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Rules And Why We Have Them

Posted by Black Six , Jun 26 2006 · 41 views

Three days in a row, I'm amazing myself here. This has got to stop sooner or later.
But until that time, a short essay for tonight.

Rules. BZPower has lots of them. Each one is there for a reason and is meant to be obeyed. Sometimes there are circumstances when it may not seem fair to the individual. Think of this, however, with over 30,000 members, we have to think of the needs of the many as opposed to the needs of the few, or the one. (A cookie for anyone who knows where that's paraphrased from.) As I have told members asking me about the rules many times, there are a lot of younger members here, and we have to keep the content age appropriate. We also don't want them going to websites they shouldn't be going to and we certainly don't want anything from those sorts of sites showing up on BZPower. That is part of why our rules may seem strict at times.

Sometimes because of this, we are forced to ban or otherwise punish members. Again, this is a few people trying to ruin things for the rest that causes those actions to take place. Every once in a while a banned member is given a second chance, but generally they are banned for good. This means that we don't want to see them back on BZPower with different accounts, sharing someone else's account, having their content posted by someone else, etc. While if you choose to talk to them outside of BZPower, that's your decision, if we hear about them dealing with BZPower-related issues, say a contest or something, action will be taken. I'm sure some of you can guess what I'm alluding to, if you can, that's great; everyone else: you have been warned.

I could go on and on with this topic, and maybe someday I will, but today is not that day, and I'm keeping it short.

We want BZPower to be the best fansite it can be. The requires us to have rules and that they be enforced. I hope you all understand that we're not trying to be mean, just trying to appeal to as broad a range of people as possible, so they can all come here and enjoy discussing everyone's favorite Lego theme, Bionicle.


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And Just As It Begins, So Does It End...

Posted by Black Six , Jun 25 2006 · 71 views
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Well, it's been a fun almost three weeks, but the RPG Contest #2 is finally winding down to a close. Be sure to VOTE in the Final Poll, it's going to be close I'm sure, and the more entries the merrier. Good luck to all the finalists!
I'm really proud to see how the RPG Forum has been growing recently. After I helped to create it around four and a half years ago it was a thriving place; but that slowly changed over time and it became less and less active. The inception of the RPG Contest has helped to change that, along with other members' great Software-RPG projects as well as the continuing BZPRPG. None of this would be possible without our great members, creating fantastic RPG entries that have really stirred up interest in the forum. Thanks guys!
As for general BZPower News, I hear the S&T Contest is coming along nicely, and I can assure you that it won't be the last contest we have on BZP this summer, so if writing isn't your thing, keep watching.
As you can probably guess, I'm trying to update this more often, we'll see how long that lasts...
Until next time...


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Congrats Than!

Posted by Black Six , Jun 23 2006 · 62 views
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I thought I'd dedicate a quick Blog entry to Than: Matoran of Anger, BZPower's newest Forum Leader. If I could tell you the story behind his promotion, you'd be on the floor laughing, but alas, you all are not privy to such information. tongue.gif
Obviously we wouldn't have promoted Than if we weren't sure that he'd continue to do an excellent job helping out on the message boards and represent BZPower in a professional, mature, and slightly crazy manner. You earned it man!
For everyone else, watch what you post, because if you break the rules he'll be on top of you faster than you can say "Hapori Tohu."


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Rpg Contest

Posted by Black Six , Jun 22 2006 · 91 views
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I'm really liking this new contest thing, I should have started it a long time ago. Instead of worrying about RPG requests all the time, there are just four blocks of time during the year when I have to work a little harder and organize everything. And it works out better for you guys too. The competition increases the quality of the entries, and you get to pick the ones you want to play. Win-win situation. smile.gif

Concerning the voting, however, see as how we've had over a 50% increase in the number of entries since the last contest, there's probably going to be three rounds of voting this time, like in many other contests on BZP. The way it's going to be set up, however, is a bit different:

There will be three semi final polls, each with seven entries. The first poll will have the winner from each of the seven preliminary polls. The second will have all the second place winners and the third will have all the third place winners. This way, the third place winners don't have to worry about going up against the first place ones (just yet). But at the same time, we don't want all the top RPGs (first place winners from the Prelims) to get kicked out. So, after the Semi-Final round, the top five RPGs in the First Place poll will go onto the Final Poll, the top three Second place entries, and the top two Third place ones, for a total of ten entries in the final poll. I feel this is fair, as it gives a chance to good RPGs that may have been faced up against a really popular entry in the preliminaries, to at least get into the final poll. And remember, the top three RPGs get to be created and played by all of BZPower, so even at that point it will still be anybody's game.

Let me know what you think about this. I'm still open to suggestions, but like I said, I think this is pretty fair to all contestants.

See you on the boards...


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A Quick Update

Posted by Black Six , Jun 10 2006 · 72 views
Real Life
It's been a while since I posted here, so I figured I should say something. There's not much to add, however. Between school, work, and BZPower, I'm kept pretty busy, barely even time to play Halo and such. I'm in the middle of midterms for the summer semester, so halfway there; though I wish I could say it's all going to be downhill, hehe. tongue.gif I'm working at a small company that designs and manufacturers control equipment for die-cast machines; it's a good job and I'm enjoying it. It's definitely better than working retail, which I've done before and loathed. It's good to think that we're only a third of the way through June, and although the past few weeks have gone by fast, there's still over two months of summer to look forward to. Recent signs suggest that I'll be attending Brickfest, so if any of you will be there too be sure to say 'Hi!' I know a few other BZP staff members will be attending as well.

Well, that's all for now...

...See you space cowboy.


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Moving Daze

Posted by Black Six , May 31 2006 · 62 views
Real Life
So, I'm taking classes this summer at my college and therefore need a room to stay in. For reasons know only to the Office of Residence Life, I can't stay in my current room, but instead need to move to another dorm. Fine, okay, whatever. So I got assigned a room a few weeks ago, as well as a date to move in on. That date was yesterday. I'm still in my old room. Seems ResLife forgot about Memorial Day, and had been planning on cleaning up rooms then, but couldn't. Since my parents came by and took my fridge yesterday (the new room is an apartment and already has one) I was stuck today in the 80 degree weather with no way to keep my milk from curdling or to keep some water cold to drink. Heck, I'm sitting on my bed right now practically sweating it's still so hot. As most of you probably know from dealing with me on BZP, I'm not one to back down, and by the end of the day (read: 9PM at night) was able to move my perishables and some other things over to the new room. Fortunately I have no classes tomorrow, and should be able to move the rest of my stuff then. Others who weren't so persuasive have to wait until the weekend.

A warning to you all, no matter how nice of a school you go to, there's always bureaucratic dren to deal with. And it's always a pain; I've yet to find a school, a job, anything, where that sort of stuff never gets in the way. If anyone does, let me know so I know there's still hope.

And that was my rant for the evening. I'll let you get back to BZPower, so I can get back to my sweating, what fun...


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Validating Members

Posted by Black Six , May 27 2006 · 83 views
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Most of the people who will be reading this are most likely good, honest members who never would consider making a dupe account. So maybe you'll find this interesting. As the Administrator that handles all the Awaiting Authorization members, you'd be amazed at how many people there are that try to make duplicate accounts. I won't tell you how we find them, but we do, and they usually stick out like a sore thumb. Then there are the ones that blatantly try to bypass our language policy. And the ones with fake e-mail addresses so they can register multiple accounts. I probably go through at least five to ten of them each day, every day. It's kind of sad really. They just never learn...

And there you have it, a little behind the scenes peek of part of what goes on in BZPower.


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And So It Begins.

Posted by Black Six , May 27 2006 · 56 views
Real Life
Hey there everyone, thanks for stopping by and reading my blog. This will be pretty short, since I have lots of stuff that needs to get done today. Taking summer classes is really great in the long run, but in the short term it's hard to balance between doing homework, a job, and trying to have a social life. If you ever have the chance to get ahead in school by taking courses over the summer, go for it, but just beware of the consequences. You have to work hard, but just remember that it pays off in the long run.

Besides that, I finished Moving Pictures, by Terry Pratchett, the other day. A great book, I encourage anyone that like a good laugh to read some of his Discworld series. The man truly is the Douglas Adams of fantasy.

That about wraps it up, I suppose. See, I told you it was going to be short.

See you on the forums...






Welcome To My Blog

I'm glad to see you made the trip intact.

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Name:
Andrew
Alias:
Black Six
Join Date:
August 2, 2001
Staff Since:
August 6, 2001
Position:
BZPower Administrator
Forums Currently Moderated:
Bionicle RPG, LEGO RPG, News Discussion
Forums Previously Moderated:
Fan-Created Games, Promotions, Marketplace Banter, Storyline & Theories, Buy/Sell/Trade, probably some others
Other Responsibilities:
Making sure news is posted, keeping the forums running smoothly, learning the ways of server-burping.

Video Games!

Most Played Games (as of late):
  • Halo 4
  • Tiny Death Star
  • Plants vs Zombies 2
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Contest:
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Library Summer Olympics - On hold
RPG Contest #19 - On hold
RPG Contest #20 - On hold
BBC Contest #61 - Sorted
RPG Contest #21 - On hold
BBC Contest #62 - On hold
Short Stories Contest #8 - On hold
RPG Contest #22 - On hold
Comics Contest #1 - On hold

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