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    Diz reacted to Dreadknux in 2020 is The Sonic Stadium's 20th Anniversary! A Year of Festivities!   
    I've already written a story about this on the news side of this site, but I wanted to make a note of all this right here too because SSMB has been such an important part of the TSS journey... but this year will be our 20th anniversary! Hooray!!!

    We've created some new imagery to promote the occasion, the banner can be found on our social media channels but I've also included it here. Over the years, we've had loads of SSMB members and site fans create fan art / fan banners for TSS and SSMB. It'd be awesome if anyone here got inspired to do the same for our 20th year on the internet!  
    Over the years, Sonic Stadium has come to cover all sorts of things. The site and forums are still standing, but we had an Awards Ceremony, SEGASonic Radio station, Shadow Team fan game studio, Sonic Spriters Network resource, a TSS Network family of sites to wrap all of them together... and obviously we established Summer of Sonic, which is still going every now and then with new events.
    Even on the SSMB there's so much history to talk about over the last 20 years. We have had the Sonic Battle Stadium (a role playing forum which allowed members to battle one another), various events with account Badges up for grabs as prizes, SSMB community-produced music albums and much more! You guys have really helped to shape the story of these forums and the site, and I'd love for you guys to help celebrate this anniversary because it belongs just as much to you as it does to little old me.
    The big month is October 2020, but over the course of the year I'll be sharing various things on social media and on the main site (and on here too where it makes sense and doesn't get in the way). Retrospectives on our biggest events, best features, old looks and things like that. I hope you guys can join me in helping making this year one to remember for the site and forums!
    Here's to a great 2020! Happy New Year!
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    Diz reacted to Dr Ryan in Sonic Live Action Movie Thread (Read OP for topic rules) "Trailer 2 on Page 482)   
    I think it's definitely better without, but either way this design looks great.
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    Diz reacted to Tornado in My Little Pony's Justice 2 - Official MLP Thread v2   
    Seriously, guys. It's okay to post in this new topic. No one is going to be banned or anything.
     
     
     



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    Diz reacted to SenEDDtor Missile in New Moderators   
    @Blacklightning strikes...
     A @Pawn became a Queen/King...
    and @Strickerx5...
    is now a mod.
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    Diz reacted to Tornado in New Moderators   
    I've been on vacation. What happen.
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    Diz got a reaction from Strickerx5 in New Moderators   
    Welcome to the team!!
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    Diz got a reaction from Blacklightning in New Moderators   
    Welcome to the team!!
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    Diz got a reaction from Pawn in New Moderators   
    Welcome to the team!!
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    Diz reacted to Chris in New Moderators   
    It's that time again! Due to recent departures, we have been looking for a few new moderators to add to our team. Please join me in welcoming @Blacklightning, @Pawn and @Strickerx5!
     
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    Diz got a reaction from Mick in Ended: Survey - America Through Foreign Eyes   
    Age: 28
    Gender: Male
    Home Country: Norway
    1. Have you ever been to the United States?
    Yes, once so far.
     
         1a. If so why (business, vacation, study abroad program, visiting relatives, etc.)?
    Visiting one of you awesome members!
     
         1b. How long were you there (If you have been to the US more than once please list the longest period you were there)?
    Roughly three months, the maximum time allowed for general travelling.
     
         1c. Which state(s) did you visit?
    Minnesota.
     
         1d. How would you describe your experience? Was it positive or negative? Did anything stick out as being good, bad, unusual, or unexpected?
    It was a great experience, one which will be hard to forget. As for anything sticking out as unexpected, there happens to be a lot of Norwegian blood down there.
     
    2. Do you have any relatives living in the United States?
    None that I am aware of.
     
    3. What is the general attitude towards the United States where you live?
    For the most part, people who have travelled to the United States have spoken warmly of it from a tourist's perspective, from what I have gathered.
     
         3a. What are your personal feelings towards the United States? 
    Personally, there are some things which I will never understand, along with things that scare me.
    One of the things being the controvery regarding weapons. I do not think I would feel safe living in a country where weapons are so readily available, to the public and police both.
    The other thing being capital punishment, an act which is long abolished in this and every remotely nearby country.
    Those conflicting feelings aside, USA feels like an exciting country, and I would love to travel there again someday.
     
    4. What stereotypes of Americans are commonly found in your home country?
    Lawsuits.
     
    5. It’s commonly said in the United States that America has no culture of its own but is instead a mish-mash of various other cultures. What is your opinion of this statement? Is there anything that you would consider unique to American culture?
    While I have no deep knowledge regarding how America works, I do feel that there are a lot of cultures that have come together, not least groups of people from various nations, the same way I feel how the English language absorbs many words and expressions from most other languages. I would say America is rich in culture, even if many of them theoretically could have originated elsewhere.
     
    6. How familiar are you with the American political system? Are you aware of concepts such as the branches of government, the Bill of Rights, and the federal system?
    As a person with very little interest in his own country's political affairs, I am even less familiar with how the American political system works.
     
    7. As you have probably already heard the United States is currently in the middle of a presidential election. Have you been following the election at all?
    I have been paying attention to certain basics of the election.
         
         7a. If so what is your opinion of Donald Trump?
    After hearing some of the things he has said to the public recently, I was very shocked to hear about his victory, but as Clinton said not long ago, it is important that we give him a chance. 
         7b. What is your opinion of Hillary Clinton?
    I have not been paying all that much attention to Hillary Clinton.
     
         7c. If you could vote in the election do you have any idea which one you would cast your vote for? Would you vote for a third party? Abstain from the election altogether?
    I would have needed to research both parties a bit more. Either that or abstain.
     
    8. America has two major political parties, the Democrats and the Republicans, how familiar are you with these parties and their ideologies?
    I am not at all familiar with the two major political parties in America.
     
    9. The United States has earned itself the nickname of “the world’s policeman” due to its habit of getting involved in other countries’ affairs. Do you think America should continue to intervene in foreign conflicts, or should it let other nations solve their problems themselves?
    USA is a powerful nation, and with power comes great responsibility. I do not know enough politics at this point to say whether they should be involved in other countries' affairs or not, as I know there can be dire consequences either way.
     
    10. Do you think that there is anything America could learn from your country’s culture or political system? Is there anything that you think your country could learn from America’s culture or political system?
    America is diverse, big and powerful. I used to think that America could benefit from adapting to far less weapons and less capital punishment, but over time I realized that it is a completely different country in many ways. What works for the country I live in is not necessarily going to work well for America. As for political systems, Norway is technically a kingdom, but the royal family has absolutely no power other than veto rights. Instead, the government is the one in control. What's up with that? USA's president is at least not just for show, they do things, as far as I am aware anyway.
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    Diz reacted to Sonictrainer in Pokemon Gold/Silver Demo Beta Discovered   
    Hackers found a 1997 Space World demo for Pokemon Gold/Silver that had early sprites that show very different designs and ideas for certain Pokemon that were later changed or appeared later in certain Pokemon in future Generations. There were also different maps for the regions.

     
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    Diz reacted to Badnik Mechanic in What the heck happened to the main website?!   
    It's back now.
    Told you.
    It always comes back when it gets hungry.
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    Diz reacted to Tara in "Privacy Error" In Need of Fixing   
    Since the issue appears to be resolved, I'm going to go ahead and lock this.
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    Diz got a reaction from Tara in "Privacy Error" In Need of Fixing   
    I've seen it happen around other sites from time to time. I think it will be resolved soon. If anyone has friends unable to log on to the site in the meantime, you can let them know to proceed/ignore/add an exception to the certificate. The procedure can be different depending on the browser, and in some cases, it will be hidden until one clicks on something like Advanced or Read More.
     
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    Diz got a reaction from tailsBOOM! in "Privacy Error" In Need of Fixing   
    I've seen it happen around other sites from time to time. I think it will be resolved soon. If anyone has friends unable to log on to the site in the meantime, you can let them know to proceed/ignore/add an exception to the certificate. The procedure can be different depending on the browser, and in some cases, it will be hidden until one clicks on something like Advanced or Read More.
     
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    Diz reacted to Candescence in "Privacy Error" In Need of Fixing   
    Apparently the HTTPS certificate expired, according to Chrome. Did someone forget to renew it or something?
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    Diz reacted to Badnik Mechanic in Is listening to Sonic music online on youtube illegal/stealing?   
    Listening/streaming them on youtube. No.
    Downloading them. Technically yes, but there is utterly no way ANYONE can prove outright you have ripped audio/video from youtube.
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    Diz reacted to Badnik Mechanic in Is listening to Sonic music online on youtube illegal/stealing?   
    YouTube:
    Is it stealing. No.
    Is it illegal. No.
    Is it moral. You decide.
     
    That's it. Unless you are doing the uploading, hosting or distribution, you are not breaking any law by watching or listening via streaming.
    So YouTube is perfectly fine, unless you happen to view content which would break very specific laws e.g. viewing terrorist material.
    If however you downloaded the music/video, or uploaded it to be hosted, then yes illegal.
     
    Watching youtube vids is not illegal. The legality falls on the uploaded and the content host. Not the viewer. 
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    Diz reacted to Wittymations in Stephen Hawking has passed away   
    The man an incredibly long life considering what he suffered from. That's strength many of us cannot know.
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    Diz reacted to BlueSky in Name Pronunciation Between Languages   
    Well, this is interesting. Don't mind if I butt in.
    Coming from a country where basically only kids' stuff gets dubbed while the rest is just subbed there's a fun mixture of pronouncing; it depends purely about what's the case and who's talking.
    About every Swedish name is pronounced like they should since reasons, but when it comes to the other languages, like English and French, it really depends. One of my French teachers used to cringe whenever they heard someone pronounce Cannes like "kannes" and not "kann", especially if it was about news readers.
    It's like, one can say Derek with the English r or Finnish, more rolling r, that's pretty small fries really. But then names like Mike; the English way seems to be like "maik" but in here some may say "mike" just because in Finnish there's very few cases where stuff's pronounced differently from how it's written.
    And just think about how funny it gets with French; Jaques is said like "jakues" if one has no idea how to pronounce it or no care about "Frenchie laa-dee-daah". (I think I have it a bit better, at least I hope so, otherwise those 9 years of studying French didn't really pay off that well...)
    Sonic is pretty much said "sonik", without any hints of a's whatsoever (in English there seems to be a bit of a in that o in this case), and that's how I say it when I'm talking in Finnish. Now comes the really fun part though; Tails and especially Knuckles.
    I did this when I was so small I had no everloving idea about English pronouncing, and there's people who do it like this anyway because Finnish. 
    Everything pronounced like it's written. Tails is "tails", not "teils", and Knuckles... well, it's "knukles", not "nakls". It's funny. Nowadays I say them in a more English-pronouncing style but still, it takes a lot of time to learn which letters aren't for pronouncing in English words and all that stuff. There might be other ways too but I dunno any, and "tails" is more usual than "knukles" I think. The rule seems to be like if the word's easy enough to say as it's written, it's usually said as it's written, like for example Silver prolly gets this treatment more easily than Blaze I assume.
    Fun thing, Some Finnish names really love to use things like 2 "k"'s on a row. I can only imagine how hard that must be for foreigners wrap their heads around, it's like one needs to have a small pause before a sharp "k" or something.
    That and the "two-dots". Though "American a" is pretty much how ä is said. I have a funny feeling everytime I hear an American-accent version of Antoine...
    (I swear I once heard someone say "sonik the hedgehog" for real... usually hedgehog's translated.)
    And yup, just subtitles, it's the best way to watch foreign stuff really. And one's understanding by hearing improves greatly. And it's fun to watch Reservoir Dogs and see in how many different ways one swear can be translated in Finnish without using the most obvious one...
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    Diz got a reaction from Wittymations in Name Pronunciation Between Languages   
    I don't view different pronunciations of names in different languages as incorrect. I find it more natural, if anything, as opposed to introducing one language's pronunciation of a name into an entirely different language, which at times can sound like you try to switch back and forth between languages mid-sentence.
    Here is a weird example. In some foreign TV shows here, standard procedure can be to translate not only the language itself, but also the name of characters, either altering them slightly or changing them fully in order to adapt and flow better with the new language. In modern foreign TV shows that end up dubbed however, it is now more common not only to use the original name, but also imitate its native pronunciation, as well. To me, it has a tendency of feeling unnatural more than anything. Each language has their own set of rules for how it is to be written or spoken for good harmony, and I would say "borrowing" pronunciation can interfere with said harmony.
    If I refer to an English name to someone else in my country through daily speech, I may have to focus when using English pronunciation mid-sentence, as opposed to the more seamless option.
    On the subject of Sonic the Hedgehog, me and others have always said something like "Swoonic", while one of my friends adapted the British pronunciation of Sonic (something which greatly confused me the first time I heard it).
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    Diz got a reaction from FFWF in Name Pronunciation Between Languages   
    I don't view different pronunciations of names in different languages as incorrect. I find it more natural, if anything, as opposed to introducing one language's pronunciation of a name into an entirely different language, which at times can sound like you try to switch back and forth between languages mid-sentence.
    Here is a weird example. In some foreign TV shows here, standard procedure can be to translate not only the language itself, but also the name of characters, either altering them slightly or changing them fully in order to adapt and flow better with the new language. In modern foreign TV shows that end up dubbed however, it is now more common not only to use the original name, but also imitate its native pronunciation, as well. To me, it has a tendency of feeling unnatural more than anything. Each language has their own set of rules for how it is to be written or spoken for good harmony, and I would say "borrowing" pronunciation can interfere with said harmony.
    If I refer to an English name to someone else in my country through daily speech, I may have to focus when using English pronunciation mid-sentence, as opposed to the more seamless option.
    On the subject of Sonic the Hedgehog, me and others have always said something like "Swoonic", while one of my friends adapted the British pronunciation of Sonic (something which greatly confused me the first time I heard it).
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    Diz got a reaction from Syntax Speedway in Am I a failure if I don't finish the Genesis classics?   
    Do not worry, you are not a failure. The games can be really hard, and while players are going to have differing opinions on that matter, I think it comes down to each player and their place in the world of games, particularly Sonic the Hedgehog. You can be the ultra-swift cannonball speeding through the level with no trouble, you can be the casual hedgehog barely avoiding death traps and more carefully explores the level, or you can be the one currently not enjoying a game in particular for any reason and move onto other games in the series. We are all fans of the same hero and games, even if we personally did not play or finish certain games in the series.
    You played a variety of Sonic games, finished some even. If you still like Sonic after that, then you can never be a failure.
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    Diz reacted to Monkey Destruction Switch in Official SSMB Theme for Firefox   
    I've created a Mozilla Firefox browser theme based on the Sonical (default) theme of SSMB. You can check it out here.
    Here's some images of what it looks like installed. There are two different images because how it looks depends on you customize Firefox  (the first one is on the Normal density with the Menu Bar and the second is on the Compact density with no Menu Bar). Note that these images are actually taken from the beta version of Firefox 57, which I'm using and is due to come out of beta in mid-November. The current non-beta Firefox has some differences in its UI appearance and I don't believe it has the density options.


    Enjoy browsing in Sonic Stadium style! (If you want to, that is =P)
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    Diz reacted to Tara in worst restaurants ever!   
    So this topic went past our radar, but for future reference we ask for a slightly more vocal and detailed thread quality.  For more information, see the topic below.
    As a note, please try to give a bit more detail and thought into your posts in this topic and elsewhere.  Posts that are just "this restaurant sucks" won't cut it!
     
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