Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2015

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Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2015

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:27 pm UTC

The madness will most likely start on or around this Monday (6th of April) plus or minus time zones. It will definitely be over by Friday.

Az provides a cryptic TL;DR
Spoiler:
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Last year's announcement for context:
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A discussion FAQ from last year's debrief discussion:

Spoiler:
1) We acknowledge that locking the time thread was none too smart. We don't repeat bad pranks. We just come up with entirely new bad pranks.
2) We cannot exempt specific threads (or subforums) from the Madness word filters. Our sysadmin davean can, but has only done so on one occasion and it was difficult enough that he is unlikely to do so again. Simply put, this is not a solution available to the Mod Staff.
3) We have provided rough start/end dates for the Madness in the announcement.
4) We have made the Madness Announcements available in image form to keep the filters at bay.
5) There already is a "Real Madness Issues Only" thread in SFI for the duration.

If you've been here for prior ones, you know the routine - things get weird.

Now, what if you joined the forum sometime between, oh.. April 2014 and today?

Well, at some point in the near future, things are going to go funny. Then really funny. Then completely incomprehensible. And just when that sorta starts to make some sort of sense, it goes oddball again, getting even stranger. Like last year, everyone found they were suddenly typing in a Caribbean dialect of English. That was neat. That just gives you an idea. Searching the forum for "mod madness" or even "Mod madness filters" can give you more ideas. Also, you might want to search for cheesegraters. I am not making that up.

My point being that precise conversation does pretty much become impossible. I also advise against fighting against the filters - continue typing normally and not only will you enjoy the show and participate in a forum-wide event, your comments won't look stupid when the filters are turned off. And some of them stick around, either formally or informally as this is one of the places the forum gets some of it's slang.

If reading the links at the start of this announcement (and searching the forum) isn't enough of an explanation, please - please please please - ask questions about what's going to happen and I (or someone else) will try our best to explain it.

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Note to new readers once the madness happens:

This is me preemptively making fun of you for completely ignoring an announcement that appeared with a current date, literally saying " Actual Important Announcement" in it's title. There's always a handful, and I always find it hard to find sympathy for someone who ignored a global announcement.

Also, every year some people get needlessly upset that a forum has gone incomprehensible for a while, some people complain about the April Fools joke not being funny as they can't argue about whatever thing they want to argue about - possibly on why it's wrong to get gay married in a marijuana field with a concealed weapon permit when you should be open carrying. I like banning those people for a week. I've little patience for someone who knows what to expect getting upset that an annual event is happening again.

Constructive criticism? That's always a good idea, what with people making mistakes and so on. That's never a bad thing. There will be a thread in SF/I for that purpose.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Mishrak » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:48 pm UTC

My body is ready.

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Quercus » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:54 pm UTC

I'm actually looking forward to it this year...although only because being driven away from the fora for a week or so will do wonders for my productivity :D

(I reserve the right to pop back occasionally to look at the chaos in a horrified-but-fascinated fashion)

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby TaintedDeity » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:06 pm UTC

Oh, i'm actually here for it this time. I'm scared. Hold me.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby patzer » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:10 pm UTC

Sounds good. Nice of you to make an announcement, and avoid terrifying newbies.

(Wow, it's been two years since that whole Time comic coincided with the madness, producing a thread of wonderfully incomprehensible gibberish)

You should consider promoting a few dozen agèd forumites to modhood for a week. If ten or so mods produce Madness, what could a hundred could do? :shock:
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Deva » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:36 pm UTC

Accidently delete posts, threads, or users permanently.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Earthling on Mars » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:38 pm UTC

You may want to make sure you have this announcement in image form before the madness starts.

THIS THING YOU HAVE SUGGESTED, IT IS DONE.

*SQUEAK*

YES, AND THAT AS WELL.

*SQUEAK*

NO, I WILL NOT BRING THE RAVEN ALONG TOO

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Neil_Boekend » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:40 pm UTC

I am preemptively complaining that you didn't warn us.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Mishrak » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:46 pm UTC

I remembered to back up my forum avatar this time too. Bunny Ultros by Sungara is too valuable.

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Dopefish » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:53 pm UTC

Will there be hats

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Neil_Boekend » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:55 pm UTC

There is always a haberdasher in Time.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby WilliamTheConqueror » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:14 pm UTC

i'm so ready for this
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:16 pm UTC

*dons armor*

Think I'm ready.
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Postby pseudoidiot » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:22 pm UTC

If you think you're ready for Mod Madness, then you're not.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Klear » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:24 pm UTC

Can't wait.

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Postby Fractal_Tangent » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:24 pm UTC

I have never been ready. Maybe I should get a sword or something. No such thing as being over prepared.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Neil_Boekend » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:31 pm UTC

*dons open mind*
*readies Tiger balm* (for care for strained laughing muscles)
*prepares booze*
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:45 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:*prepares booze*


I see you've played "Bribe-a-Mod" before
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby WilliamTheConqueror » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:57 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:I have never been ready. Maybe I should get a sword or something. No such thing as being over prepared.


two swords? maybe three. can't be too careful.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Link » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:25 pm UTC

Yay, Madness!

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby suffer-cait » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:29 pm UTC

Jeeze, i haven't actually been here for one since like...the first one. Do with me what you may.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby OmniLiquid » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:30 pm UTC

Huzzah for madness!

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I wonder if it's just a coincidence that Randall posted a controversial (for certain definitions of controversial) comic shortly beforehand the last two years, bringing newcomers in only to confound them.
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Postby Kewangji » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:33 pm UTC

I for one deny the "official" explanations of mod madness, and think that you simply poison our internets for about a week as part of a government program to see if drugs can be effectively transmitted via electricity and memetics. I'm all for it.
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Postby suffer-cait » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:37 pm UTC

OmniLiquid wrote:Huzzah for madness!

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I wonder if it's just a coincidence that Randall posted a controversial (for certain definitions of controversial) comic shortly beforehand the last two years, bringing newcomers in only to confound them.

yes. the creators of either thing don't really associate as much as you might think. sorry to break your dreams.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby OmniLiquid » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:45 pm UTC

A quick search showed I was likely misremembering anyway.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Neil_Boekend » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:59 pm UTC

SecondTalon wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:*prepares booze*


I see you've played "Bribe-a-Mod" before

I didn't know that me getting drunk was a way to bribe anyone. Cool!
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Kewangji » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:09 pm UTC

Neil_Boekend wrote:
SecondTalon wrote:
Neil_Boekend wrote:*prepares booze*


I see you've played "Bribe-a-Mod" before

I didn't know that me getting drunk was a way to bribe anyone. Cool!

Seriously, you can send (some of?) them booze and they will do things for you. Get you your own subforum, maybe. For some reason, people don't think they're being serious about it.
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Fractal_Tangent » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:11 pm UTC

So uhhh, what is the actual diameter of your head ST?
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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Mishrak » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:20 pm UTC

Bottles of Vodka, Whiskey, Scotch, Tequila and Wine are on their way.

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby SecondTalon » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:30 pm UTC

Fractal_Tangent wrote:So uhhh, what is the actual diameter of your head ST?

Big. Bigger than that. No, seriously. Bigger.

No, wait, that's too big. Dial it back a little. But not that much.

That looks about right.

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Neil_Boekend wrote:*prepares booze*


I see you've played "Bribe-a-Mod" before

I didn't know that me getting drunk was a way to bribe anyone. Cool!
Oh. I thought you meant for shipping.

My mistake. I see you have yet to be introduced to the great game of "Bribe-a-mod". It's easy. As I recall, Belial takes whiskey, Azrael takes scotch, Gordon takes banana daiquiris, and so on, in that fashion.
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Postby BlitzGirl » Wed Mar 25, 2015 8:42 pm UTC

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Dauric » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:22 pm UTC

"Actual Important Announcement" guarantees it won't be read.
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Postby SFX » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:31 pm UTC

It's already started.

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Postby karhell » Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:46 pm UTC

Good. Can't wait to see what you'll cook up this year ^^
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Postby phlip » Wed Mar 25, 2015 10:46 pm UTC

Kewangji wrote:I for one deny the "official" explanations of mod madness, and think that you simply poison our internets for about a week as part of a government program to see if drugs can be effectively transmitted via electricity and memetics. I'm all for it.

If you're implying that the Madness is beyond our control, and the festivities are merely cover as the mods spend the week scrambling behind the scenes to hold the forum together as the very fabric of reality is crumbling all around us... then I have no idea what you mean, such a suggestion would be obviously ridiculous. Watch, as I ridicule it. Ha, ha. Ha.

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby Flumble » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:07 pm UTC

QFU:
Earthling on Mars wrote:You may want to make sure you have this announcement in image form before the madness starts.



Woohoo, it's the first time I actually see the announcement up front!
Wait, that's nothing to rejoice about, not seeing the announcement and then being surprised by the forum's* blabbering is much more fun!

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby bentheimmigrant » Wed Mar 25, 2015 11:18 pm UTC

So. Excited.
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Postby NotGrouchy » Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:07 am UTC

I just know that this time around we'll all be super-friends (trade mark !) and the day will end with us all slurping a cocktail through a straw from the same hollowed-out pineapple !

*giggles and gushes* to one and all !

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Re: Mar 25th - Actual Important Announcement - Mod Madness 2

Postby poxic » Thu Mar 26, 2015 12:14 am UTC

One day I'll learn who NG is and I'll be able to move on. Maybe this year.
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