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The New Word Filter

Posted by Sumiki , in Writing, Rants, Not Essays!, BZPower Aug 21 2014 · 181 views

I sincerely congratulate -Windrider- and the rest of the gang for knocking out something that was long overdue. (Come to think of it, Takuma is probably much happier than I am.)

Over the years, I've heard many people discuss changing the word filter. Heck, I knew people were kicking around that idea when I joined nearly eight years ago; Taka-Tahu-Nuva mentioned to me that discussions were going on back when I sent him updates to the BBCC History topic. It was full of what were, objectively, bizarre and silly holdovers from the past, as vestigial as the policies that have been culled from the rules in recent months. "Jerk" and "idiot" were two that always really bugged me, because they're pretty tame words. Filtering the former out only made it look worse and the "cool dude" of the latter lived in infamy.

I'm mainly going to talk about the latter filter, because I hated that thing.

However, there are a lot of folks on the member rolls, active and inactive, that liked it. Its actual purpose was to prevent members from spamming forums by calling each other idiots, and it long outlived that function. It was a fad. I never understood the explanation of keeping it around because its reason for implementation might once again rear its noobish head, and I certainly didn't understand excusing its continued presence by claiming that it was somehow an integral part of BZPower.

I certainly understand the viewpoint that those folks come from. "Cool dude" is as much of BZPower history as the Secret Stomach Message. Yet BZPower has survived without connor's infamous message, as it was deleted along with the rest of the Archives. Yet it is preserved in a great many ways: through screenshots, the Wayback Machine, and - perhaps most importantly - through BZPower's culture.

We no longer need to filter the word idiot, because "cool dude" is part of our culture. It's part of BZP lore and tradition. Call me crazy for saying that a web site has a culture, but how else can you explain the memes that have perpetuated themselves on BZP and could not make the jump elsewhere? I only need to point to the Secret Stomach Message as an example of this.

A web site is more than a single filter that is as long and unfunny as a Family Guy episode. Keeping it around to be a part of BZP tradition - when it will continue in perpetuity nestled inside its bubble of bizarre infamy, regardless of whether or not it's in the filter - was, I believe, harmful to BZPower's perception for a couple of reasons.

The first was amongst prospective members. While I doubt anyone has ever not joined (or left) BZPower because of something as small as the word "idiot," filtering it was one of the things that presented BZPower as a site still rooted in the past.

The second was in stories. Be they in the Library, OTC, the Blogs, or anywhere else, words like "idiot" and "jerk" - words many people use, and useful words when it comes to both fiction and in recounting personal stories - were avoided. The only time I've ever seen the word used in the Library before now was in 2006, when bonesiii inserted some carefully placed dots to evade said filter. (I remember reporting it, but I don't believe that anything came of it.)


Ever since then, I've seen a number of instances where flow and realism would be improved by the addition of words such as those, and now writers are free to use them.

Third, "idiotic" has never been (and hopefully never will be) filtered.

Finally (and I haven't seen this point raised anywhere else), we turn to the Comics forum, which I have patrolled since my promotion. Many times, comic makers would make innocent comics which would happen to have a filtered word in them. I always regretting having to report them because I felt like we were handling non-issues.

Comparing those filters to the "first to post" filter is tricky. I haven't seen anyone say "first to post" in a while. Its presence, which I miss only vaguely, was not as obtrusive and it got back at members whose posts would otherwise be annoying. It was a precision strike, unlike the cool dude cluster-bomb.

I will say it before and I'm sure I'll have to say it again in the future: BZPower is resistant to change. Its longstanding members, by and large, have grown so attached to aspects of the site that necessary and overdue changes - such as updating the front page - meet with some manner of resistance every time an issue of its ilk arises. I can count myself in amongst those members; my eight-year BZ-versary is next month and Senior Staffhood is six months out. But I've seen BZP in the old days and the new, and I've had to come to terms with my conclusions.

Fundamentally, what is nostalgic to members of a certain age is the exact opposite of what will sustain BZPower in the coming years, especially if the rumors of BIONICLE's return turn out to be true.

I applaud and urge on the implementations of reform that BZPower still needs. Its overdue makeover may be long in its gestation and yet longer until completion, but things are happening.

And that makes me happy to be a part of this community.



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I'm an Idiot

Posted by Sumiki , in BZPower Aug 20 2014 · 225 views

And I'm not bypassing the filter. :)



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BrickFair Day 4

Posted by Sumiki , in AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Life, MOCing, twiggy Aug 02 2014 · 124 views

BRACE YOURSELVES - THE PUBLIC IS COMING

DAD DAD OR LIFE ON MARS? WE JUST DON'T KNOW

YARD SARD/YALE SALE: $2 BAGS OF BONKLES

HORSE MASK VINES: NUKAYA HORRIFIED, BOSSMANDREW SLAPS

FREE (DISGUSTING) FOOD

STARBURST: FOUR AT ONCE BECAUSE XAERAZ


"That's why I like Sumiki - he's stupid and gullible." - Xaeraz, 2014

LASER TAG: GREEN TEAM THREE-PEAT

VALENDALE CHUGS ICING FOR A MEMBER TITLE



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BrickFair Day 3

Posted by Sumiki , in Sumiki's Dad, MOCing, Life, HATPILE, BZPower, BIONICLE/LEGO, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Aug 01 2014 · 80 views

BZTOWER: BREAKING DESPITE SUPPORT COLUMNS

SUMIKI'S DAD HOLDS COURT

NUKAYA'S BENNY PAINTING GOES FOR $2000 AT THE CHARITY AUCTION

BREADSTICK LUNCH? OBVIOUSLY

VENDOR RAIDING: THIRTY BALL JOINTS - MAYBE MORE

WAL-MART RAID FOR BATTERIES AND MIXELS: VALENDALE HATES IT, MY WASP IS NOW DERPING

BRICKEENS GETS FULL SKYPE TOUR


NOT ONE, BUT TWO TARAKAVA-RELATED VINES

MEIKO PRANKED WITH EMPTY NINJAGO BOX (SORRY)

KOPAKA NUVA SMELLS GOOD

BEAN CORE BRICKS ARE BEAN CORE

TAKUMA "M-DIZZLE" NUVA DROPS SOME SICK RHYMES

THE GREAT DULLES PARKING LOT ROAD TRIP (FEAT. TAKUMA NUVA AND AVOHKAH TAMER)

MY FEET HURT



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The Great Vine Challenge WINNERS

Posted by Sumiki , in AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Contests, HATPILE, Life Jul 31 2014 · 111 views

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With four votes: OCTODAD
"Impersonate Tarakava by punching each other in the face repeatedly."

With three votes: MAKUTA LUROKA
"Sumiki shouts 'Boinkles' repeatedly, which ends in many people shouting 'Boinkles' at once"

Also with three votes: KITANIA
"Walk up to a BZP member with your favorite set and exclaim 'I really like this robot!'"

Octodad will have her Vine made tomorrow. Makuta Luroka and Kitania's Vines will also likely be made tomorrow.

Thanks to all who entered - ideas from non-winners may very well be modified and made into more Vines. Stay tuned!



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BrickFair Day 2

Posted by Sumiki , in AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Life, MOCing Jul 31 2014 · 38 views

YARD SALE TIME

BREADSTICK STREAK BROKEN

BEAN CORE? BEAN CORE

PABLO'S SEMINAR: MOVED BUT STILL GREAT (I WAS VIDEOGRAPHER)

NICK BLUETOOTH: PABLO PURCHASE, REVIEW MADE

KEK POWERIZER: $5 FROM EVERYONE, REVIEW MADE, PARTS TOMORROW, NUKAYA HORRIFIED AT OUR PURCHASE

#GALIDOR2015: I KISSED A GORM (AND I LIKED IT)



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The Great Vine Challenge POLL

Posted by Sumiki , in AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, Contests, Life, MOCing, Other Stuff Jul 30 2014 · 87 views

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If you didn't see your entry here, then I disqualified it for not being realistically film-able. My apologies if you are one of the members affected. You can vote for TWO.

1) Shout at all the kids to get off your lawn.

2) Have an older BZPeep yell at all of you to get off his/her lawn.

3) Caramelldansen.

4) Question someone about the whereabouts of a 2x2 lego brick named Samantha.

5) Impersonate Tarakava by punching each other in the face repeatedly.

6) PUSH-UP CONTEST.

7) Sumiki shouts "Boinkles" repeatedly, which ends in many people shouting "Boinkles" at once.

8) Walk up to a BZP member with your favorite set and exclaim "I really like this robot!"

9) Yell "BIONICLES" while showing pictures of sets.



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BrickFair Day 1

Posted by Sumiki , in AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA, BIONICLE/LEGO, BZPower, HATPILE, Life, MOCing Jul 30 2014 · 52 views

VALENDALE AND TAKUMA NUVA WIN AT BINGO

DUPLO REVIEW: VINE AND FULL VERSIONS

EXPANDING OUR NEWFOUND BEAN CORE AESTHETIC

SPACESHIP SPACESHIP SPACESHIP

VENDOR RAIDS? VENDOR RAIDS

IS IT POSSIBLE TO EAT ALL OF THE BREADSTICKS IN A PIZZA HUT/TACO BELL? YES

MOUSE SALAD WITH GERBILS RETURNS

LATE-NIGHT MINILAND FIG CONSTRUCTION? YES



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HALF AN HOUR TO BRICKFAIR

Posted by Sumiki , in Other Stuff, MOCing, Life, HATPILE, BZPower, BIONICLE/LEGO, AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Jul 30 2014 · 78 views

I AM EXCITE

(p.s. there's still time to enter the GREAT VINE CHALLENGE)






    

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He's the lord of all strangeness. - Ignika: Nerd of Life

How awesome is Sumiki on a scale of 1 to 10? - Waffles
42. - Black Six

[He's] the king of wierd, the prince of practicality, the duke of durr! - Daiker

Sumiki is magic. - Cholie

Sumiki says, "Do I creeeeeeep you out?" Yes, he does. - Waffles

Sumiki is a nub. He's cool, but he's still a nub. - Ran Yakumo


"What is a Sumiki?" You may ask. But the answer to that is still unknown, even to the Sumiki itself. - Daiker


LISTEN TO SUMIKI - Cholie


Sumiki is best snickerdoodle. - Takuma Nuva


BZPower = Sumiki + McSmeag + B6. And Hahli Husky. - Vorex


What's a Sumi? Does it taste good? - Janus


I would have thought Sumiki wanted to reincarnate as a farm animal. - Kraggh


EAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH - Kakaru


Sumiki: the horse_ebooks of bzp - VampireBohrok


Everything relates to Sumiki. No really, everything. - Daiker


He's in worse mental condition than I thought. - Obsessionist


I'm just wondering why I'm looking at some cat dancing ... I suppose the answer would simply be "Sumiki." - Brickeens


I was like a beast, screaming through the mind of Sumiki at the speed of sound. I.. I wasn't strong enough to stop myself. What I saw was the end of infinity, through which one can see the beginning of time, and I will never be the same. - Portalfig


I imagine the 13th Doctor will be rather like Sumiki, at the rate we're going. - rahkshi guurahk


I was quite sure Sumiki had another set of arms stashed somewhere. - Bfahome


Note to future self: don’t try to predict Sumiki, he’s unpredictable. - Voltex


Let's be honest, I would totally have picked my main man Sumiki to lead my goose-stepping night killers anyway. We tight like that, yo. - Xaeraz


10/10, would Sumiki again. - Bfahome

     

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Every week, I post a new "Tuesday Tablescrap", a small MOC not worthy of a topic, but something to post and inspire me to build more.

10/25/11 - Duplo Flower
11/1/11 - Slender Man and Masky
11/8/11 - Bizarre Black Spaceship
11/15/11 - 2001 Monolith

11/22/11 - My Little Slizer 50
11/29/11 - Punching Bag
12/6/11 - Thunder and Escorts
12/13/11 - Three Concepts
12/20/11 - Kaxium Alternate
12/27/11 - None (Christmas Break)

    

1/3/12 - Daiker
1/10/12 - None
1/17/12 - Volant
1/24/12 - Nidman's Chute Shoop Shop
1/31/12 - None (Brickshelf down)
2/7/12 - None
2/14/12 - Atomic Lime
2/21/12 - Spearhead
2/28/12 - Glatorian Kahi
3/6/12 - Seeker
3/13/12 - Skyscraper
3/20/12 - Microphone
3/27/12 - Toa Vultraz
4/3/12 - Flammenwerferjüngeres
4/10/12 - Umbrella
4/17/12 - Lime Beetle
4/24/12 - Special - Flame Sculpture
5/1/12 - None (BZPower down)
5/8/12 - Purple Ninja
5/15/12 - The Original Sumiki
5/22/12 - 7/24/12 - None
7/31/12 - Tahu
8/7/12 - None (BrickFair)
8/14/12 - Special - Chess Set
8/21/12 - Heavily Armored Wasp
8/28/12 - Spaceship Drill
9/4/12 - Scuba Vehicle
9/11/12 - Orange Guy
9/18/12 - Strange Flying Thing
9/25/12 - Goblet
10/2/12 - None
10/9/12 - Aim .............................. Down
10/16/12 - Gold Bot
10/23/12 - Teal Mech
10/30/12 - Special - Teal Mech (#2)
11/6/12 - Bits and Pieces
11/13/12 - Two Spaceships
11/20/12 - TARDIS Interior
11/27/12 - Christmas Creep
12/4/12 - Toaraga
12/11/12 - Fireplace
12/18/12 - Abstract Duckling
12/25/12 - None (Christmas)
1/1/13 - Black Bot
1/8/13 - 1/22/13 - None
1/29/13 - Handheld Rhotuka Launcher
2/5/13 - 8/6/13 - None
8/13/13 - The Hinklebot
8/20/13 - Special - Post-Apocalyptic Piyufi
8/27/13 - 8/5/14 - None
8/12/14 - Another Chro Original
8/19/14 - Kanohi Zatth
8/26/14 - Miniland Hatpile

    

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Formerly known as the Bring Back Teal Club, the Unused Colors Society is a club that serves to promote colors that are little-used or discontinued, such as teal, old purple, or metallic blue.

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If you learn one thing in life, learn this:

You should never, ever question why demons would possess a soda.

just a heads up - Cthulhu would probably eradicate mankind before bringing back Bionicle

so yeah, all I'm saying is, please think twice about this okay

nothing gets democracy flowing like erratic capitalizatION

[the NSA] couldn't say no when I offered them an ostrich farm in exchange

Sumiki -- nice try but we all know Toa Mata Nui stuffs its bra




You have a great understanding of history, but don't forget, war, murder and other poor decisions are also huge characteristics.

Also a long line of really great hats.

Shhh, I'm trying to focus on the negative to justify my dislike of history.

have we mentioned hats

To be fair, I am the one responsible for the invention of Mafia in the 1320s by seventeen bored italians locked in a mine shaft.

It's a long story.

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