Open Letter to the Community !

Hey all its your friendly neighbourhood moderator here, just felt like writing up a little open letter style blog to you all. The community here is the lifeblood and pulse of the site, its what keeps it running and going forward. Its probably the most important aspect of the site because without you, us, all we wouldn't have a place to call GiantBomb. So i guess i felt like writing a blog to share a few things with you all, mainly how the site and community from my perspective has changed into what it is now....

On July 21st 2008 the internet witnessed the birth of GiantBomb. A one of a kind and truly unique website for video game enthusiasts where they could all contribute to amassing a vast and varied amount of knowledge on video games and gaming culture. From Hamburgers, Princess Debut, Tea-Bagging and Mario to Double Jumps and Sega and much much more. In a Wikipedia style the site offers users the chance to really contribute to its development by submitting content in the form of images or details to a page of the Wiki. Attracting users from all over the globe and from other gaming related websites, GiantBomb became a new home for many.

An idea of what things were like in the early days....

In its initial days of launch the site was crazy, chaotic and full of such a positive energy. Everyone was psyched for what this place would have to offer and what its community would be like. The first thing everyone seemed to notice was a big lack of moderators on the forums as excitement soon faded to trolling and posting of images that made you wish you were blind so you could not see such horrors. But a few choice users from the community were chosen as the first Mods on the site, these guys are the current Forum Mods with the exception of TheBeast who we later had added to our small organised group. We were the first line of defense in trying to control the massive community on the forums and site in general.

As the site picked up pace so did the level of submissions coming in for the Wiki and our attention soon turned from focusing on the forums to helping the Staff deal with submissions in the queue. I remember they were crazy stressed out with the work load so we brought on some more users who are now the people you see as Wiki Mods. Even with the extra hands the submissions queue refused to decrease, it seemed at times as if every single submission we had to deal with had another five take its place. The main attraction of GiantBomb was begining to expand, take shape and become popular amongst the community.

All the while Jeff, Vinny, Ryan and Brad were trying to get editorial content up on the site while keeping us Modlings as we were back then under check, making sure they were there when we needed them. And i have to say they really did a great job in keeping us feel supported when things got tough with the Wiki queue. They really have done a great amount for GiantBomb and its community in both the quality of their reviews and the coverage and content they post in the form of news, bombcasts and videos. I came to GiantBomb after following the fantastic four, as i call them, from Gamespot, it was awesome to be asked to Moderate on their site and even more amazing to actually get to chit chat with them and see them build this place up to what we have today. So to these fine chaps i say thanks, thanks for the awesome content you provide.

The dev team who helped create the site also deserve a lot of praise as without them the site would just not exist or be of such a high quality as it is now. These guys really do put a lot of work and long hours into thinking about how they can improve every minor detail and fix every little bug you, the community, come across. Without their dedicated work we wouldn't have a working GiantBomb like we have now and i think its great that even now months after launch they are still working on new features, still tweaking and playing around with things like the forum layout to improve it and still fixing every bug as it creeps up. I tip my hat to these fine gents who work mostly behind the scenes!

Praise also needs to be given to you guys and girls, the people and users who make this site what it is. Without you all we wouldn't have such a great site as we have now. We wouldn't have a Wiki where every slight detail, however small, of a game is recorded, posted and appears within this massive database of knowledge. Its you guys that make this site worth coming back to time and time again and its why i continue to take part in the community, moderate the forums and interact with you all. There is such a great community here, a community that is ever expanding and evolving to greater heights.

However things haven't always been so smooth as some of you may remember. When the site first launch it was both energetic and yet chaotic. No moderators mean't anarchy on the forums and people generally acting like dicks as they trolled them. This was largely down to our focus being on the 90,000+ submissions in the queue and spending every moment of our time fixed on the task of reducing the turn around for submissions to twenty four hours and below. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into moderating that queue and at times a lot of sleepless nights were had just dreading how much the queue would have increased by the time we got up in the morning.

How we deal with trolls on GiantBomb...
But with all of our attention focused on the queue we, the Forum Mods, had let things slip on the forums. We all remember the fantastic four saying they wanted the site to have a very relaxed and chilled out approach to moderaiton and that was a cool feeling for a lot of people coming from more stricter websites. But some felt that was a nod towards posting and acting how they wanted on the forums. Some decided to abuse that privilege of freedom we granted the community and in part it was our fault for focusing a little too long on the Wiki queue. A lot of things went on in the forums for too long unchecked and we should of put a stop to them earlier but we were otherwise preoccupied and i won't make any excuses, it was largely our fault certain activities went on when they shouldn't have.

After weeks of reviewing the forums carefully we decided to put an end to said activites and we struck hard with the moderations. It caused an uproar with accusations of power abuse, fascism and the phrase "nazi mods!". With the closing of a certain topic it seemed a small group of the community was livid with the Forum Mods and specifically a select few of us. And it seemd a day didn't go by where a new topic, private message or wall post was sent by that small group sharing and showing their dislike and hate for us. It became pretty difficult to feel motivated enough to take part in the community when all we got was negative vibes from them.

We half expected such a feeling but not for so long or so strong. And it came to a point where, for me personally, i just got really angry at the way people reacted in such a negative and in some cases rather volatile manner. It became hard to really feel motivated to actually take part in anything as it seemed every second comment somehow turned into an argument about the same old subject. And then Jeff popped in one day into the Mod IRC channel and had these inspirational words to say....
The man, the myth, the legend....Jeff Gerstmann!
"Being a moderator is just like being a video game reviewer. People will always criticise your work and say they can do a better job. The trick is to just accept you'll get such responses and don't dwell on it"
Wise words indeed and words that seemed to cause a spark of motivation in the Forum Mod team. We began to take a more active role again in the community as it seemed the community had began to accept a specific topic would not be returning, anytime soon atleast. And the communication breakdown between Mods, Staff and Users seemed to pick up again as everyone become more well informed amongst the community as to what was going on. Things were perking up and have done ever since, the community here at GiantBomb has just gone from strength to strength.

Its great to see how the forums have turned from a somewhat spam orientated place for trolls to a more "quality over quantity" style of posting topics and replying to them. The quality of the forums in general has increased, discussion that takes place is more mature, more organised and all round better than it once was. And i put that down to a combination of cutting out the, for lack of a better word and because its dramatic, cancer that had infected the forums in the form of trolls and users with the sole purpose of being dicks on the forums for no reason other than "lulz" according to them. And the fact that through better Mod and User interaction through the community IRC and regular stickies regarding issues and such like things have been made clearer for everyone.

Overall i guess what i'm trying to say is i love the GiantBomb site, i love its content and most of all i love the community here. Its all just really bloody awesome and i look forward to seeing what the future holds for us all. And god knows i've moderated a number of you in the past and you still speak to me so really i have to say thanks for being awesome about that, its always difficult to moderate someone you know or are friendly with. But its made easier if the other person understands, so GiantBomb community give yourself a pat on the back, you've all done a fine job. Whether your a User, Moderator or member of the Staff, congratulations to all for making this place awesome!

Community made stuff you MUST take a look at!


  1. Bomb Should Have a Face aka BSHAF - The official second best podcast here on GiantBomb. Started by MattBodega, TokyoChicken, Jensonb and Disgaeamad. Its continually improved every episode and had such famous faces from around the site on as guests like Dave Snider, MB, Sweep, Jayge, Lies and myself to name a few! I strongly suggest if you haven't listened to this podcast yet then you totally should because otherwise....your so 12, or just a big derelict!
  2. Bombing Run - A Community game night originally started by MattBodega but has since been passed onto the hands of Systech to organise and handle. If your interested in playing some awesome games alongside your fellow users here at GiantBomb then i recommend you keep an eye out for the weekly topic relating to the next Bombing Run and get your details posted in there if you want to take part. Great fun to take part in for sure!
  • List of GiantBomb users Spore Tags - Created by SuperMooseman to provide users here who are fans and players of Spore the chance to share each others content and have general chit chat regarding Spore and such like. Worth looking into if your a fan of Spore.
  • 360 Gamertag Topic - A place for all Xbox360 users here on GiantBomb to share their gamertags and get added to each others friend list so you can all chill out and play some games together. If you own a 360 then i strongly suggest you look into this topic, always some friends to be found here. Started up by Kindgalaxy.
  • Gamerscore Leaderboard - This topic contains the gamerscore of GiantBomb users on the Xbox360, chuck in your details and see where you rank compared to your fellow users here on the site! Created by Gorillawhat.
  • Playstation Networkd ID's - Just like the Gamertag topic this one focuses on users sharing their PSN ID's to others within the community so people can hit each other up online and have some fun. Created by Flam3Thr0w3r.
    Picture courtesy of Ravey after i accidently lost my first edition of this blog by hitting the back button without saving a draft.....shame on me!
  • Beta Code Topic - Created by fellow Forum Mod, BoG, this topic is for users to post requests for beta codes for games or to share extra codes they may have recieved so more of the community can get in on some beta action. Worth a look if your having a hard time finding a code for a games beta.
  • Defusing the Bomb - The Forum Mod's very own community sticky where we provide a link to the recent and brand new yet still shiney Forum FAQ. Plans are also to include news, announcements and a thought of the week to it aswell. A FAQ for the Wiki section of the site is in the works aswell and will hopefully be added once its finished so keep an eye on this sticky. Also we would seriously appreciate some feedback from you guys and girls on the Forum FAQ, either leave the feedback as a comment to this blog or send me a PM, either way all criticism and such like is appreciated. But i strongly recommend you read that FAQ, if only so you know some of the basic rules we have here.
  • Community IRC Channel - An IRC channel set up by the community for the community, suggest you go check it out. Lots of friendly people in there plus some of us Mods make a venture in on a regular basis. And guess what? Its not moderated by the Moderators on the site so feel free to chat to us in there without worrying about anything!
  • The Force Unleashed Mega Guide - A mega guide for the game TFU created by Lies, Systech, Pyromaniac and SpikeDelight. Proof that this community can achieve great things with a little effort. Just utterly amazing, if ever you needed a guide for this game then this is the one to use!
  • Trivia - Another great feature on the site is the trivia quiz which has user submitted questions. Can be a helluva lot of fun if you find yourself bored, also a great way to make use of the Wiki feature on the site and improve your gaming knowledge. Definately worth checking out.
  • Guides - Aswell as having a highly detailed and devleoped Wikipedia of gaming related knowldge on the site we also have an awesome feature for users to write up and create their own guides for games or aspects within a game. Got a tip on how to beat that final boss in a game? Then write a guide on how to do it, publish it and let the community rate and respond to it!
  • Lets Play! - Play a free game, come back, discuss and rate. The new revamped version, worth checking out and having a look at!
  • GiantBomb Caption Contest - Something thats just started up, and something worth taking a look at for a few laughs and some fun. Pictures, captions, contests, nuff said! Created by SuperMooseman
  • Friend Codes Topic - Much like the PSN ID's and 360 Gamertags we also have a Wii Friends Code topic for all you Ninty fans out there to share and hook up and play some games people. Created by Arkthemaniac
  • GiantBomb Staff Photo Edit Topic - A topic created by the much loved and now less active BiffMcBlumpkin for users to show off their photoshops using pictures of the Staff. Sort of creepy yet mildly entertaining none the less.

Big thanks goes to TokyoChicken for providing me most of the links and usernames for the creators of the various Community topics and projects, even if he laughs like a little 12 year old girl. Also a thanks to Virago for thinking it would be a good blog to post, just sorry i didn't get that picture onto my PC like i said i would. Anyway i hope you all have some fun reading this and realise your all apart of something epic here, so enjoy it!

Hamz

EDIT! - Totally forgot to thank everyone who has left a wall comment or sent me a PM supporting my new attempt to give up smoking. Cheers for all the support people, i shall hopefully overcome the nicotine!
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Edited by Hamz

Hey all its your friendly neighbourhood moderator here, just felt like writing up a little open letter style blog to you all. The community here is the lifeblood and pulse of the site, its what keeps it running and going forward. Its probably the most important aspect of the site because without you, us, all we wouldn't have a place to call GiantBomb. So i guess i felt like writing a blog to share a few things with you all, mainly how the site and community from my perspective has changed into what it is now....

On July 21st 2008 the internet witnessed the birth of GiantBomb. A one of a kind and truly unique website for video game enthusiasts where they could all contribute to amassing a vast and varied amount of knowledge on video games and gaming culture. From Hamburgers, Princess Debut, Tea-Bagging and Mario to Double Jumps and Sega and much much more. In a Wikipedia style the site offers users the chance to really contribute to its development by submitting content in the form of images or details to a page of the Wiki. Attracting users from all over the globe and from other gaming related websites, GiantBomb became a new home for many.

An idea of what things were like in the early days....

In its initial days of launch the site was crazy, chaotic and full of such a positive energy. Everyone was psyched for what this place would have to offer and what its community would be like. The first thing everyone seemed to notice was a big lack of moderators on the forums as excitement soon faded to trolling and posting of images that made you wish you were blind so you could not see such horrors. But a few choice users from the community were chosen as the first Mods on the site, these guys are the current Forum Mods with the exception of TheBeast who we later had added to our small organised group. We were the first line of defense in trying to control the massive community on the forums and site in general.

As the site picked up pace so did the level of submissions coming in for the Wiki and our attention soon turned from focusing on the forums to helping the Staff deal with submissions in the queue. I remember they were crazy stressed out with the work load so we brought on some more users who are now the people you see as Wiki Mods. Even with the extra hands the submissions queue refused to decrease, it seemed at times as if every single submission we had to deal with had another five take its place. The main attraction of GiantBomb was begining to expand, take shape and become popular amongst the community.

All the while Jeff, Vinny, Ryan and Brad were trying to get editorial content up on the site while keeping us Modlings as we were back then under check, making sure they were there when we needed them. And i have to say they really did a great job in keeping us feel supported when things got tough with the Wiki queue. They really have done a great amount for GiantBomb and its community in both the quality of their reviews and the coverage and content they post in the form of news, bombcasts and videos. I came to GiantBomb after following the fantastic four, as i call them, from Gamespot, it was awesome to be asked to Moderate on their site and even more amazing to actually get to chit chat with them and see them build this place up to what we have today. So to these fine chaps i say thanks, thanks for the awesome content you provide.

The dev team who helped create the site also deserve a lot of praise as without them the site would just not exist or be of such a high quality as it is now. These guys really do put a lot of work and long hours into thinking about how they can improve every minor detail and fix every little bug you, the community, come across. Without their dedicated work we wouldn't have a working GiantBomb like we have now and i think its great that even now months after launch they are still working on new features, still tweaking and playing around with things like the forum layout to improve it and still fixing every bug as it creeps up. I tip my hat to these fine gents who work mostly behind the scenes!

Praise also needs to be given to you guys and girls, the people and users who make this site what it is. Without you all we wouldn't have such a great site as we have now. We wouldn't have a Wiki where every slight detail, however small, of a game is recorded, posted and appears within this massive database of knowledge. Its you guys that make this site worth coming back to time and time again and its why i continue to take part in the community, moderate the forums and interact with you all. There is such a great community here, a community that is ever expanding and evolving to greater heights.

However things haven't always been so smooth as some of you may remember. When the site first launch it was both energetic and yet chaotic. No moderators mean't anarchy on the forums and people generally acting like dicks as they trolled them. This was largely down to our focus being on the 90,000+ submissions in the queue and spending every moment of our time fixed on the task of reducing the turn around for submissions to twenty four hours and below. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into moderating that queue and at times a lot of sleepless nights were had just dreading how much the queue would have increased by the time we got up in the morning.

How we deal with trolls on GiantBomb...
But with all of our attention focused on the queue we, the Forum Mods, had let things slip on the forums. We all remember the fantastic four saying they wanted the site to have a very relaxed and chilled out approach to moderaiton and that was a cool feeling for a lot of people coming from more stricter websites. But some felt that was a nod towards posting and acting how they wanted on the forums. Some decided to abuse that privilege of freedom we granted the community and in part it was our fault for focusing a little too long on the Wiki queue. A lot of things went on in the forums for too long unchecked and we should of put a stop to them earlier but we were otherwise preoccupied and i won't make any excuses, it was largely our fault certain activities went on when they shouldn't have.

After weeks of reviewing the forums carefully we decided to put an end to said activites and we struck hard with the moderations. It caused an uproar with accusations of power abuse, fascism and the phrase "nazi mods!". With the closing of a certain topic it seemed a small group of the community was livid with the Forum Mods and specifically a select few of us. And it seemd a day didn't go by where a new topic, private message or wall post was sent by that small group sharing and showing their dislike and hate for us. It became pretty difficult to feel motivated enough to take part in the community when all we got was negative vibes from them.

We half expected such a feeling but not for so long or so strong. And it came to a point where, for me personally, i just got really angry at the way people reacted in such a negative and in some cases rather volatile manner. It became hard to really feel motivated to actually take part in anything as it seemed every second comment somehow turned into an argument about the same old subject. And then Jeff popped in one day into the Mod IRC channel and had these inspirational words to say....
The man, the myth, the legend....Jeff Gerstmann!
"Being a moderator is just like being a video game reviewer. People will always criticise your work and say they can do a better job. The trick is to just accept you'll get such responses and don't dwell on it"
Wise words indeed and words that seemed to cause a spark of motivation in the Forum Mod team. We began to take a more active role again in the community as it seemed the community had began to accept a specific topic would not be returning, anytime soon atleast. And the communication breakdown between Mods, Staff and Users seemed to pick up again as everyone become more well informed amongst the community as to what was going on. Things were perking up and have done ever since, the community here at GiantBomb has just gone from strength to strength.

Its great to see how the forums have turned from a somewhat spam orientated place for trolls to a more "quality over quantity" style of posting topics and replying to them. The quality of the forums in general has increased, discussion that takes place is more mature, more organised and all round better than it once was. And i put that down to a combination of cutting out the, for lack of a better word and because its dramatic, cancer that had infected the forums in the form of trolls and users with the sole purpose of being dicks on the forums for no reason other than "lulz" according to them. And the fact that through better Mod and User interaction through the community IRC and regular stickies regarding issues and such like things have been made clearer for everyone.

Overall i guess what i'm trying to say is i love the GiantBomb site, i love its content and most of all i love the community here. Its all just really bloody awesome and i look forward to seeing what the future holds for us all. And god knows i've moderated a number of you in the past and you still speak to me so really i have to say thanks for being awesome about that, its always difficult to moderate someone you know or are friendly with. But its made easier if the other person understands, so GiantBomb community give yourself a pat on the back, you've all done a fine job. Whether your a User, Moderator or member of the Staff, congratulations to all for making this place awesome!

Community made stuff you MUST take a look at!


  1. Bomb Should Have a Face aka BSHAF - The official second best podcast here on GiantBomb. Started by MattBodega, TokyoChicken, Jensonb and Disgaeamad. Its continually improved every episode and had such famous faces from around the site on as guests like Dave Snider, MB, Sweep, Jayge, Lies and myself to name a few! I strongly suggest if you haven't listened to this podcast yet then you totally should because otherwise....your so 12, or just a big derelict!
  2. Bombing Run - A Community game night originally started by MattBodega but has since been passed onto the hands of Systech to organise and handle. If your interested in playing some awesome games alongside your fellow users here at GiantBomb then i recommend you keep an eye out for the weekly topic relating to the next Bombing Run and get your details posted in there if you want to take part. Great fun to take part in for sure!
  • List of GiantBomb users Spore Tags - Created by SuperMooseman to provide users here who are fans and players of Spore the chance to share each others content and have general chit chat regarding Spore and such like. Worth looking into if your a fan of Spore.
  • 360 Gamertag Topic - A place for all Xbox360 users here on GiantBomb to share their gamertags and get added to each others friend list so you can all chill out and play some games together. If you own a 360 then i strongly suggest you look into this topic, always some friends to be found here. Started up by Kindgalaxy.
  • Gamerscore Leaderboard - This topic contains the gamerscore of GiantBomb users on the Xbox360, chuck in your details and see where you rank compared to your fellow users here on the site! Created by Gorillawhat.
  • Playstation Networkd ID's - Just like the Gamertag topic this one focuses on users sharing their PSN ID's to others within the community so people can hit each other up online and have some fun. Created by Flam3Thr0w3r.
    Picture courtesy of Ravey after i accidently lost my first edition of this blog by hitting the back button without saving a draft.....shame on me!
  • Beta Code Topic - Created by fellow Forum Mod, BoG, this topic is for users to post requests for beta codes for games or to share extra codes they may have recieved so more of the community can get in on some beta action. Worth a look if your having a hard time finding a code for a games beta.
  • Defusing the Bomb - The Forum Mod's very own community sticky where we provide a link to the recent and brand new yet still shiney Forum FAQ. Plans are also to include news, announcements and a thought of the week to it aswell. A FAQ for the Wiki section of the site is in the works aswell and will hopefully be added once its finished so keep an eye on this sticky. Also we would seriously appreciate some feedback from you guys and girls on the Forum FAQ, either leave the feedback as a comment to this blog or send me a PM, either way all criticism and such like is appreciated. But i strongly recommend you read that FAQ, if only so you know some of the basic rules we have here.
  • Community IRC Channel - An IRC channel set up by the community for the community, suggest you go check it out. Lots of friendly people in there plus some of us Mods make a venture in on a regular basis. And guess what? Its not moderated by the Moderators on the site so feel free to chat to us in there without worrying about anything!
  • The Force Unleashed Mega Guide - A mega guide for the game TFU created by Lies, Systech, Pyromaniac and SpikeDelight. Proof that this community can achieve great things with a little effort. Just utterly amazing, if ever you needed a guide for this game then this is the one to use!
  • Trivia - Another great feature on the site is the trivia quiz which has user submitted questions. Can be a helluva lot of fun if you find yourself bored, also a great way to make use of the Wiki feature on the site and improve your gaming knowledge. Definately worth checking out.
  • Guides - Aswell as having a highly detailed and devleoped Wikipedia of gaming related knowldge on the site we also have an awesome feature for users to write up and create their own guides for games or aspects within a game. Got a tip on how to beat that final boss in a game? Then write a guide on how to do it, publish it and let the community rate and respond to it!
  • Lets Play! - Play a free game, come back, discuss and rate. The new revamped version, worth checking out and having a look at!
  • GiantBomb Caption Contest - Something thats just started up, and something worth taking a look at for a few laughs and some fun. Pictures, captions, contests, nuff said! Created by SuperMooseman
  • Friend Codes Topic - Much like the PSN ID's and 360 Gamertags we also have a Wii Friends Code topic for all you Ninty fans out there to share and hook up and play some games people. Created by Arkthemaniac
  • GiantBomb Staff Photo Edit Topic - A topic created by the much loved and now less active BiffMcBlumpkin for users to show off their photoshops using pictures of the Staff. Sort of creepy yet mildly entertaining none the less.

Big thanks goes to TokyoChicken for providing me most of the links and usernames for the creators of the various Community topics and projects, even if he laughs like a little 12 year old girl. Also a thanks to Virago for thinking it would be a good blog to post, just sorry i didn't get that picture onto my PC like i said i would. Anyway i hope you all have some fun reading this and realise your all apart of something epic here, so enjoy it!

Hamz

EDIT! - Totally forgot to thank everyone who has left a wall comment or sent me a PM supporting my new attempt to give up smoking. Cheers for all the support people, i shall hopefully overcome the nicotine!
Posted by tokyochicken

Oh u hamz OH U!

Posted by MB

Speak for yourself, I am a charter member of the Nazi Moderators Federation of  America.

Moderator
Posted by MattBodega

This blog is amazing.
Fact.

Edited by Linkyshinks

Great post Hamz. I think now is a perfect time to reflect upon the past couple on months in such a fashion. It's also a very informative post too, that lays out much that went on eariler from a moderators perspective. Surely they did not call you a Nazi also? :D

Things have certainly died down now and the site is a lot better for it in my eyes, that's down to you & co sticking with it. With that being the case I simply say thanks to all concerned at your end :D

Looking at the latter half of your post I see that I am guilty of not checking much of that out yet lol, but I will do now.

I agree with the sentiment, Giant Bomb is indeed awesome and is on the verge of even more awesomeness. It will only improve if members take on a degree of community spirit and imbue the forums with their character and knowledge respectfully.

Here's to the future of Giant Bomb :D

EDIT:

I thought as much MB lol. You can come across as slightly militant and that likely channels abuse your way more than other mods. I for one respect the hard hand you play with, so to speak :)

Posted by Sweep

I got a mention in the megablog!


<3 Hamz
Moderator
Posted by MattyFTM

Great blog Hamz, I couldn't agree with you more. I don't have a single criticism of the mods and how they've been handling their responsibilities. The community is growing in a fantastic way, and its half down to the mods who have turned the forums from the spam ridden mess that it was into the thriving area of discussion that it is now, and half down to people like MattBodega, Tokyo Chicken, and all the other great community contributors that would take too long to list. Great job to all of you!!!!!!

Moderator
Posted by Giantkitty

I'm glad that you guys got rid of that certain topic and locked all those Myspace-esque threads (If I saw one more Rate the... user ... thread ...). There was a lot of vehement whining, and I'm guessing those "but everyone wants those" ("everyone" being them) people are gone, and I don't miss them one iota. We'll always have trolls, but as long as there's "Nazi" mods, they'll be dealt with. There's less of a quantity of activity here, but there's more quality. Hurray for everyone who made this place and who made this place better!

Posted by SpaceInsomniac

Well said.  And speaking of trolls, please give us a report button.

Posted by OGCartman

I love the futurama reference, i fucking love that show :P
But yah, great blog.

Edited by Disgaeamad

Amazing blog, Hamz. It's only been around 5 months, but it feels like a lot longer than that. It's nice to look back and think "yeah, I remember that. Pretty crazy times."

The community really has grown in such an amazing way. To be honest, it's exactly what I want from a site: Great staff that are totally cool with chillaxing with the other users, great features, a community that sticks together and tries to get everyone involved in what's going on, etc. Giantbomb is a monster. A monster that's hip and knows what's going down. Giantbomb was there when Biggie Smalls hit the floor.

/me gets a tTennants for him and Hamz.

To the future of Giantbomb and its entire community! *clang*

Posted by banned8921

Mods arent as bad as other forums but they do make an occasional mistake, Ill always point it out to them though.

Edited by Black_Rose
Posted by Cogito

Awesome post, and good luck with giving up smoking!

Posted by Hamz
Black_Rose said:
"Hamzy, you forgot to add the official Friend Code topic to your links.

EDIT: here it is: http://www.giantbomb.com/wii/60-36/new-official-friend-code-topic/35-19444/#10"
Added that and the new caption contest aswell.

Cheers for all the replies people, glad to see some interest in this. I know its a big wall of text to some, but honestly take the time to read and post a reply. Even if its just to say "hey nice blog". Its a good read i think and something everyone can enjoy as it applies to everyone.
Posted by Black_Rose

I hate you

Posted by Kush

Great write-up Hamz...and I hope the fight against cigarettes is going your way!

Edited by Snail

Congrats Hamz! Great post. But I differ in one of your points.


I miss the ANARCHY in this website. The times when idiots would be just bashed upon in the worst of ways. Times when the site was not meant foe dicks! That is why I fell in love with GiantBomb.  The wonderful cast and the reckless free community like none other! I fell in love with the rating tool and people using it on any dick that showed up in these forums, sure it wasn't meant for that! But who cares? It is a characteristic, and now they want to replace it by a reporting tool. Soon enough this place will be like Gamespot, with trolls and fanboys reporting people just because they hate them, or because they were bashed by them! We won't be able to swear or to offend because of those bastards that seek revenge of those who humiliated them in the forums, in their own useless threads! This site is becoming moron-compatible! It was not before because any moron that dared enter would be sarcastically mistreated and would never return! But soon enough, things will change.. They already started changing... Our haven is no more! Threads that were called useless by the mods such as "OFFICIAL - What are you listening to?" thread, which MB created and then, himself locked it saying "Posts that have no discussion value are going to be a thing of the past around here...this includes "What are you listening to?" topics.  Sorry guys.". I liked that hread and so did everyone else. It had 33 pages, and it made find out amazing tracks. If people thought it was useless they could just turn off off-topic (I realize that the feature was not available at the time it was locked). But extremism is starting to rule the site.

Our Haven is no more...

Hamz said:

An idea of what things were like in the early days....


What was so wrong with this?
Posted by MB

I'm going to sticky this for a little while....<<<Nazi Mod abusing his power!

Moderator
Posted by LordAndrew

Great post. Long live the moderation team. Just remember to ignore the haters. They're unavoidable on any site.

Posted by coonce

hamz... you sir, rock. GREAT POST!

Posted by TheBeast

Awesome stuff Hamz, really interesting read.

Thanks all for being such an awesome community!
Posted by AkumaX

Nice one Hamz.

Giant Bomb is awesome.

Posted by CitizenKane
MB said:
"I'm going to sticky this for a little while....<<<Nazi Mod abusing his power!"
The Nazi Mods must be stopped!

Wait...I am an officer in the Nazi Mod Federation.  I must be stopped!
Posted by AkumaX
CitizenKane said:
"MB said:
"I'm going to sticky this for a little while....<<<Nazi Mod abusing his power!"
The Nazi Mods must be stopped!

Wait...I am an officer in the Nazi Mod Federation.  I must be stopped!"
Take that!
Posted by MattBodega

I STILL THINK YOU COULD USE MORE WIKI MODS BUT THAT'S JUST ME AND I'M THINKING OF NO ONE IN PARTICULAR.

Posted by Snail

This is dangerous, I detect morons getting used to the site!

Please it's not too late yet!
Posted by Systech

My mind = blown.

Posted by Virago

Oh Hamz, what would GB without you?

Nothing. That's what.
<3 V
Posted by Lies
Giantkitty said:
"I'm glad that you guys got rid of that certain topic

"
Im fairly certain this was unintentional, but it is also utterly hilarious.
Posted by ThomasP

Good idea on the sticky.

Great blog Hamz. A noobs best friend.

Posted by Psynapse

Great post Hamz, True words and the majority, if not all of GB support you guys.

Posted by Vaxadrin

Man, cigarettes are sooooo good.  Don't you want one right now?

Posted by crunchUK
Lies said:
"Giantkitty said:
"I'm glad that you guys got rid of that certain topic

"
Im fairly certain this was unintentional, but it is also utterly hilarious."
but who was the bomb squad kitteh who cut the blue wire and blew up the bomb squad? ¬_¬ :P


also  *ahem*  you forgot to add my name inn the special thanks sectio


furthermore i now know my GIANTBOMB history as well as system wars history
Posted by Origina1Penguin

Hamz is always trying to make us feel all warm and fuzzy.

Keep fighting the nicotine, man.  You can do it.

Posted by serbsta

Interesting to see how far this site has come. Nice read. =]

Edited by Rowr
Posted by Caddy

Great blog. I know, all too well, about people's opinions towards moderators, especially when moderators actually moderate people. People forget that without rules, forums fall apart and become a place for trolls and spammers to come together and ruin forums for the rest of us. I always appreciate moderators on each and every site I visit.

Posted by Hamz

Well guys and girls, thanks for taking time to read and even bigger thanks for taking time to comment. Nearlly 600 views but only nearlly 40 replies....bit disappointing. Would of liked to see more people who viewed this take time to reply and share in the awesome that is this community. Regardless, thanks for all the comments and i shall unpin this now, its been stickied for long enough :)

Hamz

Posted by daniel_beck_90

awesome blog

Edited by MattyFTM
Hamz said:
"Well guys and girls, thanks for taking time to read and even bigger thanks for taking time to comment. Nearlly 600 views but only nearlly 40 replies....bit disappointing. Would of liked to see more people who viewed this take time to reply and share in the awesome that is this community. Regardless, thanks for all the comments and i shall unpin this now, its been stickied for long enough :)

Hamz"
Maybe allot of people haven't been replying because they were scared by MB's Nazi Mod comment. Or because of MB's avatar. Or because of MB's mini bio. Or because of MB's name. Or because of MB's post count. Or because of MB's post's rating.  Either way, I'm blaming MB!!!!!!
Moderator
Posted by Hamz

I totally blame MB for this blog too, because of him i lost my first edition, then had to retype everything you see in the OP of this blog/topic AGAIN!....can you imagine my frustration having to retype all of this megablog and linking and adding the images all again?

Posted by brukaoru

I forgot to comment on this the other day after I read it all the way through. Great write-up Hamz! All the community features are just awesome.

I've suggested a couple times that GiantBomb should have a "save draft" feature for blogs. That would really help prevent losing blog postings and also prevent one from getting aggravated.

Posted by Jayge_
Hamz said:
"I totally blame MB for this blog too, because of him i lost my first edition, then had to retype everything you see in the OP of this blog/topic AGAIN!....can you imagine my frustration having to retype all of this megablog and linking and adding the images all again?"
Yes, especially after looking at it and seeing how many typos you didn't fix.
Posted by Carlos

*whips*

Posted by Hamz

So with a bunch of new people joined from 1UP, gonna give this a shameless bump so they can see some of the great things this community has started, created and continued to be apart of.

There have been some additions and changes since I made this blog, but the basics are there. When it comes time for a second blog like this from me, I will hopefully have more updated links!

Posted by Rowr

 = No excuse for dumb questions.