I, Ray, solemnly swear, to serve the TS community as best as I can, in a timely and orderly fashion, with integrity, honesty, and perseverance aimed at the longevity and benefit of TS.
Nothing is stopping you from serving the community right now, you dont need admin or moderation rights to serve the community, check my sig for proof.
There is hundreds of ways and things you can do to help, if you need some pointers, id be glad to help you out (if you really do want to help, and your not just trying to worm your way into a staff position here, like all the others that have tried, and failed)
For the people who don't know me, I have played Tiberian Sun since day one and have been a fan of RTS games, in particular, CnC games, for almost half my life. In that span of time, I have competed with some of the best players and have befriended some of the strangest people. I have a long, extensive understanding of the game and am familiar with most of the community activities. I have also worked hard, through the years, to hold my own against some of the finest players and have been proud to have battled against some of the best TS clans.
I do know you, longer than most, and i recall events from you past that arent so squeaky clean, it was a long time ago, but does a leopard ever really change their spots?
As a Mod , I will work diligently to crack down on the many cheaters plaguing our servers and hindering our competition. There are many players who have gotten accustomed to cheating or being cheated that they have become "comfortable" and stopped asking for proof to convict said cheaters. As a TS mod, I will work extra hard to insure that all players are safe from cheating and all games can resume fairly once more, this is in hopes that the ladder games can flourish with players who will become comfortable again with fair competition.
This is an impossible task, even if you had access to everything Olaf does, so lets get things into perspective here, you wont be doing any of this.
Secondly, I will immediately host a series of tournaments, supplemented with awards and recognitions, and hope to work in partner with other Tiberian Sun affiliates such as: GamerwarZone, CnClounge, CnC arena, the modding community, and new players , to stimulate activity once again.
Working or affiliating with with sites run by perma banned cheaters will be out of the question, so you can forget that,
and as for the tournament, how many failued tournmanents is it going to take before this community understands that without a very stringent structure in place, its doomed to fail, speaking as the only person that has successfully hosted and managed a TS tournament in the past 5 years, i am more qualified to speak on this than anyone,
I like you ray, you are certainly one of the nicer guys in this community, but this isnt a popularity contest,
and i do believe that some people here are trying to use you for their gain,
as a means of planting you in a position, so they can attempt to manipulate you into doing things and getting things they want,
for example, lzampage,
prior to his meltdown and suspension from this site earlier, jzampage was exclaiming how great a friend he is with you, and how you speak to each other constantly on the phone all day, "3 times a day" he exclaimed,
then when he couldnt get his way here in a different thread, and was suspended,
he then went on a massive hate campaign against ST, olaf and neogrant, see the below message he posted....
Now, knowing that you are closely affiliated with such a power hungry, angry and manipulative guy, that tends to have these meltdowns quite regularly,
(usually when he cant get his own way),
i think its a cause for concern that you being a close friend with him, and how frequently you share all sorts of information with other members, including passwords and serials, and nicks,
not to mention what would happen when he starts twisting the screws with you, asking you to edit X's post, or lock X thread, or warn member X,
I know how this story goes, ive seen it a zillion times on TS forums, and i wont sit back, and let it happen here, not this site.
Like i say, its nothing personal against you, i enjoy your company when we play online, and i recognize your skill and talent on the battlefield,
you are featured right now in my top 30 players of all time that can be viewed in my sig,
but you have to take a look at yourself and question what you can really offer to strike team?
What can you really offer this forum?
What can you really offer this community?
Your not technical, your not especially computer literate,and you dont have a great record of helping anyone on forums, do you?
But you do have exceptional skill on the battlefield, and that is your real strength,
So I think, the best possible thing you could offer to benefit this community, is to make those series of TS tutorial videos like you said you were interested in doing,
because that really is something that will directly help people.
And Id be glad to get you up and running, with a screen cap program, and all the best settings for picture quality,
But people here really need to get a grip, and realize that putting someone in a staff position will achieve nothing.
Its not the staff here that needs to change, its peoples attitudes.
If i was able to change, and do whats right to help this site and the game as i have been doing, then there is no reason why anyone else cant do the same.
Anyone claiming they want to help or be staff, should just get on with it first, and prove it,
prove to us show that you are truly dedicated to helping,
because talk really is cheap.
And nothing is stopping any of you from getting started right now.
If everyone sat back, and just relied on the police of the world to make this world a better place, the world would be really ****, that much i can assure you.
Its time you all had a good look in the mirror, and asked yourself, what could you be doing to help others?
And then rather than talk about it, just do it.
Edited by SkeletonNod, 01 May 2010 - 12:50 AM.