace everything, hopefully this helps replace a few things. We understand your need to step down and focus on real life; just know that you will always have a place here as a BD, should you want to come back. Thank you for hard work and dedication here over the past few years. Good luck, buddy.
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    Hey everyone, I just wanted to speak real quick about the recent bans that took place, our interaction with GFL, and in general our interaction with other communities. We have a thread about this to staff members, but I wanted to just get the entire community on the same page. A long, long time ago, we used to have a mindset of 'if it didn't happen on SG, we can't ban for it'. This existed since I started playing on the servers in 2007, back when it was ZM. I'm not really sure where this line of thinking originated from, but it existed all the way until pretty recently - arguably within the last 5 years or so. This sort of caused a rift between communities, which caused raids, griefing, trolling, etc., even to the point where higher-ups were involved and it was considered fine because it didn't happen on SG. People would get banned from a community and then a raid would ensue. It was taken so seriously that even steam messages would be thrown out and not considered proof. When this mindset changed, it was a huge deal - and occasionally I will see people arguing 'well it didn't happen on SG' regarding a ban about something. While this topic can certainly transcend into a ton of different ban reasons, I am going to keep it strictly about outside communities. To be completely honest, I've never cared much about outside communities in the sense of seeing what they do and how they handle business. This is a fault of my own for several reasons, but after GCC (which was basically a community platform filled with leaders of different communities), I thought it made sense to look a little more into having relationships with members of outside communities. With the ability to reach out to people becoming easier (mainly due to Discord), there are definitely times where community leaders get together, especially to discuss problem members. When I say 'member', I mean members of staff; typically, no one is going to reach out to anyone about some random person connecting, trolling, and getting banned. The issue becomes having people in a position of trust that go off and act like idiots to another community, for a plethora of reasons - but mainly because that's not us, that's not what we represent, and that potentially burns a bridge for us in the future if we ever wanted to collaborate with that community. It goes even further than that - such as if we want a developer, mapper, coder, etc., to make us something specific, but they have ties to a community that we acted like assholes to. Now, this is not saying that I'm going to let another community dictate how we handle business, and we're not going to try and dictate how another community handles business; that's not what this is about. This is where our relationship with SNG went sour, as they came out and demanded that we demote Dominic. I refused to do that, and we were actually not allowed to be a part of GCC at first because of that. But I will always, 100% of the time sit down with other communities if they want to discuss members that are griefing or causing problems. This is also not saying that if you get permed somewhere else, it's a perm here (that actually got brought up at the GCC meetings - a perm at one community being a perm at all communities), or vice-versa. It is mainly used for more extreme situations like intentional griefing, poaching, advertising, etc., where the person doing the alleged actions is in a somewhat higher up role at a community...and mind you, what a 'higher-up' is considered at one community, may not be the same at another community. I can tell you that most owners and community leaders do not support poaching members, myself included. There's obviously a line with that - I don't consider poaching reaching out to a friend or two and seeing if they'd like to try out another community. What I do consider poaching, is intentionally reaching out to people of SG, giving them perks for signing up for a competing server, intentionally inciting drama among us, and then advertising said community on our own servers. To be very straight-forward: GFL was the community in particular, in this situation. Unfortunately, it was involving two of our previous higher-ups (Dominic & Zayne), who both seemingly left SG on a good note. I know it's kinda been tossed around as 'hush-hush', but I don't really think it needs to be. I want to be up front that the board, IA's, myself, or SG as a whole have absolutely no ill-will towards GFL or any of their people. We do not condone, nor will we tolerate any dumb crap to try and grief their community. We have already reached out to GFL and explained the situation with the proof we have - what happens next is up to them, but we are actually using this situation as a reminder that we'd love to partner up with them on inter-community events in the future. One of the other accusations being thrown around by Dominic during this is that we were forcing members to resign from their roles here if they were over at GFL as admins, which isn't true. A long time ago, a few members were banned and they formed another community. These members were friends with a higher up, and there were accusations thrown around about stealing server files, because the server they opened mimic'd one of SG's initially. This is where we came into the rule of being a higher-up at two communities being a no-go, simply because it's a conflict of interest. 'Higher-up' used to just mean AO, but obviously that fluctuates a little bit as we change ranks and responsibilities around a little bit. After a discussion, we found it to be a conflict of interest having a CA who is directly involved in a particular server's development being in close communication with someone creating the same server at another community - to the point where it was said "I was just going to help kickstart their server." Obviously, this is blatantly a conflict of interest. No one, however, is forcing anyone to do anything; users are free to make that choice on their own. In the past, we have had a few people who were higher ups resign and go start their own community or go to another established community, and there were no issues (such as b0red with b0red gaming - perfect example of how to do it)...this situation was not done professionally at all, however. So, just to reiterate: community leaders are in contact with each other. Someone knows someone somewhere, and if they don't, it doesn't take much to find that info and reach out. I get that sometimes people go in and fuck around, but if you are holding a position of trust / responsibility, you are directly representing SG, tag or not. If there are any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or another Board member.
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    dominic and zayne for 2 years Just to go out this way. hand in your clown badge and wigs, your clown licenses have been revoked.
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    Yes... YES... This is the shit I visit the forums for
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    This is the new info that got pushed out to admins right now. It is kept broad to incorporate freekilling on PB as well. Hey everyone, We've had a policy in place where admins were not allowed to punish other players for breaking rules if they did not see the situation unfold. The CA+ team re-evaluated this policy and determined that it would be in our best interest to change how our admins are able to administrate the servers. From now on, you don't have to witness a situation unfold with your own eyes to give out punishments. If you can determine a rule was broken through investigation you are allowed to punish for it. While we're being a lot more lenient with acting on these situations, you're still being held accountable for making the right decisions so make sure you're confident in your decision before handing out a punishment. We understand that mistakes happen, but we don't want to see it become a repeat issue. Don't go over the top with this change and investigating; your job as admin is to keep the servers fun.
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    @TheZZLthinks he's safe. WE KNOW WHAT YOU DID. YOU AIN'T SAFE Rendered in 4K BUT IT'S TAKING TOO LONG TO PROCESS.
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    It's not a bait this time! Continuing the tradition where @Breadhosted it for years and the Events Team ran it last year (shoutout to @Ned for that and @nickfor the banger video), we're back again for the first admin contest of this decade. This year the EMs will be helping me host the 2020 Edition. There will be a new poll each day, with each one containing admins of the same rank. The poll will stay open for 24 hours. The people who are in each poll will be randomized. You can vote for multiple people in round one. You cannot change your votes once they are cast, so make sure you're voting for the people you want to vote for. You can vote for yourself, but I strongly urge against it since it makes you look like a douche. The two people who receive the most votes in the groups in round 1 will move on to the next round. Here's how the schedule will work: Round 1 Day 1 - 5 JAs Day 2 - 5 JAs Day 3 - 6 JAs Day 4 - 6 JAs In total, the 8 JAs who win their round will move onto round 2. In addition, the top two JAs who received the most votes but did not win their round will move on, so 10 JAs in total will make it to round 2. Day 5 - 9 SAs Day 6 - 9 SAs Day 7 - 9 SAs Day 8 - 9 SAs Day 9 - 9 SAs In total, the 10 SAs who win their round will move onto round 2. In addition, the top 4 SAs who received the most votes but did not win their round will move on, so 14 SAs in total will make it to round 2. Day 10 - 4 CAs Day 11 - 5 CAs In total, the 2 CAs who win their round will move onto round 2. In addition, the top CA who received the most votes but did not win their round will move on, so 5 CAs in total will make it to round 2. Day 12 - 4 SMs Day 13 - 4 SMs In total, the 4 SMs who win their round will move onto round 2. In addition, the top SM who received the most votes but did not win their round will move on, so 5 SMs in total will make it to round 2. Day 14 - 5 IAOs In total, the 2 IAs who win their round will move onto round 2. In addition, the top IA who received the most votes but did not win their round will move on, so 3 IAs in total will make it to round 2. Day 15 - 6 TAs In total, the 2 TAs who win their round will move onto round 2. In addition, the top TA who received the most votes but did not win their round will move on, so 3 TAs in total will make it to round 2. Day 16 - 5 Directors In total, the 2 Directors who win their round will move onto round 2. In addition, the top Director who received the most votes but did not win their round will move on, so 3 Directors in total will make it to round 2. Round 2 Day 17 - 10 JAs Day 18 - 7 SAs Day 19 - 7 SAs Day 20 - 10 CA+ Day 21 - 10 IAO+ The top 2 from each group will move onto round 3, and there will be five wild cards out of all five groups put together. 15 in total will move onto round 3. Round 3 Day 22 - 5 admins Day 23 - 5 admins Day 24 - 5 admins The highest vote receiver from each group + three wild cards from the groups put together will move onto the finals, making 6 admins total in the final round. Round 4 Day 25 - 6 admins, finals Once again, this contest is all for fun, and no hard feelings should be held. There’s no need to take it extremely seriously either, campaigning will make you look even worse than voting for yourself and ruin the contest for everyone else. If you would like to be excluded from the polls, feel free to post here or send me a message/pm - rounds are subject to change depending on the amount of people who drop out, along with any rank changes that occur while the polls are up. P.S. If you vote for yourself then be prepared to face the wrath of @Korean Ninja's Wall of Shame! 2018 Wall of Shame 2017 Wall of Shame 2016 Wall of Shame Now, we can't forget the glorious Admin Contest Hall of Memes thread, can we?
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    if yall see folks getting mad votes from new accounts call that shit out. i aint no staff anymore so i'll fucking say it drippy/duffy is 100% campaigning for votes. number 1 evidence is that there is no way in hell 40 people on this website like this dude.
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    its time to use my powers for good
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    supp folks your boy just published his first singles https://open.spotify.com/album/2RsOC7h9ymL9807hoRhaKw?si=fgFmIyPAR6-M-Y3Qnv4i2A make sure yall get that shit on lockdown so we get more streams than our friends back in the hometown to make em mad post your thoughts, criticism and all that jazz, this only a baby live release that we recorded for a local tv show the day my house burnt, hence the cover photo shoutout ralph, have fun w/ the rock band cuisine edit: youtube and apple link for the plebs w/o spotify https://music.apple.com/us/album/live-on-tv-single/1530515378?uo=4&app=itunes
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    What a ride, man. It was an absolute blast coming back here with you and see what we were able to accomplish this time around. You're one of my guys for life and while I know you and I are beyond this place, it's the end of an era. It's pretty awesome to look back and think about all the shit that we've gone through and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I think I can speak for a lot of people when I say that we're very grateful for all the countless nights of hard work you've put into keeping this place running. In the worst of times when we needed the extra hands on, you were there with no questions asked. I've said plenty to you privately, but just wanted to give you a reminder that you are loved and appreciated for all that you have done and still do. To end this post off in a traditional @roux fashion, here's something I made.
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    @malibu and @Noob still trolling and not getting permd while watching other people go
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    It's time to announce our wildcards for Round 1 (because I forgot to do it after each admin group). All of these people didn't win their groups but had enough votes to move on to Round 2! Junior Administrators @Bowgun44 (21 votes) @The Don (20 votes) Senior Administrators @angelo (28 votes) @Charliere (28 votes) @PHNX (24 votes) @Error. (23 votes) @Asher (23 votes) Community Advisors @TheZZL (32 votes) Server Managers @Gentoo (48 votes) Internal Affairs Officers @Polarzz (47 votes) Technical Administrators @BoTo (56 votes) Directors @John (45 votes) So now.. since we've had some people move around the structure is a little bit different. There will be one day for each of the following groups: Junior Administrators Senior Administrators #1 Senior Administrators #2 Community Advisors + Server Managers Internal Affairs Officers + Technical Administrators + Directors The top 2 from each group will move on, and the 5 admins who didn't win their rounds with the highest overall votes will also move on as wildcards. First group of Round 2 will be up tomorrow. Good luck!
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    Congratulations to our SGSL Season 2 Champions, "?": @duffy@Casual@Edmund@Alex@tides@Greggy G@Yung Goob and @Reid99! 2nd place goes to "men": @fantastic@Black Rain@Kyle@Vee@WavY@Exk@Davie @G Brizzle and @BndC! Third place goes to "Santiago Family": @BoA@Trazz@EvilEye@Drew4p@ThomasJason5@Lawooland @a6! (prizes are still being decided upon but rest assured that you will be rewarded.) Season 2 of SGSL has come to an abrupt and uneventful end. After last nights announcement, @fantastics "men" decided to forfeit to @duffys "?" due to a very busy schedule that wouldn't have allowed any time to play. As anticlimactic as this ending is, it's most definitely understandable for the Board's schedule to be very crammed with the release of the new forums, etc. Big thanks to @Trazz for making this happen in the first place! I would like to give a special shoutout to our "crew". @Benzene@Poke@Kopsta@HardlineBooch@Kieran@Edmund@salmeine@Maniac@Hawks@Asher and anyone else that I forgot. Thank you guys for carrying the SGSL streams on your back and making them seem more "professional" than anything we could've done without you. From interviews to casting, you guys absolutely rocked your jobs and gave us some quality memes. Of course a massive thank you to all the teams who played in the event! I can't tag every single team member, but if you played for a team or registered as a sub/free agent, this thank you is all yours! There are so many other people who deserve a thank you, but as many as there are, I can't name all of you. If you helped with the SGSL is any way, thank you very much! Again, a huge congratulations to @duffyand his team! (Season 3 when?)
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