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  1. 5 points
    Aegean

    Hello?

    @Caleb956 It seems strange that you got reported for abusing admin powers you weren't supposed to have just a little while ago but you apparently have the decency to explain to us what a community is supposed to be about. The servers and this community specifically is based on the key idea that we want people to make friends and have fun while dedicated members willingly give up their FREE time to help moderate our servers. Server populations for custom servers on valve games are at an all-time low, and everyone is constantly growing and changing the games they play. Instead of forcing people to have resentment towards us and trying to force members to keep servers populated in games that they don't want to play, we would rather work with higher ups and either figure out solutions i.e. trying out a game that people want to play, or letting people do their own thing on our discord and trying to get people to have fun. Recently, we had a 15 person Rust group about 3 weeks ago, and we are constantly playing golf-it or other party games that people join. There are plans for Gmod in the works for months now because we want it to be good, and we also are ALWAYS open to suggestions. The idea that our servers that is paid for from Silence are not populated thus we are not a community anymore is absurd. On your second point of having communication is also baseless as one thing you are taught as a communications major is people get annoyed if you tell them things just for the sake of telling them. If there is nothing to update, what do you want us to post about? Your last point also ties into your second and that is communication is a two-way street. Listening is in fact even more important than talking, especially for higher-ups, and @virr and myself are on discord religiously. There is never a time that we can't be reached about any situation, doesn't matter if you are a non-member all the way to staff. If anyone feels you "shouldn't" reach us, please don't feel like that and we are always happy to help or listen in any way we can. I'll leave this thread open for any further comments as I am genuinely curious as to what people have to say.
  2. 4 points
    Caleb956

    Hello?

    Ok so apparently this needs to be said and no one else will. This entire post is probably worded badly but I don't really care, hopefully you're able to read it. Let's go over a few basic building blocks for a community, you must: A. Have a playerbase B. Have communication C. You SHOULD seek advice, or guidance from your players. Now let's go through here and see what of these we have! The screenshots below are going to be your friend for the first part of this post. A. Have a playerbase - Uhh... Kind of? I'll give it a 2 at best. Any kind of playerbase you do have, I'd say a good majority leave after their first time connecting. B. Have communication - There was a post in October..and the (semi?)monthly newsletters.. I'll say a 4. C. You SHOULD seek advice, or guidance from your players. - There has been zero polls for who the fuck knows how long, except for Halo MCC if I remember correctly. 0 Ok so lets say you're left with 6 points out of 30. That's a 20 percent. If we followed this exactly, that would be saying your community is good as dead, or rather more than it already is. The fact that this kind of population has been plaguing the servers for months, and not a single event has been held, just blows my mind. How do you build a business? Or a club? Through advertisement. You know what the best advertisement is for communities? Your players. If there is never anything going on why should they tell others to join them or even stick around? I'm sure the majority of people won't think twice about stepping away from the servers and going somewhere else, but you get them to invite their friends, all of a sudden they became their go to place to play. That should be your goal. This is aimed specifically at the higherups. I don't know if anything may be going on in any of your guys' lives and that's why you aren't able to work on the community, and if there is then I hope it improves for you, but quite frankly if you aren't able to or just aren't willing to work on it, why the hell are you even in a position of power? I get it, motivation is likely at an all time low, it was even when I was DL, and I can only guess it's gotten even worse. But let me say this, how do you think it looks to the people that still care about the community, and the servers? Seeing the higherups not saying a damn thing about the state of really anything, and acting like everything is fine ( @hongkongatron )?? Here I'll say it for you. The majority of servers are completely dead, and the ones that still have population are only decreasing. And I don't want to hear the excuse of it being school time, that's bullshit and we all know it is, there are plenty of other community servers out there full all the damn time. Accepting the fact and doing something about it is a better choice, that is, if you care about the servers you claim to manage. Literally all it takes is ONE person taking the lead, and having more community interaction, and this community could be popping again, that's literally how communities work. They are based around communication. Run polls to figure out the future of the servers, do events with other communities to bring traffic to both, do SOMETHING, at this point literally anything is better than how it's been. I could be completely wrong, and everything could just be being posted to the discord, and if it is then fine but I HIGHLY doubt it, and if it is why the fuck isn't there posts about whatever it may be on the forums as well? Forums exist for a reason, it's kind of where, you know, COMMUNITIES get together.. To tell you the truth, the CMs should be the ones focusing on fixing this dumpster fire, and I personally have not seen a single thing out of any of them regarding the community in months, or longer. The most I've seen is promo demos, which haven't even been posted since October, Lithium and Bleed do CSGO I would assume, Virr I have no idea anymore. So really I just have one question, if it's taken this long to do anything, you guys must be working on something huge right? Maybe it'd be a good idea to tell your people about it, that is, if there IS anything. I'll wait I was gonna type more but then I realized all of this will probably just get ignored like everything else so fuck it, that's the motto around here right? I know I said I wasn't gonna care anymore, and after this I really don't give a shit what you decide to do, but it does push me in the wrong direction to see the current situation of literally nothing happening and the community being killed. I honestly give up with this place, if you want to ban me then please do so, if you want to actually take advice from anyone for once then please do so. And I don't apologize for being "too harsh" either, I can't believe I even had to make this post in the first place. I'm out lmao TL;DR - xG is supposed to be a community, figure out what the word community means, and what they are.
  3. 4 points
    Now that I'm going to be a high school teacher I realize how much this place helped me learn to deal with dumb teenagers and I have to be grateful.
  4. 3 points
    very honest hot take: danny devito is better than danny pistachio
  5. 3 points
    Topaz

    Hello?

    I decided to stew on this post for a bit before responding, and am glad that I did. I was not exactly sure how I would articulate my point that smaller, more tight knit communities (of which xG is not the only one) should not be compared to the larger ones that essentially run a(n) business/advanced daycare. As someone who was around in 2011/2012, to be honest I like the direction things have gone community wise. There is less drama, everyone, including the higherups, are more chill. Yeah, the servers are not popping 24/7 (at least for CS) like they were back in the day, but a large part of that is the diverse interest in games our community plays together. That being said, if we are speaking in terms of pure server population, then yeah a good chunk of what you said is true. There is definitely a lot of truth in the statement that higherups should try to run more pop events and communicate a bit better. But just to go over something important: The vast majority of higherups now-a-days are 21+, have full time/part time jobs/are in college (or a combination), and just in general have to juggle adult life with online responsibilities. I will be the first to admit that I have not gotten on the servers as much as I should. But to paint with such a broad brush, that 'if you have an active adult life you should not be in a position of power' is a bit nonsensical. Maybe that was not your point and you did not word your argument very well, but that is essentially how it read to me. This point is kind of muddied just solely on the point that discord is where most discussion takes place now. Back when we used teamspeak, and any really meaningful discussion pretty much had to occur on the forums, than this would be a good point. But now there are so many avenues for communication, that I would hardly call the forums the place communities get together. My understanding is that there is no reason to post promo demos unless there is actually something happening in that regard. So instead of just forcing it out, it is better to wait for some actual substance before posting it. So yeah. Despite what I wrote above, there is definitely some truth and rather reasonable criticism to your post. There is definitely more that we could be doing to help the servers. That was where I was going to leave it, till I realized I never addressed your last paragraph, which is a bit... much. I honestly have no idea what this is even referencing. If you have examples of us willingly and intentionally ignoring stuff, than that would have been nice to reference. No response to the meaningless excuse-making in the first half of this, but just to reiterate something. xG, as a community, is not dying. If you want to make the statement the servers are dead/dying, that is perfectly reasonable, but as the community currently stands the servers are more an extension of the community, not the core of it. This is where it gets weirder. Under what pretext would you assume that you would be banned for making this? To me, this seems like a desperate attempt to seem like your 'sticking it to the man regardless of the consequences' which is pretty weird considering none of the higherups would ban you for posting criticism. Whatever your intention was with this remark, it was severely out of place. I don't really care about the 'harsh' language, as if you feel that is how you want to get your point across, then go for it. But at any rate, your entire post, which absolutely did have some helpful and meaningful criticism got completely derailed by this final paragraph, which reads like a shitpost. I don't even see a point in its inclusion, but I digress. I have no personal issue with you, and wish you the best of luck in your future endeavors. If you ever do decide to return, you will be welcome. tl;dr xG is a community that has evolved with its playerbase. It is not dying, though we could be doing more to help server pop.
  6. 2 points
  7. 2 points
    Bonk

    What day for weekly pop events?

    We're looking to inspire activity in our CS:GO servers and the best way to do that is to see when the majority of people can actually play. We'll start the pop events soon™, although depending on the day I won't be able to participate myself.
  8. 2 points
    Tatost

    brb making lunch

    it is just like caleb said in his thread omg........ it all makes sense now...... grape killed tf2. yup.
  9. 2 points
    hongkongatron

    Hello?

    this post reads like a ben shapiro tweet ok serious face now In keeping with this thread's apparent theme of confusion, I'll respond to it in no particular order (which is, to say, I will do the exact opposite of that and respond to it in order (which is not a confusing action, just stupid)). Let me start by saying that for a long time now, xG has been a very non-commercial, non-mainstream, mostly player-dictated community that really resembles a big friend group more than anything else. To apply a scale befitting large-scale servers to a locally oriented entity like xG is already hardly appropriate. Let me include the shoehorned food analogy by saying that it would be like comparing McDonalds to a ma and pa diner-- one is name-brand, oriented entirely on attracting new customers because it has competition, while the other knows everyone's face and who they are. xG has no competition, as it maintains its position as a uniquely tight-knit community with no particular focus, which hasn't been in massive demand in general these days, instead just doing whatever people want. This leads into my second bit. Again, it's not appropriate to judge xG now with the same standards you could have judged it with 3 or 4 years ago; communities change, for better or for worse. We don't advertise largely because we believe it would be falling on deaf ears. We have a specific niche community and we stick to it, and in addition to this, the larger servers of our community are often games that would result in very little backing if we advertised for them. As for population, it wanes on and off as time goes on, but largely, xG TF2 is self sufficient. It requires very little from the people who manage and play it other than the necessary presence of staff to keep things chill, and higherups to maintain it, but generally it's in the hands of the players. It's a simple and straightforwards rationale. This is a valid assumption. I do not speak for other higherups, but I've been absent for several weeks now, initially due to a bad case of the flu, and later due to an increased focus on life. As for the rest, see what I said above. yikes bro In my role as a higherup of xG, I try to interpret and act on the current state of my division to the best of my ability. This also involves speaking on behalf of the community as a mouthpiece of sorts. I have not claimed, nor do I believe that the presence of school starting back up is solely, or even partly, responsible for the waning population of TF2, or any division in xG. We instead acknowledge that, and again, it is based largely on the interests of the players, and so it is best to give the players as much of a hand in this as possible. As proof of this, in accordance with the changing interests of TF2, the TF2 populate role was created for that very reason, to let players more easily control the population in a more "organic" fashion rather, than trying to force population at a time when it would garner little interest, which became the main issue in population events. It was not under my management that other servers died, and what I do now I do in the pursuit of maintaining the population and playerbase that is left. To claim that we care little for the servers is contradictory to your actions of exploiting the trust xG placed in you by abusing what powers you had left that had accidentally not been removed. (the discord is almost entirely what xG's communication is based off of now lol, the forums are pretty heavy handed, for want of a better platform, when lots of things can just be posted in announcements there instead)
  10. 2 points
    Forest

    Hello?

    .. Huh. So, that's what it's like being on the receiving end of a "TL;DR" post Jokes aside, I certainly can't speak for the current higher-ups, but I can only assume what is likely the biggest reason behind degrading activity on their part: life. Needless to say, growing up sucks. What's worse is that growing apart from something sucks even harder, in this case Xeno Gamers. Majority of the time there just isn't enough daylight or energy left in the day to meet the expectations of the community. I speak simply as someone who was in this position as an ex-CL (Co-Leader), and can attest to the fact that it isn't easy. I understand that it can be frustrating to have "inactive" higher-ups, and it is more than justified to demand why no one is seeking replacements; but in order to have a replacement, you need to find someone who cares enough to put in the time and effort to improve things or to really make a difference. This means finding folks that take an active interest in engaging with the community as a whole, who will be in it for the long haul (and who won't bail within months). Finding a replacement is not as easy as it seems, especially for a position that is volunteer work that rewards nothing but a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, it is worth noting that the backbone of any gaming community is not its higher-ups; rather, the groups of players that make up the community itself. Rather than waiting on anyone to do something about it, try a pro-active approach- I have made this point in the past and I will do it again: a member of the community is only as small as they make themselves out to be. Have an idea for an event? Just do it. Need something bigger than a thread to garner attention? Ask a higher-up to post an announcement or event in the Steam Group, I guarantee that they will not shoot it down (within reason) and would be happy to get the ball rolling. I cannot count how many times I have seen suggestions or recommendations in threads, only for them to fall flat because of the expectation that higher-ups will simply take it and own it. It is not enough to suggest something and to leave it at that, not if you truly want something to change. Members of the community need to take initiative, just as much as any higher-up would. I guess what I am trying to say is that it's easy to point fingers at those in charge to make a difference and to clean everything up, but if you truly are a dedicated member of the community and genuinely care about how things are done, then you could be doing so much more than merely posting a thread to point out flaws and moving on. A community consists of a group of members who share a common interest, even a common goal. In this case, it's to improve. So then I ask: if it's a community with a common goal, why do those improvements have to come from the higher-ups? Who is to say that they can't come from your average Joe within the community? But I digress, this is just my 2-cents, take it with a grain of salt. Change starts with the community, and the community is everyone. Not just the higher-ups.
  11. 2 points
    Chrono

    SoulCircle

    real post: 0. I have no personal qualm with soulcircle/ben. He is active but activity shouldn't be the biggest contributor towards selecting someone for staff. I will say however that he has a tendency to get temperamental rather quickly, and also to talk over others whenever he feels like/his voice is more important. in the case of temperament being brought up to him in casual conversation, while giving a specific example, the response was that he was in a bad place at that time. not that i'm saying he was or wasn't, but that if you know (which at the time you had said you were in a bad place and shouldn't be on) then you need to learn how to take those steps back and cool off. also this "bad place" was a span of more than just 1 example, it was a period of time. as for talking over others it is a constant thing and you need to learn to listen more than just spouting things on your mind As for rules, you have a tendency to spaz out and yell over mic for literally no reason spamming. on top of that you spaz out yelling obscenities and on occassion known to be racial remarks. that's not something I would condone as a discord mod imo. learn to not spaz as much and or keep spaz to a non rule breaking style and you should be fine there. Activity: not actually active in the grand scheme. currently yes active. a few months ago, yes active. the interim, a message or 2 every few days. I would personally rather a consistently active and messaging discord mod than someone who is on for a week then gone for 2 months.
  12. 2 points
    Pepper

    Thrillhouse

    He's a legit boomer and mentally retarded
  13. 2 points
    Tatost

    Tykz_officail

    Yeah, uh... he was banned for doxxing people's numbers. Xeno Gamers BANS.XENOGAMERS.COM ~One year ago, but I still think that doxxing people is a little more serious than simply cheating or saying a naughty word. -1
  14. 2 points
    Topaz

    Genocide

  15. 2 points
    Tekk

    TBOHB

    I find that Septik has an extremely short fuse and I would be concerned as to whether this would affect his ability to act in a justified manner. There are times where someone will say something that he disagrees with and he often becomes hostile about it, which in my opinion, shows lack of ability to moderate a group. Not really anything against Septik but that's what I've seen -1
  16. 2 points
    Bonk

    Major_Pootis

    bruh ur a dl just unban him lol
  17. 2 points
    virr

    ♥Cookie♥

    you cheated, dont be stupid. ~closed
  18. 1 point
    virr

    Introducing GMod CvR!

    Hey everyone! For the last couple of months, we have been collaborating behind the scenes with @QueenOfHearts in order to bring a new gmod division! CvR or Combine vs Rebels is a light RP heavy TDM focused game mode focused around the world of Half Life. Join either the Rebels or the Combine and join and advance through one of the many divisions and sub-divisions, and maybe even become a CO. Their brand new 32 server is launching on the 24th (today!) at 6pm EST! The CvR division will be ran slightly differently from our current divisions, but is still under the xG community umbrella. Since this is a bit of a different type of server than we usually host, they will for example have their own sections in forums and their own discords in order to make management easier. Expect a lot of new faces around the community and make sure to be welcoming! If you happen to be interested or have any questions, you can always ask here or pop in the CvR discord, which can be found here. Welcome to all the new people joining the community, and make sure to check them out if you're interested! Have a great weekend
  19. 1 point
    TBOHB

    TBOHB

    Division Discord In-Game Name TBOHB#0002 Identity STEAM_1:1:84208687 Position Moderator Time Active on Servers a year and a half Information I've been getting more active lately and want to help around the server as much as I can. I check discord every 5 minutes or so, so I can stay on top of things pretty fast. I also want that candle lit dinner, I have read the staff submission rules and meet the requirements for the division I'm applying for. Yes
  20. 1 point
    very real hot take: danny bad
  21. 1 point
    TBOHB

    Hello?

    its already done tho
  22. 1 point
    congrats on not getting demoted @Bumpy
  23. 1 point
    Congrats on world leader @Jadow
  24. 1 point
    Stay tuned for a sneaky gmod announcement soon™
  25. 1 point
    Promotions Discord @Thrillhouse from Member to Moderator @TBOHB from Member to Moderator @Meaty from Member to Moderator Demotions Discord @bagggel from Moderator to Member (Inactivity) @YeEternalTuna from Moderator to Member (Inactivity) TF2 @fetusdeletus from Administrator to Member (Stepped Down) Congratulations to those who were promoted this Promo/Demo! This is a reminder to those who have newly gained access as a Moderator to leave your STEAM IDs posted below in the comment section below to ensure the distribution of powers as soon as possible. Discord is also now a requirement to staff, make sure you're in it! We would also like to congratulate the following people as new members of xG! @CyanidePyro Welcome!
  26. 1 point
    Dannypicacho

    brb making lunch

    how dare you
  27. 1 point
    Dannypicacho

    Last comment wins

    fuck off
  28. 1 point
    TBOHB

    share your tattoos!

    lmao i apologize for shit quality of photo. its hard to get a picture of it. but there it is.
  29. 1 point
    TBOHB

    m

    m
  30. 1 point
    Bonk

    Hello?

    gotta say im surprised this post didnt come earlier, it all needed to be said and is absolutely true personally ive been feeling bad about the state of our csgo servers and ive been wanting to think of a way to try to revive the population but 100% honestly i didnt know where to start. the part about getting player feedback is something that seems like something so obvious that should have occurred to me but never did (i know bad DL lol).I think for the most part our playerbase for csgo still hangs around discord from time to time but never actually play on the servers because nobody else does. ill talk with @Jadow (fat) and see what we can come up with.
  31. 1 point
    Shadower

    Hello?

    yeah thats nice and all but the tranny furries wont do anything, they wont even give me my fucking random crits back, smh, dead division fo sho sent from my jeff bezos signed amazon fridge
  32. 1 point
    Meaty

    SoulCircle

    +1 he's mature and I don't think I've ever seen him lose his temper would be good discord staff I think good luck gamer
  33. 1 point
    Aegean

    Thrillhouse

    +1 Bus Driver He's a huge memer but also really mature. I don't think I've ever seen him or heard him lose his cool, and that's super important as staff.
  34. 1 point
    Topaz

    SoulCircle

    The man, the meme, the legend. I have seen his behavior on the servers for a good while now, and some of it on discord. He is pretty mature, gets along with everyone pretty well, and personally I would love to give him a chance to see what he could do as staff. Given time I think he would make an excellent staff member. +1
  35. 1 point
    Tykz_officail

    Tykz_officail

  36. 1 point
    hongkongatron

    Genocide

    -1 never exists for more than 5 seconds at a time and always bottomfrags
  37. 1 point
    Meaty

    Genocide

    +1 black fr tho from what I've seen of him he's super chill and would probably be pretty decent at least as discord mod
  38. 1 point
    Elcark

    TBOHB

    I do really agree with what @Tekk had to mention. Septik's proneness to anger was a major concern of mine when considering him for staff ages ago and an issue I really doubt would ever totally go away. Despite that, I still trusted him enough to promote him. I don't think he's ever actually caused any major issues because of it and even though he has lashed out in the past I do think he's level headed enough to keep himself in check. It's something he needs to be self aware about but so long as he is then he should be capable of stopping himself from misbehaving and thinking twice as a staff member. This isn't really a plus one, but I think, despite his temper, it's worth giving him a chance.
  39. 1 point
    Elcark

    Meaty

    This kid is way too underage, kick him out. I didn't meet Meaty that long ago but he has left one hell of a good impression. He is surprisingly mature for being 9 years old and especially for being in xG. I'm not really certain how he'd perform in more stressful situations but am certain he'd keep his cool and get help as opposed to caving. Good memer and takes banter really well. +1
  40. 1 point
    yadingo

    Jail break

    weekly population events would breathe life into jb and people would probably start joining if they saw people online.
  41. 1 point
    yadingo

    Thrillhouse

    +1 older than kanye's dad if he can handle crazies on his bus he can handle danny in the discord
  42. 1 point
    hongkongatron

    TBOHB

    +1 even though he called me a retard active, knows what he’s doing, and has been staff before with no issues
  43. 1 point
    you get a gold star ⭐

    TBOHB

    +1 at least its better than tuna and baggel
  44. 1 point
    yadingo

    yadingo

    I want roles
  45. 1 point
    We're looking for someone active and mature to help moderate! If this is you please apply below! Perks include access to the very exclusive staff chat channel and a candle lit dinner with @Aegean. Apply here!
  46. 1 point
    Shadower

    joe

    joe
  47. 1 point
    the earth is now 1 year closer to dying because we suck as people
  48. 1 point
    ♥Cookie♥

    ♥Cookie♥

    Division Team Fortress 2 In-Game Name cookie_ Identity [U:1:358569303] Ban Type Server Ban Information i had my aa not doing anything just jumping around and made sure that it wasnt on when i was in combat
  49. 1 point
    Chrono

    Jail break

    hop on during a weekend to populate. with holidays and all the staff being older nowadays instead of young children, especially for higher ups we all have family and work for holidays.
  50. 1 point
    easy

    Hi

    Hey friends, been a while and just wanted to check in to see how everyone’s been and who’s still bumping around
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