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sonder
i can't afford a diary, so this will have to do
n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of other lives that you’ll never know existed, in which you might appear only once, as an extra sipping coffee in the background, as a blur of traffic passing on the highway, as a lighted window at dusk.
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    abnegation's Avatar

    Musings, and choosings

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    Originally Posted by Klippy View Comment
    I think a conscious effort to interact with your community is key to making decisions for the forum at large. It's hard to implement and change the way things are/improve on them if you spend little, if any, time interacting and exploring the areas your members go into - they can't see HQ. If you're out there (and posting), you get a better sense of their interests and needs, rather than if you spend all your time in the staff forums.

    Not to say that you need to post a hundred times a day, but as staff members, we ought to be focusing on the community and our members. Isolating yourself to a small area that few members will ever see feels counterproductive. I don't think "HQ is a large commitment" is a valid answer when debating activity because it's part of the entire deal you accepted the promotion with and interacting/participating in the things members do is also part of that deal.
    I completely agree, for what it's worth. I don't think HQ is an excuse for inactivity. It is something that does suck some public activity out of HQ-staff, but that's as far as I meant to push it.

    Personally I don't think I'll ever be on par activity wise as say, Sheep or Went. That's what I mean by being less active. Currently I'm sitting in the top four in terms of activity from H-staff. It's around there I would like to remain.
    Posted 4 Weeks Ago at 03:38 AM by abnegation abnegation is online now
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    I used to struggle to read...

    Sweet that so many of you have similar experiences. I actually posted this on Reddit and it made it to the front page with over 2,000 upvotes. It was insane.
    Posted December 20th, 2014 at 06:24 AM by abnegation abnegation is online now
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    I used to struggle to read...

    Thanks for sharing your story!

    Pokémon SoulSilver is helping me learn Japanese :]
    Posted December 20th, 2014 at 06:15 AM by Tek Tek is offline
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    I used to struggle to read...

    I think Pokemon Diamond did the same thing for my sister. She's always had trouble picking up anything to do with language, but now she's reading Tolkien.
    Posted December 18th, 2014 at 09:54 PM by Kanzler Kanzler is offline
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    I used to struggle to read...

    Pokemon helps me maintain my French. If anyone ever tells you video games are the devil, you tell them that story. :)
    Posted December 18th, 2014 at 02:53 PM by Alli Alli is offline
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    Posted December 18th, 2014 at 01:31 PM by Ayselipera Ayselipera is offline
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    I used to struggle to read...

    Yay for Pokemon actually helping people!

    Too bda I don't have any good stories like that.
    Posted December 18th, 2014 at 07:47 AM by Zekrom Zekrom is online now
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    Posted December 18th, 2014 at 07:14 AM by Doctor Doctor is offline
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    I used to struggle to read...

    I learnt English when I got an US copy of Ruby about one year before it was released in Europe.

    Pokémon does things.
    Posted December 18th, 2014 at 03:03 AM by Went Went is offline
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    I used to struggle to read...

    Doctor Seuss taught me how to read. =D My mum used to make me repeat 'Rosie Ronald Ross had a red rhinoceros'. XD

    I struggled SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO bad. Until I discovered STEROIDS REALLY CRAPPY BOOKS >:D
    Posted December 18th, 2014 at 02:54 AM by Nakala Pri Nakala Pri is offline
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    Klippy's Avatar

    Musings, and choosings

    I think a conscious effort to interact with your community is key to making decisions for the forum at large. It's hard to implement and change the way things are/improve on them if you spend little, if any, time interacting and exploring the areas your members go into - they can't see HQ. If you're out there (and posting), you get a better sense of their interests and needs, rather than if you spend all your time in the staff forums.

    Not to say that you need to post a hundred times a day, but as staff members, we ought to be focusing on the community and our members. Isolating yourself to a small area that few members will ever see feels counterproductive. I don't think "HQ is a large commitment" is a valid answer when debating activity because it's part of the entire deal you accepted the promotion with and interacting/participating in the things members do is also part of that deal.
    Posted December 8th, 2014 at 06:53 PM by Klippy Klippy is offline
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    Depends on what you mean by "high". I don't think that hstaff members absolutely have to post as much as Syd/Went/Janna do, unless they want to, but it'd be better if y'all don't just stick to HQ and only very rarely post in public areas. I know that you guys have important things to do on both PC and irl, but we want to see you guys around and have fun with you on the forum too. If you want an idea of an hstaffer that's active in the public sections but not super active, look at Marcin.

    I figured at least someone should respond to yer question. Might not be the best response, but there ya go.
    I would agree that his posting levels are satisfactory and what you would expect from a HQ-staff member, if not, a little less (he posts in the public eye nearly twice a day). Numbers don't matter too much, but the main thing I'm concerned with is if people understand that HQ is actually a large commitment, and that there's more going on than just posting. For example, those who work on the site.
    Posted December 8th, 2014 at 01:23 PM by abnegation abnegation is online now
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    I agree that public activity is a necessity, but is high public activity really important for HQ-staff? Once again keep in mind that HQ is a commitment in itself that takes a lot of attention and work. I would say things as they are currently are reasonable to a degree. In regards to activity that is. However I wouldn't be too sure on how things are going behind the scenes now.
    Depends on what you mean by "high". I don't think that hstaff members absolutely have to post as much as Syd/Went/Janna do, unless they want to, but it'd be better if y'all don't just stick to HQ and only very rarely post in public areas. I know that you guys have important things to do on both PC and irl, but we want to see you guys around and have fun with you on the forum too. If you want an idea of an hstaffer that's active in the public sections but not super active, look at Marcin.

    I figured at least someone should respond to yer question. Might not be the best response, but there ya go.
    Posted December 8th, 2014 at 12:15 PM by Zekrom Zekrom is online now
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    Musings, and choosings

    I agree that public activity is a necessity, but is high public activity really important for HQ-staff? Once again keep in mind that HQ is a commitment in itself that takes a lot of attention and work. I would say things as they are currently are reasonable to a degree. In regards to activity that is. However I wouldn't be too sure on how things are going behind the scenes now.
    Posted December 8th, 2014 at 08:48 AM by abnegation abnegation is online now
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    with the disappearance of the... frankly useless admins like arcanine and parallelzero, i think a lot of the perceived seclusion of higher staff disappeared
    plus with the promotion of dearest sydian and live and what not, higher staff appear to have human face for once instead of all belonging to some pokemon forum version of skynet

    however i've only been actively been posting for this week in 2014 and i have no insight into the inner workings of staff so my conclusions may be suspect
    Posted December 7th, 2014 at 07:05 PM by Harley Quinn Harley Quinn is online now
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    I feel like the current higher staff does a great job of making their presence well known and not hermitting in HQ or other staff forums. When I was a member and a beginner moderator, I felt like our higher staff was just nonexistent outside their own forum and their business.

    I like to think I do a good job of mingling with members and other staff members as well as posting around a bit. I never wanted to be someone that just hid away in my forums I modded or in staff forums and I think I've done a good job in not being like that.

    Of course, you can't force people to post everywhere. It just looks a little more...sociable when we do. Plus I feel like you know and understand the community much better if you post around in a lot of places. And if you're gonna be making decisions for the community, you need to know it, haha.

    Edit: Holy **** Klippy, we look damn good posting right after each other haha.
    Posted December 7th, 2014 at 04:40 PM by Alli Alli is offline
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    I feel like h-staff should want to be involved with their members and active in the forums. It always bothered me in the past that several h-staff team members were never present in the public forums or even in the staff areas (minus HQ). It always felt like they were just hanging onto their colored name and had no interest in the forums or their activity. Granted, things are much better with the current h-staff, but I always wish that the admins and s-mods would be as active as some of the mods and members are.

    Nobody should be forced to post, but I think if you want things to reflect positively on the forums, there needs to be some kind of community from the top to the bottom and that includes h-staff.
    Posted December 7th, 2014 at 12:08 PM by Klippy Klippy is offline
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    I also agree that hstaff should have a public presence. Hstaff doesn't have to have my absurd post-per-day count and time spent logged in (cuz, ya know, most people actually have lives). While we are staff, we are also still members as well, and having colored usernames doesn't change that. Staff having a public presence lets members know that we're people too and not just robots created by Rukario to police the forum.

    Not saying that all hstaff members should be forced to post on a regular basis though. No one should have to post more than they feel like/are comfortable with.

    Something like that.
    Posted December 7th, 2014 at 09:49 AM by Zekrom Zekrom is online now
    Updated December 7th, 2014 at 09:56 AM by Zekrom
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    That's some nice words from our Gav!

    I always admit higher staff weren't very active in areas outside of the staff forums (although Sheep, Went, Sydian and maybe one other that's escaping me still seem to post publicy on a consistent basis) so I think it'd be cool if the PC staff of the future get more active in various boards while still doing their job at the same time.

    Zach pretty much sums it up there, it's always nice when staff involve themselves in public areas because that makes PC feel more like... well, a community.
    Posted December 7th, 2014 at 09:02 AM by Hikamaru Hikamaru is offline
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    I definitely think public activity from the higher staff is a necessity. Maybe not so much of it, but from a perspective of a normal member, I would at least be interested in knowing that the people that help run the forum are a part of the community, and not just some person that makes decisions that the community may like and/or dislike.
    Posted December 7th, 2014 at 08:25 AM by Tsutarja Tsutarja is offline

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