She just represents the sentiment of the BLM Seattle chapter, which said, and I quote, "the problem with Sanders, and with white Seattle progressives in general, is that they are utterly and totally useless (when not outright harmful) in terms of the fight for Black lives."
I think it's obvious these chapters have very different approaches. While the Seattle chapter's idea of reaching the general public is disrupting politicians, calling people who disapprove racists (what could possibly go wrong with alienating the majority with insults, true or not?), and otherwise making asses of themselves, the more intelligent BLM members who run the social media and the like are including police brutality against ALL people, not just blacks, in their message.
What I'm seeing is the usual divide between those wanting racial justice: those who are pragmatic and work to include whites in the benefits of the program, and those who are idealistic and emphasize blacks (or another minority) to a point the general public lose interest.
I mean, it sucks you can't address problems facing you without losing people's attention, but people as a whole are pretty self-interested. How many Americans give up everything they don't need to ensure there's nobody homeless or starving? Not a lot.
One can't practically rely on others' empathy for one's benefit. You need to make your cause relevant to their interests. I mean, it's no surprise that a lot of politicians suddenly switch sides on gay marriage when one of their relatives comes out; it's suddenly no longer palatable for them as a person to deny their relative the right to be happy.
Heck, that's a key reason that, as much as I don't usually like affirmative action, I'm fully behind it for police forces. I don't think of police as necessarily being raging racists, so much as a lot of them operate on misconceptions about minorities and their behavior. Working with those minorities day in and day out would probably change those perceptions.
I can think of three right off the bat from HomestarRunner.com
Stinkoman 20X6 is a Mega Man styled platformer based on the in-universe future-timeline/anime that takes place "X0 (Exty) years from ". The game starts with Stinkoman fighting a giant robot and later fighting its brain. Stinko then goes to fight a giant chicken and another giant robot, unaware that 1-up has learned that Pan-Pan has been abducted by a shadowy villain. So far the game has 9 levels with three stages each. Stages #-1 and #-2 are platforming stages while #-3 is the boss fight. Every after the second mixes it up by having Level 3 take place in freefall collecting goodies, Level 4 having Stinko protecting 1-up from magma using the fist of the level 3 boss, Level 5 has 1-up on the moon looking for Pan-Pan before fighting Nebulon and getting kidnapped by the villain. Level 8 is really Level -0, a parody of glitch levels such as the Minus World in SMB. Level 9 switches it up entirely by being a SHMUP
50 levels of arcade-style burnination, with the difficulty ramping up the more you progress. The game has a built-in player frustration commentary by way of Strong Bad commenting every so often about how this is the worst/best game he's ever played and by the K key causing our favorite e-mail checking luchador to kick the cabinet.
A real long time ago, in the peasant kingdom of Peasantry, some people lived... in fear. You are Rather Dashing, a peasant wearing short pants, who returns from vacation to find his thatched-roof cottage BURNiNATED! You swear revenge and embark on an incredible journey to vanquish Trogdor once and for all. Can one Peasant wearing short pants save the countryside from certain Burnination? YOU decide!!!
The game plays much like Sierra On-line's adventure games such as King's/Police/Space Quest and the lisenced Black Cauldron game, Rather Dashing himself is based on King Gram and Taran and roams through a land based on the Kingdom of Daventry. As the game is about getting to Trogdor since he missed the burnination of his house.
I've noticed for awhile that there's a hefty amount of pinned topics in the Member Feedback and Bug Reports forum, and I'm sure you have too. All of it contains good information, a lot of which staff continues to abide by when moderating the forums. But the number of topics thrown up there may cause confusion or be overwhelming, repelling people from reading them and thus knowing the information.
So I've taken the time to clean it up, unpinning some things, and compiling all of the relevant information regarding special or specific rules from those unpinned topics into one place so that everyone is on the same page and can reasonably be said to have been aware of any punishable actions, and always remember to refresh yourself on the main board rules, of which some of the information in the previous topics is reiterated there. All of the topics will be linked at the end as well if you still want to read what they have to say.
Do not incite or perpetuate drama. Posting direct insults is obviously out (it being in jest isn't an excuse anymore; we don't know every relationship to determine when something is understood by all parties as a joke or when it's actual bullying). So is being passive-aggressive about a person, topic, another forum, or staffer. We all know what or who you're talking about when you do it, and it makes you look like an ass while simultaneously aiding the problem.
No NSFW material, meaning anything that's implied or blatantly erotic or pornographic. Borderline stuff, such as linking to a DA account with some NSFW material may pass (note the “may”), but if it'd be illegal for someone under 18 to see it, then do not post it. A rule of thumb: Ask yourself if there's a good chance any staffer would punish you in some form- either by deleting the content or striking you- if they saw it. If yes, don't take the risk.
Do not hammer the status updates. You're allowed to be a bit more spammy and chatty, but if you're posting an update every minute, huge ASCII symbols taking up the whole page, or just tons of stupid images, you're going too far.
Do not post screamers or otherwise shocking material, links to pirated material or malware, or general trickery. These things serve to do nothing but annoy or potentially do harm to your fellow members.
While not a hard rule, we'd prefer it if people didn't ask others what they think of them, if they're disliked, cared about, etc. You put members on the spot to have to answer towards a negative mentality that puts the forum in the light of having to prove themselves innocent of disliking you which is never convincing. It's not a healthy thing to do. If you're feeling blue, vent openly in the Personal Discussion forum instead.
Following from the above, suicidal statuses are not allowed, period. No one on this forum is equipped to directly intervene in these thoughts with the exception of directing you to suicide prevention services.
What is considered a spoiler on SSMB? Any information about unreleased media regarding secrets or plot points that have not been or are not going to be revealed by the parent company through marketing.
For example, if any information is leaked from a user hands-on experience, that is a spoiler. The exception to this is if the material was taken directly from the parent company's online press vaults or portfolios as this information was going to be released anyway, in which case that is not a spoiler.
If you're going to discuss a spoiler, it must be properly tagged. That first means creating working spoiler tags. Remember the HTML code for making a spoiler bar is ['spoiler']your text here[/'spoiler'] without the apostrophes. Furthermore, you must make sure that your spoiler cannot be deduced from context clues surrounding it.
A properly tagged spoiler:
Note that you cannot put together any information from this example, such as a death, a parental reveal, a twist ending, or anything. You know something happens in a specific stage. That's a proper spoiler.
Topics specifically marked as being about spoilers and leaks can be made wherein spoiler tags do not need to be employed. Walking into such a topic is considered consent for being spoiled. The onus is on you to exercise your own media blackout.
For on-going media like shows and comics, spoiler tags are to be employed for promotional material. However, newly released developments revealed by the parent company through new episodes or issues do not need tags. The reason for this is because liberal use of spoiler tags will clutter up discussion. Subsequently, the consent rule above also applies here.
The exception to the on-going media rule is the status updates! While statuses have spoiler tags now, members have no reasonable chance to prevent themselves from seeing spoilers posted in the statuses on the front page! For example, if a new episode of Dragon Ball Super has Goku suddenly getting killed by Beerus, you cannot say this in a status without proper spoiling etiquette! You can only say this untagged in the actual Dragon Ball thread!
STRIKES AND BANS
Strikes occur when a staff member perceives a rule or atmospheric violation to be particularly egregious on its own merits or in line with a recurring pattern of behavior. Receiving a strike isn't the end of the world, especially since we realize people have an off day, get really heated in arguments, or are trapped in a habit or mode of thinking that they were unaware was problematic. Plenty of people, including some staffers, have incurred strikes before. They're not just a means of punishing a member, but they allow us to keep tabs on tracking the behavior of all members here and in general are an expected part of the job for the moderators as defined by administration.
If you receive a strike, you are allowed to contest it immediately with the staffer in question and with administration through private messages only. However, you must do so calmly and rationally. Attacking the moderator who gave the strike or ranting about it in public is unlikely to make them sympathetic. If you're cool-headed and explain in detail why you feel the strike is undeserved, staff are likely to take the situation to the rest of the team where the strike can be internally discussed.
Sometimes staff will agree with you and remove the strike. Sometimes staff will side with the mod and allow the strike to remain. If this is the case, you must wait 3-6 months before asking again for a removal, as this is the time period we've agreed upon for strikes to be removed following that no bad behavior has been noted since then. Remember as well that mods don't actively keep tabs on who has and hasn't gotten a strike before because, again, they're not the end of the world! However, this will mean that a strike can remain for months or years past its expiration date, and that's not fair to you! So if we forget to remove them within that window of time before you remember, please tell us! We'll usually just go on ahead and remove it.
[NOTE: TSS Staff- the people with the royal blue banners- hold no power on the site. They are strictly staff for maintaining the news and articles on The Sonic Stadium main page. Do not privately message them about removing strikes.]
Suspensions and bans work the same way, although we're less likely to overturn these due to their relative difficulty to earn. However, it should be noted that ban-dodging is never the way to solve this and will result in the ban's continued permanence. If you suspect that someone is a ban-dodger, note exactly who you think it is in the report. We have more people than you think trying to sneak back in, so it doesn't help to allude to one individual as if we know who you're talking about.
I don't like it at all. It really ruins some of the avatars.
The full version of my avatar is this. See how tall his hair is? In the old version of SSMB, it wouldn't be a problem since you basically get two version of your avatar. The normal sized one for posting on topics and a smaller size one for the statuses. Now in this version of the IP Boards, you are forced to crop your avatar to a box. Now it look tiny and parts are cut off.
Now, I'm wondering if it is possible to make it like the original way of doing avatars? (normal size for posting, smaller for statuses like I said on my last paragraph) It would make me and probably everyone else glad.