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Roarey Raccoon

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  1. Total tragedy this. One guy dead and another marked for life by what happened. I feel for both sides. One little thing though, judging Trayvon by facebook photos is some serious bullshit. A huge chunk of male culture is dominated by displaying violence, sexual aggression and drug use. It's not exactly a shock to see people caught up in such a culture when their environments are saturated with it.
  2. Marble Garden in Sonic 3. Difficult to isolate specific elements but as a whole its component shitty parts make for a glorious result of irritating, bland fuckery. Damn you Marble Garden, you asshole.
  3. Haha, you drew me? Seriously though, hadn't seen that before, nice one XP. Thanks for the replies peeps, can't believe none of them are abusive, wowz!
  4. It's been more than 9 years since I joined the SSMB staff, that's a lot of memories. I was initially against writing anything about leaving the team, especially making a topic about it, the idea seemed egotistical. I can't get around the fact that it pretty much is but I'll try and share a few things with you that I learned about the SSMB in my near-decade behind the scenes. Might make an interesting read, you never know XP. I personally haven't been the same since the old forum was wiped in March 2009; a lot of time, energy, effort and emotional experiences were put into SSMB, 5 years of my life, basically. All vanished instantly. It was pretty damn horrible for everybody and a lot of people moved on from that. For me, though, I felt everything I had worked for had died. Whilst my emotional attachment to SSMB was decimated, I was still wrong to think that anything had been wasted at all. Let me explain. In the early 2000's SSMB was a volatile place, drama everywhere you cared to look. It was a bit of a fucking mess really. The staff worked their asses off and went through a lot of emotional shit to get the forums into an acceptable state. Since the forum wipe, this process has not been needed again. I'm actually genuinely surprised that SSMB runs as calmly as it does, it's fascinating and lovely to see. I know some of you likely don't feel that way, that you feel there's still way too much drama, but believe me this place is a calm pond in comparison to how things used to be. The staff forum was filled with activity during those years, at least one person was being banned every day and many more were receiving strikes. These days it hardly happens at all, not because the staff can't be bothered but because they don't need to. The years I've spent at SSMB honed me into someone pretty ruthless, early on. I became adept at swiftly knocking down flamewars and dealing with aggressive situations. I was also often a gigantic prick. Since the forum has changed so much (and it's a good change) I feel out of place, like a relic of older times when ornery sons of bitches like me were required. I don't have that raw passion any more, nor do I have the setting that would make my services required. The SSMB staff are a close, specialized bunch and I think they show their effectiveness very plainly. My time away from SSMB in the aftermath of the server wipe has distanced me from that close group and from all of you. I recognize so few faces and no longer understand the environment here. Back in the day I literally read every topic, I would check over every new post on the forums for signs of people breaking rules or being jackasses. I loved it and as a result I knew the forum like the back of my hand. I don't have that passion to get to know SSMB all over again and, honestly, 9 years is a long-ass time. I met my partner here (10th anniversary next year), I made friends here, I've been part of SoS, I've made enemies, got hundreds of people to hate my guts. Maybe I even earned some respect. So it has been a truly special ride. To the staff: I love you. I have loved working with you, getting pissed off alongside you, wading through mountains of verbal abuse and emotional shit with you. I've loved your passion and your drive. I don't want to make a list of everyone's names because I'd feel like shit if I left someone out, but three names have to be mentioned. Bmn and Chris, my fellow admins, you two are the best. Bmn has always been there at the back, the literal spine of TSS, without whom all of this could so easily have gone to total shit. He has done more for TSS and SSMB than you can ever know. Chris, the guy who joined as a kid, who is now clearly the admin to whom the rest of the team look up. Glad you stuck it out, SSMB couldn't ask for a better-suited admin. Then there's Dreadknux, who didn't just give me the opportunity to be here in the first place but worked with me as a friend and colleague. Dread is the guy who decided in which directions the SSMB needed to be steered and has the patience and presence of mind to see things clearly. He also created the site, so there's that, lol. To the members: There are no forums without you. SSMB is as good (or awful) as you decide to make it. Staff can enforce rules but you set the tone of the boards, you make an atmosphere welcoming or forbidding, you show newbies how to fit in and therefore dictate the attitude of the site. Remember that. If SSMB is great it's because you made it so, if it ever ends up horrible you also share in that responsibility. You're doing pretty great so far XP. Be good to each other. I don't want to drag this out any further, I'm at risk of being entirely too long-winded and sentimental, so I'll just leave you with a final point. I'll still be around from time to time, but as a member (or in the Retired Staff group, I forgot that was a thing, haha). Whatever I've done here may or may not amount to a damn thing and perhaps few will give a damn about be stepping down, but I've had a blast either way. If you want to ask me about anything, feel free to; I'll answer honestly. Be seeing you.
  5. Now officially retired as staff XP. Dunno whether to make a topic about my time here or not, might look like I'm up my own arse XP.

    1. Diz


      Whaaaat. But but but I just got back from England. Damn D=

    2. Tracker_TD


      As I said over on Twitter, gutted to see you go mate, but 9 years is incredible. I'd recommend making a topic, just to let everyone know on a broader scale. :)

    3. Jack / Joker

      Jack / Joker

      Aw :( Well, I can't see making a topic for it being "up your own arse", honestly...

    4. Solkia
    5. Diz


      Please do make a topic~

    6. Stacy


      Yeah you should do it you were a big part of this site! :)

    7. Frogging101


      Your topic was honestly, very touching. And after having been here pouring your soul into this site for so many years, I think you've more than earned the right to make a big closing post :)

    8. Death the Kid

      Death the Kid

      Wasn't around for even a fraction of the time you were part of the staff but judging from the way most are reacting to it, sounds like you damn well earned your share of credit here. Bottom Line, keep being awesome.

  6. I've put up the new banners now, the ones that were the right size and appropriate for SSMB. Sorry I'm pulling out like this but it's better I'm honest and say I can't keep it up rather than having people wait months, hoping their banners end up on the front page. Either way it's been great working with all of you, thank you for supplying your creativity and skills in making a great variety of fun banners for the forums. It's been a pleasure. Perhaps another staff member will run this after me but that is entirely their choice.
  7. For anyone wanting to see all the banners of past and present, you can view them here http://tinyurl.com/k6z5qq3

    1. ThereN'Back
    2. Solkia


      where have you been D:

    3. Roarey Raccoon

      Roarey Raccoon

      I've been around, just not on here, haha. I'm leaving the staff soon anyway, so you'll be seeing even less of me XP.

    4. Ferno


      Ah man, it's the end of an era then. Good luck with whatever's next for you Roarz.

  8. I've put up new banners now, for the last time. Another staffer may keep the banners thing running in the future but I'm personally stepping down from the team soon. Thanks to everyone who submitted them!

    1. InfinityAlex


      God damn deadlines got me again. Loving the new banners though. Actually, they're kinda making me jealous...

    2. Sixth-Rate Soma

      Sixth-Rate Soma


      Thank ye kindly, comrade.

    3. TCB


      Y-you're stepping down soon?

    4. Klinsy


      Thank you, man!

    5. Roarey Raccoon

      Roarey Raccoon

      Yes, ChaosBlue XP.

  9. I don't have the time to carry on running the banners anymore, peeps (among other reasons), so sorry it's been so long since I posted in here. I'm going to try and get the recent banners up there soon (the appropriate ones anyway XP) but after that, unless another staffer takes this over, the user banners are going to have to go. I'll update with more info as to why at a later time. Thanks for all the great banners you guys have made since this thread was started, I hope you enjoyed making them and seeing them on the forum main page. They'll be kept up, with the new additions, for some time yet still, but as I said unless another staff member takes this on that'll be the end of the user-made banners XP.
  10. Hi, I'd like to say a fond welcome to Nepenthe and Tornado! Don't worry about the sandwich thing, it's a really shit joke! I mean it's terrible. Stop it.
  11. I've been having a good laugh at the mod suggestions, when seeing some names that most of the staff actually hate. BUT WHICH ONES? IT IS PROBABLY YOU.

    1. Frogging101
    2. KHCast


      It's dio or pelly!>:)

    3. Klinsy


      DOOM DIDN'T WANT TO BE A MOD ANYWAYS! *Over the top crying*

    4. Sly4Good


      How dare you hate Google!

    5. Wraith


      yeah it probably is me

    6. Kuzu


      I thought we were bros man, I see how it is ;A;

    7. Felix


      *cries in a corner*

    8. Chibinuva



    9. Komodin


      ... Eh, I knew it all along.

    10. Silencer226


      probably me... I am hated here after all. :<

    11. SenEDDtor Missile

      SenEDDtor Missile

      I'm too bad tempered and unorganized to pull off mod position anyways.

    12. super saiyan weegee

      super saiyan weegee

      I have an ouchie. *points to heart* In here.

    13. Winston


      How could you hate Shrek???

    14. Abominal SnowTaz

      Abominal SnowTaz

      Way to bait em'.

    1. super saiyan weegee
    2. Jeffhog
    3. Silencer226


      Ha, did you just make that?

    4. Roarey Raccoon

      Roarey Raccoon

      Yes, Noel, its crappyness can attest to it XP.

    5. Kuzu


      What's that, I can be a mod by asking? Why thank you.

  12. New mods awaken the staff and their need to crowd around and drink from the font of new blood. It's like being gay in the workplace and finding out the new guy is gay too! Welcome to hell, we love it here!

    1. Badnik Mechanic

      Badnik Mechanic

      Can I put my clothes back on yet?

  13. I'll add these new banners up in the near future; there are currently 29 banners in rotation so I'll give it a bit before I change the roster again. Do keep making these great banners though!
  14. Excellent XP. Okay, Paradise, your banner is now up and I've replaced your old banner with your new one, Inferno XP.
  15. Deleting accounts isn't something we do, to be honest XP. If you don't want to be here anymore you can clear your profile information and just not come back. If you are feeling like shit about the topic you recently made don't sweat it, I can remove it for you if you prefer. If you have any other questions just send myself or another member of staff a private message via the PM system.
  16. Bugger PETA, a militant animal rights activist group that does itself the disservice of forgetting that human beings are also animals. There's one thing PETA are good for and that's a laugh when they do hilarious shit like make terrible video games about KFC being evil.
  17. No, the only reason I didn't put up your banner is that it's the wrong size. Banners MUST be 1000x200 XP. If you resize it I'll be happy to add it to the rotation. I liked your banner XP. That means you too, Taz XP. If you have to ask if it's too big then it ain't 1000x200, so please stick to the guidelines in the original post. ----- Also, great new banner entries guys, I'll be adding them later on XP.
  18. Excellent, I'll add it momentarily XP.
  19. Oh yeah, people who have made banners and have had them put into rotation, you should now have an award for doing so (those little badge things below your avatar). If you don't, please contact me XP.
  20. Haha if you can't handle a banner like that why are you on the internet? XP Anyway, I've removed the older banners from the rotation to allow the new ones to shine. There will be time in the future to sort out which banners deserve a more permanent place.
  21. Thanks Ash, I'll add that one to the rotation momentarily XP.
  22. Okay peeps, I've made a gallery on photobucket with all the banners so far contained within. At some point we'll have a vote or something for banners you'd like to stay in rotation but for now this gallery is so you can view everything more conveniently. http://smg.beta.photobucket.com/user/Roarey_Raccoon/library/SSMB%20Banners I put up another banner today as well, just for funz.
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